About Tobago

Location

Tobago and the sister island of Trinidad are the southernmost islands of the Caribbean, located close to the South American continental shelf. Tobago is located thirty kilometres northeast of Trinidad, from which it is separated by a channel 37 kilometres (23 miles) wide. The island is 42 kilometres (26 miles) long and 13 kilometres (8 miles) wide, with a total area of 300 square kilometres (116 square miles). Tobago is cigar-shaped in appearance and has a northeast-southwest alignment.

Climate

Tobago is well within the tropics and enjoys a generally pleasant maritime tropical climate influenced by the northeast trade winds. The annual mean temperature is about 26°C (78.8°F), and the average maximum temperature is 33°C (91.4°F). The humidity is high, particularly during the rainy season, when it averages 85- 87%. The island receives an average of 250cm (100in) of rainfall per year, usually concentrated in the months of June through December, when brief, intense showers occur.

Capital

The capital of Tobago is Scarborough, with a population of just over 1000. The area of Canaan /Bon Accord / Crown Point on the South western tip is the busiest, fastest developing area on the Island with the major facilities, amenities as the capital.

Economy

Unlike Trinidad’s highly industrialized economy, Tobago relies heavily on the service sector.
Tourism, agriculture and fishing are Tobago’s major revenue earners.

Language

English: Locals use a creole dialect, which is an intriguing mélange of patois and extracts from our European colonizers.

Currency

Our currency is called the Trinidad and Tobago or TT Dollar. It floats against the US Dollar at an average of 6.67 to 1 US Dollars, however you can check at the banks or the daily newspapers for the current rate.

People

About 90% of the population is of African descent, with an interspersing of East Indians, Syrians and Caucasians.

Time Zone

We use Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of the US Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind the Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight saving Time is not observed.

Getting to Tobago

Several major carriers fly schedule stops to Tobago

United Kingdom:  British Airways departs Gatwick arriving in Tobago every Tuesdays and Fridays.  Virgin Airlines departs Gatwick arriving in Tobago on Sundays. Both airlines depart Tobago on their return flight on the same day of arrival.

Germany:  Condor Airlines departs from Frankfurt Airport arriving in Tobago every Monday and departs Tobago on its return flight the same day of arrival.

USA:  Caribbean Airlines departs from John F. Kennedy International Airport arriving every Sunday in Tobago and departs on its return flight the same day.

Getting to Tobago from Trinidad is easy, there are around 10 return flights a day between Trinidad and Tobago with Caribbean Airlines costing US$48.00 for a return trip.  Flight time is 25 minutes each way. Additionally, there is a daily inter-island ferry service, 3 hours one way, costing US$16.00. for the return trip.48.00 for a return trip. There is a daily inter- island ferry

Airports

Trinidad airport – Piarco International Airport
Tobago airport – Arthur Napoleon Raymond (ANR) Robinson International Airport

Taxis

Taxis available upon exit from the terminal.  The airport taxi company in Tobago is: Airport Taxi Association: +1 (868) 639 0950.  It takes around 7 minutes to drive from the airport to the Rovanel’s Resort.

Visas

Citizens of the following countries do not require visas to enter Trinidad and Tobago:

Caricom Countries (except Haiti)

European Union (EU) countries except:

  • Czech Republic Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

British Commonwealth Countries except:

  • Australia
  • Cameroon
  • India
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

More information can be found here: http://visittobago.gov.tt/getting-here/entry-requirements/entry-requirements.