Why choose a cruise to Scarborough (Tobago)?

Hugging the shore of Rockly Bay, nestled among undulating green hills, is Tobago’s capital. Scarborough is a town of terracotta-topped houses and narrow streets, with a bustling local atmosphere and several historic attractions to explore.

Most tourists use Scarborough as a base to explore Tobago. The city is surrounded by banana plantations and atmospheric colonial mansions. Stunning white-sand beaches and rainforests teeming with tropical wildlife are just a short drive away from the city.

tobagoA guide to Scarborough’s hotspots

Enjoy a walk through Lower Scarborough, the neighbourhood around the port. Here you’ll find some of Scarborough’s most distinguished buildings, such as the old court house. The streets are lined with stalls selling fruits, vegetables, jewellery and clothing, and a busy market on weekends.

Escape the heat with a trip to the botanical garden, located in the grounds of a former sugar estate. There are plenty of shady spots to relax in – and you’ll see a variety of tropical trees and shrubs, as well as an orchid house.

Head up to Scarborough’s most famous building, Fort King George. It’s located on a hilltop amid green gardens, surrounded by cannons. History buffs will love the fascinating museum attached, and there are amazing views of the ocean from the ramparts.

Take a trip out of the city to one of Tobago’s dreamy beaches. One of the most beautiful is Pigeon Point, where talcum-soft sand leads to clear water full of iridescent fish. Relax on the sand or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. If you’re feeling energetic, you can hire a jet ski or a kayak from the water sports centre.

tobagoCruise lines that sail to the port of Scarborough (Tobago)

The best time to visit Scarborough (Tobago)

There is little variation in temperature year-round, with temperatures averaging 25°C-27°C. The most popular time to visit is in the dry season between January and April. We recommend visiting in March to catch Carnival, which is celebrated in Scarborough with masquerade bands, calypso competitions and bottle-and-spoon bands.

By December, rainy season is easing off. Why not take a Scarborough cruise for a festive break, and spend Christmas on a beach? The rainforest is lush and green after the rain, so this is a great time for hiking, too.

Did you know?

· It’s rumoured that Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was based on the island of Tobago

· You can try delicious local delicacies such as curry crab ‘n’ dumpling in Scarborough