Rockin’ The Nightlife In Tobago
PHOTO: When the sun goes down, the party is just getting started at The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort (Courtesy The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort)
Located in the Caribbean, the isle of Tobago is known for its white sandy beaches and water sports.
But when the sun goes down, the live entertainment and Caribbean rhythms on this laid-back vacation spot never sleep. With plenty of venues that offer music, dancing and gambling, and annual events that celebrate on a much grander scale, there is something for everyone who wants to keep the party going.
Every night, The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort offers a wide array of its own Tobago entertainment as well, including happy hours and live performances on their Fire Fridays and Shipwreck Saturdays nights at the Robinson Crusoe Pub, to the rhythmic beat of the steel pan at Sunday Brunch. The resort also offers Jazzy Sundays at Tavaco Lounge and nightly performances at the Resort’s Pembois Restaurant and Terrace.
Every Sunday, starting at 9 p.m. the famous Sunday School street parties in Buccoo get started and continue well into the night – can you say 5 a.m.? – with steel pan music and local noshes galore.
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Some Tobago events are held only once a year, but they are an amazing experience to be a part of. For 8 days in April, from the 16th to the 24th this year, the annual Tobago Jazz Experience holds performances around many points of the island, including Speyside, Scarborough, Castara, Pigeon Point Heritage Park and at various hotels. This year, the Tobago Jazz Experience features the legendary Lauryn Hill, as well as J Cole, Third World, and Maxwell, and many other performers.
Great Fete, nicknamed the “longest weekend of the year,” is another annual event that takes place across the island at Pigeon Point Beach Resort as well as at other popular locations. This year, it will held from July 27-31 and top DJs, as well as Soca, Hip Hop and Dancehall stars from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, USA and other Caribbean countries, will appear.
The Tobago Heritage Festival, which runs from mid-July to the beginning of August, attracts thousands of participants. Visitors can enjoy the Tobagonian way of life, language, dances, music and food, all the while going back in time to the early 1900s in Tobago where they will see villagers dressed in traditional time, ‘ole time mas, ‘ole time dance, ole time wedding, limbo, and jig and stick fighting outfits.
If travelers prefer entertainment that is a little more subdued, there is the Movietowne Cinema, the popular Café Iguana Jazz Bar, as well as casinos, such as the Crystal Palace Casino. For the theater folk, there is the Itsy Bitsy Folk Theatre which offers dinner theatre on several Tuesdays during the year.
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