Useful facts for your holiday to Tobago
Flight and Transfers
Tobago’s main airport is Crown Point International Airport and it’s around a 10 hour flight from Dublin.
Tobago is relatively small, so the transfer to your hotel will generally be less than 30 minutes. If you’ve pre-booked your transfer arrangements with us, a Tropical Sky representative will meet you on arrival and guide you to your transfer vehicle.
A visa is currently not required for Irish passport holders but it’s worth re-checked on booking for any possible changes to this rule. Passports must be valid for at least three months longer than the duration of stay and you must have a return or onward ticket. All travellers should check full entry requirements prior to travel.
This official language of Tobago is English. Locals, especially those not in the travel industry, tend to speak very quickly and with a strong accent – it takes a little time to get acclimatised to it, but you’ll be used to it in no time. You may also here different patois dialects drawing influence from Spanish, French, Hindi and African languages.
Self-Drive: Renting a car is one of the simplest and most practical ways of getting around the island. You need to be over the age of 25 and the rates can’t be called cheap, but it does leave you with freedom to explore. You drive on the left, the same as at home. Driving standards can be a little lax and it is always best to err on the side of caution.
Taxis: Taxis can be quite expensive, but due to the limited transport infrastructure on the island, they can be the easiest option if you’d rather not drive yourself. There are official taxis recognisable by the ‘H’ at the start of their registration plate.
There are two different type of taxi. Private taxis are the traditional style of taxi that you can hire for your own individual use. Undoubtedly they are the more expensive option, but often the drivers are very friendly and it’s a unique and lovely way to get introduced to the spirit of the country.
The second type of taxi is the route taxi. These taxis run on set routes and must be hailed from the side of the road. There are standard car-sized versions and larger minibus-size versions called Maxi Taxis.
None of the taxis in Tobago are metred, so it’s important to negotiate the price of your journey before you get in. This applies to both the private and route taxis.
Buses: There is a limited bus service, primarily running between the larger towns on the island. They are cheap but often get very crowded and appear to run at their own schedule.
Alternatives: Depending on where you’re staying and how far you want to travel it could be convenient to hire a bicycle or even to simply get about by walking.
The Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TT$) is the official currency across the island and is sometimes literally called the TT (tee-tee). US dollars will be accepted in some places but not others, whilst Visa and MasterCard will be accepted at all hotels and many restaurants and shops.
110-120 V, flat two pronged plugs in use (US/Canada standard). Some areas use 220-240V.
Vaccinations and Health
As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting NaTHNaC or MASTA Travel health.
The mosquitos here can be annoying but do not generally carry anything dangerous. Tap water is usually safe to drink (although this is worth checking in the area where you stay). Many prefer to drink bottled water due to the better taste.
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