Information about Tobago & Castara

Tobago

Location

Latitude 11°N, Longitude 60°W

Trinidad is 7 miles (11km) from Venezuela and Tobago lies 21 miles northeast of Trinidad.

The Fish-shaped Island of Tobago measures 26 miles (42km) by 7½ miles (10km) and has a total area of 116 square miles (300km2)

Batik wrapsPopulation

Trinidad &Tobago have a total - 1.3 million. Tobago - approx. 53,000.

The Ethnic Mix of Trinidad & Tobago is in total: 40% of African descent, 40% of Indian descent, 18% mixed, 0.6% European, 0.4% Chinese, 0.6% other. The ethnic mix in Tobago is 93% African descent.

The Religion of Trinidad & Tobago splits in 29% Roman Catholic, 24% Hindu, 11% Anglican, 6% Muslim

Language

The Government Language is English, the "language" used in private conversations is "dialect", a language with English roots, mixed up with words of all Nations that occupied the islands. But no worries, every Trinbagonian speaks English and you will find the charming accent one of the easiest to understand.

Reef fishGovernment

Trinidad & Tobago are independent since 1962. They are still member of the Common Wealth. The republic T&T is under a democratic multiparty government.

Major Towns

Scarborough the main town of Tobago and Roxborough (former main town), Charlotteville

Climate

Tropical. There is a dry season from January to May and a wet season from June to December. Annual rainfall is about 200 cm (40 inches) over most of the country. Trinidad and Tobago is just south of the hurricane belt.

Daylight: Sunrise - 06:00am; Sunset - 06:30pm

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4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or 5 hours behind British Summer Time (BST).
1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Electricity

115 volts/230 volts (+/- 6%); 60hz, adapters are needed

Telephone/Fax Code

from Europe 001 (868) + seven (7) digit local number

Taxes

Departure Tax: $100TT must be paid in local currency, check with your airline if it is paid already (Condor does)

Castara

Clay ovenCastara is a dreamy little fishing village on the Caribbean coast of Tobago. The perfect place to forget about your demanding live and just relax. You will not find a lot of action here, but there is always a chance to go on a trip around the island, just to come back in the evening and enjoy to be in the best location possible.

Castara has a few guesthouses nowadays, but you will never find it over-crowded. There are different restaurants so you can enjoy dining out. If you feel like cooking for yourself you can buy your groceries on the way from the airport in a supermarket and replenish your stock in the local little shops in the village.

Don't miss out on the fresh fish at the fishermen's co-op and the homemade bread at the clay oven twice per week.

Castara has a beautiful unspoiled reef in Little Bay where even not so strong swimmers can snorkel from the beach and a charming little waterfall that you can reach by foot walking in the river.

Castara beachThe big bay has lifeguards on duty every day of the week. The beach at the small bay is even shallower and at calm seas perfect for supervised children.

If you feel for a bit more action we can arrange a wide range of tours for you or mountain biking, horseback riding, sea kayaking, diving, golfing or even a day trip to Trinidad.

This if just a little taste of what awaits you. For more detailed information about Tobago check www.mytobago.info!

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