Tobago feels much more African than its twin, Trinidad, though they both lie just off the coast of Venezuela. Most of Tobago's best beaches can be found at its western end, which is also where you'll find many of the best places to stay in Tobago, a collection of hotels, guesthouses and diving lodges occupying lovely, sandy coves.
And its coral reefs with shallow, shelving waters and mountainous, rainforested interior make this a great place for a low-key but adventurous Caribbean break. Tobago welcomes tourists without too much fuss - another big difference from its party twin, Trinidad - to a beautiful, but peaceful island with plenty of natural assets and not too much interest in overdeveloping them. There are some relatively plush hotels, but there are also tiny guesthouses, and shoes seem to be optional at both ends of the scale.
Scarborough is Tobago's largest town, but you're far more likely to end up either: beside one of the beach resorts on the southwest side if you're looking for a tropical beach break, or staying in a tiny fishing village, if you're here to explore Tobago's underwater world.
It's worth checking out both options, and at least visiting the lush interior with its impressive array of indigenous birds. Tobago also has a number of forts and plantation houses, if you're interested in getting to know the history of the place too.
The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Tobago range from a great value three star option to a luxury villa resort with spectacular ocean views.
An excellent three star option overlooking Bacolet Bay. Charming rooms have four poster beds, balconies, and DVD players. Beautiful pool and bar area, restaurant, and easy access to the beach below. Family friendly and excellent value.
Black Rock, Tobago
A laid back inn directly on the beach with stunning ocean views and cocooned by palm trees. Rooms, suites, and three-bed villas (ideal for families), some with four poster beds and private balconies. Creole/international restaurant and lots of relaxation areas. Excellent value.
A very Caribbean hotel perched above a beach. A white washed building focused around its pool and azure ocean view. Contemporary rooms have balconies and all the mod cons. A secluded beach moments away, good food, and relaxed atmosphere. Family friendly, good value too.
A charming hotel just above Speyside beach with a collection of sea-facing bungalows. One, two, and three bedroom accommodations come with kitchenettes and verandahs, each in beach chic style. Lovely pool and bar area, tennis court, and a walk onto the beach. Family friendly, good value.
Black Rock, Tobago
Just six beautiful colonial villas, each sleeping six, with luscious gardens, private chef, and fully equipped kitchens. Ideal for families or groups of friends. Excellent access to plenty of water sports, golf, tennis, and direct access to the beach. A special spot with an iconic atmosphere.
A luxury villa resort with sumptuous suites equipped with kitchenettes, living areas, and patios. Traditional chic in style with romantic linens, four poster beds, and classical furnishings. Lovely pool, restaurant, massages, BBQ grills, stunning ocean views. Sophisticated and romantic.