Tuesday 7th December 2010
We had another island tour! This took us up the Atlantic coast of our new island, Tobago. We started in Scarborough, the capital “city” and visited Fort George and a museum there. We then headed up the coast. Scarborough is a very small and largely unimproved town. Nevertheless, it is the only town on the island. Elsewhere we visited just a few villages, although there is a straggle of housing for much of the length of the road. Our guide (Monica) told us that 95% of the houses are of brick but in fact we saw many that were simple wooden structures. There were also many very small wooden buildings from which little general stores operated.
The volcanic island apparently has a coral area in the south but we did not pass through this. Consequently, the scenery was again steep sided hills clothed in dense vegetation. There had been sugar plantations but these are now largely cocoa growing areas.
We periodically stopped for photographs of the beautiful coast line before heading to Charlotteville on the north coast. This is an amphitheatre approached by a very steep road. It is a fishing village largely untouched by tourism. Indeed, throughout our short visit to Tobago, we saw very few tourists and even they may have been from our ship.
During our lunch stop, we sampled some of the local dishes – having Tania, a low growing plant with large leaves and also breadfruit which was cooked with a cheese sauce.
In the afternoon we visited Richmond Great House, the last remaining of about 80 plantation houses in Tobago. It dates from the mid 18th century and contains much furniture from that period together with more recent African artefacts collected by the present owner. It enjoys superb views in all directions over tropical rainforest.