Tobago – watersports paradise

TOP ACTIVITIES

Diving
Tobago has some of the best diving in the Caribbean with more than 400 different species of fish and sea creatures, and spectacular reefs and corals. The nutrient-rich waters flowing from Venezuela’s Orinoco River offer the chance to drift dive and interact with the marine life – everything from rays and turtles to wonderfully named fish such as Flamingo Tongues, Sea Goddess and Secretary Blennies.

Bird watching and nature
With thousands of species of flowering plants, 600 types of butterfly and 230 species of tropical birds, Tobago is a nature lover’s haven. The island offers a great variety of natural habitats for birds including tropical rain forests, mangrove swamp, marshland, open country and scrubland, gardens, parks and coast.

Get on a horse
Enjoy the beauty of horses, with a ride through Buccoo’s Woodlands, then along the sandy beaches and out into the sea.

Watersports
Constant breezes over the calm Bon Accord lagoon provide excellent windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddlesurfing. As an added treat, night time paddlesurfers can experience some amazing phosphorescence in the waters.

Golf and Fishing
For golfers, the courses at Mount Irvine and the Magdalena Grande offer challenging play in the most gorgeous surroundings; while at Castara, fishing remains the main earner and visitors can join the fisherman as they pull in their seine nets – a traditional way of hauling in their catch which still continues today.

 

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Rainforests
Tobago features the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere covering a third of the island.  New for 2016, a tree-top tour is being built in the Main Ridge rainforest. Spanning 1.5km and taking two hours to complete, it will enable visitors to experience the natural rainforest and tropical birdlife up close.

Pigeon Point
The most beautiful beach in Tobago. Blessed with soft, white sand and picturesque palm trees, Pigeon Point Beach stretches for miles with calm, turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can also enjoy water sports like windsurfing, stand up paddling and jet skiing. This idyllic beach is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty which has become an internationally recognised signature of Tobago.

Nylon Pool
The most famous sandbank in the world. Located off Pigeon Point, and one of the most visited attractions, Nylon Pool is a gleaming offshore coralline sandbar that has formed a spectacular metre-deep pool in the middle of the ocean. The name comes from Princess Margaret, who reportedly said the water was as clear as her nylon stockings.

Sunday School
Not a religious affair, Sunday School is a loud, vibrant street party. The perfect way of sampling one aspect of Tobagonian social life and people watching. The party starts at 8pm every Sunday evening when the Buccooneers Steel Band orchestra play pan for a couple of hours, followed by DJs playing reggae and soca late into the night – a must visit.

Events
The island hosts a series of events which are attractions in themselves. In particular Carnival and the Jazz Festival.

 

Stay Tobago:

Birdie’s Nest – Tobago Self-Catering Vacation Apartments

Birdie’s Nest holiday apartments are a gem, tucked away beside the beach on the Caribbean coast of Tobago, at Great Courland Bay. Located at the end of a country lane, the apartment house is quite and secluded, but not remote. Far away enough away from the village to hear just the sound of the birds and the ocean, yet near enough to enjoy the village steelband, a Carib beer at the local “rum shop”, or church on Sunday!

www.birdiesnesttobago.com

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