8 Drone Pictures of Tobago You Have To See To Believe.
These drone shots answer the question: What Does Tobago Look Like?
Drones and the aerial footage they provide are trending the world over.
Tobago is no different.
Where Tobago does differ though is in her majestic beauty.
I mean any drone operator is lucky to have such awe-inspiring raw material to work with.
But don’t take my word for it.
See for yourself.
Grange Bay, Mt. Irvine
Grange is one of those Tobago beaches you either love or hate.
There is no in between.
In times past, Tobagonian parents would warn their children never to bathe at this beach.
Mainly because her shores would swell spewing into the road nearby making it impassable.
However, a brace wall was constructed making her a more batheable beach (sometimes).
So many of my fondest childhood memories can be traced to this beach.
My family spent almost every afternoon, whether it be weekday, weekend or holiday, soaking up her waters.
I do not deny, when Grange’s waves are kicking she can be intolerable.
But on those special days.
When she lies as flat as a sheet of paper on a table.
You will find the saying, the closest you can ever come to God is through nature, to be absolutely true.
This drone shot is unique because it gives a peek at an area of Grange only accessible by foot.
Back Bay, Pleasant Prospect
Back Bay is another one of those beaches many Tobagonians do not take advantage of.
Back Bay is so called because she is mostly impenetrable by foot.
Especially from the area where this drone picture was taken.
I myself have only swam at the more accessible parts of this beach twice.
Back Bay is sometimes rumoured to be a hot spot for criminal activity.
If you do decide to venture do the following -:
- Go in a group, preferably WITH A LOCAL (or two… you can never be too safe)
- If the waves are active… DO NOT BATHE (the time it will take to get emergency help down there could be long – and fatal)
- If at any time you feel unsafe or threatened… LEAVE
- Take pictures, Back Bay is a photographer’s (drone or otherwise) DREAM.
Buccoo Village & Marion Bay
Buccoo Village is worth its weight in tourism gold.
Here are a few reasons why:-
- The world famous Buccoo Reef is named after her.
- She is home to the ever popular Sunday School (spoiler alert: this event has nothing to do with church).
- She has a mangrove swamp perfect for environmentalists and birders.
- And if you’re ever lucky enough to be in Tobago at Easter, then you must find yourself at the Buccoo Goat and Crab Race.
I have yet to mention that Buccoo is home to the world famous Buccaneers pan side and La Tartuga, one of the best authentic Italian restaurants on the island.
But this drone image belies Buccoo’s event and activity driven pace by revealing her sleepy fishing village persona.
Lower Scarborough, Scarborough
As far as capitals go, Scarborough isn’t always the centre of economic activity you would expect.
However, she is still the site of the island’s major water port of entry.
As a teen afternoons after school were spent walking to Scarborough to get transport to go home.
Of course, no one would go home before we made a little mischief among the stores on the then NIB mall (more like a plaza).
For me, the fun in this drone shot is trying to identify the buildings from on top that I have known all my life at ground level.
Fort King George, Upper Scarborough
Tobago is filled with open green spaces.
Fort King George (FKG) is one such space.
Her history as an operational fort holds the secret to many of the battles fought over Tobago in centuries long gone.
I spent many a day in my childhood climbing the various canons at the fort and playing hide and seek at the lighthouse.
I must admit, hardly any of my time was ever spent on the side of the fort captured here.
And until recently, this area of the fort was barricaded due to renovations and restoration.
Never would I have thought to stretch my mind to wonder what this area of the fort would look like from above.
To say that this aerial drone view stunned me would be an understatement.
Mt. Irvine Bay, Mt. Irvine
As kids when Grange Bay was not behaving, our parents would take us to Mt. Irvine.
Being from the neighbouring village of Bethel, my mother and her 8 brothers and sisters grew up on this beach.
Literally spending entire July/August vacations there.
They would leave home soon after breakfast every day and walked home just after the last fisherman sold his catch.
One of the major attractions of Mt. Irvine for many is the beach bar and the availability of beach facilities like toilets and a shower.
But for me, her beauty is that she is always calm.
I am a strong swimmer and I can count on one hand the number of times Mt. Irvine was unswimmable.
This drone photo captures Mt. Irvine as she was meant to be enjoyed.
On a bright, sunny Tobago day.
No Man’s Land, Tobago
When I was about 5 or 6 years old my dad bought a small boat with his then business partner.
The boat’s name was “Heavy Roller”.
Once a month or so 0ur family would pack into Heavy Roller and head to No Man’s Land.
In those days this peninsula was not the heavily trafficked tourist hub that it is now.
The number of persons in my class who had ever been there was probably zero.
Now, No Man’s Land fulfills every Instagram model’s fantasy.
Though most people now access No Man’s Land by boat (from Buccoo, Pigeon Point, Store Bay or Bon Accord), this drone image reminds me that the land route is just as epic.
Shaw Park, Scarborough
Shaw Park showcases the very best of Tobago culture and sports.
There are tennis, netball and basketball courts in one corner.
A large field allowing for football, track and field and cricket in another.
And sitting at the very top is the Shaw Park Cultural Complex.
The complex was recently re-opened after almost 20 years of repairs, renovations and rebuilding.
I vividly remember partaking and attending so many events at Shaw Park.
Heritage events, Carnival shows, even the annual Boxing Night Party.
In those days the Complex was more amphitheater than this foreboding structure in the drone portrait before you.
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