Scarborough Port of Call
Tobago is a world apart from the glamour and affluence of most other Caribbean islands, and even very distinct in character from neighbouring Trinidad. Instead this is where you can find the old world West Indian character, abundant natural beauty, and laid back atmosphere that makes a refreshing change from the packaged trips that more crowded cruise ports offer. The result is that Tobago is rapidly increasing in popularity as a cruise destination, though this has not yet jaded the pristine feel of the island. Two-thirds of Tobago is enshrined in nature reserves, containing a profusion of wildlife rivalling the Galapagos Islands for density and variety, and the beaches are heavenly.
Most ships dock at the port, although larger cruise ships will occasionally drop anchor in the bay and tender passengers to shore if the port is crowded.
Trinidad & Tobago Hotel & Tourism Association (Tobago
Tel: +868 639 9543
Blue Band Maxi Taxis are the most popular form of transport; they have set routes and prices, but no real schedule and are not reliable after 9pm. Regular taxis are identified with an 'H' on the number plate. Buses are run by PTSC from the terminal at Sangster's Hill in Scarborough. Cars can be rented from numerous companies.
Close to town is Pigeon Point Beach which is the most celebrated on the island, although countless special beaches await travellers. Fort King George is worth a visit for a historical perspective on the area, while nature lovers and bird watchers should visit the Main Ridge Forest Reserve - the oldest protected forest in the western hemisphere - where treasures include the three-tiered Argyle Waterfall. Offshore snorkelling is another good option, with the bird sanctuary island of Little Tobago a favourite excursion.
Blue Crab Restaurant - local cuisine in a family-owned eatery
The Seahorse Inn - great views over Stonehaven Bay, extensive menu
Ciao Pizza Restaurant - authentic Italian food at reasonable prices
Crab and dumplings
Scarborough Market is celebrated for its leather goods, while Morshead Plaza has got a great range of local sauces and spices. Store Bay's Craft Market is a great place for shell jewellery and other local knick-knacks.
Miniature steelpans (kettle drums)
Go hobie-cat sailing or diving in the crystal clear waters
Dive one of the 50 recognised dive sites around the island
Catch a boat to Englishman's Bay
Golf at the PGA designed Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club