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TRAVEL TOBAGO – COUPLES HEAR 7 REASONS WHY

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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.

 

32 Comments
  • Aly
    Posted at 14:09h, 04 April Reply

    Wow, this is a stunning, gorgeous location that could definitely inspire lifelong memories for anyone who visits! I love the clear water and the bright blue colors of the ocean under the full sun. The mountains and lush foliage add to the natural beauty. 

    One of my most amazing memories was swimming in bioluminescent waters in South Carolina. It was an unexpected phenomenon for us at the time, but what a wonderful surprise and I’d love to experience it again!! Thanks for sharing all the great travel ideas for a trip to Tobago!

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 15:30h, 04 April Reply

      Did you know that Tobago is also called Robinson Crusoe Island? It is still largely untouched in the way so many other islands have become commercialized. The bioluminescent event really is a marvel of nature not to be missed. Looking forward to seeing you one day.

  • LineCowley
    Posted at 14:43h, 04 April Reply

    I have never been to the Caribbean and after reading this post, I have put Tobago on my bucket list. You have mentioned so many reasons to visit Tobago, and I don’t think it needs to be a honeymoon, just visiting Tobago will make special memories. 

    From seeing the Leatherback Turtle during nesting season, to the brain coral and the unmissable bioluminescence, Tobago looks amazing. 

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 15:26h, 04 April Reply

      Well if your first trip to the Caribbean would be Tobago we would consider ourselves highly favoured. I am elated that you can see yourself basking in the sun and enjoying the several delights many more not mentioned. Looking forward to you one day booking that ticket. See you soon. 

  • Nina
    Posted at 14:57h, 04 April Reply

    This Tobago destination is truly heavenly and definitely a great choice to travel and create unforgettable memories. While reading this article and viewing the photos, I am really impressed with nature, the greenery, the beaches, and the whole offer for an active holiday.
    Once we survive this pandemic and are able to explore the world in a relaxed way again, Tobago is one of my top destinations to visit. Do you have any advice on what time of year is the best time to visit?
    Friendly greeting,
    Nina

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 15:37h, 04 April Reply

      Hey Nina let me know what are your types of interests, cultural shows, food extravaganzas, sporting events, regatta, nature or just chillaxin. You can also email me at hugh@meltingporttravel.com and I would be happy to communicate more directly. Whatever it is ultimately we have it. 

  • AL. S.
    Posted at 15:05h, 04 April Reply

    This looks perfect, my wife and I had our cruise canceled because of COVID and we are looking for a beach vacation, this looks perfect. Do you know if there are still COVID 19 restrictions here? It is hard to really make any plans right now with everything. But when we can this island looks perfect.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 15:46h, 04 April Reply

      Yeah Al Covid has mucked around with our calendar. Forcing us to keep our borders largely closed since middle of last year. It is unlikely to open until late this year at best once things are brought under more control globally. I will post more on this so stay glued to this MPT station. 

  • DashDNations
    Posted at 04:46h, 05 April Reply

    This is a great article. I’m really glad I found it. This is one of those places that doesn’t come to mind right away but I wish it would have. I’m going to add this to the top of my list for destinations that may fall under the radar and don’t get talked about as much as they should. It looks amazing.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 08:22h, 05 April Reply

      Glad to have you as an Ambassador talking about travel to Tobago. Thank UUUUU.

  • Ann
    Posted at 17:05h, 05 April Reply

    I would like to visit Tobago which I discovered when I was searching for Caribbean tourist destinations. Recently I read that Trinidad and Tobago has the third-highest GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP) in the Americas. Yeah, just after the United States and Canada. So I began to research more about the culture and heritage and found it-s an awesome tourist destination. Hoping that I can make my own memories there one day soon.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:41h, 03 September Reply

      Thank you so much Ann for your very kind comments. We are a blessed twin-island Republic that has an uncharacteristic abundance of resources that allows us to stand out in per capita above our Caribbean neighbours. If you are looking to get away from the commercialized tourism spaces and enjoy a really natural scape filled with an eco abundance, festival and food come on down. We would love to have you.

  • Dan
    Posted at 23:59h, 05 April Reply

    Sounds amazing! Have been searching for our next family holiday for next year (hopefully) and Tobago was not somewhere that was on my radar, but after reading your piece on the cascading waters of the Argyle Waterfall it does look tempting! Thanks for the read! Will bookmark your site for some inspiration.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 01:31h, 06 April Reply

      Appreciate the bookmark Dan. Hopefully we will get ticked off from your bucket list one day. Wishing you well. 

  • Jessie
    Posted at 00:39h, 06 April Reply

    Thank you so much for this amazing article over Tobago and having a honeymoon there!  This is a beautiful little island that has so much to do in it!  Actually, my girlfriend and me was talking about what we would do for our honeymoon once we finally make it official with each other.  She really likes beaches and sun, I really like the city.  Is there a city close by?

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 01:40h, 06 April Reply

      Hi Jessie very nice that you stopped by.  Congrats as well on finding your wife to be. We would be particularly honoured if you spent your honeymoon in Tobago. Yes there is a city, Scarborough, however I would think that it would likely be seen by you as a micro town. You can always let me know what else you are looking for and hopefully we can find something that fits the bill. Thanks for dropping in.😊

  • DashDNations
    Posted at 00:35h, 07 April Reply

    I love the picture in the old wooden boat. This place looks like the perfect vacation for Dashboard Destinations. I’d love to visit here and see the sights. Thanks for giving me such great details and things I need to add to my itinerary. Sometimes i learn about amazing opportunities after I’ve been to a place and it’s too late.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:43h, 07 April Reply

      Very happy that you could see yourself enjoying Tobago for all that it has to offer. Looking forward to welcoming you.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 01:02h, 07 April Reply

    Tobago really seems like the perfect honeymoon adventure, and even if it’s not a honeymoon trip, it can still be a lot of fun and a distraction from what may be going on in our lives. I love the Tropics and the beaches on the Caribbean. They have some of the most beautiful beaches overall. Bioluminescence waters are truly a memorable experience; can speak on it because where I live, an island as well, we also have a bioluminescence water canal.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:46h, 07 April Reply

      Hey Stephanie you are so right every and anyone can enjoy Tobago year-round. See you one day soon.

  • Lily
    Posted at 01:04h, 07 April Reply

    I remember going to Tobago about 9 years ago before all the Covid restrictions and I found it heavenly. We spent a lot of time around Buccoo Reef snorkeling and sailing. It was a dream destination that I visited with a friend who owned a yacht so we were able to really enjoy the lifestyle. Unfortunately, we missed the turtles as we were there at the wrong time but it was still a glorious memorable holiday that I will never forget.

    So much to see and very romantic.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:47h, 07 April Reply

      I am sooo happy Lily that your time spent in Tobago was so magical. It sounds like the perfect vacation. Maybe you can come back and tick seeing the turtles off your bucket list. 

  • Jessie
    Posted at 01:21h, 07 April Reply

    Thank you so much for this awesome post about Tobago!  I love reading this and learning about the different things that you can do on this small island.  To be honest, the Caribbean Islands were not on my lists of places to go for a honeymoon because I felt they were overrated, but i actually like the way this one looks!

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:50h, 07 April Reply

      Tobago is like that – a quiet little island that you can still immerse yourself in the culture without the heavy tourist commercialization aspects. If you scouting for a honeymoon location we would be honoured to put ourselves up for serious consideration. You might just find we win out in many categories.

  • Andy
    Posted at 01:28h, 07 April Reply

    Thanks for sharing this very inspiring article on Tobago. We already had our honeymoon on safari in Kenya. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime and we spent a long time planning it. So we were already married a few years when we went. I’m quite sure we could inspire ourselves to plan another trip and Tobago would be high up on the shortlist of destinations. From the map, it does look as if you could spend a good few weeks exploring different parts. Thanks again, Andy

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:52h, 07 April Reply

      Hey Andy we are in very good company if you would consider Tobago after a trip to Kenya. We have lots of nooks and crannies to enjoy that are not even advertised. If you like a homegrown island kindda a feel we are just the place for you.

  • Deborah
    Posted at 01:34h, 07 April Reply

    My husband and I absolutely love the Caribean and are anxiously awaiting the end of this pandemic so we can head south from Canada to enjoy the aquamarine waters and snorkel the coral reefs to our hearts’ content.

    We haven’t been to Tobago yet but it is definitely on our list of must-go places.

    While no longer honeymooners we love to seek adventures and as empty-nesters, we are rediscovering some old passions, like sailing, snorkelling and diving for my husband.

    It amazes me how young people can afford such luxurious honeymoons. When we were young and first married just going camping for a week ate up our travel budget. Amazing how times have changed.

    That waterfall looked absolutely divine.

    Hopefully, this pandemic will be over soon so travel can resume.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 03:04h, 08 April Reply

      Very nice to meet you Deborah. Tobago is just the place to spark those adventure embers. We have all the water activities that you like and much more. Wishing too that the borders reopen soon so that you can enjoy first hand. Take care.

  • Leah
    Posted at 02:14h, 07 April Reply

    Tobago looks like a beautiful destination for an anniversary trip with my hubby. We love hiking and the Main Ridge Forest Reserve sounds like an amazing way to explore the rainforest. Argyle Waterfall and Nylon Pool look like magical natural wonders as well.

    We have yet to travel to the Caribbean, but it is definitely on our travel list. Tobago seems like a wonderful place to visit!

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 10:55h, 07 April Reply

      Leah you and your husband would be amazed at the varieties of species of birds, butterflies and other forest life. Come on down and experience it for your second honeymoon. You won’t be disappointed. 

  • Paolo
    Posted at 02:33h, 07 April Reply

    Going to Tobago would make me have that “just-landed-on-a-desert-island” feeling. Tobago seems to be the glittering Caribbean gem that’s all fabulous dive sites, characterful fishing villages and plenty of British charm.

    Have you ever played Monkey Island? Wouldn’t it be awesome that walking around the beach, all of a sudden we hear Monkey Island’s theme song?

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 11:00h, 07 April Reply

      If you like Crabs, Angelfish, Rays, Sharks, Turtles, coral and so much more, when you are diving then I would suggest you get a ticket as soon as our borders re-open and come on down. You will not be disappointed. And I only just listened to Monkey Island …cool vibez.

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