I only spent one day on Tobago – we’re now headed off to Trinidad for a few days (20-minute flight) – but it is the kind of place were you could easily spent a week doing nothing wrapped up in romance and relaxation. Its beaches do all the talking, providing the classic Caribbean scenery, weather, and vibe. While the island’s economy is linked to the oil and natural gas industries of Trinidad, none of that takes place here: Tourism is the number one industry on this quiet little island.
With my one day, I took a visit to Pigeon Point, a series of beaches popular with both locals and tourists for watersports. I really wanted to give windsurfing a try, but the wind was on and off and not really conducive for learning. Stand up paddle boarding was a solid second option, taking in the golden sands, blue waters, and fighting against the strong, warm breezes.
Radical Sports is owned by a man named Brett who looks American and talks American, until you see him interact with the rest of the locals and his accent comes out. He’s trained himself to talk to tourists, but he is as Tobagonian as they come. To say he’s laid back might be an understatement, as evidenced by his website photo of him drinking a beer and holding a baby. Stop in and see him, he’s one cool dude. Ask him to take you to his favorite roti restaurant (more info on roti coming soon) or to show you some of the local secrets of the island. I always find that to be one of the best ways to discover new things, getting locals to take off their badges and treat you like a friend. Usually, all you have to do is ask.
And relax mon! No babies were harmed during the production of that photo.
Here’s a glimpse of the scenery around Pigeon Point. We got awfully lucky with a beautiful rainbow over the island during a brief rainstorm.