When’s the Best Time to Visit Tobago? Our Complete Guide

There’s never a bad time to sink your feet into the soft white coral sands of a romantic, unspoilt Caribbean island like this. But when is the best time to visit Tobago?

In this blog, we’ll unravel this holiday riddle and give you a complete view of when to go and why. 

From awesome island events that you won’t want to miss to moments of natural wonder that will stay with you forever. This tiny island has it all!

So, without further ado, let’s get started with an overview of the island. 

When’s the best time to visit Tobago?
When’s the best time to visit Tobago? Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash

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A Brief Overview of Tobago

Tobago is the southernmost of the Caribbean islands. As such, it benefits from a unique tropical climate split between wet and dry periods. This unique climate is perfect for holidaying at most times of the year, but it also means that the tiny island is bustling with natural wonders. 

Pure white sand beaches and azure oceans give way to lush inlands featuring verdant mountain ranges and tropical rainforests. 

The thick atmosphere and changeable landscape make Tobago a haven for nature lovers, divers and eco-tourists. Plus, it’s also one of the best destinations in the world for birdwatchers. 

If you’re more interested in people-led activities then Tobago also has a host of unforgettable moments to offer. You’ll enjoy the warm welcome extended by residents, who are deeply passionate about the island and have fiercely protected its rustic charm over the years. It’s this charm that makes Tobago the perfect destination for seeking a sun-soaked escape and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Best Time To Go To Tobago: Dry Season Vs. Wet Season

When it comes to choosing the best time to visit Tobago, it very much depends on what you enjoy in a Caribbean adventure. 

The temperature won’t move too far outside of the 25-30°C bracket all year. But if you want to lounge on pristine beaches with minimal chance of rain then January – May is best.

However, if you want a little more adventure and the best chance of spotting some of that amazing wildlife, then the wetter June – December months are better.  

Sun loungers on a paved concrete veranda looking out over the Caribbean Sea
Do you want to experience the sunnier months of the year? Credit: Blue Waters Inn via Blue Bay website 

Dry Season

Tobago’s dry season runs from mid-December through to mid-May. During this time, the island is hugged by balmy sunshine creating the warmest annual temperatures. 

If you like it hot (but not too hot) then December could be a great time to touch down.

Around this time the trade winds start to prevail. Those welcome breezes help keep the mercury under control without becoming too blustery.

Wet Season

The wet or ‘rainy’ season runs from mid-May to December. But calling it the ‘rainy season’ risks overplaying the amount of wet stuff you’re likely to encounter. 

Yes, it’s a fact about Tobago that it will rain more during this period than at the start of the year. But there are some key variables to bear in mind here: 

  1. Temperatures: Temps will be slightly cooler from May – December, making it more tolerable for travellers who don’t like it too hot. 
  2. Wildlife: The rains are crucial for keeping Tobago’s heartlands smothered in vibrant green rainforests and looking after the eco-systems therein
  3. Less crowded: Most tourists avoid the wet season. But if you’re not bothered by a spot or two more rain then you can have a much quieter time experiencing all the best places on the island.
  4. Cost: We’ll cover this more shortly but, trust us, travelling to Tobago during the wet season is more affordable both in terms of accommodation and excursions.
A family stares out over the bay in Tobago.
Experience special moments together on the shores of Tobago in any season

A Guide to Seasonal Activities in Tobago

There are more variables at play when considering when to visit Tobago (outside of what the weather is doing). Millions of people travel to the Caribbean every year to drink in the vibrant and unique culture.

January to May 

We’ve already covered that the start of the year is best for sunshine. But this is also Carnival season in Trinidad & Tobago. Travel to the island in February to be dropped into the heart of the fun and guaranteed unique experience. 

March – May is the hottest time to visit Tobago. If you like it hot on your jollies, this is the time to go. In addition, wildlife enthusiasts should consider booking a Tobago holiday in March to coincide with the nesting season of sea turtles. 

If that heat becomes too much, you could always head in-land to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and tour the multitude of secluded waterfalls therein. The thick rainforest canopy should also provide ample shade from the sun.

June to December

Don’t be put off travelling during wetter months. There are still a whole host of amazing things to do in Tobago throughout the year. June and July are perfect for taking advantage of higher temperatures and quieter beaches inside school term time – perfect for adults-only Tobago holidays. 

September to November sees more rain starting to fall. But don’t let that stop you from visiting, especially if you’re a snorkelling or diving enthusiast. The warmer waters and increased rain bring the reefs to life! 

Plus, if you are a fan of Caribbean festivals, the Tobago Carnival kicks off in October. As a point of difference, the carnival we mentioned at the beginning of the year is the Trinidad & Tobago carnival whereas this one is specific to Tobago!

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Best Time to Visit Tobago for Cost

Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Tobago for affordability is during the wetter months. September – December is a particularly cost-effective period as the schools go back so the beaches, towns and high-end resorts quiet down again. 

But if you’re wondering about the best way to get to Tobago then you need British Airways and their litany of incredible services. 

Flying With British Airways

Flying to Tobago with British Airways couldn’t be simpler. The acclaimed carrier offers twice-weekly flights to A.N.R. Robinson International Airport with a short stop in St Lucia

Plus, at 10 hours 45 minutes, the British Airways route is also one of the quickest ways to get to the island. Those hours and minutes will fly by (see what we did there) with a selection of Economy, Premium Economy or Business class seating options and world-class in-flight services. 

But the quality inclusions, high-end services and relaxing vibes of your break can start well before you even step foot on the plane. Slip away from the hubbub of the airport and focus on slowing your roll with access to the luxurious exclusive lounges.*

*Lounge access is dependent on cabin class.

The Insider’s Guide on Where to Stay in Tobago

Of course, no gorgeous Caribbean escape would be complete without the digs to match. So, when you know when to go, you can start thinking about where to stay. We can help you out there too with our host of awesome and affordable Tobago resorts

Blue Waters Inn via Blue Bay website
Take some time to truly unwind whenever you choose to book your Tobago trip

Top Hotels in Tobago for Any Type of Traveller

Whether you’re choosing the most affordable time to go or not, you want to ensure you’re getting the perfect hotel for you.

If you’re heading to the island for a secluded, romantic getaway, we’d recommend checking in to the boutique and beautiful surrounds of Blue Waters Inn. A four-star hotel on the north-east coast overlooking Batteaux Bay, offering unforgettable moments together.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for more fun in the sun, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is perfect. Boasting a beachfront positioning, a spa, water sports and a fitness centre, as well as easy access to golf courses, diving and natural attractions.

Make the Most of Your Visit to Tobago

January – May might be the best time to visit the island for hours of sunshine. But, as we’ve shown, there really isn’t a bad time to land in Tobago. 

With year-round sunshine and activities, awesome resorts and simple flights, there’s never been a better time to visit. 

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