Recommendations: Best Things To Do in Scarborough, Tobago?

The sixth stop on our Celebrity Millennium holiday cruise is Scarborough, Tobago. Having never previously visited Trinidad or Tobago, based on our research, we would normally take one of two approaches – the first, hire a car and do some exploring, or second, taking a comprehensive tour of the island.

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Going to destinations where not a lot of friends have traveled can cause some to hesitate. With our family, it is quite the opposite – we love exploring and sharing the stories of our discoveries plays an integral role in the arc of our total vacation experience.

It is always such a shame to hear people returning from a destination with tales of an average vacation experience, only to learn that they either stayed rooted to their hotel, or ventured out only to hit notoriously overrated tourist traps. It may occasionally take a bit more preparation, but great vacations often hinge on one or two cornerstone experiences.

Often those experiences may happen accidentally or wildly exceed expectations due to a confluence of circumstances. The formula that works for us is to find unique experiences as a starting point and see where they lead us.

Based on our preliminary research, a good portion of Tobago’s highlights are water-related, so we are leaning toward the tour path, with the Island Girl Catamaran earning strong consideration.

In many cases, boat tours can access secluded spots that are inaccessible by road. Better yet, sailboats are both green and silent methods of transport. Plus, catamarans tend to be a bit more stable for inexperienced sailors less inclined to enjoy a sailboat’s tendency to heel in wind.

Of course, if it was Carnivale, we would undoubtedly beat a path to see nearby Trinidad’s celebrated festivities.

Family background – I like adventure and my wife likes the beach and shopping. Our two daughters are 13 and 20 years old respectively. A personal, yet admittedly unrealistic, goal is to partake of activities that would avoid interaction with teenage or twenty-something boys…

With that in mind, please let us know what you think are the best activities for our day in port.

Here are the resources I am using to research the best experiences for our day in port for Scarborough, Tobago:

Of course, the ports are only one facet of a cruise experience – below is some information on the ship and itinerary:

Celebrity Cruises
Cruiseline: Website
Ship: Celebrity Millennium
Itinerary: 10 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan, Puerto Rico | St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles | Castries, Saint Lucia | Bridgetown, Barbados | Saint George’s, Grenada | Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago | Roseau, Dominica | St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Videos: YouTube Page
Social Media: Facebook Page

Full disclosure: I am not being compensated in any way by Celebrity Cruises, its parent Royal Caribbean or any other party associated with the planning or experience of this trip. It is a 100% personally funded family holiday.

About Robert Cole

Robert Cole is the founder of RockCheetah, a hotel marketing strategy and travel technology consulting practice. He also authors the Views from a Corner Suite Blog and publishes the Travel Quote of the Day. Robert speaks regularly at major travel industry conferences, authors articles for leading travel industry publications, advises travel-related startups and the equity investment community. He is an evangelist for the global travel industry.