Luxurious Boutique Hotel Overlooking the Tobago Coastline
Every year between March and August, leatherback turtles come to the small island of Tobago to nest on its beaches and lay eggs. It's a ritual the reptiles—the largest sea turtles in the world—have followed for thousands of years. It’s also become a ritual in Tobago to watch the creatures as they make this pilgrimage. During nesting season, you can head to a wooden deck on the beach just steps away from the Bacolet Beach Club and, if the timing is right, see the turtles as they approach the white sands of Bacolet Bay. Be sure to keep an eye out for other native wildlife, too, including West Indian manatees and tree sloths.
At the Bacolet Beach Club’s secluded beach, you'll find a bar right on the sand. Bartenders here serve cold drinks and hand out complimentary lounge chairs and towels. Back at the hotel, take a dip in the infinity pool or head to your room’s private veranda, which has nice views of the bay and the Caribbean Sea.
In the evening, cross the quaint wooden bridge to Cafe Havana, the freestanding outdoor restaurant. Chefs here fuse Cuban, Asian, and creole culinary traditions to create dishes such as ancho-chili-dusted calamari and spicy Cajun pork chops. A complimentary light breakfast is served each morning as well, including toast, croissants, juice, coffee, and tea.
A one- or two-day Jeep rental is included with this deal; pick up the Jeep at the hotel before driving around Tobago or checking out the nearby city of Scarborough and its beautiful forests. Stays in junior rooms also include two massages.
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago: White-Sand Beaches, Unspoiled Rainforests, and a Historical Fort
The little island of Tobago floats on the southern end of the Caribbean Sea, fewer than 150 miles from the shores of South America. Tobago is also just northeast of the larger island of Trinidad. The two islands comprise one republic, but Tobago is the less developed island; it's famed for its natural, forested beauty and unspoiled beaches.
Located in the center of Tobago is the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which became a protected area in 1776—the oldest rainforest reserve in the Caribbean. Its tropical wilderness is virtually untouched. Hiking trails crisscross the reserve, as do rare birds, such as the island's famous blue-crowned motmot. Tobago is lined with white-sand beaches, too. Some are crowded tourist spots, though others, such as Englishman's Bay, are often empty.
The island's capital city, Scarborough, is home to only 17,000 people, but it's packed with traditional Caribbean restaurants and handicraft markets. To get an idea of Tobago's past as a colonial port, stop by the sprawling Fort King George. As you walk across the fort's landscaped grounds, you'll see its original cannons amid views of the coastline.
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