04 Apr TRAVEL TOBAGO – COUPLES HEAR 7 REASONS WHY
Finally, the nuptial vows have been taken, and now it’s time to plan the trip of a lifetime which is the ultimate stress buster after the wedding excitement eases. Honeymoon trips help you to unwind together in each other’s embrace and sets the tone to seek more adventures and make memories that will last till eternity. Whether you are that beach-lazing person amidst calm waters, adventure junkies, or otherworldly food enthusiast, head to Tobago, the idyllic Caribbean escape, for the ultimate post nuptial getaway after the border reopens.
The cigar-shaped island stands out from other Caribbean destinations because of its distinctive topography. It boasts of an outstanding untouched natural biodiversity, magnificent unspoilt traditions and little-known gems nestled in every other corner of this picturesque paradise which will compel you to visit it again and again. There are a hundred reasons to pen down why honeymooning in Tobago should be your best choice after the pandemic crisis gets over. To experience the utopian beauty, here is a list of the top 7 reasons you must consider before shortlisting your vacay destination –
1) Soak under the Caribbean sun in any of the one-of-its-kind pristine beaches
Tobago, unlike its sister island, is way more serene and boasts of the perfect tranquil azure sea defined with beaches ranging from pink sand beaches to white coral beaches to dark volcanic sands, with the most exquisite sunset views.
The most touristy beaches being Pigeon Point and Store Bay which features in the cover page of many Caribbean brochures. Though picturesque, due to the influx of cruisers, usually the beach remains overcrowded. If you are a couple who loves to be surrounded by people in a colorful and amiable atmosphere, these beaches are for you. Binge on some local delights or go for jet skiing, soak yourself comfortably in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean.
If you want to get the real feel of Tobago, then hop along to the most popular of the beaches, the Englishman’s Bay and by popularity, we do not mean, crowded. Many days it could just be you, your partner and the avian beauties all around. Just where the rainforest ends, the palm tree-lined crescent-shaped bay starts, with its pristine white sands and deep clear waters perfect for dipping your feet or sunbathing together, at peace.
The quaint yet pretty Mount Irvine Bay is a bit more happening than its English counterpart and just perfect for idling and sipping a gin or two from its adjacent private hotel (open to the public also) under the beach parasol. Watching the huge parrotfish, barracuda, lobsters and angelfish pass by your feet or even gazing at the brain corals, fan corals and sponges are a treat to the eyes.
Another favorite yet unspoilt beach of Tobago is Castara Bay located in a fishing village of the same name. You need to climb a lookout point to get the best breathtaking views and perhaps enjoy a moment or two with your loved one in the tranquil lookout. Bordered with coconut and palm trees, it is packed with activities for water lovers which includes kayaking and snorkeling.
The Stonehaven beach with its caramel-colored soft grain sand is an added idyllic spot too for destination weddings and a perfect serene getaway for the honeymoon couples in search of peace of mind amongst the scattered wild aquatic life.
2) Experience the magic of the Atlantic waters like no other place
Life in Tobago revolves around the inviting warm waters of the Caribbean and with its plethora of water activities, Tobago is a perfect destination for honeymooners with an adventurous side. The Buccoo Reef area of Tobago’s Pigeon Point and the Bon Accord lagoon near to it are good sailing spots for all levels. Depending on the wind and coastline, the experience can be smooth sailing or even turbulent. A Catamaran charter is also a viable option to sail around with its added bonus of good food, drinks and music to accompany.
Although many of the popular beaches provide perfect spots for snorkeling towards its far end, Buccoo reef, the 30 acres of complex ecosystem, provides the best spot for snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours to explore aquatic life in its full glory. The Bon Accord lagoons and mangroves and the bay around Charlottesville are popular kayaking spots that also give a great view of the surrounding wildlife and perfect water sports that can be done together, far away from the madding crowd.
3) Enjoy watching nature’s most awe-inspiring displays – Leatherback Turtle in its nesting season and the world’s largest brain coral
One of the world’s premiere turtle-watching destinations, Tobago, is a treat to your senses if you happen to spend your honeymoon during March-June. Though you can always capture its beauty under the water throughout the year, it’s a sheer spectacle to watch hundreds of turtles coming ashore for the ground during their nesting season. Amongst the most endangered creatures on Earth, if you happen to be the nature-loving couples, it would be a true privilege to quietly sit and witness the females coming ashore to nest; the only time they do so during their life. There are three prime locations to catch this live scenic experience- Turtle Beach, Stonehaven Beach and Grafton Beach.
Surrounded by coral reefs all around, this island nation boasts of the world’s largest Brain Coral at Kelleston Drain with a maximum depth of 130 ft. The marine life is a sight to behold as it presents a kaleidoscopic world, teeming with corals and sponges and a stunningly colored habitat. For diving enthusiasts and novice couples too, exploring the intricacies of the reef system, hand in hand, is the most romantic getaway one will cherish forever.
4) Wade in the bioluminescence waters of the Bon Accord Lagoon-
This is once in a lifetime experience that you must witness with your partner in the pitch darkness of the night at Bon Accord Lagoon of Tobago. Bioluminescence is a phenomenon where a bluish glow is emitted from the marine plankton as a defense mechanism and in the darkness of the night, after being slightly agitated, you get to experience this heavenly glow all around you. You can go paddling or kayaking from Pigeon Point to the lagoon after sunset with the help of a guide, dip your body (the plankton are harmless) in the glowing waters amidst the mangroves and marvel at the celestial like phenomenon around you. The perfect way to relax, unwind and romance under the starry sky holding the seemingly glowing stars in your palm.
5) Get drenched in the cascading waters of the world-famous Argyle waterfall or have a dip in the breathtaking Nylon pool-
Flowing down from three dramatic levels, Tobago’s highest waterfall attracts locals as well as foreigners to get drenched under the cool, crisp water or simply lay in the natural rock tubs or swimming pools. Surrounded by lush greenery and a wide variety of birds & butterflies, a quick hike will lead you to this natural beauty and it will be a rewarding experience if you move on to the other upper levels.
A thick mist and heavy gurgling sound will greet you and amidst this serenity you get to wade in the pools, dive jump or even sway from the numerous hanging vines. Loosen up yourselves and get the best of natural spa massages under the cascading waters.
You can also drop in at Nylon Pool which is in close proximity to the Buccoo Reef & hence a protected area filled with corals. Located off Pigeon Point & accessible by boats only, this shallow water pool situated in the middle of the sea is like an oasis of warm and caressing currents with a sandy bottom.
Due to its insane beauty, it’s a popular idyllic destination for couples. You get that peaceful atmosphere to cozy up with your partner in the warm waters that is said to have the power to heal and rejuvenate. Who doesn’t crave a huge pool with no artificial wall? You can also head over to 3 pools, in the coastal village, Blanchisseuse, where the meandering river collects in three basins creating a sequence of a 3 layered natural pool. Soak in the best moments as much as you can on your honeymoon in this lesser-known yet magical place.
6) Hike the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and Little Tobago, the perfect haven for bird watcher couples
If you happen to be that hiking couple who loves to explore the avifaunal life, then the Main Ridge Forest Reserve is a must visit place for you with its plethora of hiking trails. . This mountainous ridge entangled with the ancient rainforest of Tobago is one of the oldest protected areas of the world and is a popular bird-watching site. To experience the wildest scenery, do take a hike amongst one of the nine trails it offers of which the Gilpin Trace is the most popular. You might catch a glimpse of several species of hummingbirds or the national bird of Tobago, the rufous vented chachalaca and other avian species.
Go for a visit to Little Tobago, also known as Bird of Paradise Island, and is well-known for its huge avian population from frigate birds, to red-billed tropic birds, etc. explore the island and look for exotic seabirds and nesting colonies from its cliffside vantage points and trails.
7) Experience the intoxicating Tobago Jazz Festival and tantalize your taste buds with the local delights-
If you are those perfect made for each other music-lover couples, do head to Tobago during the summer of April to experience the music of your lifetime. Voted by Forbes in 2008, as the “third biggest event on planet Earth”, it attracts tourists in hordes and you don’t want to miss it for anything else.
While in Tobago, indulge your taste buds in the festival cuisines of the island which has a cultural influence of various cuisines from East Indians, Africans, Europeans, Chinese, thus creating a cocktail of local delights that causes an explosion in your senses. The flavour presented in its local cuisines is said to be the rarest and a must have if you are that foodie couple waiting for the gastronomic uproar.
With its overabundance of scenic beauties, stunning coral reefs to the amazing rainforests, a plethora of water activities to soaking in the blissful solitude of the sea beaches, Tobago is the perfect amalgamation of that heady cocktail you always wished for. It is the best place to be for couples on the lookout for a cheerful rejuvenating holiday post the crisis period. This will be worth the wait.