Privatising a beach, Pigeon Point
This used to be a public beach, even a fishing beach for locals, but not anymore. The property is now owned by a Trinidadian businessman, access is stronly controlled and there is an entry fee to the beach. Locals aren' t welcome as they used to be. And if there's a cruise ship visiting Tobago this beach will be packed of people like sardines in a can. There are many disturbing stories concerning this beach, which is said to be the most beautiful beach on Tobago, but until they solve the problems, why should you go there if the locals can't?!
Unique Suggestions: Simply don't go there!
Fun Alternatives: There are many beautiful beaches on Tobago that are open to all and don't charge anything. Go and enjoy them!Add to your Trip Planner
Suffered a lot of damage from careless tour operators and tourists who step on the corals. Let the reef heal, don’t go and add to its destruction. I hear there’s not that much to see anymore anyways.
Unique Suggestions: If you absolutely have to go, make sure you go with a reputable tour operator, who cares about the reef as well. Do not under any cicumstances accept using rubber shoes so you can walk on the reef.
Best thing to do is not to go there at all.
Fun Alternatives: The reef in Speyside is said to be in much better condition. It is not harmed as easily, because its deeper. Go there instead. Or go on a boat tour that stops for example in Castara, Englishman’s Bay and Pirate’s Bay.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Sailing and Boating
The Argyle Waterfalls are not as impressive as the Highland Waterfalls, though everyone will tell you to visit them.
Yo have to pay a entrance fee, as a guide will lead you to the waterfalls.
The most impressive part was the hike to the falls, as we saw several beautiful plantand trees and a cayman.
Unique Suggestions: Dip in the pool....the water is really "refreshing" according the guide.
In holland we call this cold.... (But it is refreshing indeed.)
Fun Alternatives: Go to the Highland Waterfalls, harder to find, but almost no tourists and much more impressive.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Adventure Travel
On Tobago, Pigeon Point isn't worth 5 minutes
I have a real hard time believing that anyone could prefer a contrived setting like Pigeon Point over the other beaches on Tobago. Unless you HAVE to stay near the airport and CAN'T get transportation up either coast there is no reason to pay $ to get crammed into this bug-infested beach.
Unique Suggestions: You could spend some time here before your plane leaves since it isn't far to the airport.
Fun Alternatives: Go up the Leeward Coast for some truly spectacular beaches that are not crowded and don't charge, that would be any other beach on Tobago.
Englishman's Bay is wonderful and much more in keeping with what Tobago is all about, great snorkeling along the right-hand side (out to the rock sticking out of the water by itself).Add to your Trip Planner
Pigeon Point has a picture...
Pigeon Point has a picture perfect thatch-roofed pier, makes it easier to get on the glass-bottom boat to Bucco Reef and Nylon Pool, but showers in the bathroom were not even finished, and looks like they will never be, you need to wear water-shoes to walk on the broken coral and debris strewed beach. The worst conditioned beach on the island, save the $2 entrance fee you are better off going to the more popular better maintained Store Bay Beach near by (see my travelogue).Add to your Trip Planner
Always be careful on the...
Always be careful on the streets. As a tourist you stick out now matter how hard you try to blend in. Keep your jewellery at home. Women should not travel alone. Don't exchange currency on the street -there are plenty of banks in Trinidad.Add to your Trip Planner
Cultural Shows put on by...
Cultural Shows put on by Hotels are anything but Cultural. I have been to the one at The Trinidad Hilton and at Sandy Point in Tobago. I find the shows to be a watered down attempt at showcasing our diverse culture and the typical Limbo thrown in for good measure is a joke. The best way to experience our culture is to visit a festival that we have each year called BEST VILLAGE, it is a cultural competition put on by the Government and the village groups are competing for athe Best Village Trophy not your tourist dollars. It usually runs from August to October. Another good festival is the Tobago Heritage Festival where you can experience authentic Tobago, as the festival stretches for two weeks from mid July to early August and is hosted in different villages throughout Tobago. To experience the East Indian culture the Divali Nagar in Chaguanas is where you will see, feel and taste the East Indian experience.From October to November Hindus prepare for Divali or Deepeawali which is a celebration of light over darkness, good over evil.The culmination is a the lighting of deyas and you can see them in most areas of Trinidad, mostly prominent in the Central and Southern areas.Add to your Trip Planner
If you are a tourist the local...
If you are a tourist the local people, that sell something, think: You have money! In Tobago that is. So always try to lower your price when trying to buy something on the market. Don't pay for something you can't take or use right away, like a souvenir they don't have right now or a barbecue at the beach that will start in an hour. Yeah right!Add to your Trip Planner
Taxi's....These taxis (cars...
These taxis (cars with a 'H' plate or any vehicle it would seem) with stop and give you rides along specified routes. I is about $3 T&T dollars per seat. If you want to go quick buy all seats. If want to deviate off the route barter hard. Do not pay more than $25 T&T for an off-route trip within Port of Spain (less than 5 miles). At night the cars will try and charge $40 T&T plus...say no and walk on. Plenty more cars.Add to your Trip Planner
Watch out for 'foriegn prices'...
Watch out for 'foriegn prices' for car fares or souveniers. Ask the locals what it should cost before taking a taxi or Maxi-taxi. If you can, get a local to go in and buy it for you.Add to your Trip Planner
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