Sunday, 28 March 2010

Tobago Holiday - Sunshine & Sunsets

The usual suspects - Shirley, Marina,San,Jon,Simon and Yours Truly.

Turtle Beach with local fisherman unloading their catch

Hotel Pool

Our Hotel, we are on the top floor third from the right

'Engine Bobb' in the 'Office' with Dillon

View from our Room Balcony

Arrived back yesterday from a wonderful 2 week holiday in tropical Tobago. Almost endless days of sunshine, wonderful people and stunning sunsets perfect for relaxation.

Tobago is approximately 42 kilometres (26 Miles) long and 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide. It is located at latitude 11° 9' N, longitude 60° 40' W, slightly north of Trinidad. The population is 54,084 (2000). The capital is Scarborough, with a population of about 17,000. Which made it perfect for hiring a Jeep and exploring the hidden bays and waterfalls that dot the coastline. All that was missing were the tall ships and it could have been a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Turtle Beach hotel where we stayed was set right on the beachfront with a beautiful pool and jacuzzi. Being all inclusive was great and I dread to think how many Rum Punches, Beers, Vodka and Cokes as well as a variety of other cocktails were consumed during our stay?? The only problem I had was that our room fridge was stocked daily with beer. It was difficult to keep up with the supply but I just about managed.

There were some wonderful 'Locals' who have their 'Office' on the beach. Firstly 'Engine Bobb' a Rastafarian who has his finger on the pulse of everything going on. He is a Carpenter and makes beautiful bird feeders out of Bamboo and the shells from the fruit of the Calabash Tree. He has also promised to take me to the Notting Hill Carnival when he is over in August!!
Dillon a wonderful artist, who paints onto bamboo amazing landscapes and birds. Henry who has been on the beach 20 years making unique leather items. Afreea with her hand made beads and jewelery. Lorna with her 'Hawaiian shirts', Sarongs and part time massages (Yes I had a shirt and a massage ). Not to mention Frankie and Woody who organised all sorts of tours usually involving barbecues and lots of drinking of Rum punches.

We also met some lovely people from the UK who were also on holiday. Dave and Jenny from Brightlingsea, Simon & Shirley from Worcester, Jon & Sandra from Birmingham and Ian & Avril from Buckingham,not forgetting Dorothy and 'The Colonel' from St Merryn Cornwall.

All together it was a great holiday that will,live long in our memory. I will add some more detailed reports about the birds, Turtles and Boat trip in due course.

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