Tobago is located in the extreme south eastern corner of the Caribbean, about 70 miles from Venezuela. Separated from its popular cosmopolitan neighbour island Trinidad, by only 20 miles, as a tourists/dive destination Tobago has remained relatively undiscovered. Tobago is 116 sq. miles mountainous, lush and unspoiled with a population of 47,000. This small population is scattered across Tobago mainly in small villages form Scarborough (the Center) to Charlotteville (the northernmost tip). Speyside is one such village on the northern coast. The southernmost island of the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago (blessed islands of La Trinite) were discovered by Christopher Columbus on his quest for new lands. If Tobago is famous for any one thing in its own right it is the Scuba Diving. The Diving is unquestionably spectacular, especially in Speyside, rivaling some the the best in the world. Manta Ray (Manta Birostris) are found with unprecedented regularity in Speyside due to the richness of the waters. The waters are very rich in nutrients which attracts hundreds of species of fish in a rainbow of colours from small butterfly fish to groups of Queen Angels, French Angels, Parrot fish, Tarpons, Grunts and the large majestic Manta Rays, which are famous for their interaction with divers. One of the dive sites has a Black Coral tree 8ft tall and Tobago also boasts one of the largest Brain Coral Heads, measuring over 12ft high and 16ft across. Many of the dive sites are affected by strong surge and surf, and some areas have heavy drifts. This however does not mean it is only suitable for experienced divers and there are many sites that offer gentle drift dives for beginners. Tobago has many other attractions - from palm fringed beaches to clear tropical waters, displaying an abundance of marine life, wildlife and culture. For the naturalist, Tobago has some of the best bird watching, butterfly seeking and hiking the Caribbean has to offer.
From music to food and from faces to festivals, Trinidad exhibits a multi-ethnic culture. With ancestors from Africa, India, Europe, China, and the Middle East, speaking dozens of languages and professing dozens of faiths, a local common culture that is vibrant, colourful and tolerant of the eccentric but still able to hold on to important elements of traditions has grown up after centuries of mixing and merging. And nowhere is the freeness of this spirit and the power of this multiethnic society better demonstrated than in the Carnival, the island's most famous cultural phenomenon. The full-scale abandon on the streets, with creative essence of the street masquerade with its thousands of costumes, hundreds of calypsos and awe-inspiring steelband performances is as honest a reflection of local character as possible. Trinidad is also the island for the cricket fan and there is no better place to take in an annual Test series than with a playful crowd, singing and chanting at the Queen's Park Oval.
The Islands of The Bahamas is a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest waters in the world. With 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, totalling an estimated land area of 5,382 sq miles, and registering the highest land elevation of 206 ft. Most notable, however, is that each island is unique. AndrosIsland is the largest of all the Islands (104 miles long and 40 miles wide) but has the smallest population for its size. It has an abundance of bonefish and the world's third largest barrier reef which is over 140 miles long and is renowned for its superb diving sites and marine life. Andros has fabulous beaches in addition to some of the best diving sites in the world, filled with deep coral canyons and magnificent blue holes.
Barbados is the most eastern island in the Caribbean, with an area of 430 square kilometres.
With a population of about 260,000 - which is quite high considering its size, Barbados is the 'Little England' of the Caribbean. You will however notice that a local cricket match has a totally different rhythm here. There are old stone Anglican churches in every parish, horse races on Saturdays and portraits of Queen Elizabeth hanging on walls. With 97 kilometres of coastline, Barbados has much to offer its visitors in terms of water sports and beach activities
Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean which is renowned for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing, among other things. Kayaking in the mangroves, the gentle bay or venturing out into the open ocean are also popular pastimes.
Ever since Errol Flynn cavorted here with his Hollywood friends in the 1930s and '40s, travellers have regarded Jamaica as one of the most alluring of all the Caribbean islands. Whether you are interested in a leisurely day on a chartered yacht or hiking through Jamaica's beautiful mountains, there are activities to capture almost anyone's interest. Travelers can even get lost in history on old sugar plantations and ancient forests. Anglers can also enjoy deep sea fish, while snorkelers can come face to face with fish in their own habitat.
St. Lucia is the island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about--a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados. St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble a mango or an avocado. The Atlantic Ocean touches its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea. In natural beauty, St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,000 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rain forests where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot. The rainforest is broken only by verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango, and papaya trees. St. Lucia has been inhabited long before colonial times, and its cultural treasures are a fascinating melange of its rich past and its many different traditions. The island's people have earned a well-deserved reputation for their warmth and charm, and the island itself is dotted with aged fortresses, small villages, and open-air markets. There is a broad array of exciting and exotic activities available on St. Lucia. The island's steep coastlines and lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. The rainforest preserves of St. Lucia's mountainous interior are one of the Caribbean's finest locales for hiking and birdwatching. Of course, the island also possesses excellent facilities for golf, tennis, sailing, and a host of other leisure pursuits. Not to be missed is St. Lucia's Soufriere volcano, the world's only drive-in volcanic crater.
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