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Adventure Farm & Nature
A 12-acre nature reserve and organic
farm near Arnos Vale noted for its birds, but-
terflies, iguanas, mangoes and citrus or-
chards. The reserve is open Monday to
Friday, from 7am to 5pm. Admission is US$4
and guided tours US$2.
Argyle Waterfalls Located near
Roxborough, the Argyle Waterfalls are To-
bago's highest waterfalls, tumbling in a se-
ries of stepped cascades some 54m (175ft).
Admission is TT$20 and you are required to
hire a local guide at a cost TT$15. Official
guides can be found at the entrance from
the Windward Road and in the parking area,
but don't forget to ask to see their badge. It
is a 15-20 minute nature walk from the
parking area to the actual falls. There are
deep cool pools for swimming. At 175ft, the
Argyle falls are the highest in Tobago.
Arnos Vale A former sugar plantation,
famous for being Princess Margaret's Hon-
eymoon hotel. Tea at 4pm is a birder's treat,
and I filmed scores of different species eat-
ing out of the food station provided by the
hotel. Set against the stunning backdrop of
the coast below, this Bananaquit enjoys it's
afternoon treat at the Arnos Vale feeding
station. Staff set out the food around
4.00pm ready for the guests to enjoy. I
counted at least 10 different species of birds
flying in from the wood around the estate,
darting in to take their offerings of bread
and fruit before returning to their roosting
Just up the road from the hotel, the
Arnos Vale Waterwheel dating from 1857 is
still intact and is now the centrepiece of a
nature park. Ruins of the sugar factory that
the waterwheel once powered can still be
seen. Facilities include a restaurant, mu-
seum, gift shop and a small theatre. There
are a number of nature trails, an Amerindian
site and an old slave village. The park is open
daily from 8am until 11pm and admission is
Botanic Gardens Seventeen acres
of tropical trees and shrubs that run from
the Claude Noel Highway at the northern
end of Scarborough southward. Exotics like
the African Tulip can be found here. There
are entrances at either end.
Buccoo Reef A protected marine park,
Buccoo Reef is Tobago's most famous reef
and is located off Pigeon Point. Glass bottom
boat trips are available from various points,
including Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Buc-
coo village, and Chris and I took one such
tour, which included snorkelling on the reef
(we saw several large Angel fish which were
beautiful, but the reef itself has largely been
destroyed by uncontrolled sightseeing over
We landed for lunch cooked over a BBQ and
danced (not with each other!) with some of
the other passengers on the trip, took a jet
ski ride around the lagoon, before returning
to Store Bay.
Buccoo Village A small village best
known for its Easter goat and crab races.
The village comes totally alive on Sunday
nights with the start of "Sunday School",
which is a loud, vibrant street party and an
ideal way of sampling one aspect of Tobag-
onian social life. It starts at 8pm every Sun-
day evening when the Buccooneers Steel
Band orchestra play pan for a couple of
hours, but only really gets into gear about
11pm when the main sound system, which
plays across the beach, kicks in.
The music is primarily Jamaican Dancehall
with the best soca, hip hop and R+B. We
went with our guide Harris MacDonald, and
although it was lovely to see so many
youngsters having a great time, it was too
noisy for me. (Well, I am 50ish after all), but
Chris had a great time!
Castara The villages on the north coast -
Castara, Parlatuvier, Bloody Bay and L'Anse
Fourmi - are extremely picturesque with
small houses and sheltered blue bays and
This picture shows a communal bread
oven at Castara.
Charlotteville A small unspoilt fish-
ing village, useful as a diving base. Some
60% of the entire island's fishing catch
comes from Charlotteville. The village has
become a customs and immigration entry
point in recent years, so tourist yachts now
frequent the bay.
Flagstaff Hill Located at the northern
tip of the island, it served as an American
military lookout and radio tower during
World War II.
The panoramic view at the top of the hill is
breathtaking. The St. Giles'
islands can be seen (where the Atlantic
Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea) as well as
the tiny fishing village of Charlotteville.
Fort Bennett A beautiful lookout
point at Black Rock in Stonehaven Bay. The
fort was built in 1778 by the British to pro-
tect the coast from American privateers. The
ruins are well preserved.
Fort Granby Fort Granby was built in
1768 to protect the island's short-lived capi-
tal of Georgetown. There are no traces of
the fort left, except the gravestone of a
young soldier. The grave is set on a pretty
wooded headland with nice views and
benches are provided under the trees.
Nearby is the Dry Dock Pub - a restaurant
made from a converted boat, the Marquis of
Fort King George: Just a short hop from
Scarborough, the remains of Fort King
George remain one of Tobago's best pre-
served monuments. The approaches to the
fort take you past the current hospital and
the prison. The fort itself was built in the
1770's and the cannons remain as they
were, overlooking the coast. The prisoner's
bell tank, barracks and officer's mess can
still be seen.
The Tobago Museum is housed in the
Barrack Guard House and has artefacts from
Tobago's early history, plus Amerindian arte-
facts, military relics and documents from the
colonial period. The museum is open Mon-
day to Friday from 9am to 5pm with an ad-
mission of TT$5 for adults. Telephone
Info compiled from: www.mytobago.org
Take a hike, stroll or swim -- the options for adventure and fun are all around you.
Most folks heading over to Tobago for the Season have at least
one beach trip in mind! We've already highlighted the presence
of lifeguards on several of the beaches around the island. In
addition, we're providing you with some health and safety
tips for swimming in our beaches. You can never be too safe!
The seas aro nd Tobago are a heir calmes and
armes be een J ne and A g s and he er bes
mon hs are considered o be be een J ne and A g s .
Ho e er he sea empera re is arm hro gho he
ear. The eas ern A lan ic coas of Tobago is b far he
ro ghes and ill onl appeal o he er s ronges s im-
mers. The es ern Caribbean coas is far more shel ered.
As an here in he orld he seas offshore can be s b-
jec o s rong c rren s. S imming sho ld onl be nder-
aken i h grea care and ne er a emp ed alone. D e o
heir isola ed and deser ed na re er fe beaches on To-
bago ha e lifeg ards. Some beaches displa arning flags
i h red flags indica ing nsafe ba hing areas and ello
and hi e flags indica ing safer areas.
Ear infec ions can be a fairl common complain i h hol-
ida makers. O r ears are no sed o cons an and re-
pea ed immersion and his can ca se he canal going do n
he middle par of he ear o become sogg and damaged.
The arm ropical a ers are rich in n rien s and eam-
ing i h life so if he ear canal is damaged bac eria and
f ngi can crea e an infec ion. The problem of en kno n as
"s immer's ear " is easil a oided. The mos impor an
hing is o ens re ha o horo ghl dr o r ears af er
coming o of he a er.
A good cheap preca ion is o a gmen he bod 's o n
pro ec ion b appl ing oli e-oil drops each morning and
e ening. If o ge an infec ion an local pharmacis ill
pro ide ear drops ha q ickl clear (or pre en ) he condi-
ion. There is di ided opinion on he se of earpl gs. One
school of ho gh dic a es ha an hing poked in he ear is
likel o ca se damage so caref l dr ing and he se of
oli e-oil drops is likel o be a m ch more comfor able ef-
fec i e and less in r si e preca ion.
Please onl se biodegradable s n an oil. I is m ch less
damaging o he en ironmen . J s hink of he effec s of
all he o ris ho isi Tobago slapping oil all o er hem-
sel es and hen dashing in o he sea effec i el ashing a
large par of he oil off. I m s be like a small anker r n-
ning agro nd. A ear's slick of s n an oil can po en iall
ca se a lo of damage o he reefs so please please se
biodegradable s n an oil.
While on he beach keep a looko for manchineel rees
beca se he fr i and sap is highl poisono s. These a rac-
i e rees pro ide lo s of shade and isi ors no kno ing
abo hem ma ell decide o se he ree for shade. The
gro o o er 3 fee and ha e small brigh green lea es
i h ello s ems.
The fr i are like in green crabapples. The sap from he
ree ca ses painf l blis ers o he skin and emporar blind-
ness and errible pain if i ge s in o he e es. I is essen ial
no o s and nder one of hese rees in a rains orm or e en
o handle ood from he ree s ch as hen preparing a
barbeq e beca se e en he smoke from he ood can be
If o do ge an sap on o r skin ash i off in he sea
as q ickl as possible. Manchineel rees ha e been de-
s ro ed on mos pop lar beaches b can s ill be fo nd
near he beach in man more isola ed ba s.
One final note: N de or opless s nba hing is illegal in To-
bago. Man locals nd his prac ice highl offensi e and is-
i ors ho disrespec heir feelings are likel o nd
hemsel es as ing good s nba hing ime cha ing o he
local cons ab lar . Please also remember o co er- p hen
lea ing he beach.
Adapted from: http://www.mytobago.info/
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