We are thinking of staying in Blue Haven Hotel on a
B&B basis. Are there local shops restaurnts cafes near by to avoid expensive hotel meals?
There is only a small convenience store directly opposite the hotel, plus another hotel with an expensive restaurant very close by. But Scarborough or Crown Point are packed with fast food and some restaurants - negotiate a return taxi fare with Beardy the hotel driver (easy to spot him!), go out and eat well, return and you may still have saved on what you would have paid for a Blue Haven meal, even including taxi fare.
NB - the main meal for locals is lunch. If you eat huge working mens' lunches in town you will pay just 2-5 pounds and be full for the day, then snack in the evening - this way you can get to eat nice creole or east indian cuisine and pay very little indeed, plus the beers are cheaper in those places. Enjoy
Thank you for that info. Looking at some of your replies on the Tobago subject you seem to know the island pretty well. Would you have any better recommendations for beach area, looking for decent three to four star hotel with good beach and a bit of easy to get to choice (walking distance) for restuarants/cafes doing local food?
If you want a hotel within walking distance of eateries you must be at Crown Point, but whatever star rating of any hotel you study, deduct 1 or 2 stars as they all lie in comparison with th rest of the world! (Part of the charm of Tobago is that tourism is very basic and still "new").
I always recommend self-catering apartment-resorts either in or close to hotels if your object is to save wonga while dipping in and out of restaurants of your choice as you please, on foot. S/c apartments are often much cheaper than hotel rooms and better equipped, usually with pools etc. Plus you must hire a car, it is cheap and they drive on the same side of the road as the UK (or often in the middle). Then you can do as you please and ty all the restaurants and lunch places, taking turns to have a designated driver. There are only a handful of what might be called "hotels" in the european sense in Tobago so researching them all won't take long - check the reviews on this site.Edited: 6:22 am, July 08, 2011
That's great. Thanks ever so much for your help.