Plymouth – Fort James


Plymouth - Fort JamesDiscover the island of Tobago and explore one of its oldest colonial forts known as Fort James. The notable Fort James was built between 1650 -1811 in Plymouth, Tobago. Its cannon and ruins are located on the cliffs which overlooks Great Courland Bay. The town of Plymouth is a breathtaking holiday spot, as the area is where the popular Tobago Jazz Fest is held. Relax and enjoy the rustic settings, as Plymouth is smartly laid-out, with its touch of modern flair while giving the sense of an old leisurely feel of the past and present.

Fort James is one of the many colonial forts on the island, and is nice place to relax at the end of the day to enjoy Tobago’s lovely sun sets. Initially called, Jekab fort, Fort James original ramparts dates back to the 1650s, where it has changed hands many times during the colonial era. The present structure of the fort was built by the British who used coral block formations to create an amazing landmark on the island.

However, the fort was named after James the Duke of Courland who came to the area in the early 1650’s.
Boasting a colorful and rich history, Fort James Plymouth is where you can tour the grounds to see a four gun battery of 3-18 pounders and 1-6 pounders, positioned for attacks against the fort.  On your tour you will also see traditional barracks that were build nearby. Today, the location where the fort stands is stunning, but in ruins. There is also a restaurant in the fort grounds to enjoy tasty foods of the island.

Even though you can drive right up to the fort, it is better to park on the nearby beach and walk the grounds for scenic views, possibly after you can take a swim at Great Courland Bay.