From its white sand beaches to its vast rainforest, cruise guests will have a lot to see and experience in Tobago Port. Tobago Island, where the port is situated, is one of the two-islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located 20 miles in the northeast of Trinidad, which is the bigger island. Upon docking in Tobago port of call, cruise passengers will have to take public transportation (i.e. bus, taxi) or make use of the shuttle service included in some cruise packages to get around the island. Those who want to have some privacy may also rent a car.
For great finds, there are a number of boutiques and shops that surround the island. One need not go far though to purchase souvenirs and other unique items since many of these shops are located along the Tobago cruise terminal. Items sold in these shops include local art crafts such as treasure boxes, paintings, handmade jewelry, and homemade linens. Visitors may also have their purchases customized in some stores.
The main city has a local market where tourists can purchase fresh produce of the island.
Things to See
The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (the oldest protected forest land in western hemisphere) is situated on the island; tourists can enjoy walking through guided or unguided nature trails and discover the rich wildlife habitat that the island offers to many species of animals. It also has large sandy beaches that attract many visitors.
In addition to geographical sights, there are also a lot of activities that cruise passengers can enjoy on the island. They can go watch Tobago’s over 200 species of birds or dive in the seas to be fascinated with the coral reefs (which include 300 different species). Cruise passengers can also play golf at two of the island’s golf courses, Mount Irvine Golf Course and Tobago Plantations Golf Course.
Inhabited with different ethnic groups, the island’s culture is something that visitors should also experience during their cruise stop. In the months of July and August, the island celebrates the Tobago Heritage Festival where guests are given a glimpse of their culture through games, music, dance, and food.
Cruise passengers should also not miss to visit Bucco village for its crab and goat racing. The village is the world’s capital for the activity.
Restaurants and Bars
Surrounding Tobago cruise terminal are a variety of dining establishments that offer a wide range of dining options. For a cheap meal, the kiosks at the beachfront serve dishes that are relatively easy on the pocket. On the other hand, Buccoo and the Crown Point are two top destinations for those looking for a more stylish dining experience. Those looking for Caribbean cuisines should visit Coral Reef Restaurant and Café Iguana. Seafood meals are the highlight in Patino’s Restaurant and Charthouse Restaurant.
No matter how short your cruise stop is in Tobago Port, there is always something that would keep you occupied.