Tobago & Caribbean magic

May 14, 2012 in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO | Comments (5)

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Pigeon Point

Tobago for sand and water

A really pleasant island, somehow untouristy despite its little craft stalls and days when cruise boats come … on those days the pace is quite different in the Scarborough area.

With the Caribbean on one side (or two) and the Atlantic on the other, there are different types of beaches, some thundered upon by wind and wave, others more protected.

The silky white paradise beach of the tourist  brochures is at Pigeon Point, an area fenced in and protected – with a modest charge for entry. Previously developed with restaurants and cabanas by private capital it was sold to the government recently, who have maintained the fencing and fees for entry. Probably the only way they can protect this wonderful resource.

Palm trees, turquoise water and real glittering white coral sand declare it a cut above other rather nice beaches  elsewhere. We ate at the restaurant on the beach – which did feel very local with its Caribbean fare and roaring fan combating the 30 deg heat. I ate red snapper (yet again).  

From the picturesque pier a little walk along the beach, we were given a taste of sea sports. A glass bottom boat ride, with a chance to snorkel on a coral reef and swim. Floating over Buccoo reef we saw plenty of picture pretty fish through the glass bottom  – more than usual said out guide – so perhaps our fab experience is not 100% guaranteed. Afer snorkeling the next stop was “nylon pool” . No pool was lowered as expected – it was purely a shimmering white sandbank covered by swimming-pool-deep turquoise seawater.

Our boat continued on to a romantic island of palms and sand – called no man’s land. A popular destination for boat rides, picnics and grill parties.

We were staying on the south western coast (Caribbean), the most developed area, with plenty of sandy biscuit coloured beaches and volcanic beaches, not too far a ride from this coral sand paradise. Some Atlantic side hotels (facing east) run shuttles to Pigeon Point  and Store Bay.

The north of the island, which we did not visit, is reputed to have many excellent drift snorkeling spots. Also the north boasts a mountain ridge with a long protected rainforest with attractive walks to waterfalls and so on.

Climate

Temperatures from  23 deg C to 32 deg C. July to December is the rainy period but September and October can be nice, and May and June can be rainy. It had rained for days when we arrived.

How to get to Tobago

Direct flights from Gatwick with BA and Virgin Atlantic. Flights from Trinidad and New York with Caribbean Airlines. Between Trinidad and Tobago the air shuttle service goes every hour, for a modest charge. So it is easy to put a Trinidad experience in your Tobago itinerary.


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