GOAT AND CRAB RACING
Many non- Tobagonians find the notion of goats and crabs racing to be quite hilarious. However, this is an annual tradition. The local government has even built a stadium solely dedicated to this Easter activity. This is no easy feat. The goats, as taught by the champion goat-racing team, must be in front of the owners. I nearly sprained my wrist doing this exercise!
CURRY CRAB AND DUMPLING
This is the main delicacy in Tobago. Most locals will invite you to their home when you ask them where you can taste the best crab and dumpling. Curry, thyme, marjoram, parsley, onion, garlic, chives and a variety of other seasonings make this crab dish. It is then paired with the dumpling which is made of flour, water, a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar.
This is quite a drive away from the city. However, the garlic shrimp and garlic lobster served at this seaside, treehouse restaurant make it worth it. Due to the religion of the owners, no alcoholic beverages are sold.
There is a special treat for Chocolate lovers in Tobago. One must visit the Cocoa estate and taste its award winning products. After all, the Trinitario bean, produced here, is one of the world's best.
Forbes has deemed this property the "most fabulous villa in Tobago" If you can spend a day or seven at Villa being, do so. For us, it was an amazing eco-friendly island-chic experience. The spectacular views are second to none and this property which is nestled away from public access, boasts of a 'clothing is optional' policy.
Take a pirogue in Buccoo or a glass bottom boat for approximately $50.00 USD and head to Nylon Pool and the islets on the outskirts of Tobago. Imagine standing a few inches deep in clear waters with white sand in the middle of the ocean. This is what you will experience going to Nylon Pool.
NO MAN'S LAND
This is the most popular islet. Local promoters have parties here. Outside of the parties, the pirogue will take you here for an hour to explore and relax. Purchase a necklace from the modelesque Caucasian Rasta whose handmade jewellery makes the perfect souvenir.
Argyll Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Tobago. Upon arrival, you can hire a guide for approximately $5USD. The hike to the top of the waterfall takes thirty minutes. If you aren't the most agile, play in the pool at the base of the waterfall. The hike is steep and ropes hang from trees to assist patrons in their climb. The final destination, however, is worth it. Once there, sit directly under the waterfall for one of the most therapeutic experiences you will ever have.
TOBAGO FASHION CODA
Take in some of Trinidad and Tobago's fashion design talent at Tobago Fashion Coda. This usually occurs the Thursday before the major acts perform for Jazz at the Magdalena Resort.
LEVE- THE EVENT
If you are lucky enough to attend Claudia Pegus' and Dr. Auliana Poon's invitation-only event Leve, do so. It is a melting pot of the best in fashion, food (coconut jelly and curry conk- what a combination!) and entertainment. Also, who knows, you may end up partying with the Prime Minister of T&T.
TOBAGO JAZZ EXPERIENCE
J. Cole, Maxwell, Arturo Tappin, Lauryn Hill and many more all grace a stage with electrifying performances. A music festival which stands on its own in the region.
There are no priests here and the only reverend you will hear is Reverend Run from his Run DMC days. This is a Sunday party where both locals and tourists party into the early hours of Monday mornings.