Toco Trinidad

One of my dearest childhood memories is visiting the fishing village of Toco with my father. My father, who enjoys fishing, would go here almost three times a week and would always carry my mother and I with him on his little adventure. Trust me, coming from Rio Claro to Toco is not an easy drive. It takes us approximately three to four hours leaving the southeastern part of Trinidad to arrive to Toco which is located on the northeastern end. It is not as populated as other parts of the island namely Maracas and Las Cuevas but it contains the most scenic landscape ever.

When visiting Toco going to the lighthouse is a must. It was announced that the lighthouse would be renamed to the Keshorn Walcott Lighthouse in honor of him since he was able to capture a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Since he is from this rural community and was the first person to capture the gold medal in the field of javelin I found it fit that the lighthouse be renamed after him However, upon my visit I noticed that the sign still says the Galera Point (Toco) Lighthouse three years after.

At the lighthouse, you can stand on the rocks and view the ocean. At nights you can even see the lights of our sister isle Tobago as Toco is the closest point to the island.  This is not the only view. There are a number of other “look out” points on the way to Toco. There is also the dangerous “Headless Beach.” The water here always looks rough. I even heard myths from my dad and his friends that anyone who dears to bathe here will drown and their body will surface headless, hence the name. Somehow I do not believe this is the proper name for the beach. Maybe my dad just trolled me as a kid as my research for the “Headless Beach” turned futile.

At nineteen years old I no longer visit Toco as often. Time is such a major issue now that my family and I don’t always get to do the activities that we once enjoyed. Recently however, we decided to take a drive to Toco. It was like a trip down memory lane. Below I have included some of my pictures so I can share my experience with you.

Just a few of my family members

 

Tobago- The Jewel of The Caribbean Crown

On the plane
On the plane

It was my first visit to Tobago and what better way to experience Tobago than with my family. On that morning, we got ready and boarded the first flight to Tobago. People always say that from Trinidad to Tobago is five minutes by plane but this was not the case. It was about twenty minutes. Twenty minutes of  thrill since I really enjoy plane rides. Its not only the turbulence that excites me but the scenery from high up is breathtaking.

As we arrived on this beautiful island of Tobago, our tour guide picked us up and carried us to some of the main tourist attractions in Tobago. It was the start of an adventure and, of course, a learning experience.

Fort King George
Fort King George

Our first stop was at Fort King George. This is known as the best historical site on the island and is located in the capital city, Scarborough. The view here is amazing. You can see the island’s coast especially that of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a great area for learning a little history since it consisted of a museum, canons and also a prison. We decided that we would eat lunch here and then make our way to the hotel.

View from Fort King George
View from Fort King George

Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is one of the finest and most exquisite hotels on the island and I was fortunate enough to have a short stay here. Not only is it well taken care of but the customer service and hospitality of the workers is one worth mentioning. It was not only at the hotel but every Tobagonian I met was very friendly and heartwarming maybe as they know tourism is the main economic factor for the island. My stay here was amazing. Undoubtedly I would love to experience this again. You know, everyone loves a little luxury once in a while and Magdalena Grand definitely is luxurious.

Magdalena Grand Beach Resort
Magdalena Grand Beach Resort
At the Nylon Pool
At the Nylon Pool

After organizing ourselves at the hotel, we decided to end our day by visiting the Nylon Pool. As they say, you cannot come to Tobago and not go on one of those glass bottom boats. At Pigeon Point we took a boat to the Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. The Buccoo Reef is known for being the most accessible coral reef in the Caribbean region. It is amazing to see the underwater habitats and just get an idea of what lies in the water. (Just a hint for when your’re sea bathing (lol)) I also got to snorkel. Another first time experience for me. As we arrived at the Nylon Pool I could understand why this is one of the most visited places in Tobago. It’s beauty is immaculate. The clear waters and sandy footing in which you indulge in is one to take full advantage of. What I got to understand also is that the legends says when u visit the nylon pool as a woman and jump in your age will jump back ten years and for couples that kiss beneath the waves you marriage is guaranteed to last forever. I guess I would have to talk to someone that did engage in this to know their faith.

From the Glass Bottom Boat
From the Glass Bottom Boat

Soon, evening was upon us and it was time to catch our flight back to Trinidad. I have no regrets whatsoever in my decision to travel to the sister isle. The number of miraculous tourists attractions are definitely worth seeing. After visiting Tobago and being part of its wonderful culture I am most excited to plan a longer trip. The name, “The Jewel of the Caribbean Crown” suites Tobago well as it most definitely is.

Resources:

1. https://www.google.tt/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftravel-tobago.com%2Fhistorical-sites%2Ffort-king-george&ei=Ls8JVZD6D8KBgwSGpoD4DQ&usg=AFQjCNFFRvG4uDT90Yt-EhrfaOOyol9szw

2. http://www.buccoo.net/seaside/the-famous-buccoo-reef/buccoo-reef

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4. http://www.mytobago.info/introduction.php