Scarborough Port of Call
Tobago is a world apart from the glamour and affluence of other
Caribbean islands. Instead this is where you can find the old world
West Indian character, abundant natural beauty, and laid back
relaxing atmosphere that makes a refreshing change from the
packaged, shopping trips that more structured cruise port
destination can offer. The result is that Tobago is rapidly
increasing in popularity as a cruise destination, and for the first
time visitor numbers exceeded 100,000 in 2008.
Two-thirds of the island is a nature reserve, containing a profusion of wildlife rivalling the Galapagos Islands for density and variety. A new pier is currently being built at Scarborough port that will allow larger cruise ships to berth. For now ships drop anchor in the bay and passengers are tendered to port in smaller boats.
Trinidad & Tobago Hotel & Tourism Association (Tobago
Tel: +868 639 9543
Blue Band Maxi taxis are the most popular form of transport; they have set routes and prices, but no schedule and are not reliable after 9pm. Regular taxis are identified with an 'H' on the number plate. Buses are run by PTSC from the terminal at Sangster's Hill in Scarborough. Cars can be rented from numerous companies with rates starting from $40 per day.
Close to town is Pigeon Point beach which is great for sun-bathers. Fort King George is worth a visit for a historical perspective on the area, while nature lovers and tweeters will should visit the X rainforest reserve - the oldest protected forest in the western hemisphere - where among other treasures is the three-tiered Argyle waterfall can be seen. Off shore snorkeling is another good option. The are countless excellent beaches around the island.
Pelican Reef - laid back, authentic local joint with excellent food and abundant character
The Seahorse Inn - great views over Stonehaven Bay, extensive menu
The Arnos Vale Waterwheel - incredible and truly unique rainforest setting with wonderful seafood
Crab and dumpling
Scarborough market is famous for its leather goods, while Morshead Plaza has got a great range of local sauces and spices. Store Bay's 35-booth Craft Market is a great place for shell jewellery and other local knick-knacks.
Miniature steelpans (kettle drums)
Go hobie-cat sailing or diving in the crystal clear waters
Dive one of the 50 recognised dive sites around the island
Catch a boat to Englishman's Bay
Golf at the PGA designed Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club
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