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Scarborough, Tobago

Together, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago make up a state and as such are an independent member of the British Commonwealth. Located just off the coast of Venezuela, both islands are excellent getaways offering different attractions. While Trinidad pulses with life, the smaller and unspoiled island of Tobago is the place for a restful and relaxing holiday. Most of its appeal lies in the beautiful scenery and the availability of outdoor activities.

The tourist area is concentrated on the southwestern end, about six miles from the island’s capital of Scarborough. The recently completed deep water harbor with its new cruise terminal has helped to spruce up the town a bit. Although not warranting an extended visit, Scarborough features interesting Botanic Gardens, a few historical buildings and the well-maintained Fort King George, located above the town. The primary appeal, however, lies without doubt in the great outdoors - swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, golfing, playing tennis or simply relaxing on Tobago's glorious beaches.

Pier Information

The ship is scheduled to dock at the new Cruise Terminal, located right in Scarborough.

Shopping

Shopping on Tobago is limited but there are a few places offering duty-free gifts and a variety of local handicrafts. Look for coco-pod earrings, Indian jewelry, dolls, carved-bamboo vases, copper goods, colorful island clothing, rum, straw goods, silver and gold jewelry and woodcarvings. Shops are generally open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The best place to shop on the island is at the Scarborough Mall or the Public Market. The local currency is the Trinidadian dollar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted.

Cuisine

Tobago offers topnotch Nouvelle Creole, East Indian, Chinese and French cuisine as well as American and English staples. Local dishes include: crab back; goat curry; callaloo soup; roti, which is a crepe stuffed with chicken, meat, shrimp or vegetable curry; kingfish; conch; pigeon peas and tasty rice. You will find ice creams in exotic flavors such as soursop, barbadine, coconut, mango and guava. For liquid refreshment try Carib beer, Old Oak Rum or ice-cold coconut milk served in the shell.

Other Sights

Botanical Gardens

Enjoy walking through these seventeen acres of tropical trees and shrubs that overlook Scarborough.

Buccoo Reef

This protected marine park located off Pigeon Point offers glass-bottomed boat trips with snorkeling at the reef, or a swim in the Nylon Pool, a natural shallow pool in the lagoon.

Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested by contacting ShoreConcierge@silversea.com

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