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A flourishing Caribbean town

During your cruise in the Caribbean Sea, after disembarking from your cruise ship in the port of Scarborough, Tobago’s capital, you will discover a surprisingly appealing place, its houses and roads spilling higgledy-piggledy down a hillside, with the Atlantic providing a magnificent backdrop for Fort King George, perched at the top of the hill.

The island’s administrative centre and its main port, Scarborough is a flourishing town, brimming with a brisk vibrancy. Devoid of any touristy pretentions, its street corners buzz with liming locals, while pavement stalls are perused by shoppers and the bars spill out onto the streets.

Away from the bustle, the shady suburb of Bacolet is home to some of Tobago’s most upmarket hotels and the secluded Bacolet Bay Beach. Though the largest town on the island, Scarborough is still pretty tiny, with most of the commercial action spreading back up from the port and along the precipitous Main Street.

During your holiday in the Caribbean, you will be able to go on an excursion to Scarborough’s Botanical Gardens, which date to the late nineteenth century.

Today, the broad sweeps of lawn interspersed with planted beds and shade trees could pass for a English park, were it not for the garish crimson of towering African tulips, flamboyant trees and the yellow and pink cascades of the poui trees.

Forking off Main Street, Fort Street twists its way up a steep hill on its way to one of the most prominent sights in town, Fort King George. The complex is the largest fortifications in Tobago, built by the British in 1777 and occupied by French troops between 1781 and 1793, who built the solid stone perimeter walls. There are several signs dotted around the complex giving some background to the buildings. Just 30 minutes from the capital, you will find Pigeon Point Beach where the shoreline is definitively Caribbean; powdery with sand with calm turquoise sea on one side and the ubiquitous swaying palms on the other.

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    Trinidad and Tobago

    Shades of the coral reef
    Shades of the coral reef

    Trinidad and Tobago. So close but so different. A cruise to Trinidad will carry you to Port of Spain, its capital, nearly twenty times more populated than Scarborough, the main center of Tobago.

    Nineteenth century colonial buildings line two pedestrian avenues which make up Independence Square, the main square, full of shops and restaurants. In the north eastern corner of Queen’s Park Savannah, once a sugar plantation, and today a public park with a race course inside, you can visit the beautiful rockery garden with water lilies covering a pond between the rocks. Moving onto the opposite side you have a splendid aerial view of the small town. The Magnificent Seven stand out: a wonderful group of colonial buildings where the parapets and turrets of the Stollmeyer Castle catch your eye, a fragment of Scotland in the Caribbean sea.

    Unspoilt nature can be found on both islands, but for a slower pace you should go to Tobago. You will still find colourful fishing villages as they were fifty years ago, like those of Charlotteville and Speyside. At the latter, you can find unique sites for diving amongst the coral reef which protects the beaches, between sponges as tall as man and bushes of black coral.