We flew into Trinidad and changed to an internal flight to Tobago which took around 20 minutes to cross a short stretch of water. You could get a ferry, however, the thought of a 2.5 hour boat ride after a long flight did not appeal to me. Taking internal island flights is more like travelling on a bus. We flew with Caribbean Airlines, reasonably priced, comfortable and reliable.
Our home for the week in Tobago was Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort on the western side of the island. It was dark as we arrived meaning we didn't see the full splendor of the resort until breakfast. Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort offers different packages such as room only, half board and fully inclusive. Le Grand Courlan offers great views, food, service and lovely and comfortable rooms with balconies. One of the top points is that only a short stroll down steps from the resort, through the gates at the bottom and across the road and you are on Black Rock Beach. (more photos from the beach below).
Today Fort King George houses the Tobago Museum. Mr R is drinking a cold beer leaning on one of the cannons that used to keep watch on this part of the island.
While we were walking the beach we saw a man walking with a bag of mangoes. I stopped to talk to him and he told me he was taking the mangoes and going to swim in the sea. He would peel the mangoes and dip them into the salty sea water and then eat them. He said the salt brought out the flavour of the mango.
We were invited to the home of a friend of our tour guide and were warmly welcomed to join the 'Harvest'. Dishes were marinating including blue crab, tuna, iguana and other delicacies. There will also be cassava, sweet potato and dasheen cooked in various ways leading to a veritable feast when everything is ready.
One of the highlights of our trip was a session in the kitchen of Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort with the chefs and Mr R doning his chef's hat.
Our first stop was just after leaving the airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad was a little cart selling by the side of the busy road. It was breakfast time and locals in Trinidad stop on their way to work for 'Doubles'.
Before we knew it our first visit to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago was over and we were jetting off to our next destination of Grenada. We had a really intense week but barely scratched the surface. I look forward to spending more time on these two sister islands!
I was a guest of Visit Tobago and Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort. I was not required to write a positive review. As usual all opinions and photos are my own. No photographs may be reproduced in any form without my written permission.