5 reasons why Tobago is 2019's hottest holiday destination

Unspoilt, untouched and undiscovered... Tobago, we see you

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Unspoilt, untouched and undiscovered... Tobago, we see you

When it comes to idyllic holiday destinations, we think it's fair to say that the Caribbean has it all – white sandy beaches, glittering azure seas and a rich cultural heritage that differs from island to island. It's long been thought of as the ultimate dream vacation spot for those looking for an unforgettable retreat.

And if, like us, you're seeking out your own slice of tropical paradise, the island of Tobago is fast becoming the Caribbean's hottest (and still relatively undiscovered) travel tip. Located off the coast of northeast Venezuela, Tobago is blissfully unspoilt and offers everything any intrepid wanderluster could want – secluded, palm-fringed beaches, clear waters and breathtaking areas of outstanding natural beauty.

An island of warm welcomes, stunning sunsets and soft tropical breezes, Tobago is currently topping our 2019 travel wish list. Here's why...

1. The beaches are like nothing you've ever experienced

Yes, really. Imagine the most beautiful stretch of sand from your wildest desert island daydreams and you've got Tobago. From the white coral beaches lining the Caribbean west coast to the dark, volcanic sands of the North Atlantic coast, Tobago really does have a beach for everyone. Feeling active? Think paddle boarding, kayaking and kite surfing, plus some truly magnificent spots for diving enthusiasts. And for sheer escapism, head to the deserted wilds of Englishman's Bay for pure castaway vibes.

2. If you're a nature lover, be prepared

Love getting into the wild? Tobago has some of the most diverse and untouched areas of natural beauty in the world, including the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. Whether you're interested in local wildlife, cascading waterfalls or pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life (including sharks, turtles and even dolphins), Tobago's natural wonders are awe-inspiring. Our top tip? Try the incredible night-time stand-up-paddle bioluminescence tour and watch the midnight sea come alive with swirling neon colour.

3. It's perfect for romance, weddings and beyond

Looking for a stunning wedding backdrop? The world-famous thatched-roofed jetty stretching out into crystal clear waters makes for a perfect ceremonial spot, and (unsurprisingly) Pigeon Point Beach is considered to be Tobago's most beautiful. Sip on post-nuptial coconut cocktails while the sun sets over the bay, with the sound of local music carried softly along by the warm Caribbean breeze...

4. And if you're not in love already...

Get ready to fall in love with Tobago, its culture and its people. From curried crab and dumplings (considered to be Tobago's national dish) to exploring the island's superstitions, festivals and carnivals, there's no question that visitors leave Tobago feeling enlightened, inspired and full of its infectious warmth. Delve into the island's colonial past with a fort tour, or lose yourself in local stories told in the distinctive, lilting Creole dialect. We promise, Tobago will stay with you long after you've reached home soil.

5. Last but not least...

There are actually so many reasons to visit Tobago, we can't do it justice here. Get ready to explore the extraordinary at VisitTobago.gov.tt/gobeyond, where you'll find 101 things to do on this magnificent, unspoilt island. Our top picks include a soul-saving trip to the shallow waters of the Insta-worthy Nylon Pool, sunbathing on the secluded Stonehaven Bay or dancing the night away in the shimmering Bago Carnival.

Put Tobago on your radar now people, it won't stay undiscovered for long...