Tobago is the smaller of the 2 Caribbean islands comprising the nation of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s known for its wide, sandy beaches and biodiverse tropical rainforest. Framed by mountains, the village-like port capital, Scarborough, is anchored by its central food market. Overlooking the city are the 18th-century ruins of Fort King George, now housing the Tobago Museum and its local art and artifacts.
Mon – Thurs 08.00 – 15.00.
Friday 08.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 17.00
Mon – Friday 08.00 – 16.30.
Saturdays 08.00 – 12.00.
Supermarkets generally stay open later.
Mon – Friday 08.00 – 16.00
Tobago’s official currency is the Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TT$).
US Dollars are widely accepted, as are credit cards.
The local language is English with their own local dialect!!
Tobago is 4/5 hours behind the UK.
GMT - 5 hours
GMT - 4 hours
Voltage is generally 110.
Generally safe to drink, but you can opt for bottled water if you prefer
The norm is casual dress, there are some hotels/restaurants which require a little more formal attire.
Topless bathing is strictly forbidden.
Please ensure to cover up if you are venturing into the shops from the beach.
Getting around the island
Getting around the island is relatively easy. Dimples can assist with car rentals. Petrol is very cheap, but PLEASE NOTE there are few petrol stations so don’t get caught out - refuel regularly. You’ll need a valid, full driving licence. Drive on the left; there is a 30 mph (50 kph) speed limit throughout Tobago..
There are buses - you have to purchase a ticket in advance from local stores.
The best way of getting around if you don’t need a rental for the day, is to pick up an ‘unofficial taxi’, or a maxi taxi. Tobago has a regulated taxi service that charges about the same as you’d pay back at home, but there is a network of unofficial taxis that seem to operate under a ‘blind eye’ system and it’s a bit like thumbing a lift.
A short ‘hop’ will cost you no more than 4 dollars – just over 20p.
This is a fabulous way of meeting and talking to the local people, who have the best information about where to go and
what to do. Official taxis can be spotted with a registration letter ‘H’
Location & Climate
The island experiences a consistent all year round average temperature of 30 degrees. To ensure you get a good tan
try to avoid the intense midday sun, between 11.00 – 14.00 and always use a high protection sun cream, especially on overcast days.
Tobago’s dry season, and peak season - January - May.
Rainy season - not to be confused with ‘monsoons’. Tobago’s rainy season is supposedly from June to December, but over the years the seasons have become somewhat blurred and the dry season seems to last longer than it used to.
The rainy season means the island is at it’s prettiest - lush and green, prices are at their lowest, and tourists are few
and far between.
Tobago is considered, like Trinidad, to be south of the hurricane belt. Hurricane Ivan did brush the north of Tobago in
September 2004, causing damage to property and trees, and tragically, one loss of life. Before Ivan in 2004, the last
hurricane to visit Tobago was Flora in 1963, which caused terrible damage. In 1963 there was no warning - which was
the reason why the island suffered so badly.
The wildlife in Tobago won’t kill you. There are no poisonous snakes, no man eating sharks, box jelly fish or pole
jumping, bird eating spiders. There are mosquitoes, so you should make sure you take along some relevant protection, or your could purchase Dimples Mosquito Repellent!