5 Reasons I Need Another Weekend in Tobago

I took a few days off and spent my Memorial Day weekend with some family on the beautiful island of Tobago. As mentioned before I’ve been to Trinidad a handful of times, but never Tobago. Back in February, my cousin found a flight deal to Trinidad from New York. We didn’t really want to spend time in the city, so we called a few family members that lived in Trinidad to join us. There were good, bad and “oh my no” moments, but I want to go back. Below are 5 reasons I need another weekend in Tobago.


Traveling from Trinidad to Tobago via Ferry

There really isn’t anything special about the ferry, but it was part of the experience. I took a 2-3 hour boat ride between Port of Spain and Scarborough called the T&T Express. To keep passengers entertained, they play music and after a safety video is played, they play a movie. You can bring your own food, but there are meals and beverages available for purchase. Between the comfy chairs and the Gravol I took to ease my motion sickness, I had the best naps on that boat. If you’re not a fan of boats, there are flights available from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Crown Point, Tobago.

TnT Express
The House

We stayed in a 4 BR, 4.5 bathroom house called Villa Real. It was very spacious and the pool wasn’t too deep, going from 3-6 ft. As late as it was, the kids were so excited they jumped in once we came in. The beach was pretty close, but not walking distance. Because we saw water from the balcony of our room, my cousin and I went on a “mini-adventure” searching for the beach. We walked through a wooded lot, jumped over a ditch and ran across the road (in flip-flops) only to be blocked by a stream on the other side. We ended up turning back to the house and went to the beach the next day.

Villa Real

Villa Real Pool

View the house tour and some highlights here:

The Nightlife

On our second night, we went to an outdoor club called The Shade in Bon Accord known as the “champion of nightclubs in Tobago”. The DJs played Hip Hop, Soca and a whole lot of Reggae. I almost forgot I was even Tobago with the lack of Soca music playing. It really disappointed me to find out that is the norm outside of carnival. Music choice aside, it was a fun night to spend away from the kids. I think this was even the first time all of the girls my age (minus one) hung out together.

The Shade

The Excursions

Our trip to the Glass Bottom Boat was a total nightmare. We chose Frankie’s Tours’ Island Vibes boat which is supposed to be “the best” in Tobago, but everyone had a horrible experience from beginning to end. To make the experience worst, our boat driver got into a fight while we were at “no man’s land”. The children were scared and the adults were totally disappointed. We did get to swim in the Nylon pool, but I wish I got to go snorkeling and there was less drama.

I didn’t know, but turtle watching is a really big tourist attraction in Trinidad as well as Tobago. On our last night, we drove to the Turtle Beach Hotel in hopes to see a turtle lay eggs on the beach. After 2-3 failed attempts and almost leaving, one of the men in the area directed us to an area where he spotted a turtle. It was dark, but we got to see her dig a hole and had a closer look laying eggs. The turtle was HUGE. Although they weren’t sure of the age, that specific turtle had been documented for at least 35 years. Leather-back sea turtles can live well up to their 100s and lay up to 110 eggs on average 2-8 times a season.

The Beach

When we finally found a beach, it was well worth it. The cool sand and the warm water was all kinds of amazing. Although there were shops selling souvenirs, we weren’t bombarded with people trying to sell to us like I experienced in Puerto Plata.

Bonus: My Family

From searching for the doubles man in the airport to promising myself not to eat curry for a long time, being with my family made the trip even better. I only hope we are able to do a ‘bago part two or family reunion sometime soon. For my first experience in Tobago, there’s a lot more I wish I could’ve done (visiting the house where my father lived as a tween and having crab and dumpling to name a few), but there’s always next time. 🙂

Movie Towne

Have you been to Tobago?

6 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Need Another Weekend in Tobago

  1. Nadeen

    I am from Jamaica and have been to many islands but not Trinidad or Tobago! I love glass bottom boat rides so I am sorry this one was a bad experience. Otherwise sounds like a great time!


    1. Joanna E

      Despite the setbacks, it really was. I’m hoping to get a glass bottom/snorkeling experience when I go to Curacao in the fall.


  2. Sanaa Brooks

    OMG! I hate going to clubs in NYC because there’s barely any soca and you mean to tell me they not playing it in the Caribbean neither? lol Gosh!

    But this is great! My fam is from the caribbean to and I’ve visited a couple of times! I can’t wait to go back! Especially so my daughter and visit.

    & I didn’t know there was a boat that went to Tobago! Good to know, I’d probably rather that than the plane trip lol

    ~ Sanaa (BLMGirl)


    1. Joanna E

      They played new soca (which is a plus because in NY they do about 5 songs that are played out), but it was only 20 minutes. I think next time I’ll take the boat one way and the plane the other. Flying is only about 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a mainly soca party with other genres playing, Vice after-work on Thursdays at Studio 21 is nice.


  3. Adanna

    OMG I just got my life with this post! I’ve been to Trinidad several times but never to Tobago. My mom’s visited before and she loves it. I’m going to need to go. That mini adventure to the beach story is hilarious! Did you find the house from Air BNB?


    1. Joanna E

      You should go! I’ve been seeing a lot of cheaper than usual tickets going into next year lately. One of my cousins goes there all the time, so we chose the house she regularly rents. I’m not even sure how she initially found it. Air BNB is a good source to look though.


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