Sailing and Boating Near Tobago

After a quick stop on Trinidad, you'll find sailing around Tobago to be a grand time

Photo credit © Island Girl Catamaran

In recent years, Tobago has been discovered as a prime destination for pleasure sailors. There are concerns with Trinidad being too close to Venezuela for cruising, so even tourists staying on Tobago's sister isle are told that it is better to sail here. In turn, many make the day's trip and enjoy their time on the water that way.

If you merely want to enjoy some time on the water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Check out the listing that follows for contact information for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Coco Motion (868) 639-2449 44 Andwele Road - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) West of Scarborough
Frankie Tours & Rentals (868) 681-3717 Mt Irvine Beach Facilities - 4.0 mi. (6.5 km) West of Scarborough
Pops Tours Tobago (868) 738-8226 Buccoo
Yacht Pleasures Company Limited (868) 620-4750 Pigeon Point Road - Crown Point

Boat Rentals and Charters

Tobago is located quite a distance away from the United States, which can be an overwhelming sail to plan. For this reason, many tourists choose to fly to either Trinidad or Tobago then charter a boat for a little time out on the water during their stay. There are also a few companies that operate on Tobago that will take guests out on tours, allowing visitor to relax and enjoy the few while someone else does the work.


Tobago does not have an official port of entry, so you'll need to start your trip from international waters by stopping in Chaguaramas on Trinidad. When you arrive, you'll dock and tie up west of Crew's Inn Hotel and Marina. From there, you head to the Immigrations Office with your boat's ownership papers and passports for each person aboard the boat. If everything is in order, they'll offer you a visa for each person for up to three months. Next, you'll stop at the Customs Office, which is open 24 hours a day. There, you'll fill out forms detailing your boat's inventory as well as other information specifically about the boat itself. If approved, you will then be free to continue on to Tobago.

Whether you sail from international waters, or rent a charter when you arrive, a sail around Tobago is the perfect way to see the island from a new perspective. Make it a high priority on your to do list and you won't be sorry you did.


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