Tobago, the smaller and quieter half of the pair that is Trinidad and Tobago, makes quite the destination for ecotourists and beach lovers. Those going here fly to Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport, located at the southwestern tip of the island near the town of Canaan. It welcomes more than 700,000 passengers annually in the recent years, making it a relatively busy airport that ranks before various islands in the Antilles.
Once named Crown Point International Airport when it first opened in 1940, Tobago's port of entry was given its present name in 2011 after the third Prime Minister. This signalled new development programs which would open another terminal building and add jet bridges. The runway will also be renovated to make it more accessible for bigger planes in the future. This promises more convenient flights upon arrival in Tobago, which can make a fitting good first impression on the island.
What to see & do
Crown Point, which lies near the airport of Tobago, makes an excellent introduction of the island with its wide range of accommodations, dining options, and nightlife. One will also find here beautiful beaches such as Store Bay, where one can enjoy a variety of amenities; from glass-bottom boat trips to the Buccoo Reef, to rides on jet skis and banana boats. A stay at Pigeon Point, a rather exclusive resort, is also worth considering due to the landscaped grounds and restaurants. Those looking for a simpler alternative, however, can make their way to Canoe Bay, which is popular area for families.
Those out to replenish supplies before checking out the wilder countryside can venture to Scarborough, a crowded port city in the island. One will find here various delightful landmarks, though, such as Fort King George, a British fort built between 1777 and 1779. Its restored colonial-era buildings and splendid views of Scarborough Bay make it a pleasing side trip. From here, one can visit Tobago Museum to look at various artefacts and then head to the Botanical Gardens to relax in the lush surroundings. Flowering trees and shrubs flourish here, making it a restful place to be after a busy day in the city.
Heading west or east of Tobago lets one find breathtaking views of the island. Windward Road to the east is a fascinating destination despite its dark-sand beaches. Rugged sceneries make up the main sights here, with Argyle Falls as its crowning glory. As the highest waterfall in Tobago, this area attracts tourists to view it, making it essential to go early for those who want to avoid the crowds. Those going west to Castara, on the other hand, will find it a more peaceful alternative to Crown Point due to the lack of crowds. The picturesque setting offers snorkelling opportunities by the coast of Heavenly Bay while others can go on boating trips or hike inland.
Those out for ecotourism will find the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve a delight with its rich tropical rainforest. It is arguably the oldest legally protected forest in the western hemisphere with a rich biodiversity. Flora and fauna flourish here, especially various bird species such as the blue-backed manakin, collared trogon, and different types of hummingbirds. Frogs, lizards, butterflies, and other species also abound here. Those on the lookout for more native wildlife and beautiful surroundings can also check out Little Tobago, an island on the east end across from Speyside. Birdwatching is popular here, due to the red-footed boobies, frigate birds, and more.
How to get around within Tobago
Travellers can make their way conveniently around Tobago. One can find a regular bus service from Crown Point to Scarborough, as well as Plymouth via Buccoo and Mt Irvine. Most villages on the island can also be reached by bus, making it an important transport option. Bus departures from Scarborough can also be found here, but they are sometimes unreliable due to the small number of passengers. When available, they bring passengers to Charlotteville via Speyside, Parlatuvier via Castara, and Roxborough.
Taxis are also another option for those staying in the area of Crown Point, Mt Irvine, Buccoo, and Charlotteville. Bicycles are also available for rent, as well as cars for those who want to take care of their own transportation needs.
How to get there
Those planning to visit Tobago can book connecting flights to A.N.R. Robinson International Airport. Regular and seasonal flights are offered by airlines serving here, which include British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Gol Transportes Aereos, and Novair. They transport passengers between the island and Frankfurt, London-Gatwick, New York-JFK, Port of Spain, São Paulo-Guarulhos, and Stockholm-Arlanda.
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