Visiting Tobago - the little sister of the Trinidad and Tobago islands - is more than a bit like stepping into a postcard...
New arrivals on the island generally can't help but get the gorgeous white sand between their toes at the earliest opportunity. But the smart colonial houses and impossibly perfect beaches are only part of why the destination pulls people back time and time again. The gentle beat of the stunning Caribbean is synonymous with a laidback vibe, and you'll feel the warmth and welcome from the moment you set foot off the boat that brings you from Trinidad's Piarco International Airport (POS).
If you enjoy shopping, meanwhile, you'll also be drawn to some of the fabulous crafts in the small shops that squirrel themselves away from the crowds. There are some exquisite pieces of hand-made art waiting to be picked up, bought and loved as a treasured memory of a special place. And if you're an active type, there's a whole world of water sports, such as deep-sea game fishing and reef diving, for you to enjoy. Just don't forget to earmark some time for lying on the beach doing nothing at all.
Food, like relaxation, is an important part of life here, and the restaurants reflect that passion with some truly sumptuous dishes. Make sure you don't leave the island without trying roti - a local curry that reflects the rich diversity of culture that makes this island what it is. The good news for anyone on a budget is also that Tobago is a land blessed with some luxury hotels, many of them in resorts such as Pigeon Point and the capital, Scarborough, that don't cost the Earth.
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Use our climate guide to discover the ideal time to enjoy hot and sunny holidays to Tobago...
Being close to the Equator and in the Caribbean, Tobago enjoys a tropical climate characterised by long spells of hot weather and short periods of heavy rain. The average daytime temperature is around 25C, with peaks of 30C. However, January to May offer the best of the weather, with slightly milder but drier conditions.
Cheap holidays to Tobago can be found for travel throughout the year. Look for deals at either side of the driest season, when rainfall is less likely than in the wet season but when holiday prices can be lower than average.
These spicy islands have a little extra flavour sprinkled on top when these annual events burst into life...
Carnival; February: The island's main event is a feast of colour as people take to the streets and beaches for a giant party. Vibrant parades are quickly followed by music, food, drink and dance.
Heritage Festival, Tobago; July: Each July, every town and village in Tobago represents the island's diverse and tangled history in its own unique way. Each one is different, although lashings of rum and food feature at every single one.
Diwali; October: In the 19th century, a large contingent of migrants from East India brought several Hindu traditions to Tobago. One of them was Diwali, the spectacular festival of lights.
You don’t have to do anything at all on Tobago. Just relax. However, if you do fancy sightseeing or getting active there’s plenty on offer...
Active types: A rainbow-coloured army of fish is just waiting to be discovered when you dive above the coral gardens of Buccoo Reef.
Relaxing: A gentle breeze rustling the leaning palm trees, paper-white sand and the whisper of the Caribbean gently kissing the shoreline... it's the soundtrack to utter peace and relaxation.
Grown-up families: Head up to the impressive Fort George – built by the British in 1779 – and look across to the capital Scarborough.