Trinidad and Tobago Carnival
Every Caribbean island has its own personality, despite sharing things like pristine sugar sand beaches, magically translucent azure waters, and lush, gently swaying, palms, but Trinidad and Tobago (say ‘Toh-bay-goh’) are superior standout destinations. Not only do they have all of the gorgeous ingredients one expects on holiday, they own some incredible natural features that build an itinerary with a graceful and relaxing pace, ensuring a beautiful, memorable yachting experience.
Trinidad is the larger, busier island, sporting nightspots, cultural, and historic features. An energy capital with an emerging industrial center, Trinidad is diverse, modern, and trending. Tobago is Trinidad’s ecological sidekick, blessed with deep biological diversity. Together, the islands lay claim to the origin of Calypso, Soca, and steel drum rhythms. The yachting experience offered by the islands of Trinidad and Tobago offers rich rewards delivering a smooth blend of urban and rural Caribbean culture, as our sample itinerary underscores.
Day 1: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Starting out at the CrewsInn Marina on the northwestern point of Trinidad, the Port of Spain power city is close, yet just far enough away to ensure a safe, quiet, well-equipped start. This harbor gives the opportunity to begin the exploration of 6,000 species of plants, 600 species of fish, 620 species of butterflies, or more than 200 species of birds through a combination of on and off shore excursions from nearby sites, including the Asa Wright Nature Center. Indulge in fine dining at Chaud, or Joseph’s, serving continental cuisine, or tuck back into the yacht for a sumptuous dinner and a nightcap under the stars.
Day 2: Scarborough and Buccoo Ref, Tobago
Cruise the beautiful passage between Trinidad and Tobago, arriving in Scarborough for paperwork, with a quick tour of the town and perhaps a little history at the Fort King George Museum perched cliffside. Then cruise over to the Caribbean side of the island where the water is miraculously clear, and the diving magnificent. Explore the abundant marine life at Buccoo Reef, the fabled, youth-restoring Nylon Pool, the island’s highest 1,900-foot peak at Pigeon Point, then return to the yacht for a splendid cocktail and Caribbean feast.
Day 3: Stonehaven Bay, Tobago
An early sail to Stonehaven Bay will present an ever more glorious underwater aquatic dance with amazing reef fish and corals. Continue to trace the Caribbean coastline up to Great Courland Bay for a tender in to Turtle Beach, particularly rewarding should the season be right for watching turtles come ashore either to lay or hatch eggs. The water may prove irresistible in Cotton, Amos Vale, and Castara Bays, making short, glorious swim, snorkel, or dive stops imperative along the way.
Day 4: Englishman’s Bay, Tobago
Cruising along delightfully blue water with a clear, aquarium-like view, stops at King Peter’s Bay and Castara Bay will allow exploration both in the water and on the shore, with secluded, unspoiled beaches and gorgeous coastal cliffside views. Arrive in Englishman’s Bay for a picnic feast and a terrific night sky, as there is simply no light pollution to scatter the view. This simply indulgent evening, spent appreciating the celestial show and present company, is designed to deliver a complete and gentle exhale as guests become attuned to the leisurely pace of Tobago.
Day 5: Little Tobago and Goat Island, Tobago
A day spent in awe of nature, watching the abundant bird and fish species, invites a dive, or at least a dip with snorkel and fins over Angel Reef and around Goat Island. If diving is high priority, here is where to add an extra day or two to discover the magical dives around Sister’s, Brothers, St. Giles, and Little Tobago Islands, all magnificent underwater theatres. A short tender in will find one of the most magnificent bird sanctuaries in the Caribbean on Little Tobago. Follow up with a hike up to Argyle Falls, where the waterfalls spill from pool to pool in rhythmic, faintly percussive harmony, ending with an authentic Tobogan meal at one of a handful of fabled restaurants.
Day 6: Scarborough, Tobago
Tracing back south en route to Port of Spain, tender in to Scarborough for a visit to the botanical gardens, an historic fort, and perhaps a nosh at the fabulous Blue Crab Restaurant. Toasting your last night aboard your private yacht, enjoy an evening cocktail and a pleasant night’s rest.
Day 7: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Cruise back to Trinidad, with a stop in Maracas Bay. A swim in this glorious water, and a delicious repast at Richard’s Shark and Bake will help you to savor this sybaritic scene with all five senses. When you arrive back in Port of Spain, know that you have toured the real Caribbean, and no, it is not too soon to begin planning your next adventure.