The Caribbean coast
Travelling along the leeward coast, Mt Irvine Bay is more tranquil, while Grafton Bay and Great Courland (home to a section known as Turtle Beach) offer long, sandy stretches. Endangered leatherback and hawksbill turtles can be seen nesting along these beaches from March to August – keep an eye out for nests! Further along, Arnos Vale has some of the best and most sheltered snorkelling off Tobago.
Castara has a much more Tobagonian feel; overlooked by a friendly fishing community, the bay is filled with little boats and sunbathers may find themselves helping to “pull the seine” – hauling in the nets with the day’s catch. It’s much, much harder than it looks! Snorkelling is good at the northern end, and heading round into Emerald Bay next door.
Englishman’s Bay is one of the most photographed – the classic, crescent has golden sand, a single restaurant and just the right degree of isolation to make you feel like you’re truly getting away from it all. The less enticingly-named Bloody Bay, a little further up the coast, is in fact one of Tobago’s most peaceful – you’ll be sharing the sheltered golden sand with a few fishermen, if you’re lucky.