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Tobago

Mark and David's verdict:

Tobago is the Caribbean of your imagination. Pristine beaches, children playing cricket, a friendly bar serving cold beer and barbecued shrimp, fishing boats bobbing in the sea. Untroubled by mass tourism, this picturesque island has some excellent hotels and direct flights from the UK.

Recommended tour operator: Tropical Sky

Pigeon Point

Tropical Sky says

Less developed than some of its Caribbean neighbours, the laid-back island of Tobago offers beautiful beaches and colourful local culture. Its people are welcoming and friendly and the charming hotels see the same guests return year after year.

  • Friendly island
  • Natural beauty
  • Superb beaches

Tobago’s coral reefs are particularly attractive, for both snorkelling and diving,with an amazing diversity of tropical fish, rays, turtles and sharks. There are three shipwrecks off the island’s coast to explore. The most popular, the Maverick ferry, once operated the route between Trinidad and Tobago and was sunk to create an artificial diving reef.

Back on land, Tobago is home to the western hemisphere’s oldest rainforest and abundant birdlife with over 240 species. Check out our beginners’ guide to Tobago for more about this enticing island.

One of our most popular hotels on Tobago is Coco Reef Resort. The most luxurious resort on the island, Coco Reef has its own private beach accessed through beautifully maintained gardens. Located on the western tip, it has 135 rooms and suites and an excellent restaurant. It also offers tennis courts, a swimming pool, exercise room and spa, and complimentary non-motorised water sports.

Families and couples alike will love the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort & Spa. Not only does it have its own 18-hole golf course but there’s also a five star PADI dive centre, kids clubs and pool, spa and free shuttle service to one of Tobago’s most popular landmarks, Pigeon Point.

One of our other favourites is the laid back Blue Waters Inn, the perfect choice for divers and bird watchers. All the rooms and bungalows are just steps from the fabulous beach and backed by lush rainforest. The atmosphere here oozes barefoot simplicity at its best.

We offer a selection of villas too – with a wide choice of restaurants and colourful local markets, self-catering is a great option in Tobago and it’s easy to hire a car and drive around.

Find out more about our beach holidays in Tobago and our latest special offers in the Caribbean.

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