Luxurious Boutique Hotel Overlooking Coast of Tobago
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 have followed for thousands of years. They're the largest sea turtles in the world, so it's also become a ritual in Tobago to watch the creatures as they make this pilgrimage. Steps away from Bacolet Beach Club, a luxurious boutique hotel, you can head to a wooden deck on the beach and sometimes see the turtles as they approach the white sands of Bacolet Bay.
Bacolet Beach Club is set up for you to relax in the sunny weather. Head to the secluded beach area and you'll find The Rok, the hotel's beach bar, located right on the sand. Staffers serve up cold drinks and dish out complimentary lounge chairs and towels for guests. Or feel free to head back to the hotel and take a dip in an infinity pool.
Built into a lush green hill, the property itself is made up of just 20 rooms. Each is designed with the tropical landscape in mind, with gauzy curtains, dark, exotic wood furnishings, and talking parrots that perform your wake-up calls. Head out to a large private veranda in your room, and you can get a view of the bay and Caribbean Sea.
A one-day car rental is included with this deal, and you will pick up the car at the hotel. You can drive around Tobago to check out the nearby city of Scarborough and the beautiful forests the area. After returning home to the hotel for the evening, it's worth it to cross the quaint wooden bridge to Cafe Havana, the freestanding outdoor restaurant. Chefs here fuse together Cuban, Asian, and Creole culinary traditions, resulting in dishes such as ancho-chili-dusted calamari and spicy Cajun pork chops. A complimentary light breakfast greets guests each morning, including toast, croissants, juice, coffee, and tea.
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 right above the larger island of Trinidad. The two islands comprise one republic, but Tobago is the more undeveloped 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. In turn, it has some tropical wilderness that is virtually untouched. Hiking trails crisscross the reserve, and you can see rare birds, such as the island's famous blue-crowned motmot. Tobago is lined with white sand beaches, too. Some are crowded tourist spots and others, such as Englishman's Bay, are often empty.
The island's capital city, Scarborough, is also worth a visit. It's only made up of 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 and get views of the coastline.
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