Tobago is not as bustling as Trinidad but tourism is booming. Nevertheless, it is ideal for those in search of relaxation. The tourist area is concentrated on the southwest end and about six miles from the capital, Scarborough. There are small hotels and guest houses scattered all around the island, however, offering peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.
The forest on the central hills provides a spectacular backdrop for the many horseshoe bays around the coast and there is good walking, sailing and diving. Tobago is 26 miles long and only nine miles wide, shaped like a cigar with a central 18-mile ridge of hills in the north (the Main Ridge, highest point 1,890 ft) running parallel with the coast. These northeast hills are of volcanic origin and the southwest is flat or undulating and coralline. The population is concentrated in the west part of the island around Scarborough. There are small farms but the main ridge is forested and quite wild. The climate is generally cooler and drier, particularly in the southwest, than most parts of Trinidad.
The crime rate is catching up with Trinidad’s but the people are still noticeably helpful and friendly. Tourism is a major source of income here and considerable investment has gone into hotels and infrastructure in the last few years; even a Hilton Hotel is being built.