7 Reasons Why Tobago is Travel Bucket List Material

Live anywhere long enough and you’re inclined to become immune to its charm. The beaches aren’t as dazzling. The culture isn’t as fascinating. The residents aren’t as welcoming. And your day-to-day activities tend to dull the shine of otherwise exciting experiences.

Lucky for me, Tobago isn’t just ‘anywhere’, it’s paradise on earth. So, after two stints and a total of almost 3 years, I still remain in awe and enamored of this most remarkable Caribbean island I have the privilege of calling Home.

The smaller of the pair of islands that comprise the twin island state of T&T, Tobago is the authentic and unadulterated complement to her industrialized Big Sister, Trinidad. Of course, the destination isn’t ideal for everyone but, if you’re a conscientious traveler who truly wants to ‘get away’ from it all, Destination Tobago should be on your Travel Bucket List.

Here’s why…

1. Because…Seclusion #offthegrid

Beaches and waterfalls all to yourself. Uncluttered hiking and biking trails. Great restaurants that don’t require a reservation. And uncrowded boutique hotels. Still a relatively undiscovered gem, Tobago is one of the few Caribbean islands that offers the natural beauty travelers are seeking without the horde of tourists. No crowds. No lines. No rush. The island’s tourism product favors eco experiences that provide a reprieve from the masses so serenity is almost guaranteed.

2. Because…Authenticity. #truthintravel

Whether its a result of calculated restraint or unconscious happenstance, Tobago has managed to remain unspoiled by the wave of development that has turned many Caribbean islands into cookie cutter resort destinations. In Tobago, modernization is tempered by tradition and the natural environment is allowed to flourish in a manner that delivers a vintage Caribbean experience. While on the island you can still drive into the countryside and purchase bread baked fresh in a dirt oven; or visit a village during its annual Harvest and be fed delicious home cooked meals by complete strangers; or acquire free fish after helping fishermen pull in their catch. Indeed, if simple pleasures are what you’re seeking, Tobago’s ability to deliver the perfect dose of comfort alongside an unpretentious atmosphere makes it worthy of your travel bucket list.

3. Because…Beaches. #vitaminsea

Travel Bucket List: Perfect seclusion is one of the reasons why #Tobago should be on your #travel #bucket list.

Gorgeous beaches aren’t exclusive to Tobago, but it doesn’t hurt that the island is full of them. Fifty-five to be exact (at least according to tourism officials). We’re talking the startling sapphire blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the vibrant emerald green of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. There are secluded bays that can only be accessed by boat; romantic coves just big enough for two people; long stretches of powder soft sand that host only a handful of people at a time; and of course, for those who need it, a selection of beach facilities with all the amenities required for a comfortable day-long excursion. Whatever your preference, there are scores of options from which you can choose and I promise that none of them will leave you disappointed.

4. Because…Views #nofilter

Travel Bucket List: Amazing #views is one of the reasons why #Tobago should be on your #travel #bucket list.

Pastel colored fishing boats bobbing on sapphire blue waters. Kaleidoscopic houses dotting emerald green hillsides. It seems that along every winding road, around almost every bend, there’s a vibrant vista waiting to take your breath away and stop you dead in your tracks. Even the island’s bars are measured based on the quality of their views. A photographer (professional or amateur) could easily exhaust multiple memory cards shooting the views you’ll encounter on any given day. An avid Instagrammer will quickly fill up their smartphone with enough selfies and plandids to keep their profiles relevant for weeks. And those appreciators of true beauty, who aren’t concerned with lighting, angles, or social media validation, will be perfectly content to do nothing but soak in the sheer beauty of the scene before them. Whichever category you fall into, the many postcard perfect views you’ll encounter the deeper you escape into Tobago’s countryside, is enough for you to add this island to your travel bucket list.

5. Because…Culture #exploremore

Travel Bucket List: The island's rich culture is one of the reasons why #Tobago should be on your #travel #bucket list.

Tobago has one of the richest, most well preserved cultures in the Caribbean. The sight of goats thundering down a race track tethered to jockeys by precisely 9 feet of rope is not something you see everyday but visit the island during Easter and the annual goat races is all anyone will be talking about. Similarly, the thought of joining a community-wide wedding procession featuring a bride, a groom and several dozen bridesmaids and groomsmen sounds unreal, but make your way to the village of Moriah during the Heritage Festival and you’ll find yourself swept up in the melee. But all of these things are a part of the Tobago experience and Tobagonians do their very best to preserve these traditions and promote them to curious visitors.

6. Because…Nature. #naturelovers

Travel Bucket List: Vibrant, untouched nature is one of the reasons why #Tobago should be on your #travel #bucket list.

Within its 116 square miles and the surrounding ocean, Tobago lays claim to approximately 55 beaches; the oldest rain forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere; over 20 dive sites; the largest brain coral in the world; over a dozen (known) waterfalls; 220 species of birds; 110 species of butterflies; a sandbar whose water allegedly holds mystical powers; acres upon acres of explorable mangrove swamp and so much more. The island’s terrain includes towering hills that deliver gorgeous views, as well as deep valleys that contain hidden coves and rippling rivers. Whether you’re looking for a soft adventure amidst Tobago’s more rugged landscapes, or you just want to relax on a quiet beach without any interruptions, the island’s natural offerings can cater to your needs.

7. Because…Trinidad. #islandhopping

Truthfully, if Tobago is your cup of tea, Trinidad might not be high on your list. But, if you’ve already journeyed this far, take advantage of the two-for-one travel deal that is T&T. Often referred to as the NYC of the Caribbean, Trinidad brings the hype and vibes. Home to the famous Trinidad Carnival, the island also offers a vibrant nightlife and extensive shopping. So, if you’re looking to pick up the pace a little bit, or you’re simply curious, you can hop on a 20 minute flight or take a 3 hour ferry ride to Trinidad an soak up a completely different experience.

Fact: This type of off-the-beaten path vacationing might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If however, you’re the type of traveler whose ideal Caribbean vaca includes secluded beaches, million dollar views, and unique cultural experiences, then Tobago needs to be on your travel itinerary. So hop online and book your flight to come pay us a visit!

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Travel Bucket List: Secluded beaches, vibrant nature and rich cultural experiences...all reasons why #Tobago should be on your travel bucket list.

34 Comment

  1. Ian says: Reply

    I have to admit, Tobago didn’t spring to mind when thinking of caribbean options but this does look appealing. I do tend to enjoy destinations that are a little less travelled too.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I’m glad you were able to learn a little something about Tobago from this post, I really hope you’re able to visit some day!

  2. Varsha says: Reply

    Great to know the new destination. Otherwise, caribean islands are tourist pack places. Nice photographs also.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much and happy to introduce you to Tobago. So few Caribbean islands deliver the serenity Tobago does 🙂

  3. Vibeke says: Reply

    The beaches look amazing. Photo nr 3 looks incredible. I have only been to Mexico and Cuba in the Caribbean. Would love to visit more places that are not so overwhelmed with tourists. Tobago seems like an amazing place with lots of spirit and colour. Hope I get to visit one time 🙂 Thank you for this list as I didn’t know much about Tobago 🙂

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by and so glad the post piqued your interest in Tobago. I do hope you’re able to visit soon, you’ll love it!

  4. I’ve always had Tobago on my list for a while. Digital nomads rate it as the best coworking space, expats also think her landscape is paradisaical. Your post and the pictures make me want to kick start 2018 with a Tobago visit. I can’t get my eyes off her numerous beaches. I’ve read about the colorful carnivals of Trinidad, and I think it’s an experience worth to experience in a lifetime.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      That’s amazing – and yay to such great kudos from Digital Nomads! Tobago would be a great place to start the new year. And if you’re here in February then you definitely need to make it to Trinidad for Carnival on the 12 and 13. It’s EPIC!

  5. Cyril says: Reply

    Your blog post is very good. It has made me want to add Tobago to my bucket list. We would love the beaches, hiking and biking trails. I will be doing some more research on Tobago to see how difficult it is to visit from Spain.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      So happy to hear that! There are direct flights to Tobago from Germany and the UK so you can pick up connections there. I do hope you’re able to visit soon!

  6. Anita says: Reply

    Sounds like a great place to visit. I am from Latvia and because of that I want to admit that for a short period of time Tobago was a colony of our country more specifically of Duchy of Courland. Thanks for detailed information and stuninng pictures.

  7. Really wonderful that such a place still exists nowadays, as mass tourism seems to be taking over the whole planet! I am a nature and secluded places lover so… I think I would really enjoy it there. The culture seems pretty colorful too!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Yes, fortunately Tobago doesn’t fall into that category…the perfect place for a Caribbean escape 🙂

  8. I can feel the colourful vibes from Tobago through your pictures, but it definitely feels like a place you need to see for yourself to truly appreciate it. The sea looks very inviting!

  9. There are so many things in this post that made me stop and think “I didn’t know that about Tobago”. To be honest, I think about the island every four years when the soccer World Cup rolls around. But now I want to see the goat races (I’m intrigued), and taste that bread! I also thought the island wasn’t big enough to have 55 beaches! I’m going to have to get there now 🙂

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Lol @ the World Cup reference but I’m happy I was able to make you think about Tobago in the context of travel! The goat races are amazing and truly something you can’t ever experience anywhere else. Not to mention the dirt oven bread is the best you’ll ever taste! I do hope you can visit soon, I think you’ll really love it!

  10. Marvi says: Reply

    You’ve definitely convinced me to want to visit Tobago! Tobago does seem to have a lot to offer: from the wide variety of beaches to rain forest reserve and the fun-filled festivities, it is definitely a must-visit!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I’m so glad you feel that way! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I do hope you’re able to visit Tobago soon!

  11. You made me want to add Tobago to my bucket list. I would love the beaches, hiking and biking trails. I haven’t been outside Europe for some time now, this will be a great opportunity

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      If you’re going to be venturing outside of Europe for the first time in a while then I think Tobago is exactly where you need to be 🙂

  12. Unta says: Reply

    I learned so much! I never thought about Tobago in this way. Beautiful places and photos.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by, so happy you found the post helpful. I hope you’ll pay us a visit soon 🙂

  13. I’ve been to so many of the islands over the years, just have not had the opportunity to visit Tobago. It does look like a stellar place and I love the idea of having it all to myself. Nothing is worse than heading to the larger islands and standing in a single file line to get up to a waterfall or sitting on a beach with tons of cruise ship guests. Off the beaten path is 100% my cup of tea – thanks for sharing.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Sounds like you’d absolutely love Tobago!

  14. All the reasons you mention sound great. Tobago has everything going for it and your post has me convinced! Islands and beaches are not always my first pick but this one is in a different league altogether.

  15. Beautiful paradise indeed! Tobago is very similar to the beaches of the Philippines, especially the more secluded ones. We would love to visit Tobago. How is the local scuba diving scene there?

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      From photos I would agree that Tobago’s similar to the Philippines, I’ve never been but hope to visit within the next couple of years 🙂 The diving here is great! We’ve got a little bit of everything from wrecks to walls and we have dive sites that cater to varying levels of experience. Being honest, there are several other islands in the region that have better diving than Tobago (especially as it relates to visibility) but I love love love diving here at home as much as I do in Grenada or Martinique or any of the other destinations I’ve been to.

  16. neha says: Reply

    Seclusion and beaches are on top of my own 2018 travel bucket list. It looks like Tobago makes for a perfect destination to experience both of these. Thanks for all the information. I will see if I can plan a trip to this lovely destination this year.

  17. Suma says: Reply

    All the reasons sounds so tempting enough to pack my bags and fly to Tobago. From what I have seen so far in pictures, the beaches look gorgeous. I’m yet to explore the Caribbean, Tobago will definitely top my list just for all the seclusion and lovely scenery!

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I hope you really do make it to Tobago some day, it’s the perfect paradise for an escape!

  18. Tobago looks like a slice of paradise indeed. You are really blessed to call this beautiful and exotic place your home. The beaches look gorgeous and the place seems to be doubly blessed with nature. Hope to spend some time in the future in this beautiful heaven that you call home.

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      Thanks so much! Tobago really is a paradise. I hope you’re able to visit soon!

  19. Tobago got me with seclusion, authenticity and heaps of Vitamin sea. I hope to visit this part of the world soon. Thank you for taking me on a virtual tour via your blog post 🙂

    1. islandgirlintransit says: Reply

      I hope you’re able to visit Tobago soon, it really is a gem!

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