12 days in Tobago last January (2004) were terrific - although my loyalty to Cuba will take me back there in January 2005. But someday I hope to also go back to Tobago - and maybe see a little more of Trinidad as well.
There are a number of traditional resorts - including a few gated facilities where locals and plebian visitors are not welcome - in Tobago. Crown Point immediately next to the airport, and a strip of development extending roughly 15 kilometers, has a broad range of facilities including basic and high end. But, best of all, there are many places where small scale tourism allows visitors to experience traditional community life while enjoying fabulous beaches, rain forests, etc. Castara Bay and Charlotteville are examples of this.
Selfishly, I hope tourism will not rapidly expand in Tobago because such expansion will inevitably compromise the experience.
As a sampler, we stayed in five facilities over 12 nights. If anyone wants observations or information about these, please email me and I will do my best. Also check out http://mytobago.info/index.htm.
The Naturalist - 4 or 5 rooms right on the beach, Castara Bay. Basic facility but a wonderful experience.
Top River Pearl - 1 two bedroom/living room unit and 2 or 3 studios nicely designed and located in the centre of Charlotteville (we also used this as a base to visit Speyside and King’s Beach)
Horizons Tobago - a fine four unit apartment in Bacolet Pt. (near Scarborough) with its own pool and private grounds; close to some good restaurants
Sherwood Park Apartments - a ten-unit motel style facility with excellent pool; quiet and away from the beaches; best used with a vehicle for a short drive to various beaches and fine restaurants
Crown Point Beach Resort - a larger long-established full-service resort right on the beach at Store Bay; aging but reasonable with a terrific restaurant and a pool