15 Super Cool Facts You Never Knew About Tobago

Tobago itself is super cool.

But did you know these intriguing facts about this small but mighty island?

1. The Yankees Were Here Too.

Sure, you knew the French, the Dutch and the British came fighting for Tobago.

But what about the Americans?

They were here too.

A few centuries later the Yanks came to Tobago.

Many people think Flagstaff in Charlotteville got its name from the Brits.

Surprise, surprise.

It was actually named by the Yanks.

2. Land of the Hummingbird Indeed.

It is common knowledge that there are a 16 species (some say 17) of hummingbird found in Trinidad & Tobago.

This has earned our country the moniker: Land of the Hummingbird.

From the Blue-chinned Sapphire hummingbird to the Ruby Topaz you can see them all here.

But the only place to encounter the Campee hummingbird in this entire country is to take a trip to Tobago.


3. Silk Cotton Tree Oh!

In days gone by there were several Silk Cotton Trees around Tobago.

Fear of local folklore caused Tobagonians to cut down these foreboding trees.

And only 2 survive today.

Can you guess where on the island they are located?

Tell us in the comments below.


4. Scarborough. Scarborough & Scarborough.

There is a Scarborough, Canada.

But Tobago’s Scarborough was not named after that one.

In fact, Scarborough, Tobago (and Scarborough, Canada) was so called due to its striking resemblance to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England.

The deep crescent shape is a feature of all the Scarboroughs.

Not amazed?


Well did you know from 1789 to 1814 Scarborough was actually called Port Louis under French rule?

Didn’t think so.

5. Beautifully Formed.

Christopher Columbus is quite the controversial figure these days.

But he sure knew beauty when he saw it.

When CC first saw Tobago he called her “Bellaforma”.

And in case you need to brush up on your Spanish.

That’s Spanish for ‘beautifully formed”.


6. The King Of The Woods

The Trinidad Mot Mot is also known as the King of the Woods.

His regal plumage and long trail make him one of the most majestic birds you could encounter on our islands.

Though named for Trinidad, this Mot Mot is much easier to see in Tobago.

Many visitors make the trip to catch a glimpse of those colourful feathers.


7. Snakes? Here? Where?

According to this statistic, a (shocking) third of adult humans are afraid of snakes?

In fact, one of the most common questions visitors ask about Tobago is:

Does Tobago have any venomous snakes?

The answer is no.

Tobago has no (known) venomous snakes.

8. The Dutch Have Landed.

For a long time there was some confusion about exactly when the Dutch first came to Tobago.

Finally in 2003 we got some clarity when the Dutch landed in Tobago… again.

Armed with their historical records.

They stated:

The Dutch encounter with Tobago goes no further back than 1653.

9. Before There Were Parishes.

Early Tobago was not divided according to parishes.

But by streams.




And Pembroke are all villages who have taken their names from streams in Tobago.

10. Darg or Dawg, All is Dog.

Tobagonians speak an English all their own.

One word may be pronounced one way in one village and a whole other way in another village.

The late Winston Murray.

(A true son of Tobago’s soil.)

Once said Tobago (along with Guyana) has the most varied range of dialects.

11. Keep Walking.

Sometimes in life we get lost.

If you do get lost in Tobago thank your lucky stars.


Not only are our people willing to help.

But if you got lost on foot.

In the middle of the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.

You could walk to any near village within a day.

12. Fun Fact.

Early Tobagonians were super smart.

While America was fighting the Britons for independence.

Tobagonians were lobbying them for the environment.

The Main Ridge Forest became a protected crown reserve on April 17, 1776.

The oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere I might add.

This took place in the same year America won her independence from Britain.

13. Sun. Reef. Sand.

You may have heard of Buccoo Reef.

Possibly even the reef at Speyside.

But Tobago actually has 3 more major reefs.

These reefs are at Culloden.


And Arnos Vale.

14. Give Them A Break.

Cocricos or Rufous-vented chachalakas get a bad wrap.

Tobagonians refer to these brown birds as pests.

Because they eat everything!

And they have the most annoying call.

But did you know the Cocrico’s call is not a mating ritual?

The bird’s repetitive squawks are an indication there is a moisture change in the atmosphere.

15. It Would Be Remiss Not To Mention This One

Hello Tobago offers Open Wifi Networks at business places across Tobago.

Two Wifi networks are available to the public.

The first location is at D’Colosseum in Crown Point.

The second is at the Edge of the Reef restaurant in Pleasant Prospect.


Devonne Adanna is a Tobago Content Creator by passion. If you’re looking for more easy to read (entertaining) prose on Tobago go check out her blog and get on her email list too.

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