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Nature's Haven

The shy sister to neighboring cosmopolitan island Trinidad, sleepy Tobago is 100 square miles of mountainous green. Named "bellaforma" or "beautiful form" by Christopher Columbus, Tobago is rugged and little developed.


Budget travel tip Kariwak Village Holistic Haven and Hotel grows veggies for the table and offers complimentary morning yoga and tai chi (rooms from $90 a night; 868-639-8442, kariwak.co.tt). To explore the island, rent a Jeep for about $45 per day.

Get moving! Join guide Harris McDonald for a walk through the rain forest to spot the white-tailed sabrewings for which Tobago is famous ($45; 868-639-0513, harris-jungle-tours.com).

Can't miss A northbound current from the Orinoco River in Venezuela south of Tobago feeds the reefs that surround the island, resulting in healthy manta ray colonies, 44 species of coral and the world's biggest brain coral on record (12 feet high and 16 feet across). See it all with Frank's Glass Bottom Boat Tours ($20; 868-660-5438).

Pamper yourself Get a skin-smoothing and hydrating facial at the Hilton Tobago (from $35; 868-660-8500).

For more information, go to visittnt.com.

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