Tobago is for the most part unspoilt, and although the main industry is tourism, it does not mean that it is set up for tourists! There is basically one road around the island, and hiring a car is by far the best way of making the most of your stay. Indeed, it is essential if you are staying in The Lookout, and a 4x4 is really the only sensible option. We have laways used Shermans Autorentals for car hire, although there are many other car rental firms on the island.
Locally, the jungle is literally on the doorstep, and a walk up or down the road will reveal many different creatures. None are poisonous however! To get the best out of the area, a guided tour is the best option. There are several tour guides in the area, but we would recommend David Williams (“King” David – www.kingdavidtobago.com). He will organise jungle walks, snorkelling and fishing trips, as well as bird watching trips across to the island of Little Tobago, and other sightseeing trips.
For those who like the beach, Englishman’s Bay lies a couple of kilometres away, and even in the busy season, is usually pretty quiet. There is a beach restaurant & souvenir shop there, and you might spot a wedding taking place somewhere on the golden sands. Farther along the road is the fishing village of Castara which houses the fisherman’s cooperative. Here the catch of the day comes in the afternoons. The beach here is busier than Englishman’s Bay. Snorkelling in both places is wonderful.
Scuba diving is popular on the island. Most of the dive schools are situated in the area of the airport, but they will arrange dives on either the Caribbean or Atlantic sides of the island. If golf is your passion, then there are 2 excellent golf courses in Tobago.
Worth a look are Argyll waterfalls, afternoon tea at the Arnos Vale Hotel (amazing variety of birds up close and personal!), and a glass-bottom boat ride from Speyside over the largest brain coral in the world. Details of these and other things to see & do can be found in the guide books held in the house, along with some basic reference books for bird and fish life.