Tobago

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tobago-mapCapital of Tobago: Scarborough – ferry port to Trinidad

Tobago Airport: Crown Point International Airport (5 minutes walk from Bananaquit but yet undisturbed by airport traffic)

Currency: Trinidad & Tobago Dollars (TT$) (floats with US dollar)

Climate: Tropical Year Round (approximately 29ºC or 83ºF) – Tropical Rain Forest / Lush Exotic Vegetation. Dry season is December to June. In June to December weather is mixed between bursts of tropical rain and bright sunshine.

Driving License: Foreign Licenses acceptable for up to three (3) months. Note: driving is on the left side. Cars and Jeeps available for hire. Approximately $55 US per day, weekly rates are available.

Passport and Visa: You must have a Passport. Trinidad & Tobago also requires a visa for certain countries.

People ‘n’ Language

While Trinidad is multiethnic, or “mix up like callaloo” as we say in the islands, the population of Tobago is primarily of African descent, but in the past 20 years the proportions of Trinidadians of East Indian descent and Europeans (predominantly Germans and Scandinavians) have grown.

The offical language is English, but most locals speak a sweet “sing song” Tobagonian creole  which reflects the East Indian, African, Amerindian, French and Spanish heritage of the nation, with bits and pieces borrowed unchanged from Portuguese, Arabic and other languages. Trinidad was a Spanish colony until taken by the French and then the British 200 years ago.

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Geography

Tobago is part of the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. We are the most southernly islands of the Caribbean and lie outside the hurricane belt, therefore a more popular vacation choice during Hurricane season. The two islands are 33km (21 miles) apart. Tobago has a central spine of hills rising up to 549 meters(1860 feet), with flatter lands in the south.

Tobago has a land area of 300 km² (116 mi²), and is approximately 42 kilometres (26 Miles) long and 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide. It is located at latitude 11° 9′ N, longitude 60° 40′ W, slightly north of Trinidad. The population is approx 55000. The capital is Scarborough, with a population of about 17,000.

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