You Know Trinidad, But Do You Really Know Tobago?
PHOTO: The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort (Courtesy Magdalena)
You might know about the Caribbean island of Trinidad. But do you know about its equally gorgeous sister island of Tobago?
Tobago is the smaller of the two isles and is known for its wide beaches and biodiverse tropical rainforest. If you’re thinking of a trip to the Caribbean, base yourself at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort, and then check out these five things to do in Tobago:
1) See the ruins: Overlooking the city are the 18th-century ruins of Fort King George — the oldest English fort on the islands — as well as the Tobago Museum and its local art and artifacts. Another must-see museum is the Kimme Museum, where you can see oversized sculptures that depict Tobagonians.
2) Party hearty: Tobago has a lot of annual festivals and parties so make sure to become part of one for the experience. There is the Tobago Jazz Experience in April, and the Great Fete weekend in August. The Tobago Heritage Festival is held from mid-July to early August and includes folk dancing, singing and villagers who dress up in 1900s-era costume and participate in old time activities, including jig and stick fighting.
3) Dance the night away: The Caribbean rhythms are gonna get you here. When the sun goes down, the music comes up and the nightlife gets started. There are a lot of bars and clubs that offer live entertainment. The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort offers live performances at Fire Fridays and Shipwreck Saturdays at the Robinson Crusoe Pub and Jazzy Sundays at Tavaco Lounge.
4) Dive on in: Tobago is known for its dive sites, aquamarine bays and nature reserves, including Pirate’s Bay, which offers excellent snorkeling.
5) Cricket, cricket: Make sure you watch a game of cricket, one of the most popular sports of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago along with other islands from the Caribbean co-hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
6) BONUS — Race: There is a lot of racing going on here. Tobago Goat and Crab races are taken seriously in this area and held over the Easter weekend. The Carib Great Race, a power boat contest that starts in Trinidad and ends in Tobago with boats going more than 90 mph, is held every year in August.
And finally, relax at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, a community of luxury Tobago suites and villas around the PGA-designed championship Tobago golf course. “Magdalena” was the original name of Tobago, derived from the name of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships.
The resort offers 178 rooms, plus 22 one and two bedroom oceanfront suites with private hot tubs and panoramic views. On the property, guests can partake in the Tobago five-star PADI Dive center with training pool, three swimming pools, day and night tennis, complimentary bicycles, 18-hole PGA designed golf course and a driving range.
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