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Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago

Scarborough is the main city on the island of Tobago, part of Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean country.

Tobago is one of the two islands that comprise the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tobago is a delightful island in the southern Caribbean. It is an escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The west side of the island features beautiful beaches and the Bucco reef at Pigeon Point. The east side features unspoiled rainforest that is protected and is the oldest protected rainforest on the Western Hemisphere.

 

Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago

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Scarborough is the main city on the island of Tobago, part of Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean country.

Tobago is one of the two islands that comprise the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tobago is a delightful island in the southern Caribbean. It is an escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The west side of the island features beautiful beaches and the Bucco reef at Pigeon Point. The east side features unspoiled rainforest that is protected and is the oldest protected rainforest on the Western Hemisphere.

 


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Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago: Port Information


The deep-port cruise terminal is located in the center of Scarborough. It offers good facilities, including duty-free stores, a tourist office, etc.
Some cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore (to the Pigeon Point) by tender boats. 
The Pigeon Point is 8 miles away from Scarborough. You can find fantastic beaches here. 

Get around Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


Tobago is not large, but there is a public bus system that services most of the island. If you ask the driver, they will be able to tell you how to get to your eventual destination using the bus system. Once in Scarborough, there is a pharmacy on the same block that sells tickets to other destinations. There is not an accurate, posted bus schedule. Ask a local. Taxi drivers may claim set rates that are actually more expensive than actual rates and try to convince you the buses won't be running. Trust the tourist info spot and the bus drivers.

Vehicles can be rented, although the quality can sometimes leave much to be desired. Driving around Tobago basically consists of taking the coastal road that circles the island, together with two or three east-west roads. Cars are right-hand drive and you drive on the left.

What to see in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


  • Buccoo Reef is a natural coral reef on the North Coast of Tobago. Glass Bottom Boat tours are available from Pigeon Point and Store Bay. The nylon pool is an area of shallow water on top of the reef. The water is crystal clear and looks like fishing line nylon, hence the name. A glass bottom boat tour will take you there and allow you to bathe.
  • Tobago Museum.

What to do in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


Wildlife

Little Tobago Hire a boat and head for the small island of Little Tobago from the marina at Speyside. Little Tobago is a protected bird sanctuary (no place to stay!) with wonderful hiking trails and a few tiny beaches.

Golf

The Mt. Irvine Bay Golf Course is said to be Tony Jacklin's favorite. It is a challenging weave in and out of coconut palms.

Beaches

  • Englishman's Bay
  • Pigeon Point
  • Mt. Irvine beach. Very popular surf spot with both locals and tourist. There a beach bar and the place is perfect for sunset.
  • Grafton beach/ Stone Haven Bay
  • Turtle Beach named for its turtle nesting during the months of Feb-Aug.
  • Store Bay
  • Canoe Bay
  • Kings Bay
  • The Grange
  • Lambeau
  • No Mans Land
  • Man O War Bay
  • Pirates Bay
  • Batteaux Bay
Pigeon Point is the more touristy beach, with a small admission fee, cabanas for rent, bar, espresso bar, and snack bars. It's the one with the famous pier that's on every Trinidad and Tobago tourism brochure. And then there's more casual Store Bay, favored by the locals and visiting Trinidadians. Bigger waves, firmer sand, less seaweed. You can easily sample both in one day, as they're about a 20-minute stroll apart.

Diving

  • Speyside
  • Store Bay/Kariwak Reef
  • Mt. Irvine
  • Arnos Vale

What to eat and drink in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


A lot of cafes and restaurants don't take European debit/credit cards, even if they have the sign in the window. The main problem seems to be with HSBC cards.
  • Salsa Kitchen Tapas Restaurant, 8 Pump Mill Road, ☎ +868 639-1522. Not a typical tourist type restaurant, tucked away on a side street in the outskirts of Scarborough, some taxi drivers call it the hidden kitchen. By reservation only, small and intimate, there are only 5 tables, seating a maximum of 20 at a time. Seating is on a terrace illuminated by miniature lights, surrounded by enormous greenery and banana trees. The food is all cooked fresh to order, coming mainly in Tapas style. A variety of different dishes including, fish, pork, beef tenderloin, shrimp, garlic bread, salads, pizza, lobster, and scallops are available. Many of the dishes are Creole in flavor with a Caribbean twist. There is a small bar featuring a wide range of rums among the usual beverages and house wine is available by the carafe.

Shopping in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


The city has many shopping options, including art galleries, antique stores, gift and souvenir shops, and a market. 

Safety in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


Emergency phone numbers:
  • police: 999
  • fire department: 990
  • ambulance: 811
Always use your common sense. Leave your jewelry and other valuables in the safe place. Don't demonstrate your wealth. Avoid remote areas. Don't walk at night. Try to stay with people you trust. It's better to avoid strangers, especially if you are alone.
 

Language spoken in Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago


The people talk English with a strong accent, a few dialect words and quite fast but after a few conversations you slowly start to understand what the people are saying.

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