Attractions Nearby Tobago, Day Trips and Excursions
(Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)
Surrounding the island of Tobago are a number of attractions, suitable for day trips and exploration. Many tourists will find that cruising around these attractions is an extremely enjoyable way to spend a day and Little Tobago (Bird of Paradise Island) is especially close by, being clearly visible from the shoreline of Speyside.
Considerably larger than Tobago and located directly to the south-west, the sister island of Trinidad is home to well over one million residents and is filled with exciting and enticing attractions. Excursions to Trinidad can't come more highly recommended, and if you have the time to extend your Caribbean holiday, then why not catch a ferry or plane to Barbados
, Grenada, Saint Lucia or even Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Trinidad is actually the sixth-biggest island in the whole of the West Indies and is a mere 11 km / 7 miles from mainland Venezuela. The Port of Spain serves as the island capital, with other important cities, towns and resorts on Trinidad including Arima
, Chaguanas, Maracas Bay
, Pointe-a-Pierre, Point Fortin and San Fernando.
The tropical island of Barbados offers the ultimate Caribbean holiday and is well connected by regular flights and cruise ships. Barbados is to be found to the far north of Tobago and its main attractions tend to be based around Bridgetown, the capital city. In Bridgetown, the Barbados Museum, Parliament, racecourse and Kensington Oval cricket stadium are particular highlights.
Grenada is one of several islands comprising the island nation of the same name and is situated to the north-west of Trinidad and Tobago, and south of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Those visiting Grenada will find some of the world's most wondrous beaches, particularly around Grand Anse and St. George's, the national capital. Cruise ships regularly arrive at the modern port in St. George's, with tourists often heading straight for the Grand Etang Nature Reserve and its stunning Crater Lake. Other leading attractions on Grenada include mountain trails, the Morne Rouge Bay, snorkelling off Magazine Beach, Fort Frederick and the River Antoine Rum Distillery.
Little Tobago is often referred to as the Bird of Paradise Island, since these beautiful birds once lived on the island for many years after being introduced in 1909. Just over 2 km / 1 mile from the northerly resort of Speyside and also reasonably close to Charlotteville, Little Tobago is a small island once famed for its extensive cotton plantations. Today, an increasing number of tourists choose to charter their own boat from Speyside and enjoy a spot of island hopping, coming here to scuba dive and hike through the protected bird sanctuary.
Lying to the far north of Tobago and south of Martinique, Saint Lucia is a popular Caribbean island and features some very striking natural attractions and mountain peaks, namely the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton. Castries is the capital of Saint Lucia and stands on the northerly side of the island, with other notable coastal destinations including Anse La Reye, Choiseul, Dennery, Micoud, Soufriere and Vieux Fort. There are no less that two airports on Saint Lucia, together with a busy cruise harbour. The catamaran rides between Soufriere and Rodney Bay are well worth considering.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a fair distance to the north of Tobago, being sandwiched between both Grenada and Saint Lucia. Saint Vincent is the biggest island within this country, with the Grenadines comprising a total of 32 small islands and cays, spread around the Caribbean Sea to the south. Kingstown is the national capital and resides on Saint Vincent, with its port being the main entry point for many a tourist, and regularly used to export huge quantities of bananas and coconuts.