Villa Rose Of Sharon
Bon Accord, Tobago, West Indies
“ Affordable, quality accommodations in desirable tourist area and within walking distance to beach! ”
If you are looking for affordable, quality accommodations with friendly service, Villa Rose of Sharon is the place for you to stay during your visit to Tobago.
We offer air conditioned accommodations with modern appliances, cable TV, large rooms with two double beds. The villa is a six minute walk away from the beach and a three minute walk to restaurants and shopping. It is also located in a safe neighborhood of estate homes.
Villa Rose of Sharon is ideally situated in the popular Bon Accord Estate, on the island’s southwestern tip. Within a residential community of holiday homes, Villa Rose of Sharon is conveniently located within 5 minutes’ drive from the airport and in close proximity to two of Tobago’s most popular golden sand beaches, Pigeon Point and Store Bay. The Bon Accord Estate affords easy access to a wide range of local restaurants and bars.
Tobago lies south of the hurricane belt, at Latitude 11°N and Longitude 60°W, just off the coast of South America. Tobago rests 21 miles (33km) northeast of Trinidad – the most southerly island of the Caribbean. The island is surrounded by the tranquil Caribbean sea on its North Coast with the less calm Atlantic Ocean on its southern and western sides.
Tobago is an undulating mass of coral and volcanic rock. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago’s backbone, is a hilly range of forest, which covers over 60% of the island, with its summit Pigeon Peak at 1,860 feet (549 metres) above sea level.
Tobago boasts a warm, tropical marine climate, with constant cool breezes from NE trade winds and year round temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) to 32°C (89°F). There is a dry season for the first six months of the year, while the months from July to December account for the rainier periods of the year, with average rainfall measuring 200cm (40in.)
Area – 116 sq. miles (300 sq. km). The island is 16 miles long and seven miles wide.
54,084 (Census 2000).
The capital of Tobago is Scarborough, with a population of just over 1,000. The area of Canaan/Bon Accord/Crown Point, on the southwestern tip of the island is the busiest, fastest developing area of the island, with all the major facilities and amenities of the capital.
Unlike Trinidad’s highly industrialized economy, Tobago relies heavily on the service sector. Tourism, agriculture and fishing are Tobago’s major revenue-earners.
English – Locals also use a local Creole dialect, which is an intriguing mélange of patois and extracts from our European colonizers, especially the French and Dutch and our Amerindian ancestors.
About 90% of the local population is of African descent, with an interspersing of East Indians and Syrians.
We use Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of US Eastern Standard Time and four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
Originally named 'Tobaco' by the Aboriginals, after the long-stemmed pipe they used to smoke what we call tobacco, Tobago was a natural resource of wealth. Fertile soil, a wide variety of flora and fauna, the diverse terrain and an ideal location were some of the elements that made the island a prized gem for the Europeans. Christopher Columbus first spotted Tobago while sailing from Trinidad on August 13th 1498, and other explorers soon followed. Subsequent to this, over a period of approximately 250 years, there were numerous upheavals during the quest for the ownership by the Spanish, British, Dutch, Courlanders, French, and even the Americans. Today, the diverse community of Tobagonians has blended the influences of the past to create an existence that does not reflect a single over-riding influence, but forms a unique heritage all its own.
In 1876, Tobago became a Crown Colony and in 1889, became a ward of Trinidad. Tobago gained full independence from the British on August 31st, 1962 and became a Republic on September 24th, 1976.
Each historical site embodies a specific chapter in the history of the island. The information carried within attempts to piece together this vivid and sometimes fragmented story to lend relevance to the what you see today. Sometimes, however, the sheer beauty or atmosphere of the site imparts its legacy without need for words. If visitors absorb what is around them, they can experience and enjoy a bit of history in their own journey.
Tobago’s culture is as diverse as the various countries that colonized it.
Every year, around the month of November, there is a fusion of all the cultural traditions of Trinidad and Tobago. This showcase of talent culminates from a series of concerts where each village competes for the title of Best Village, receiving the highest award for folk performance. You will certainly see a reflection of every type of song and dance indigenous to our country.
Other cornerstones of Tobago’s culture are remnants of our African ancestry, among these are folk tales and superstitions, drums, and dances like the reel and jig. From mid-July to the beginning of August each year, the Tobago Heritage Festival caravan roves from village to village, reviving customs from our African ancestry.
Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 13 festive and religious holidays each year. Carnival Monday and Tuesday, the two days before Ash Wednesday are unofficial holidays. In Tobago, an extra unofficial day is celebrated as Easter Tuesday.
Tobago’s Carnival is more than just steelpan and calypso; it includes an amalgam of heritage contributions like speech band, jab jab, bottle and spoon and drums. Tobago Fest is a recent extension of Carnival which takes place during September/October each year.
Tobago’s culture is also reflected in its delectable cuisine, especially in dishes such as coo-coo, crab and callaloo, and pone.
SAFETY TIPS FOR VISITORS
The Division of Tourism, Transportation, Enterprise Development and Settlements welcomes you to our beautiful island of Tobago. To help you enjoy your vacation, and to ensure your safety and comfort, here are a few tips for you to remember:
- Do select a reputable hotel, guesthouse or host home for your stay. An approved accommodation listing can be obtained from the offices of the Department of Tourism.
- Always remember to keep your room locked and to store your valuables in a safe place as is recommended by your hotel.
- Do ask for specific directions to your destination before leaving your hotel and where possible, obtain a map.
- Do follow directional signs where available.
- For all tours we strongly recommend that you use the services of registered tour guides . The names of these persons can be obtained from the tourist office. N.B. All tour guides must display an identification badge issued by the Department of Tourism.
- When visiting our beautiful beaches such as Old Grange, Mt. Irvine, Swallows (beach just before Pigeon Point), do stay away from the poisonous manchineel trees. These trees are clearly marked. Skin contact with any part of this tree or its fruit will result in severe blisters.
- For telephone services, the main office of the Telephone company – Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) – is located at Caroline Building on Wilson Road in Scarborough. Public telephones which use coins (25 cents TT) or local phonecards can be found throughout the island. Phone-cards can be bought at various shops throughout the island (just look for the sign).
- As a matter of courtesy, please ask for permission before photographing the residents.
- Be careful when picking up residents who may stop you on the road. Most Tobagonians are honest but there are exceptions to this rule.
- Tobagonians are generally very friendly and helpful. However, be on your guard and look out for the occasional opportunist.
- Like any other country in the world, AIDS is a reality in Tobago. Please act responsibly.
- Do remember that driving is on the LEFT hand side.
- Do park in designated car parks and in well lit areas.
- When using public transportation be sure to use licensed taxis or buses. These vehicles have number plates beginning with ‘H’.
- If you rent a vehicle, do use a licensed rental company and please note that all motorized rental vehicles should possess number plates which begin with ‘R’.
- Do use seat belts when driving. They may save your life and are required by law.
- When driving in Tobago you can almost circle the island except for the portion of road between L’anse Fourmi and Charlotteville. This road is quite undeveloped and extremely difficult to travel on. To get to Charlotteville, we strongly recommend that you use the Roxborough/Speyside route.
- Please do not leave purses, wallets, keys or other valuables unattended, especially when you are at the beach.
- Do not carry excess cash or valuables when you go out.
- Do not visit waterfalls, remote beaches, the rainforest or any isolated area on your own. You may get lost or find yourself in unsafe surroundings. Always use a licensed guide.
- IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO BE NUDE OR TOPLESS (FOR WOMEN) IN A PUBLIC PLACE, E.G. BEACHES.
- Narcotics are ILLEGAL in Trinidad and Tobago so please do not break our law. Stay away from illegal drugs.
- Do not use obscene language. It is an offence to do so.
We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, each with its own charm and personality. Those on the Caribbean coast tend to have golden sand and clear blue water which is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Those on the Atlantic coast, by contrast are more exposed to the ocean swells and generally have darker sand and more turbulent waters, however they are great for walks and beachcombing.
Explore all our beaches have to offer, but keep in mind the following:
- Our sun is powerful, so we advise you wear a sunblock and keep in the shade between 11AM and 2PM.
- While swimming be aware of breaking waves and possible currents, including rip currents. Rip currents can appear suddenly and can be surprisingly powerful.
- The beaches that are equiped with modern facilities and lifeguards includes those at Store Bay, Mt. Irvine, Castara, Speyside, Charlotteville, King’s Bay and Little Rockly Bay.
- Some of our beaches are very secluded and have limited or no facilities, as a result you should come prepared and leave nothing behind.
- Tobago is generally a safe island, but we encourage you to leave your valuables in the safe at your hotel or guest house.
- Nudity and topless sunbathing on beaches are not allowed.
- Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
Canoe Bay, Friendship
Canoe Bay is officially mapped as La Guira. It was called Canoe Bay by English mariners and was probably named after the many Amerindian canoes that were seen there. The bay is shallow, calm and well sheltered. The predominance of artifacts in the area denotes the existence of a large settlement of Amerindians there many years ago.
Englishman’s Bay, Parlatuvier
There is no village here - just emerald forest and brilliant blue sea; it’s one of the loveliest beaches in Tobago. Excellent for snorkeling.
King’s Bay, Delaford
A sheltered cove on the Atlantic Ocean, which is quite good for swimming. Beach facility with change rooms and cabanas are available here.
Man 'o' War Bay, Charlotteville
This Bay was called various names by the Europeans who first ventured there. The Dutch called it “Groete Kuylsack Bay”; and “Jan De Moor’s Bay”. The French named it “Jean Le Mort”, while the Courlanders called it “Kurische Bay”. Eventually, the English named it “John Moore’s Bay” in the 1760s after Commodore John Moore of the Royal Navy and later, Man 'o' War Bay because of its sheltered anchorage for Men of War and sailing ships of those times. This bay is quite good for swimming. A beach facility with change rooms is available.
Mt. Irvine Beach, Mt. Irvine
This bay is divided in the centre by a headland with Old Grange Beach to the left and Little Irvine (also known as Mt. Irvine Beach) to the right. The sea is usually calm and good for swimming and snorkeling. The occasional kicking of the waves provides a good opportunity for surfing. Beach facilities with change rooms and cabanas are available at Mt. Irvine Beach.
Pigeon Point, Crown Point
Tobago’s most famous beach, a white-sand idyll. There is an entrance fee of TT$18, which allows access to changing rooms, thatch-shaded seating areas, and a restaurant and bar.
Pirates Bay, Charlotteville
A secluded gem of a beach with dazzling aquamarine depths. Its location in the sheltered cove adjacent to Man 'o' War Bay has discouraged many a faint-hearted but lured the true nature lovers.
Store Bay, Crown Point
This is Tobago’s most popular beach with modernized change room facilities. Tour boats leave from here to the famous Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. Local dishes are served in kiosks behind the beach. There is also a spectacular craft market on site where vendors and craftsmen sell everything imaginable.
- To help preserve our reefs, please follow these guidelines:
- Please do not walk on reefs – even if offered plastic shoes by reef tour operators.
- When snorkeling or scuba diving do not touch anything.
- Control your buoyancy and look out for your fins – corals are very delicate.
- Some of our dive sites are for experience divers only – so use a registered dive operator who will know what suits you best.
- Spear fishing is strongly discouraged – particularly while scuba diving.
- Please do not anchor on coral reefs – anchor on sand or use a mooring.
- Sport fishing in Tobago is growing in popularity. To preserve our stock of game fish, please find out about catch and release or tag and release rules or visit www.catchandreleasefound.org or www.tgft.com
Buccoo Reef & Nylon Pool
This is a protected marine park between Pigeon Point and Buccoo Point. Daily tours by glass-bottomed boats allow even non-swimmers to see the reef life. Snorkeling is easy here. Be very careful not to damage the coral in any way. The nearby Nylon Pool - a warm shallow area in the middle of the reef lagoon is ideal for swimming. Whole day tours to nearby No Mans Land - a sandy spit reaching into the lagoon - are available from licensed tour guides and reef tour operators. Reef tour boats leave from Buccoo Bay and Store Bay.
The various reefs off Speyside vary in depth. The shallow reef areas are excellent for snorkeling while the deeper reef areas are great for scuba diving. Glass-bottomed boats conduct snorkeling tours from Blue Waters Inn and Scuba Diving can be arranged through any Dive Shop on the island.
- Rates starting from $300 tt per night (based on double occupancy).
- $80 for each additional guest in room.
- Note: Rates may vary seasonally.
- Please call for availability and rates.
- Regular check in time: 2PM
- Regular check out time: 11AM