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Tobago General Information

The country consists of two islands: Trinidad and Tobago. Lying just north of the Orinoco River delta in Venezuela. Tobago, just NE of Trinidad, is the exposed top of a mountain ridge (maximum height 2,000 ft/610 m) that is densely forested with large reserves of hardwoods. The climate of both islands is warm and humid, and rainfall (from June to Dec.) is abundant, particularly where the trade winds sweep in over the eastern coasts. The population is about evenly divided between those of African and Asian Indian descent. English is the official language, but a French patois is widely spoken. The main religions are Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, and Anglicanism.
They are the most exciting, underexplored and un-contrived of the Caribbean islands, rich in indigenous culture. A cultural pacemaker best known as the home and heart of West Indian Carnival, the nation can also boast having the most diverse and absorbing society in the region.

Trinidad and Tobago is the birthplace of calypso and steel band and the Trinidad Carnival is an experience not to be missed. Locals describe it as the Greatest Show on Earth! and they're not far wrong. Hot on the heels of the world's largest, glitziest Rio Carnival, and the weirdest, most mind-blowing New Orleans Mardi Gras, the two-day Trinidad Carnival is by far the biggest carnival in the Caribbean and has become a national obsession involving the entire population. There are numerous associated events leading up to the actual Carnival.
Tobago has its own Carnival, but this is much smaller and more community-based affair than the main event in Port-of-Spain. It takes place in Scarborough and as the town becomes extremely crowded and is closed to road traffic, it is essential to get there very early if you want a good view. The two days of carnival (Monday and Tuesday) are not officially public holidays, but effectively treated as such with all banks and many shops and businesses closed for business.

Villas Caribe properties are located on the island of Tobago.  Make sure you view all available villas and photos.

Restaurants

Tobago Restaurants

Restaurant prices are for a main course at dinner and do not include the customary 10% service charge.

The food on Trinidad & Tobago is a delight to the senses and has a distinctively creole touch, but you can also taste Asian, Indian, African, French, and Spanish influences, among others, often in a single meal. Indian-inspired food is a favorite: rotis (ample sandwiches of soft dough with a filling, similar to a burrito) are served as a fast food; a mélange of curried meat or fish and vegetables frequently makes an appearance as do vindaloos (spicy meat, vegetable, and seafood dishes).

Villas Caribe Tobago Restaurant Selections

Café Coco:  Eclectic - $8 to $20.                                                                                                                
This smart eatery -- though large, with 200 uncomfortable seats -- is broken into multiple levels, so there's still a sense of intimacy. Statuary is strewn about with carefree abandon, and the sound of flowing water permeates the room. Very reasonably priced by Tobago standards, the main courses range from Cuban stewed beef to shrimp tempura. The zingy pimento Mexicano, mozzarella-stuffed jalapeños and shrimp on a bed of greens, is a great appetizer. The restaurant is seldom full, so getting a table is usually not a problem.
Address: TTEC Substation Rd., off Crown Point Rd., Crown Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 868/639-0996

Kariwak Village Restaurant: Caribbean - $12 to $30.                                                                                                                            Recorded steel-band music plays gently in the background at this romantic, candlelight spot in the Kariwak Village complex. In a bamboo pavilion that resembles an Amerindian round hut, Cynthia Clovis orchestrates a very original menu. Whatever the dish, it will be full of herbs and vegetables picked from her organic garden. Friday and Saturday buffets, with live jazz or calypso, are a Tobagonian highlight.
Address: Crown Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 868/639-8442

La Tartaruga: Italian – Over $30.                                                                                                                                    
Milanese owner Gabriele de Gaetano has created one of the island's most delightful dining experiences. Sitting on the large patio surrounded by lush foliage with Gabriele rushing from table to table chatting in Italian-laced English is all the entertainment you'll need. The tagliatelli with lobster and capers in wine and cream will give your tastebuds fond memories. And an impressive cellar is stocked solely with Italian wines. Reservations essential.  Closed Sun.
Address: Buccoo Rd., Buccoo, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 868/639-0940

History

Tobago History

Trinidad was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1498 but was not colonized because of the lack of precious metals. It was raided by the Dutch (1640) and the French (1677, 1690) and by British sailors. Britain captured it in 1797 and received formal title in 1802. Tobago had been settled by the English in 1616, but the settlers were driven out by the indigenous Caribs. The island was held by the Dutch and the French before being acquired by the British in 1803. The islands were joined politically in 1888.

Without the highly profitable sugar production, Britain had no further use for Tobago and in 1889 the island was made a ward of Trinidad. Without sugar, the islanders had to grow other crops, planting acres of limes, coconuts and cocoa and exporting their produce to Trinidad. In 1963, Hurricane Flora ravaged Tobago, destroying the villages and crops. A restructuring program followed and attempts were made to diversify the economy. The development of a tourist industry began.

Golf

Tobago Golf

Despite the small size of the island, golfers will be delighted with the courses available on Tobago. Two championship 18-hole courses are currently in play, and a third 9-hole course planned.

Villas Caribe selected Tobago Golf Courses
Tobago is the proud possessor of an 18-hole, 6,800-yard course at Mount Irvine. Called the Tobago Golf Club at the Mount Irvine Estates (tel. 868/639-8871), it covers 60 breeze-swept hectares (148 acres) and was featured in the Wonderful World of Golf TV series. Even beginners agree the course is friendly to duffers.

Tobago Plantations Golf & Country Club, Hampden Road, Lowlands (tel. 868/631-0875), lies on a 303-hectare (748-acre) estate that was previously a sugar-cane plantation. Some holes on this on this par-72, 7,000-yard course follow the coastline. Greens fees, including golf cart, are US$85 for 18 holes, US$60 for 9 holes.

Your Villas Caribe concierge will be happy to assist you in arranging your Tee time.

Airport

Tobago Airport

Tobago's small airport at Crown Point (tel. 868/639-8547) is near the island's southwestern tip.

Combining services with BWIA, LIAT (tel. 868/624-4727) has one daily flight from Trinidad to Tobago. If you'd like to skip Trinidad completely, you can book a LIAT flight with direct service to Tobago from either Barbados or Grenada.

There are also regular flights from Trinidad to Tobago on Tobago Express (tel. 868/639-8451) and Caribbean Star (tel. 866/864-6272; www.flycaribbeanstar.com).

British Airways (tel. 800/744-2997) flies weekly from London to Tobago.

It's possible to travel between Trinidad and Tobago by ferry service, although the trip takes 5 1/2 to 6 hours. Call the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (tel. 868/639-2417 in Scarborough, Tobago, or 868/625-3055 in Port-of-Spain) for departure times. The round-trip fare is TT$160 (US$26) in economy or TT$61 (US$9.75) in tourist class.

Documents for Arrival
A valid U.S. Passport is necessary to pass through customs at Trinidad and Tobago Airports.

Airport Transfers
From the airport to your villa, you can take a taxi, which will cost US$10 to US$60, depending on the location (taxis are unmetered). You can also arrange with Villa Caribe concierge to arrange it for you.

Tobago Departure Tax
When leaving Trinidad and Tobago, you'll be required to pay a TT$100 (US$17) departure tax in local currency

Communications

Tobago Communications

Villa Telephones:
The Villas in Tobago all come with their own telephones.
This number will be given to you prior to your trip.
Long distance calls using any major credit card will usually be possible from these house telephones.
 
Cell Phones:
You can rent a cellular phone from Caribel (tel 868/652-4982, www.caribel.com) for around US$35 per week plus call charges. Only tri-band units work in T&T, and as TSTT has a monopoly your mobile phone will not work unless you register with them first. Phones must be TDMA and digital compatible.

Electricity:
Trinidad and Tobago has both 115 and 230 volt electricity, meaning you'll need to determine what the voltage is where you are staying unless your appliance's power supply is rated 100-240V. The cycles (Hz) are 60 per second.
Villas Caribe concierge will check with the villa manager for available adaptor and voltage.

Nightlife

Tobago Nightlife

Tobago is not the liveliest island after dark, but there's usually some form of nightlife to be found. Whatever you do the rest of the week, don't miss the huge impromptu party, affectionately dubbed "Sunday School," that gears up after midnight on all the street corners of Buccoo and breaks up around dawn. Pick your band, hang out for a while, then move on. In downtown Scarborough on weekend nights you can also find competing sound systems blaring at informal parties that welcome extra guests. In addition, "blockos" (spontaneous block parties) spring up all over the island; look for the hand-painted signs. Tobago also has harvest parties on Sunday throughout the year, when a particular village extends its hospitality and opens its doors to visitors.

Car rental

Tobago Car Rental & Tranportation

Travelling around Trinidad and Tobago takes ingenuity and patience. Public transport is minimal, so an unofficial, private system of route taxis, maxi taxis and private taxis fills the gaps. If you wish to see more than the urban areas, however, it is advisable to rent a car.
There are many options to help you to get around Togabo. But remember, when you take to the road, British rules apply, so please keep to the left. Visitors may use their home driver’s license and must be over 25 years old.

CAR RENTAL RATES: PRICES VALID UP TO JUNE 30, 2007

Mazda 323 – US$40 / per day

Mistubishi Lancer – US$40 / per day

Nissan Sentra – US$40 / per day

Suzuki Samurai – US$40 / per day

Suzuki Vitara – US$67 / per day

Mitsubishi Spacewagon – US$110 / per day

Daihatsi Terios – US$57 / per day


All vehicles can be collected at the airport on arrival or delivered to the villa the next day.

We understand that many guests are tired after a long flight, or may be unfamiliar with the Tobago roads. If you chose to collect the vehicle at the airport, you can opt to be driven to your villa in your vehicle or escorted.

Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

Driving
Driving is on the left side in Tobago.

Weddings

Tobago Weddings

Want to escape the stress of a big, white wedding? Like the idea of getting married on a near-deserted beach as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea? Happy to have a relaxed but really romantic and wonderfully meaningful ceremony which will give you beautiful memories, for life? Hate the thought of a conveyor-belt wedding, the likes of which you've heard about?  The villa owners are also able to give invaluable advice on wedding planners, florists, and caterers for a Tobagian wedding. In terms of setting, it is difficult to imagine a more beautiful place to hold a wedding event, as almost everywhere in Tobago offers stunning picture-perfect locations, beautiful sunsets, long sandy beaches, framed by trees and lapped by the warm Caribbean waters

The best time to get married is late afternoon. It will be getting cooler, you'll have the beautiful sun set to witness (what could be more romantic?) and you can go straight into your wedding breakfast – there will be none of the time taken for all the photos as there is at British weddings.

Check with your Villas Caribe concierge for requirements and documents to plan your wedding.

Shopping

Tobago Shopping

In Tobago's capital, Scarborough, you can visit the local market Monday to Saturday mornings. Scarborough's stores have a limited range of merchandise, more to tempt the browser than the serious shopper.

Farro's, Wilson Road (no phone), across from the marketplace, offers the tastiest condiments on the island, packed into little straw baskets for you to carry back home. Sample the delectable lime marmalade, any of the hot sauces, the guava jelly, and most definitely the homemade tamarind chutney.

If you're seeking handicrafts, especially straw baskets, head for the Shaadijas Souvenir & Gift Shop, Port Mall, also in Scarborough.
Cotton House Fashion Studio, Old Windward Road, in Bacolet, is the island's best choice for "hands-on" appreciation of the fine art of batik. In the Indonesian tradition, melted wax is brushed onto fabric, resisting dyes and creating unusual colors and designs. This outlet contains the largest collection of batik clothing and wall hangings on Tobago. Dying techniques are demonstrated to visitors, who can then try their skills.

The Art Gallery, Hibiscus Drive, Lowlands features the works of at least 10 artists. On permanent exhibit upstairs is a collection of island watercolors by Rachel Superville and her husband, Martin. Sculptures and a number of handicrafts are also sold here.
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