From jazz to sculpture: What to do in Tobago when you’re not on a sunlounger

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    Why Go?

    Think of Tobago and instantly conjure up images of secluded white beaches and crystal clear waters? You’re certainly not wrong. But what about the Caribbean’s most traditional carnival, an A-list music festival and burgeoning art scene? For those who crave culture as much as sun, there’s plenty to do when you’re not working on that tan…

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    Carnival, Bago-style

    With floats, percussion, masquerade bands and wining, the island’s signature dance, Bago Carnival is a must for anyone looking to fully immerse themselves in Tobago’s traditions. Much more of a join-in-with-the-locals, family-orientated style celebration, it’s the ultimate way to taste an authentic slice of the Caribbean action. And the best bit? Cooling off weary dancers feet in the sparkling shores.

    Year-Round Festivals, Tobago

    Year-Round Festivals

    For an island that prides itself on chilling out, barely a month goes by without a festival or big-time celebration. The star attraction in the culture-rich social calendar is July’s lively Heritage Festival while Easter’s annual Goat and Crab Race is one of those truly unique experiences you’ll be talking about long after stepping off the plane.

    The Art of Tobago

    The Art of Tobago

    As if the jaw-dropping beauty of the tropical island wasn’t enough, there’s a thriving sculpture and art scene adding to the Instagram opportunities. No visit would be complete without a stop at the Kimme Museum, the castle-like former home and studio of Luise Kimme where you’ll find large-scale sculptures capturing the true essence of the people of Tobago.

    Tobago Culture, steel drums Panorama 2009

    Tropical Beats

    Tradition and celebration go hand in hand in Tobago, which means you’re never too far from a party. From the Stevie Wonder and Grace Jones-approved Jazz Experience to the ear-splitting percussion at Sunday School – a true Tobago institution – there’s no better way to immerse yourself in local culture.

    Culinary Culture

    The only thing more Tobagonian than steelpans and carnival? Feasting. And fortunately for visitors, the locals are keen to show off their skills. Sample the very best native dishes and cocktails created by Tobago’s finest chefs at the annual Culinary Festival and Tobago’s Blue Food Festival. Yum.

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