Ins and outs
There is a good ferry service and air shuttle from Trinidad, while many international flights come direct to Tobago. Many hotels are within walking distance of the airport and close to the beach. Scarborough is only 15-25 minutes’ drive from Crown Point Airport and small enough to walk around, but for trips to the suburbs or further afield take a route taxi or hire a car. If you are driving around Tobago, maps are available from the tourist offices at the airport and at the port . Some of the minor roads are suitable only for 4WD. If you are hiking, get the three 1:25,000 sheets, not currently available in Tobago but obtainable from the Lands and Survey Division, Richmond St, Port of Spain, or from a good map shop. It is possible to walk anywhere. There is a book of trails.
There are many seasonal and regular charters to Tobago in addition to the following scheduled flights: from Barbados (Caribbean Airlines), Grenada (LIAT/ Caribbean Airlines), Amsterdam (Martinair), London (British Airways, Excel and Virgin Atlantic) and Miami (Caribbean Airlines). Other flights connect through Port of Spain
Auto Rentals Ltd, Crown Point Airport, T6390644, F6390313. Peter Gremli Car Rental, Crown Point, T6398400. Rodríguez Travel, Clark Trace, Bethany, T6398507. Banana Rentals at Kariwak Village, T6398441, cars and jeeps, US$21 per day, scooters US$10 per day (deposit US$60). Suzuki Jeep Rental and small cars, and Cherry Scooter Rental at Sandy Point Beach Club scooters and deposit cheaper than Banana Rentals. Tobago Travel, Store Bay Rd, Crown Point, T6398778, F6398786, Baird’s, Lower Sangster Hill Rd, T6392528. Rollock’s Car Rental Service, Lowlands, T6390328, after hrs T6397369, US$48 per day, recommended. Hill Crest Car Rental Service, 47 Mt Pelier Trace, Scarborough, T/F6395208. Thrifty Car Rental, Turtle Beach Hotel, T6398111, and other agencies.
Buses originate in Scarborough. Every hr on the hr between Scarborough and Crown Point (airport), US$3.20, 25 mins. Bus Scarborough-Plymouth hourly on the hr, return on the ½ hr, half-hourly at busy times, via Carnbee, Buccoo junction, Mt Irvine and Black Rock. To Charlotteville 7 buses a day, US$1.30, first one at 0430, 1½ hrs and then return. Also some maxis on this route. On Tobago, route taxis charge US$0.65 and leave from Republic Bank in Scarborough. The Crown Point Airport route is the best, every 15-30 mins, 0530-1830; Black Rock route is fair, every 30 mins Mon-Fri 0530-2030, every 60-75 mins Sat and Sun until 2000.
Bike repairs and parts at Numeral Uno hardware store in Carnbee, a good contact for joining local riders for some fun road riding. Bikes for hire from Banana Rentals, US$4 per day.
Taxi fares are clearly displayed as you leave the airport: to Crown Point US$6, Pigeon Point US$7, Scarborough US$10, Mt Irvine, Roxborough US$33, Speyside US$40, Charlotteville US$45.