Speyside Things to Do
Across the bay from Speyside is a small island called Little Tobago. This island is one of the most important seabird sanctuaries in the Caribbean. It is where the red-billed Tropicbirds come every spring to build nests and have their young. This is quite a sight to see.You may also see Brown Boobies, Audubon Shearwaters, Sooty Terns, and many...more
Speyside has much to offer the birdwatcher. The trees and bushes are full of birds.There are many tiny hummingbirds flying from flower to flower.My husband snapped this picture of a copper-rumped hummingbird in the bushes at the Blue Waters Inn.Grab your bins and your camera and go for a walk around the grounds.more
2 Hotels in Speyside
The most popular place to eat in Speyside is Jemma's Seaview Kitchen.It has very tasty local food. The restaurant is upstairs in a tree house on the waters edge.They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday except Saturday and closes early on Friday. The fish is always fresh and very good.more
All the food is prepared local style, with local ingredients and seasonings. The menu is posted by the door and changes daily, but will give you options.The restaurant is located just a few meters off the beach. There are both an indoor covered dining area and an outdoor deck dining area. The choices like the BBQ chicken are great and relatively...more
Blue Water Inn: Drinking bats
The thing that we loved to do after dark at the Blue Waters Inn, was watch the bats.
We would go out in back of the hotel where they kept hummingbird feeders filled with sugar water. If we were lucky we would catch bats drinking from them.
Dress Code: No need to dress up but wearing something dark might be good.Related to:
Rent a jeep
Now that we know the way to Speyside from the airport, it is really very simple, we always rent a car as soon as we arrive in Tobago.
The first time we went, it was late at night, so we got a taxi to take us to Blue Waters Inn.
They had jeeps for rent at the hotel so we rented one of theirs.
Driving around Tobago is no problem, unless you don't like to drive on the "other" side of the road..Related to:
- Road Trip
Local market: Supplies
People do not come to Speyside to go shopping. They may stop and come ashore to pick up a few supplies but nothing more.
What to buy: You might find some local crafts for sale or buy some fruits and veggies at a roadside stand but not much else.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Speyside Warnings and Dangers
Loud turkey-like birds
There are some turkey-like birds that roost in the trees and brush around Speyside.
They like to roost in flocks and they become very active at dawn. Their voice is a loud, grating, ka-ka-ra-ka.
These birds are the Rufous-vented Chachalaca. Known to the locals as Cocricos. They are the national bird of Tobago.
Be warned that these birds can wake you from a sound sleep.Related to:
Speyside What to Pack
Take an extra camera
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight cotton clothing is best because it is quite humid here. Nothing really fancy needed in this laid back village.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take the things that you can't live without. You won't find them in Speyside.
Photo Equipment: You might consider taking an extra camera along with you. If yours breaks or falls in the drink you will be in trouble. The nearest camera repair is in Trinidad.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget the sunscreen and sunglassesRelated to:
Speyside Off The Beaten Path
St.Giles Islands, off the north tip of Tobago, is a protected breeding-ground for the magnificent Frigatebird.You are not allowed to set foot on the islands without permission from the government.However we did go around the islands in a small boat.We saw many seabirds, sooty terns, red-footed booby, brown noody, white-bellied booby, brown booby,...more
I don't think this area is undiscovered, in fact during WW2 it was the site of an American military radio tower and lookout.It is located on the very northern tip of Tobago and not far from Speyside.We enjoy driving up to Flagstaff Hill and looking out at the St Giles Islands. This is where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean. Sunsets from here are...more
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.
Speyside Sports & Outdoors
Fondest memory: We liked Tobago so much on a previous visit that we chose it as the place we would go to on our honeymoon.
Speyside was one of the places that we stayed for a few nights.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons