Four Days in Tobago
The dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers a beautifully balanced Caribbean getaway. Start in friendly Tobago, which is top-ranked for eco-adventure.
Island Tour Get an overview of the mountainous island on a guided tour with Ted’s Sunshine Tours. Check out Fort King George in the town of Scarborough, swim in the Argyle Falls and lunch at Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen, set in a tree house in Speyside.
Go Cruising Hop on a Tobago Waterholics boat tour of the Caribbean coast, delighting in tucked-away coves and secluded beaches. Snorkel Buccoo Reef, then wade in the crystalline Nylon Pool.
Rainforest Adventure Rise early for a hike in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest protected tropical rainforest, where you’ll spy many of Tobago’s 400-plus bird species. Later, enjoy dinner and a show at Itsy Bitsy Playhouse and Folk Theatre in Mount Pleasant, on the isle’s west end.
Sand and Waves Savour some beach time at popular Pigeon Point, or scuba dive along the world’s largest brain coral, off Speyside. Later, enjoy an evening horseback ride or a nighttime leatherback turtle-watching tour (in season).
Three Days in Port of Spain
Home to a world-famous Carnival, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s multicultural capital, offers plenty in the way of nightlife, exotic cuisine and big-city fun.
Outdoor delights Stroll Queen’s Park Savannah, where you can watch one of the cricket or football games played in fields throughout the sprawling green space. Later, take in the stunning flora at the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens.
Cultural classics Try a breakfast feast of traditional “doubles” (chickpea curry in fried bread), then walk it off with a tour through the National Museum & Art Gallery. For a taste of Carnival’s bejewelled costumes, visit Harts Mas (masquerade) Camp on Alcazar Street. At night, revel in the bars on Ariapita (a.k.a. The Avenue).
Day trip Explore Trinidad’s natural side at Asa Wright Nature Centre, tops for birdwatching, and Caroni Swamp, where hundreds of electric-red scarlet ibis fly in to roost at sunset. Back in POS, “lime” (or hang out) at the PCS Silver Stars panyard and listen to the steel band rehearse.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Port of Spain four times a week from Toronto.
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