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Hello Family and Friends We decided it was time to branch out a bit and see some of the island. I met a lady on the beach from Canada who lives here 6 months of the year who recommended an excellent tour guide called "Mr. Piggy"! And the island tour certainly didn't disappoint. It was a great day with Mr. Piggy and our driver Jeremy. We started north along the Caribbean side and as soon as we left the Crown Point area, the landscape became very hilly and lush. Kind of reminded us of Costa Rica. The further we went the more mountaineous it became and the road became steep and windy with breathtaking views along the coast. Much of the interior is protected reserve forest with no road access. The one road that goes around ... read more
Parlatuvier Bay
Englishman's Bay
Typical Fishing Village


Hello Friends and Family! We arrived safe and sound in Tobago last Saturday and all is well! In general, we would have to give Tobago a thumbs up! We chose to stay in the area of Crowne Point in the south western corner of the island. Here is where most of the tourist facilities are and the best beaches. Even though it is geared for tourists it is small, quiet and relaxed with only a handful of tourists. Most of the visitors we have met so far seem to be from Sweden, Germany and the UK with a few from Canada. It is quite a change from Isla which has become very busy with tourists over the years. So for now we are enjoying slow paced days in a beautiful tropical setting. Apparently tourism is not ... read more
Pigeon Point Beach
Reef Coo Beach
Hummingbird just outside our room


Thursday February 12th, 2015. Scarborough, Tobago Trinidad and Tobago is an independent nation and Republic within the Commonwealth. Tobago, the smaller of the two islands and 22 miles north east of Trinidad, features lush rainforest and glorious beaches and is surrounded by colourful coral reefs with more than 600 species of fish. Winner of the World Travel Awards 'Best Eco Destination in the World', Tobago has over 6,000 species of plants and animals including one of the highest densities of bird species in the world. It is a nature lover's paradise. Although it is only 26 miles by 7 the island has hundreds of species of birds, plants flowers and wildlife and the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. The climate is tropical and the island lies just to the south of the Atlantic hurricane ... read more
15. Castara Bay
19. Pigeon Point Beach
23. The Pier at Pigeon Point


For almost forty years when I worked in the hotel and tourism sector, international visitors invariably asked the same question ... Where do you go for vacation if you live on such a beautiful island? the answer is obvious. I go in search of what I don't have here.... Continents, teeming cities, large landscapes, ancient and prehistoric existences and the like. South Africa is 471,845 sq miles vs Tobago's 116. That's four thousand times bigger. Populations compared - 44million in 2002 vs 50,000 is 880 times bigger. it contains renowned prehistoric antiquity, awesome wild life, proud tribes people their cultures and turbulent colonial history, beautiful landscapes and cities teeming with lively action. So Africa here I come for the ride of a lifetime!!!!... read more


The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Tobago 5th February 2015 Tobago is just a 25minute flight across the 19 miles of sparkling turquoise water from Trinidad, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. But in this sleepy land where time melts languidly by each day the choice of a dreamy ferry-ride bears more appeal to both mind and pocket for those with time to spare; asleep in the shade on deck under a knotted-hanky for the price of a few stops on the London Tube - or better still, free for the over 60’s. Trinidad and Tobago certainly offers choice. Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands of this fascinating Republic. At 26 X 7 miles it’s little more than an hour’s drive from south to ... read more
Doing the business
Parlatuvier Bay
The Red-billed Tropicbird


Fourteen days to go.... I haven't been this excited for quite some time... and it's not just because I will soon be travelling. I have done that for years and always loved doing it. This time it's because I'm going somewhere I never dreamed I'd visit - to the African continent. Now, here I am on the threshold - soon to be climbing the steps to board the aircraft. Wow!! How did this happen? Simple. My sister has a long time Uni friend from the UK who now lives in the Western Cape. Her name is Alison. She visited us at home in the Caribbean last year and now we will visit her in Africa. And just like that, in a snap, I'm about to visit where I'd never imagined going. My tiny peaceful island neighbourhood ... read more
Flowering yellow poui and flambouyant trees
Goats in training for the Buccoo goat races
The day's catch


If you were to close your eyes and picture the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Caribbean, it's a pretty safe bet that we would see stunning white sand, gorgeous beaches, and rows of palm trees. But when it comes to Tobago, the smaller of the two Islands that comprise T&T, the stereotypical image could not be further from the truth. Tobago is all about nature, with rolling hills and sheer drops down to the ocean from the winding roads a feature. There is also an extraordinary level of greenery on display, and tropical rains really make the colours of the island spring to life. So it proved to be a pleasant change of scene when I arrived on Tobago after experiencing so many beautiful Caribbean beaches during the course of this ... read more
Englishman's Bay
Parlatuvier
Trail to Argyle Falls


Bella Vista Cottage is set on a hillside overlooking Charlottesville, a Tobago fishing village. The fishermen return to this beach throughout the day - the fish market is open from dawn to dusk with freshly caught red snapper, barracuda, tuna, sailfish and kingfish. Our wooden cottage is really one big room and an equally big verandah. The doors and windows are always open to encourage the breeze - it is like living outdoors but with home comforts. Interesting birds visit the garden and our bird table. Just after we arrived, two peacocks perched on the kitchen ballistrade. They were so tame that they fed from our hands. We have arrived in time for the carnival. This started on Monday at 6 am with loud music in the village, "J'ouvert" - the dawn wake-up celebration. We drove ... read more
View from our cottage
Carnival
Charlottesville fish market


We arrived the day of "Carnival" What an sensory overload after 13 days at sea - but what an experience!! Music pumping out so loud that you could feel it in your bones, costumes that were out of this world - dancing, moving and gyrating to the music as they all paraded down the street. Only stayed at Scarborough for one day before moving around to the other side of the island to Store Bay!! Loved Tobago, very relaxed, calm and enjoyable. Fantastic beaches, freezing waterfalls, rainforest up the top of the island, we hired a car and circumnavigated it in a day.... read more
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the music trucks


19th February - 4thMarch – Fernando to Tobago This passage started ok, wing and wing, sunny, good sailing, even made a banana cake that turned out perfectly. Then however it all went downhill. Very squally, lightning, so much rain, waves over the side into the cockpit and no sun for nearly a week. Flying fish in cockpit and on deck nearly did my head in! No wonder it's called the doldrums. We all nearly got the doldrums. Rather than having no wind (which we all admit would've been worse) we've had very unsettled weather. One day after a particularly rough and very unpleasant night, John from Boomerang got on the radio sked and gave a very strong report on how unimpressed he was with the conditions overnight. We were all laughing as we were all thinking ... read more
My STUNNING banana bread
Squall approaching
surrounded by squalls




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