Located in Plymouth – one of Tobago’s oldest towns – this Fort overlooks Great Courland Bay on a well manicured headland which makes this destination excellent for sightseeing, relaxing and picnicking.
Named after James, Duke of Courland, Fort James located in the quiet town of Plymouth was established first in 1760’s by the British as a barracks. Overlooking Great Courland Bay, the remaining stone edifice and the four cannons sit on a well manicured headland which makes this desination excellent for sightseeing, relaxing and picnicking. The British army maintained a picket post here which in 1770 was attacked by rebellious slaves. In 1777 a four gun battery manned by the militia was erected to protect the shipping lanes in the Bay. In 1781 the Fort came under attack by the French who captured and occupied it until the island was recaptured by the British in 1793. The Fort is also located in close proximity to two other famous attractions in Plymouth: The Mystery Tomb of Betty Stiven; and the Courland Monument.
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You can not leave Tobago without a visit to the unique jewel that is Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, a 12 acre working organic estate which engages in sustainable agriculture. This small plantation grows citrus and other fruits and the best place for bird watching as it is home to many species of birds like the Mot Mot, Blue Tanagers, Humming Birds, and many more.
Back Bay is an 8-minute walk from the Mount Irvine Bay hotel. Snorkeling, body surfing and tanning is generally excellent at this bay. It also very secluded so best go in a group.
This beach which is a great spot for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and sun bathing is located in the Black Rock area just below Fort Bennett.
Fort Bennett is located in Black Rock, Tobago, overlooking Grafton Beach. The Fort was built by the Dutch between 1628 and 1636. Later on, in the 1680’s the Courlanders refortified it in order to protect their then flourishing settlement in the Great Courland Bay area.
Grange Breach (also known as the wall by locals) offers great swimming and is a perfect destination to relax and watch the sunset.
Mount Irvine beach is popular for surfing; you can come and enjoy good surf from December to March. In addition to this Mount Irvine is the place to do some great snorkeling. The beach also houses a great bar and restaurant.
Stonehaven Bay is a picturesque beach destination that comprised of soft, light brown, medium grain sand that is ideal for destination weddings, leisurely romantic walks, sunbathing, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing.
This sculpture was built to honour the early settlers to Plymouth who came from Courland (now called Latvia) It was created in 1976 by a local artist and sculpture and represents “freedom”.
The Mystery Tombstone of Betty Stiven lies in the quiet fishing village of Plymouth, Tobago. Its mysterious inscription has been unsolved for over 200 years to date.
Turtle Beach also known as Great Courland Bay, got its name from the amount of turtles that will come ashore and lay their eggs. For you turtle lovers, turtle nesting period starts from March to August and it is also said to be a good spot for bird watching on the Northern side. The large shaded bay is also a great and relaxing bathing, surfing and kayaking site. Even though there are no lifeguards on duty, the nearby hotel puts up flags for sea bathers that indicate the safer areas.