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Does anyone have experince about Tobago Island? Is it worth going? Is living cheap there? Which hotel can you recommend for honey mooners?

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    Tobago is a very beautiful Island with many beaches that you can discover on your own. Pigeon Point is the most popular beach, Store Bay runs a close second, but beaches such as Englishman's Bay and Lover's Beach in Charlotville are well worth exploring.

    Tobago is not very tourist orientend, and you will not find high rise chain hotels here. The Hilton opened it's doors just over a year ago, and while it's a very beautiful resort,the beach lies on the Atlantic side of the ocean which makes swimming difficult. It's also a bit inland off the highway so you will need a jeep to get around, you can take taxi's but they are expensive.

    There are many private villas in Tobago that may be a better deal than staying at a hotel. Some of them are in the lush vegetation if you are into eco tourism this may be your thing. Other villas are either on or close to the beach.

    For hotels, a good family budget hotel is Sandy Point. It has clean rooms, three pools,3jacuzzis,two restaurants, a small gym,beach bar, and a small rocky beach good for sunbathing. They offer shuttles to Pigeon Point daily.

    Luxury Hotels are not very common in Tobago, if you are looking for a good honeymoon hotel your best bets are Grafton and it's sister Hotel Grand Courlan which are situated on a hill overlooking Stonehaven bay, just a quick skip across a narrow road and you are on the beach. The beach has a golden hue with dark flecks, not your typical white sand, Grafton is All Inclusive and both hotels are very nice, with large rooms and nice views.
    The hotels are located away from the tourist area of Crown Point, and you may need a vehicle if you want to explore the island.

    The Hilton as I mentioned before is Tobago's newest resort. The decor is reminiscent of a Plantaion House and it is very picturesque.Only draw back is the beach, but they offer shuttles to Pigeon Point and other island excursions.

    Coco Reef is popular with honeymooners, and it is a very beautiful resort with it's own sliver of private beach....not very big and not very nice.

    Around the Island are smaller, more intimate hotels. One of my favourites is Toucan Inn and Bonkers. It's a small hotel with an Island feel,you either sleep in huts or garden cottages, and Bonkers serves very good food.
    It's a bit of a walk to Crown Point,possibly ten minutes, but this little Inn is perfect if you are renting a jeep ( as you are beginning to realise a jeep is a good idea).

    I would also recommend Inn on The Bay, Kariwak Village, Blue waters Inn, Mount Irvine Bay Hotel and Golf Club and Footprints Eco resort.

    There are tours to the Bucco reef and coral gardens,island tours,catamaran tours and nature tours.You will be pleased at the variety of things to do in Tobago..but don't expect a wild nightlife.If you want to party and must eat at T.G.I.F. or Mac Donalds, take a 15minute plane ride over to Trinidad, that is where the hot bed of action is. The cost is 50.00 US and you will see the dramtically different sister Island of Tobago.

    Tobago is a quiet Island,that is largely undiscovered by the masses. You will find a KFC here, but that is the only American fast food chain.Most people prefer to try the curry crab and dumpling or a shrimp roti. This is one Island where the culture is in your face.

    Go for Tobago Heritage festival in July/August, Game fishing in April, the Great Race in September or right after Trinidad's Carnival to cool down after the bacchanalia.

    GO anytime.

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    P.S.
    To answer your question about the cost, you will find your tourist dollars going a long way here.

    The exchange rate is $6.30 TT to $1.00 TT, $10.00 TT to 1 pound sterling.

    Food is cheap, for instance a beer is $5.00 TT in the grocery or .80 cents US, at a resort it will be much much more, at a bar around $7.00 - 8.00TT. That curry crab and dumpling I was telling you about is $25.00 TT or $4.00TT...a nice dinner at bonkers might cost you 200.00 TT tops for two, at Hilton their buffet is 150.00 TT per person so that is $32.00 US for dinner for two at Bonkers and $24.00US for a buffet dinner at Hilton per person.

    Hired taxis are expensive, like I said you can rent a jeep for $24.00 US a day!
    Make sure and bargin with your tour operators if you are going out to the reef.The beach bar b que tour might cost you 40.00 US a person, but bargin ..I did it for 20.00 US..of course I am female and a Trini so maybe I got a great discount! Regular reef tours cost $75.00 TT or $12.00 US.

    Hope this helps!

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