Last year I was fortunate enough to go to the beautiful island of Tobago. Through a work college, we were able to find accommodation in a private house in the secluded area of Speyside.

I would like to point out that this house was the epitome of basic. It was a house granted, as it did have four walls and a ceiling. Nevertheless it made the experience that little bit more interesting – for example, finding ways of getting running water, was an adventure.

I had not heard very much of the Island of Tobago before going. So the weeks leading up to the trip I was reading every travel journal, recommendations and reviews site going.  One thing I was very concerned about was the fact we were going in the month of September, which as many people had told me, is their rainy season in the Caribbean.
I needn’t have worried. The weather was perfect!

So if you would like to make the most of the off peak airline prices (we flew with Monarch which were very reasonable). I would definitely recommend going.
As the people of Tobago said themselves, ‘It’s always hot!
I think during the whole two weeks we were there, it rained twice for an hour, tops. And to be honest, it was a blessing when it did rain as it was very hot.

I can’t express how much I loved Tobago – from the beautiful beach, to the friendliest people.

The first half of the holiday we spent at Speyside: A very small village along the northern cost of Tobago, just across from the island of Little Tobago. Speyside is a local village with a few small hotels. One of their most popular and luxurious hotel was Blue waters Inn. It is paradise. The beach that the hotel is situated on is a public beach. So many days we went down to the beach, and enjoyed the idyllic views.

The one thing I was dying to do was scuba dive. I had never been before and Speyside is known for it’s incredible scuba diving – as they have the largest brain coral reefs just off the coast.
We had been recommended to visit the Manta Lodge Hotel who had a diving school. The staff were amazing! Made us feel so welcome, and were very helpful.
The diving lessons were taken by Sean, who is very a experienced diver and made us feel safe and calm the whole way! (As I did have my panic moments).
From time to time we would pop in to the hotel and have some drinks. We had dinner there one night – where I tried breadfruit, a local starchy fruit of a tropical tree, which is used as a vegetable. Definitely worth a try if you have the chance!

During our time at Speyside we also went into the rain forest. We went early in the morning, for the best chances to see all the birds. It was a really amazing experience and we got to see another side of the Island.

One of the best things about Speyside is the people! Everyone you walk past would wish you a good day and offer a smile. It was so refreshing. Strangers would ask how your day is going and ‘how are you finding Tobago’. I loved it. It seemed they were relishing in the idea that other people were able to see the beauty in their Country. They were proud and honoured that other people were enjoying their home. It was an unforgettable experience.

The second half of the two weeks we ventured to the other side of the Island where we had been recommended to stay at a place called The Grange Inn. It was on the Western side of the Island. It was very convenient as it was only 5 minutes walk from Grange beach and 10 minutes to Mt Irvine Bay. The Western side of the Island, as it was closer to the city was busier and more tourist attractions. As it was the Caribbean side and was the most common place for tourists to stay.

Making the most of the Caribbean side of the Island we went to Pigeon Point for the day. (Pigeon Point Heritage Park). You had to pay a small fee to enter the heritage park, around $2. I had heard a lot about Pigeon Point and that it was the most beautiful beach in Tobago. And I wasn’t disappointed! It was breathtaking.
White sands and clear blue sea. Tobago was an amazing experience and we met some truly wonderful people along the way!

This is a little preview of the best bits from our trip! 

And some photos…

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