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'Tobago Selfdrive'

What makes this trip special?

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Southern Tobago

Southern Tobago's beautiful palm-fringed beaches with clear calm waters are a popular spot to swim or take glass-bottomed boats out to nearby coral reefs. This is the most developed part of the island with the main concentration of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Natural history hideaway

Natural history hideaway

Cuffie River

Cuffie River is a superb locally-owned lodge in a tranquil natural setting located on the edge of the Tobago Forest Reserve. Flowering plants, fruit tables and nectar feeders are teeming with birds and the award winning resident guide can help you to explore the lodge nature trails.

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Northern Tobago

Northern Tobago is the place to get away from it all - much less developed than the south of the island with picturesque villages, cliff-backed sandy bays and rich coral reefs popular with divers. Little Tobago island, accessed by glass-bottomed boat from the mainland, is bird sanctuary popular with walkers and birders.

Secluded beach base for relaxing or exploring

Secluded beach base for relaxing or exploring

Bacelot Bay

Bacelot Bay, on the windward side of Tobago is a good choice for those wanting a quiet base from which to explore southern/eastern Tobago. There are two stylish boutique hotel options here with sea views and beach access.

Itinerary map for Trinidad & Tobago 'Tobago Selfdrive' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Mount Irvine Bay
  • 2 Mount Irvine Bay
  • 3 Mount Irvine Bay
  • 4 Mount Irvine Bay
  • 5 Mount Irvine Bay
  • 6 Cuffie River Nature Retreat (Moriah)
  • 7 Cuffie River Nature Retreat (Moriah)
  • 8 Speyside
  • 9 Speyside
  • 10 Speyside
  • 11 Speyside
  • 12 Bacolet Bay
  • 13 Bacolet Bay
  • 14 Bacolet Bay
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Tobago Selfdrive'

DAY 1

Arrive in Tobago

You will be met at the airport and transferred to a resort-style hotel near Mount Irvine Bay where you stay for the next 5 nights.

DAY 2
B

Exploring southern Tobago

Your hire car will be delivered to your hotel this morning. Set off to explore - the Bon Accord road leads to some shallow bays and is the area Robinson Crusoe is said to have inhabited.

DAY 3
B

Today we suggest you visit Pigeon Point from where you can take a boat ride to Buccoo Reef, the closest thing to a tourist attraction Tobago can boast. Here one can bathe in the Nylon Pool, a beautiful stretch of shallow, warm, turquoise water with deep ocean on one side and palm-fringed beaches on the other. Enjoy lunch at one of the many beach kiosks. Delicious crab curries, roti and bakes are all on offer.

DAY 4
B

Perhaps take make a short drive over to the windward coast to visit Tobago's largest town, Scarborough. With a lively market, botanical gardens a British built fort, there is plenty to see.

DAY 5
B

Free day to explore southern part of the island further or to simply relax by the swimming pool or down at Pigeon Point

DAY 6
BLD

Exploring central Tobago

Today you will drive into the interior of the island staying at Cuffie River in the remote Runnemede valley for the next 2 nights, a delightful eco-lodge in the rainforest.

DAY 7
BLD

Today you could take e a guided nature walk with the lodge's award winning guide, Desmond (at additional cost). He will treat you to fresh coconut water, cocoa from the pod, fresh sugar cane and a variety of citrus crops. He will also share with you traditional knowledge of the healing uses to which various leaves, herbs, grasses and roots can be put, as well as the social and cultural history of Tobago on this part of the island.

DAY 8
B

Exploring Northern Tobago

Drive up to the village of Speyside on the island's North East Coast. Here you stay at for 4 nights at Blue Waters Inn, a resort-style property located a mile from Speyside in a semi-private and stunning Batteaux Bay.

DAY 9
B

Free day based at Speyside. Perhaps take a glass bottomed boat trip from the village jetty out to Little Tobago, one of the largest seabird colonies in the Caribbean. Here you can see red-billed tropic birds, brown boobies, bridled and sooty terns, laughing gulls and magnificent frigate birds. The boat passes over a coral reef with giant brain coral and populated with brightly coloured tropical fish. You might like to take lunch at local institution, Jemma's Tree House with views out towards Goat Island.

DAY 10
B

Today we suggest you explore the area around the fishing village of Charlotteville, one of the most picturesque villages on the island.

DAY 11
B

Free day on the north coast. Perhaps walk or make a short drive over the local headland down to relax on the nice sands at Batteaux Bay.

DAY 12
B

Bacelot Bay

Today you drive yourselves over to Bacolet Bay on the windward side of the island to Half Moon Blue. This metro-sophisticated hotel will be your base for the next 3 nights.

DAY 13
B

Free day to explore parts of the island you have yet to discover such as villages along the east coast or you may prefer to spend the day on the sandy crescent beach which is a 2 minute walk away.

DAY 14
B

Second free day to explore or spend the day on the sandy crescent beach

DAY 15
B

Depart Tobago

Drive back down to the south of the island to drop off you car at the airport in time to catch your international flight home.

Guide prices for 'Tobago Selfdrive'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels 2 people sharing £2,065 £2,370
Top-range hotels 2 people sharing £3,030 £3,395
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Tobago
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Tobago Selfdrive'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

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The swamp, the hummingbirds and the garden.

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Seasonal information for 'Tobago Selfdrive'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Mount Irvine Bay 29°C rainfall 84mm
2 Mount Irvine Bay 29°C rainfall 84mm
3 Mount Irvine Bay 29°C rainfall 84mm
4 Mount Irvine Bay 29°C rainfall 84mm
5 Mount Irvine Bay 29°C rainfall 84mm
6 Cuffie River Nature Retreat (Moriah) 28°C rainfall 108mm
7 Cuffie River Nature Retreat (Moriah) 28°C rainfall 108mm
8 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
9 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
10 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
11 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
12 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
13 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm
14 Bacolet Bay 29°C rainfall 90mm

Typical weather for January

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Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Tobago Selfdrive'

Days 1 - 5

Mount Irvine Bay Hotel

Mount Irvine Bay

A well-established 4* hotel with an 18 hole par 72 championship golf course. A polished pink marble foyer with Louis XIV chairs at attention around the periphery sets the scene for two formal dining rooms (hermetically sealed and air-conditioned), an attractive open-air dining area, a large swimming pool, a choice of 6 bars (one in the pool), and a spacious garden leading down to Mount Irvine Bay with clipped shrubs and stands of trimmed bamboo.

53 ‘superior’ rooms are in a two story block: tiled floors, spacious bathrooms, and a private balcony overlooking the garden. More characterful are 46 ‘garden cottage’ rooms scattered through the hotel grounds. Each cottage is split into two spacious bedroom units that can interconnect for families etc. Each unit has a simple outdoor kitchenette area with a fridge, sink, table, chairs and sun lounger, and is screened by a lattice wall.

The closest beach, Mount Irvine Bay, is a 3min walk through the hotel’s gently sloping garden and across a fairly busy main road. It is a public beach with a gently sloping shelf of golden sand. The hotel has a snack bar, loungers and sun-umbrellas at the beach, where sea-grape trees also provide shade. There’s good snorkelling and novice diving on the Mount Irvine Wall, accessible by shore or boat for bright orange, red and yellow sponges, thousands of Christmas tree worms, wrasse and parrotfish. Snorkel gear can be rented. Yachts moored in the bay complete the vista.

Guests play golf at a 10% discount; clubs, carts and balls can be hired locally. A hire car is recommended if you intend to explore beyond the confines of Mt Irvine during your stay.

Mount Irvine Bay Hotel
Standard room
Days 6 - 7

Cuffie River Nature Retreat

Moriah
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Average rating 4.8 (32 ratings)

This is a super locally owned eco-lodge for those who enjoy walking and natural history situated on the edge of the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere with well stocked fruit tables and nectar feeds to attract the birds. There are 10 very spacious, high ceilinged, guest rooms each with two queen-size beds, private bathrooms and balconies looking onto the lush vegetation, plus a nice swimming pool. All are large, the superior rooms have ceiling mounted fans (rather than fans on stands) and are situated in the quietest part of the building. Whatever ingredients they can't grow themselves the owner, Regina Sanchez, buys from surrounding villages. Their award winning local guide, Desmond Wright can escort you on  5 trails, 3 are good birding trails, others are for admiring the scenery including a splendid 50ft waterfall.

Cuffie River Nature Retreat
Days 8 - 11

Blue Waters Inn

Speyside

Set in the semi-private and stunning Batteaux Bay in Speyside, Blue Waters Inn is a resort style property with 38 rooms in total.

Spacious Blue view standard rooms and Deluxe Blue View Studios  all have sea views. The Deluxe Blue View Suites are free standing buildings.  Likewise the Deluxe blue view bungalows also face the beach but have two bedrooms. Blue view Bungalow 9 is also similar to the suites, but has the addition of a patio with an outdoor beach shower and an outdoor grill.  The Villa Blue is the same but with two double bedrooms.

On site there is a  restaurant, bar and dive shop, free use of kayaks, wind-surfers, sun tanning beds, tennis court, TV room/library and a number of nature trails in the grounds.  There is a small swimming pool the depth of which starts at 3 ft. with a step down to 7ft.

Blue Waters Inn
Days 12 - 14

Half Moon Blue Hotel

Bacolet Bay

A characterful small hotel situated high above Bacolet Bay. Two units of ten rooms are separated by a horizonless swimming pool. The décor is charmingly eccentric. Rooms are spacious and furnished with four-poster king-size beds draped with netting. Jalousied windows and doors bring cool breezes, though the rooms also have a/c and overhead fans. It’s a 2 minute walk to the beach on the sandy crescent bay. Next door is ‘La Belle Creole’ restaurant set in a palm garden. Owner and former fashion model Gloria Jones-Knapp  has succeeded in combining Caribbean warmth with European flair. A lovely place for or honeymoon or just to chill out.

Half Moon Blue Hotel