A week sailing around Tobago by Mike Schechter.
Tobago is the newest base that TradeWinds has opened. Having been to Trinidad and Tobago 17 years ago and touring Tobago by land, we were anxious to return and see the island in the TradeWinds style. We were not disappointed!
Tobago is an easy destination to get to from the US. We flew on American Airlines from Miami to Port of Spain Trinidad, and then hopped on a Caribbean Airlines plane to Crown Point Tobago. There are numerous flights daily between Port of Spain and Crown Point. Delta also has nonstop flights direct to Tobago from Atlanta, so getting to there was easy for us.
The base is at the Lagoon Lodge, which was just finishing up on their restorations while we were there. The lodge and the cabins will be beautiful when they are finished. Bon Accord is a gorgeous location and is easily accessible from the airport. A quick taxi ride to Store Bay or Pigeon Point for a beautiful beach or a bite to eat is a must, especially if you arrive early.
This was our second cruise on Jade and she is as beautiful as ever. We met our crew and boarded Jade for her inaugural sail in Tobago… and the fun was just beginning.
Our first stop was at Pigeon Point Heritage Park. This beautiful beach is lined with palm trees and attracts a fair amount of both locals and tourists. It’s spread over a wide area, so you never feel that it is crowded at Pigeon Point.
Tobago is unlike any other TradeWinds destination in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago were once part of mainland South America, so it is not a volcanic island. It is packed with lush, tropical forests loaded with flora and fauna, much of which is unique to the Caribbean. Remember to bring good, strong walking shoes if you plan to explore the forests and/or any of the waterfalls. To put it mildly, Tobago’s gorgeous!
Tobago has yet to be invaded by any of the bareboat charter companies so typically there are only fishing boats dotting the scenery. The sailing was excellent as the breeze was always up.
Should you happen to be in Mt. Irvine on Sunday night, you might want to check out Sunday School, a short taxi ride away in Bucco Bay. This Sunday School happens to be several bars that each feature a different steel drum orchestra. The steel drum (or pan) was first hammered out in Trinidad and if you’re a fan of the instrument, you’ll love Sunday School.
In the typical TradeWinds tradition, the culinary delights cooked up aboard Jade were treats for our taste buds. The dinners we had off the boat were wonderfully prepared, featuring a wide selection of local treats that were absolutely delicious
Tobago is far enough south that it is out of the hurricane belt, so sailing year-round is not a problem. An occasional shower never dampened our spirits, thanks to the beautiful rainbows they produced.
Tobago is loaded with beautiful palm tree lined beaches. Some of them are public… some of them are very private… all of them are gorgeous!
Tobago has numerous dive and snorkel sites featuring crystal clear waters, plentiful coral and fish, and the colors were just amazing! The water was warm… at the end of November the temperature was 29 Celsius / 84 Fahrenheit
We circumnavigated the island of Tobago, sailing the Atlantic side as the final stretch of our cruise. The scenery was just as spectacular as the Caribbean side.
A relaxing sail past Store Bay and Pigeon Point brought us close to base on Friday afternoon. In Tobago you’re limin’ when a group gets together to share in good conversation and perhaps partake in a beverage. Again, the passing scenery was fantastic.
If you’re lucky, depending upon time, conditions and circumstances, you might be able to enjoy Friday’s sunset at the Nylon Pool. If everything aligns properly and you are able to go there, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
The TradeWinds Cruise Club experience has arrived in Tobago. A job well done goes out to everyone involved in making this destination a reality. Special thanks go to Franco and Jozy for their hard work, and of course Ciel for letting her mom and dad have a few spare moments to work on this dream location. Thanks to Tamas and Sara for a great week onboard and of course, thanks to TradeWinds for making more dreams happen!
Mike & Judy Schechter
Lake Worth, FL USA
Thanks Mike! See you soon...