How to take Tobago in 5 days
Five days/Five things to do in Tobago
1. Take a full tour of the island: as I hopped off the plane, I wasted no time in getting acquainted with the beautiful, lush sister island of Trinidad. My airbnb host was also a taxi driver so I immediately took him up on his offer to show me around the island which happens to only be 27 miles long, but do not to be fooled, folks. Due to the hilly terrain, winding roads, and some rubble, this trip can still take anywhere between for 4 and 6 hours. You don’t want to rush it, though. The views are captivating! My favorite stop had to be in Parlatuvier. Make sure to stop at a food shack by the roadside to get a nice roti or freshly caught fried fish and chips.
2. Go on a trip to Store Bay for some swimming, souvenir shopping, and sun bathing: If you've heard that Tobago is quiet and doesn't have much action going on, you've been talking to the wrong person. Store Bay is the destination to hit up for a nice social scene of both locals and tourists. While there, you can pay about $10USD for a glass-bottom boat tour to do a little snorkeling and pit stops to buy handmade jewelry ashore. There is also a quaint bar named "Man on the Rock" located here, which serves a really tasty mango daiquiri. Do indulge! If you're in the mood for a night out, the guy that runs the bar can recommend the hottest spots for you to check out.
3. Visit the Nylon Pool & Buccoo Reef: Don't even bother telling anyone that you went to Tobago if you didn't make it to Nylon Pool/Buccoo Reef! It is a must-see when on the island. For about $10 USD, you can get a guided glass-bottom boat tour to bring you out into the continuum of blue waters for snorkeling at Buccoo Reef and to the Nylon Pool for what feels like the greatest magic trick! About 20-30 minutes out on the boat, you can see a sandbar, in which the boat parks up to allow its passengers to step out (at no risk!) to enjoy the beauty of being in the middle of the turquoise waters, while only being ankle deep! If you happen to be on the fun 'Cool Runnings' boat, your guide will teach you how to give yourself (or lover, wink wink) a white sand scrub which he says will keep you young forever. Who knows if it's true, but it makes for a lovely natural spa treatment!
4. Hike up Argyle's Waterfalls: Anyone who knows me also knows that I'm obsessed with being in the water (despite being a half-assed swimmer). Located in Scarborough, the falls were easy to get to from my airbnb in Mount Pleasant (10 mins ride). If you go with a local and don't open your mouth, you might get lucky and enter for free, but if you chat too much like myself and come dressed like a good ole' NYC tourist, you'll pay an entrance fee of $60TT ($9USD). There was a steep little climb to get up to the waterfalls from where we parked our vehicle, but between the loud-chirping birds and views of the cocoa trees, we barely noticed the trek. The waterfalls were taller than I expected! Locals were braving the slippery rocks with bare feet to reach higher levels to dive from. I'm usually the one out of the group who is too much of a fraidy cat to explore heights, but I put my big girls pants on and climbed up the waterfalls to see some small pools that you could hang out and people-watch below you. Make sure to do your best Usain Bolt victory pose atop the falls!
5. Commute to Castara for clay-oven baked goods: This had to be one of the best highlights from my short trip to Tobago. I read that the only clay-oven in all of Trinidad & Tobago is located here and bakes some the of the freshest loaves and tarts to have ever tasted. What I didn't read was about the journey it would take to get there. From Scarborough, I took a public coach bus ($8TT) to Castara, which is about an hour long ride. The ride alone was exciting, as I clutched on to my seat for dear life while dashing past houses on cliffs. I soon found out that orders are placed only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If you did not place an order, you have to wait patiently (with mouth-watering) nearby for unclaimed goodies. I was able to score a pumpkin loaf of bread. Despite not being able to snag any of the tarts, I felt like a winner because the adventure there and back was filled with good company, a heck of a view, and a doughy souvenir for my dad!
What are you waiting for? Grab the next flight out to Tobago and have a blast!