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Tobago Activities, Eats & Safety

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Tobago Activities, Eats & Safety

Wife and I will be in Tobago end of January for 5 days. I've looked at My Tobago and reviews/forum topics here but have a few questions.

We are both retired but in excellent shape. Splash Tours & Island Girl give us the varied snorkeling we want but look like they cater to young party animals (heavy drinkers). Still ok for us?

Yes Tourism seems like a responsible (answers e-mails) organization. Are their tours up to the standards of say a Peter Fox or William Kennedy?

Staying in Scarborough at the Half Moon Blue and planned to eat at Blue Crab for a dinner, but they don't respond to e-mail request. Are they still in business?

Hotel is in walking distance to central Scarborough, but would it be safe to walk back and forth for dinners? We're street-wise and well traveled (India, Morocco, etc. where we walked to dinner almost every night) but don't relish having to defend ourselves against assailants as part of a night's activities.

We love street food and want to make sure we gorge on shark & bakes, doubles, buss-up shots, rotis, etc. Do we need to go to Store Bay, or will Scarborough places like Eddie's and Chef's BBQ fill the bill?

Much Thanks!

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1. Re: Tobago Activities, Eats & Safety

Hi there

Follow the advice on this page, plus do not carry flashy jewelry, huge cameras, handbags etc and never walk home at night or after dark and you should be fine. Walk into town before dusk and catch a pre-booked taxi back - the delightful Beardy is the hotel driver for Half Moon (guess what, he has a colossal beard) and also does very good island tours for less money than the tour companies. Eg he may charge (for instance) a price of US$100 for his car for a day tour, while one of the tour companies will charge 100 each. They will include soft drinks and lunch, but the funds saved will enable you to stop for lunch wherever Beardy recommends and you could even buy him lunch and still have money saved. Plus you can personalise the tour with his help.

tobagohoteltourism.com/staysafeintobago.html

(note - I never heard of any mugging on that strip of road, which also houses the island's largest police station, but this does not mean that you should show out or walk after dark - if nothing else, you do not want to break an ankle in the unlit pot-holes at night).

There is good food to be had in Store Bay/Crown Point and in Scarborough Town - but the town's eateries mainly function for lunch for locals, which is the main meal. Dinner in the evenings is mainly a foreign visitor's thing, locals just snack in evenings. Hence Crown Pt area is best for evening dining experiences of a sit down nature, while both are good for big cheap lunches - arguably town is slightly cheaper as it is less touristy.

Blue Crab is run by an older family and older Tobagonians are famous for not answering or checking emails - in most cases such folks have an email account because their web developer (correctly) told them they needed one, but are mystified by it and consequently it gets neglected until some niece or nephew dips in to help!

Blue Crab is a lunchtime venue in any event, dinner is by strict appointment only so I would not bother unless you pop in during the day and get good vibes.

Enjoy your stay! Tell us how it goes.

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We have been on Island Girl everytime we have visited Tobago and would certainly not class it as a young party boat. We travel with our 2 daughters and like you do not enjoy that type of daytrip. We have always found Scott and his crew to be completely professional and would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Like you we love the local street food.

The Mytobago website has some excellent uptodate recommendations which we have always found to be very honest and true.

Enjoy the island, it still remains one of our firm favourites.

Donna

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Hi MW

Re the food-side of your question, I would suggest you'll find more in the Crown Point/Store Bay area. Scarborough does have a few good places but in my experience a lot of it has been tourist-focused and not all that great. For example, you will find a lot of the US-style fast food joints in Scarborough that you don't tend to get elsewhere.

Doubles - there are invariably good ones at the airport and there was a good stall (off the back of a pick up) on the 'driveway/road' approaching the Gulf City mall.

We also had some brilliant food at Mr Jerk - a small stall at the junction of Milford/Pigeon Point road. Skewers is also good and if you want non local I would recommend La Cantina every time.

Enjoy your stay!

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We tried bake at several places but the best I had was from an old lady on a street corner at Sunday School. Corn bread and flying fish with a bit of Lily Belle's and a dash of garlic mayo if I remember correctly - but it was pretty late in the night... Or early in the morning depending on how one looks at things.

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We've just returned from our 4th visit to Tobago and went snorkelling from the Zoe motor cruiser. Peter Stuart can be contacted via the hotels in Crown Point/Courland Bay or emailed petstuart@yahoo.com. This is a small power boat which took us to Buccoo Reef and Arnos Vale for snorkelling and for a swim in Nylon Pool. You can hire the whole boat for US$300 or $80 each, for approx 3 hours.

If you are staying in Scarborough, Bacolet Bay has the Cafe Havana, there is also Salsa Kitchen, these are two of the best restaurants in Tobago. Marcia's in Store Bay Local Road is a truly local experience with big portions and don't miss Rena's in Scarborough promenade for the rotis. Other great restaurants are the Shirvan Watermill, La Cantina, and Fish Pot.

Safety advice is to avoid deserted or quiet places and beaches like Englishman's Bay if you are unaccompanied by a guide and to rent a villa on a secure estate or stay in an hotel. Walking back to your hotel shouldn't be a problem unless it's deserted and unlit - but if you are sensible and don't do anything you wouldn't do at home, you should be ok! Tobago is lumped together with the much more dangerous Trinidad, which is unfair and has put off many people from visiting - the island was the quietest we have ever known it this time.

Have a great time - we didn't want to come home!

Edited: 06 January 2011, 22:03
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The only time we would avoid Englishman's Bay is may be in the evening or at dusk but that has been because the mosquitos come out in the car park!. Dusk is 6pm onwards and the sun goes down really quickly there is no twilight in the tropics. Let common sense prevail always, if you feel uncomfortable move on.........................

. Most days the lunch stand / cafe is open. (Miss Eulas ) for various local foods and deserts. No alcohol. There are always a few local ladies selling sarongs etc. When they pack up so can you.

Walking through the palms from the parking area to the beach though is a real 'must do ' experience on Tobago. We go there every trip and would not miss it.

There is good snorkeling off the Northern end. There is about a 2 foot step in the beach then it flattens out.

Back Bay is an exciting beach in the south which has attracted opportunist muggers in the past because it is really isolated and well off the road but when the sea is up it is exciting!

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