The Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago may be neighbours, but they couldn't be more different. While Trinidad is vibrant and industrial, Tobago is its laid-back sibling, lush with rainforests, pristine beaches, waterfront bars and palms billowing gently in the breeze. Most first-time visitors head for Pigeon Point, one of the most photographed and idyllic areas on the island. Alternatively, if you wish to explore more of Tobago, head to Main Ridge Forest Reserve which runs through two-thirds of the island. With cascading falls, hiking trails and emerald rainforests, it showcases the unspoilt natural beauty of Tobago.
Most Tobago hotels are located close to Pigeon Point Heritage Park. These three and four-star hotel and spa resorts offer everything you need for a tranquil, comfortable stay. There are water sports, bars and restaurants along the seafront where you can kick back, relax and enjoy spectacular sunsets.
If you want somewhere a bit livelier, Buccoo Village on Tobago's west coast is a good place to stay with snorkelling, glass bottom boat trips and some of the best entertainment on Tobago.
Over on the eastern shoreline is Scarborough, the capital of Tobago, overlooking Rockly Bay. A local ferry service links the island to Port of Spain in Trinidad, so it's a great place to stay if you plan to island-hop. With incredible golden beaches, ancient forts, shopping and dining, you won't be stuck for things to do.
If you don't mind a little rain and are planning an island adventure, visit Tobago between June and December. These months offer amazing hotel deals, and you have stunning beaches of Pigeon Point, Englishman's Bay, rainforests and historic sites all to yourself.
Sun worshippers should visit during dry season which runs between January and May, although hotel rooms can be more expensive, you can gain competitive flight and room deals if you travel early or later in the season. Search and compare cheap hotels in Tobago for 2018/2019 on dealchecker.
To save money, opt to stay inland away from the beaches in small and friendly hotels and guesthouses. Look at areas around Carnbee, Signal Hill and on the north west coast of Tobago to secure amazing peak season room rates.