Saturday, 6 December 2014

Find the real Caribbean on Tobago

THE Tobago Travel Guide highlights what the island has to offer in terms of culture, food, wildlife, and nature. managing director, Justin Francis, says: ‘Despite its size, Tobago is setting a real example to other Caribbean destinations in terms of responsible, authentic tourism. With insider tips, podcasts and expert advice from Tobagonians, our travel guide gives tourists a chance to discover that a Caribbean holiday can be much more enriching than just a traditional beach break’.

Taken from the guide, gives ten reasons to visit Tobago. Here are some of them:

Board a boat: Its cove-filled coastline and outlying Little Tobago and Goat Islands, are best explored from the water, giving tourists a chance to be a real pirate of the Caribbean.

World-class underwater wildlife: Jacques Cousteau rated Tobago’s Buccoo Reef as the third most spectacular reef in the world, so it’s not surprising that the island has some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

Turtle time: Discover some of the Caribbean’s most secretive residents. 

Hawksbill and endangered giant Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Tobago’s Caribbean shores, around Courland Bay, Grafton Beach and Mt Irvine Back Bay from March to September each year.

Roam the rainforest: The Main Ridge Forest Reserve has protected the island’s trees and main source of freshwater since 1776, when it was a pioneer of conservation. 

Now visitors can roam the 10,000 acres of untouched rainforest in search of armadillos, hummingbirds, peccaries and iguanas.

Local recipes over international imports: Island cuisine is stubbornly local and often the only option served.

Hail local heritage: With home-grown festivals across the island each month, there’s no escaping traditional Caribbean culture on Tobago. The Tobago Heritage Festival, each July and August, parades its way around the island, with individual communities showcasing their own cultural highlights.

Delve into history: The English, Dutch, and French have fought over Tobago, and its colonial history has shaped the island today. Heritage festivals and forts tell some stories, but the best tales are those told by the Tobagonians themselves.

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Picture Credit: "Castara Village Beach" Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons; "Tobago-sunset" by Reinhard Jahn via Wikimedia Commons;  'Leatherback LEVIATHAN' by Steve Garvie - Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland via Wikimedia Commons

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