Tobago Top Do's
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Tobago, of volcanic origins with coral limestone in the south, lies 11°15'N, 60°40'W, slightly north of Trinidad and covers 116mi²/300km². The highest point in Tobago is Pigeon Peak at 1,804ft/550m. Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Columbus first sighted Tobago in 1498, but did not stop. He named it Bella Forma (Beautiful Shape). Its present name is corrupted from the word Tobacco which the then native Carib Indians grew.
Fun things to do: request a government appointed guide to explore the rainforests and protected species of birds, check out nesting leatherback turtles (April – July), enjoy diving, follow the story of the location of Walt Disney’s highest engrossing film of 1959 – Swiss Family Robinson. The script required imported animals - including eight dogs, two giant tortoises, forty monkeys, two elephants, six ostriches, four zebras, one hundred flamingos, six hyenas, two anacondas, and a tiger! The small neighbouring islands of Little Tobago and St. Giles Island support some of the best remaining dry forests which are important seabird nesting colonies.
Visiting Tobago and wondering where to stay, what to do, where to eat and how to get around? We’ve got you covered with our list of hotels, restaurants, activities, car hire, shopping & more. Browse through for more details.
Choose from hotels, real estate, villas & cottages
Cottages & Small Inns
Try watersports, golf, scuba diving, tours & more
Air, Land & Sea
Sightseeing & Excursions
Lime at the bars, dine in the restaurants, take in the entertainment
- Bollicine- Vino & Cibo
- CJ Simmer Down Poolside Restaurant & bar
- Cafe Down Low
- Cafe Havana
- Caribbean Kitchen and Castara Retreats
- Ciao Cafe/ Ciao Pizza
- Jemma's Seaview Kitchen Treehouse
- Kali'na Fine Dining Restaurant
- Kariwak Village- Restaurant
- King's Bay Cafe
- Patino's Restaurant & Bar
- Pembois Restaurant & Terrace
- Robinson Crusoe Pub
- Shore Things Cafe & Craft
- The Original House of Pancakes
- The Seahorse Inn Restaurant & Bar
- The Steak & Lobster Grill at Sandy Point Village Hotel
- The Wonky Windmill
Get information on the island, medical facilities & other services
Shop for souvenirs, local crafts, art, jewellery, clothes & more
Events in March
Carnival Monday (Tobago)
Carnival Tuesday (Tobago)
Events in April
Good Friday (Tobago)
Public Holiday A day of church services for all denominations throughout the island
Easter Monday (Tobago)
Tobago Jazz Experience (Tobago)
A truly pan-Caribbean Jazz event with artists from Haiti, US Virgin Islands, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, aims to be one to remember.
Events in June
Whit Monday (Tobago)
Dragon Boat Festival (Tobago)
Each year on a weekend in mid-June at Pigeon Point, senior and junior teams from both islands compete for dragon-boating supremacy.
Events in August
Emancipation Day (Tobago)
Independence Day (Tobago)
Events in September
Republic Day (Tobago)
Events in December
Tobago Day (Tobago)
Christmas Day (Tobago)
Boxing Day (Tobago)
Tobago Annual Colours Kite Festival (Tobago)
History and Culture
Tobago was settled over 2,500 years ago by Amerindians. Tobago was soon seen as a valuable strategic harbour with excellent agricultural assets by its recent European arrivals. Walt Disney’s scouts found Tobago exciting for another reason – the best location for the film The Swiss Family Robinson (a book written by Johann David Wyss). This is a story of a marooned family and their adventures. Their film tree house was destroyed in a hurricane but the proud 200 foot saman tree in the Goldsborough Bay area still remains standing.
A new era
Not surprisingly, as was customary during this period by nations seeking to cash in, Tobago was “discovered” by the English in 1508 and was then fought over by the Dutch, Spanish, English, French and was also settled by Latvians and buccaneers (and some others too) well into the 18th Century. To be precise, the island changed hands 33 times! The place names bear witness to its bellicose and politically colourful past. It was ceded to the English in 1814 in the Treaty of Paris. In 1888 it was officially amalgamated with its larger island neighbour, Trinidad, in order to achieve greater financial stability for the island. In 1962 both Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Britain and finally became a republic in 1976.
Tobago is now almost wholly dependent on tourism. The straightforward, genuine, unaffected friendliness of its people, its unique unspoiled beauty, rain forests, diverse & exotic birdlife has gained the reputation for being the archetypal tropical island as portrayed in Daniel Dafoe’s 1791 novel, ‘Robinson Crusoe’.