My wife, daughter and I have just returned from a 10 day visit to Tobago and would sum it up as an Excellent Overall Experience and I have submitted reviews for the components of our trip in detail.
Tobago is a beautiful island..... it would stand up to any destination in the world in terms of its ingredients and what it has to offer. I have travelled to many beautiful, exotic places all over the world and this place will be a welcome addition to my travel memories. (the world is big!... and I have seen so little.....sigh )
When I started researching Tobago, I was alarmed at reports of crime....especially recent, violent ones that occurred near where I was going to be staying ..... and my posts reflect that. We experienced no problems whatsoever... I guess we were lucky?.... or we were vigilant and careful.
Especially because I brought my blond,pretty, 17 yr old daughter with us. (She received many comments and stares from local men... mostly benign)
As many posters have reported and some sadly experienced.....crime does and is happening on Tobago, so you must be alert and sensible on where you go and what you do as everyone agrees.
I passed a couple of police cars in our time there but saw no other presence. We never generally walked anywhere at night...(had a rental car almost the whole time) and even walking in the day time... beaches,roads etc... we were careful. But not obsessively so.....except... walking down to the Arnos Vale beach (beautiful!)....thru the grounds of the Arnos Vale Hotel.... that was sort of creepy (the place is borderline derelect...faded glory). It has huge potential and somebody will bring it back to life eventually.
Please forgive this wordy submission .
Pigeon Point Beach/Park - beautiful, loved it...especially on early morning walks (a bit too crowded as the day wore on)
Castara Bay - beautiful, definately would stay there (my kind of laid back ambiance)...views, beaches, creole dining, Boathouse bar,great looking places.. especially Blue Marlin Room at the Naturalist but most others as well
Englishmans Bay - stunning beach and setting (and I have seen some amazing beaches...)
Charlotteville - loved it, again... great local ambiance
Argyle Falls - Beautiful, climb up to the upper levels and go for a swim
( we wanted to go to the Highland Falls but could not find someone to guide us there...its isolated and was told by more than one guide/local that it would potentially be dangerpous as people have been attacked there)
Coast Drive around the Island - many times visually stunning!...highly recommended!... the roads need to be driven to be believed....in a small car it was like being on a Go Kart Track ( Huge Fun!... my wife Hugely disagrees! )
Roxborough to Parlatuiver Mountain road - thru the Tobago Forest Reserve and we stopped and partly hiked one of the trails by ourselves ... U need a guide to point out all those annoying, beautiful hidden birds and creatures though :-)
Bars - Bagos!... I know its not much but its where its located, types of characters it attracts (we are sailors), cold beer ,tunes, great BBQ, sundowns etc...(not an evening bar though...it seems to clear out)
Boathouse bar at Castara - all above applies! (except I heard it is a great evening bar)
Restaurants - La Cantina... (excellent pizza,service!), Tobago Paradise Travel and Grill...Lobster!!!, Fish!!! but only 3 tables so reserve...
We shopped at the big Pennysavers on Milford road,... it has most things you need and prices were reasonable, good booze selection (you really dont need to bring duty free booze), fruit and vegetables were better at another place closer to Crown Point along Milford road and Silja from Top O' Tobago brought us to a local meat shop/farm (excellent).... I'm sure its mentioned here somewhere
Many people have submitted that they find Tobago generally unfriendly and the Tourism workforce/Local residents cold and lacking.... we experienced just the opposite ... but we went out of our way to extend smiles, thank you's and we received the same back.... except ! .... for Mister Grumpy Icy Glare local guy sitting on the rope chair with the ice creme pickup at Engishmans' Bay.... I tried to smile at him/say hello more than once but he just wanted to kill me horribly. :-)