Beaches, jungle, wildlife, adventure…this little island packs a huge punch!  Best of all, it hasn’t been taken over by tourism yet.  If Tobago isn’t already on your travel list, it should be.  Based on our experiences, I’ve created a one week Tobago itinerary to get you started!

We had the pleasure of living and working in Trinidad for a year which means incredibly easy access to its sister isle, Tobago.  The two islands make up one nation and there is an ‘air bridge’ between them.  This is a 15 minute flight that runs just like a bus service, every half hour.  We were lucky enough to get across to Tobago a few times during our year and toured the entire island.  We actually completed a modified version of this One Week Tobago Itinerary so we know what we’re talking about!

 

One Week Tobago Itinerary

Day One

Fly into ANR Airport.  From here you can easily walk to your hotel in Crown Point, or there are numerous taxis waiting outside to take you.  Check in and take the rest of the day to get to know the area.  Walk down to Store Bay and have the local specialty, Curried Crab and Dumpling.  You could walk over to Fort Milford (nothing much to see but worth the wander anyway).

Check out our list of where to eat and stay in the Crown Point area here.

Deserted beach with golden sand and seaweed in Tobago.

 

Day Two

Option 1: Beach day at Pigeon Point.  If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Brett at Radical Sports Tobago to try some kiteboarding, windsurfing, SUP or Hobie sailing.  Alternatively, relax on the beautiful white sand beach and take a dip in the turquoise waters when the sun gets too much.

Option 2: Take a glass bottom boat tour to the Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef, or a Catamaran ride.  These tours generally leave from Store Bay.  You can book in advance if you like but you will have no problem finding people wanting to take you out if you just show up at the beach!

Option 3: Head over to Mount Irvine Beach for some surfing.  Take a taxi and spend the day at the beach.  There are few much quieter bays that you can walk to from here.  Keep in mind that surfing season is officially September to May, with larger more powerful waves.  Depending on your skill level, plan your surfing adventure accordingly!

Two palm trees hanging over the calm water on Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago

 

Day Three

Pick up your rental car first thing and head out along the north coast.  We rented from Sheppy’s Auto Rental and had a great experience.  The cars aren’t the newest but the process was relaxed, the price was competitive and the company is local.  Stop and hike at Highland Falls.  Find out more about this hike and other Best Things to do in Tobago.

When you’ve had enough, return to your car and continue heading north past Castara until you reach Englishman’s Bay.  About 1.5km past Castara you will see a sign indicating a left turn, the beach itself isn’t visible from the road.  Here you can relax in the sand, snorkel and have lunch at Eula’s Restaurant.  Refueled, continue your drive up to Speyside and check into your hotel for the night.

Find out where to stay and eat in Speyside here.

Highland Waterfall gushing through a narrow gorge between rocks in Tobago.

 

Day Four

Option 1:  In the morning head out on a dive.  If you are not certified you can book a resort dive, if you have your certificate you will have a few more options.  There are a number of dive shops but, more than likely, your hotel will have one and may give you a ‘stay and dive’ deal.

Option 2: Take a boat tour to Little Tobago for excellent bird watching.

In the afternoon, drive over to Flagstaff Hill for the beautiful view over the Caribbean.  This is a great spot to take a picnic too.

View of emerald water and dense treed hills around Charlotteville, Tobago.

 

Day Five

Check out of your hotel and head to Charlotteville for lunch at The Suckhole.  This has become THE place to eat and we discovered why.  Arrive early and be prepared to wait.  We took cards and played Cribbage to waste away the hour+ wait for our food.  Get the catch of the day, you won’t regret it!

Walk off your massive lunch along the bay in Charlotteville and watch the fishermen at work.  Get back in the car and head over to Pirates Bay for a swim, snorkel or sunbathe.  See this post for more information on how to get there.  When you’ve had enough (be sure to leave enough time before dark), drive to Castara for the night.

Check out our list of places to eat and stay in the Castara here.

Golden sand, rocky cliffs and turquoise water at Pirates Bay, Charlotteville in Tobago.

 

Day Six

No Tobago itinerary would be complete without a visit into the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.  Get up early and drive into the forest for a hike.  We recommend the Gilpin Trail, the main trail through the reserve, that includes three waterfalls and lots of diversity.  However, there are other options depending on your preference.  Read more about the hikes here.  After your hike you will almost certainly be hot, sweaty and hungry.

Stop in Parlatuvier for a swim if you like but be sure to go to Glasgow Bar perched on the cliff above the town to the southwest.  Sit upstairs for the best view.  We only stopped here for a refreshing beer however another group’s food arrived at their table just before we left and it looked delicious.  Don’t make the same mistake we did, go ahead and order!  The rest of the afternoon can be spent in Castara.  Try snorkelling and maybe you’ll see the large stingray population here.

Terry hiking deep in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago.

 

Day Seven

On your way back to the airport, stop in Scarborough and visit Fort King George if you have time.  It’s an interesting cultural and historical place in addition to the amazing views across to Trinidad.  Alternatively, any of the other activities or places that you didn’t have time for earlier in the week could fit in here.

Looking over two canons to the Tobago coast and Caribbean Sea at Fort King George.

 

NOTE

This Tobago itinerary allows for a day to go SCUBA diving.  If you don’t plan to dive, or birdwatch, we would suggest skipping Speyside.  There really isn’t much else to do here.  If you choose to skip this section either spend an extra day around Crown Point or Castara.  This will give you more time to do one of the other suggested options, an extra day of your chosen watersport or just have an extra beach day!

It is also possible to complete this in reverse if you would rather end with a relaxing day at the beach.  This would be an especially good option if you arrive early and leave late.

 

 

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Sun behind a palm tree at Pigeon Point, Tobago

 

Have you ever been to Tobago?  What would your ideal Tobago itinerary look like?  What is top of your ‘must do’ list?  Add your ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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Claire

Welcome! I'm an elementary school teacher who loves to get out of the classroom and travel. Together with my husband, we write about traveling as a couple while keeping permanent jobs at home in Canada. Too old for hostels, we're wiling to splurge on comfort and amazing experiences but cut costs wherever we can. When I'm not in the classroom or traveling, I can be found on a squash court, beach or golf course.

3 Comments

jacqueline Martin · December 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Hi there
thanks for the most informative reveiw of Tobago. We booked a last minute vacation and leaving the 27th of december. Know very little about Tobago so are looking forward to exploring. We are stayng at a resort. We were looking at renting a car and just doing some day trips. Can you assist us by providing info on spliting up the itinerary into day trips….versus one continuous trips. I do not have a concept of what is realistic from travel perspective although the island is so small I am sure we could cover all your recommended sites on a daily basis. many thanks
also- what currency do they prefer?

    Claire · December 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I’m so excited for you!! It’s such a great island. You can drive the whole island in one day (although it would be a lot of time driving and not so much exploring…) so you really could do anything you wanted in a day trip. What are you interested in? Beaches, nature, activities? Pigeon Point is a must. Nylon Pool/Buccoo Reef tour is a fun afternoon. Hike to a waterfall (there are many, some paid, some free). The best beaches are between Pigeon Point and Charlotteville along the north coast. I have a post on the best beaches too… Feel free to email me at claire@pastthepotholes.com with an idea of the types of activities you are most interested in and I’d be happy to send you a few ideas!

    As for currency, they have their own called Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (about 1:5 CDN or 1:7 USD). Larger businesses in touristy locations will accept USD and credit cards but it would be best to have some local money on you too for smaller places.

    Katherine Di Cesare · December 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Hello. We just booked a trip also staying at a resort leaving on the 20 th and staying 2 weeks. Just wondering what resort you guys are staying at?

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