As usual Tobago does not quite fit the mould when it comes to the classification “hotel”! Yes there are some typical hotels which just have rooms and suites and various dining options. These include La Magdalena, Bacolet Beach Club, Kariwak and Half Moon Blue. However there are also other options which give the guest more choice in that the accommodation is fully equipped for self catering yet there are some hotel facilities on site such as a bar, restaurant and on site manager and in some cases a shared pool. This arrangement gives more flexibility in that you can opt to cater for yourself for some of the time and usually for breakfast but there is also the option of eating on site and having the advice and support of an on site manager. This kind of arrangement may be found at Castara Retreats, Blue Waters Inn and Stonehaven.
The area of Bacolet is a quiet enclave located near to the bustling capital Scarborough. The Bacolet Beach club and the Half Moon Blue hotels are located here. Bacolet Beach is good for body surfing and you can get a simple lunch there from the Bluehaven Hotel Beach cafe. The locals play beach football on Sundays which is great fun to watch.
Speyside is a quiet village right in the north of Tobago. This is where the best diving is in Tobago but there is also great snorkelling especially on Batteaux reef just off Blue Waters Inn Hotel. A 20 minute local boat ride away is the uninhabited 450 acre island of Little Tobago (also known as Bird of Paradise Island). Here there are opportunities to hike up to the top (200 feet) for stunning views and to watch the birdlife and especially the red-billed tropicbirds wheeling around the cliffs.
Situated on the Caribbean side of Tobago, Englishman's Bay is a totally unspoilt idylic horsehoe shaped bay with tropical rainforest cascading down to the white sand. Green parrots are often to be seen in the trees and Pelicans wheeling and diving. There is one small tin shack on the beach and this houses Iulia's where you can get a cold soft drink and a simple local lunch cooked on a primus. There is also a small selection of things to buy from carvings to sarongs. It is a magical spot.
Mount Irvine is known for its beaches, the well established Mount Irvine golf course and the large luxurious villas with views of both. Located on the Caribbean side of the island the beaches here are calmer than those on the Atlantic side. There are two great beaches here. Mount Irvine beach and Mount Irvine Hotel beach. Both have facilities bar, simple food and loos but the Mount Irvine beach is larger and busier. There is great snorkeling off the beach and unusually there is a reef to one side which creates excellent waves for surfing or body boarding and there are locals here who will hire you a board. The Mount Irvine hotel beach has a security guard on duty during the day and you can hire sun loungers from the bar area.
Tobago is a small and relatively unknown island. It is only 8 miles wide and 26 miles long but it takes a couple of hours to drive from one end to the other due to the rather windy road that travels South to North. There is no mass tourism here and hence not the development that tends to go with it. The most developed area of the island is in the South in the vicinity of the airport. Here you will find the lively beaches of Store Bay and Pigeon Point, hotels, bars and restaurants. The capital and port, Scarborough is also in the south of the island. It is a lively scene all in a rather laid back way! The north side of the island is the Caribbean side with calm seas. Here you will find the stunning bays and beaches of Stonehaven, Arnos Vale, Castara. Englishmens Bay and Pirates Bay. The other side of the island is the windward side and the Atlantic Ocean. Here the waves tend to be a bit bigger and you will find the equally stunning bays of Bacolet, King's Bay, Batteaux Bay and the lovely village of Speyside. At the very top or Northern point is the rather remote and charming village of Charlottesville. The Eastern side of the island is where the rainforest is located. The central main ridge rises steeply from the palm fringed beaches below. It is a hiking and bird watching untouched paradise. Then just off Speyside is the small uninhabited island of Little Tobago. Locals take visitors out to the island to hike up to the top for the views and to watch the wonderful bird life. Finally surrounding the whole island is the amazing underwater world. It is dotted with reefs offering fabulous diving and snorkelling oportunities.
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Tobago Carnival is coming soon!
Did you know that Tobago Carnival is in February in 2015?
Many visitors flock to this huge street party and cultural event. Normally the main roads are full with attendants dressed in tattered, sparkling outfits and feathered head dresses as they dance to Soca music. The event usually features a Soca music competition, a steel pan band competition and the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen.
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Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
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Guardian Travel Awards 2014
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Goat Racing in Tobago
‘Dogs is America, Horses is England, Camel is Egypt and Goat is Tobago’! There are many ways to celebrate Easter but in Buccoo, Tobago the annual Goat Race is all they are talking about. The contestants have been training for months, the thoroughbred goats have been massaged and prepped, the bookies are deciding the odds and the weeks excitement kicks of tomorrow! If you would like to experience Goat Racing for yourself please email email@example.com to make arrangements for Easter 2015. You Tube Clip