The Ideal Setting for a Journey to WellnessJust being here gives you a head start on the journey to relaxation and rejuvenation. On an island without freeways or high rises, the pace of daily life unfolds with casual ease, and residents are known as the happiest people in the Caribbean. There are many ways to enhance your own bliss. Some come from touches administered by skilled hands, others from healing aromas and therapeutic oils, the cleansing properties of sea salts, or the sensation of muscles responding to gentle contact with stones warmed in Caribbean sunshine. Whatever path to wellness you choose, Tobago is an ideal place to begin the journey.
- Best for: Everyone, great for birdwatching and adventure
- Best season to visit: Year round
- Weather: Tobago sits below the Caribbean hurricane belt, with average air temperatures ranging from 80 in winter to 88 in summer. During the rainy season from July to November there may be short, vigorous showers at night
Things to Do
Spa and Wellness in Tobago
Tobago's best full-service spas are associated with resorts located on the island's southwestern corner, either set against ocean views or tucked into a quiet inland setting. This pairing puts spa visitors within easy range of a number of additional activities and relaxations, from water sports and fitness activities to fine dining and poolside relaxation.
Spa and Wellness in Tobago Tips
A perfect complement to a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at one of Tobago's spas is a reconnection with nature. Tobago is home to the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere, and guided tours can take you to the heart of this pristine landscape.
Best Places for Spa and Wellness in Tobago
The blue waters of Stonehaven Bay create a soothing backdrop for Le Grand Courland Spa. In the heart of the vibrant Bon Accord resort district, the Oceans of Notion provides a tranquil oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Equilibrium Face & Body Clinic provides innovative treatments for body, mind and soul.
What to Pack for Spa and Wellness in Tobago
Tobago's tropical climate is ideal for light, breathable resort wear. Sandals will provide comfort and easy removal around the spa and pool, but you might want to include a pair of sturdier shoes for walks in the woods. Bring a headset and fill your smartphone's playlist with some relaxing tunes.
Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry/Exit Requirements: A valid passport is required for all U.S. Citizens. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of entry and must have at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. No visas are required for stays shorter than 90 days. All persons leaving Trinidad and Tobago for an international flight pay a departure tax of 100 TTD.
Vaccinations are not required for entry into Trinidad or Tobago. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
To see what the Caribbean was like before direct flights and cruise ships, take the winding coastal road north from Tobago's capital of Scarborough. At villages like Delaford, Castara and Canaan, the old ways still prevail in tight-knit communities where cooks always add a bit extra to the pot in anticipation of welcoming the unexpected guest. Away from the beachside resorts on the south coast, daily life revolves around farming and fishing rather than service industries. English is spoken everywhere, but traces of France, China, England, Spain, India and numerous parts of Africa can still be found in the cultural mix. Savory examples of this blending are manifest in favorite street foods such as roti, which is a Caribbean take on Asian curry, wrapped in an Indian-inspired flat bread known as Dhal Puri. Islanders identify their settlements as being on the windward or leeward side, as the mountainous and unsettled center of the island is home to one of the Caribbean's first conservation zones. Established in 1776, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve was created with the understanding that its rainforest-covered slopes were vital to harvesting rain showers from the trade winds. Today, it covers more than 14,000 acres and stretches two-thirds of the island's length. These forests become a playground for true eco-tourism, which involves hiking, birding and mountain biking rather than zip lines and four-wheelers.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in Tobago is 110 volts, 60 cycles, so no adapter will be needed for US visitors. The country/area code for Tobago is 868. Check with your local service provider for data plans available while travelling or roaming charges will apply. Wifi is available at most hotels.
Drinking bottled water is recommended throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Language & Currency
English is the official language. The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TT); see the current exchange rate here.
Tobago is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Tobago is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).
Location, Size and Population
Tobago is an island located in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago, often called Trinidad’s sleepy sister is northeast of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada. It is located outside of the hurricane belt. Tobago is roughly 116 square miles, 6.2 miles wide and 25 miles long.
The population of Trinidad and Tobago combined is approximately 1.36 million people with a little over 60,000 of the total living on the island of Tobago.