Tobago’s flat, low-lying southwest tip is the island’s most heavily developed, accessible and populated region, with the Crown Point area around the airport home to the vast majority of its hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as its most popular beaches – Store Bay is just a couple of minutes on foot from the airport, and Pigeon Point ten minutes further. The terrain between the two is jam-packed with all the familiar tourist trappings – craft stalls, restaurants, bars and endless hotels – and many people never make it any further into the island. This highly commercialized hotchpotch sometimes lacks aesthetic charm, but the concentration of facilities and activities offers practical convenience as well as Tobago’s most energetic vibe.
Directly east of Crown Point, Airport Road serves as a rough boundary line between Crown Point and Bon Accord, directly east and distinguishable only by its preponderance of residential streets threading towards the lovely Bon Accord wetlands. Airport Road leads into ruler-straight Milford Road, bisecting the southwest tip, and the main thoroughfare through the southwest. Trucks, cars and route taxis fly past a roadside lined with shops, fruit stalls and houses, and the whole stretch is the busiest you’ll find away from Scarborough. Milford merges into the Claude Noel Highway just before the sign for the pretty Canoe Bay beach. Running parallel to Milford Road, Store Bay Local Road is a quieter affair but still home to a fair few accommodation and eating options.