Scarborough, Tobago

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Scarborough
City of Scarborough
Port of Scarborough
Port of Scarborough
Scarborough is located in Trinidad and Tobago
Scarborough
Scarborough
Location of Scarborough in Trinidad and Tobago.
Scarborough is located in Caribbean
Scarborough
Scarborough
Scarborough (Caribbean)
Scarborough is located in North America
Scarborough
Scarborough
Scarborough (North America)
Coordinates: 11°11′0″N 60°44′15″W / 11.18333°N 60.73750°W / 11.18333; -60.73750Coordinates: 11°11′0″N 60°44′15″W / 11.18333°N 60.73750°W / 11.18333; -60.73750
Country Trinidad and Tobago
IslandTobago
RegionWestern Tobago
ParishSaint Andrew
Historic CountySaint David
Settled1654
Named forScarborough, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Government
 • Chairman of the Scarborough CouncilKelvin Charles
Area
 • Total10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
(2011 census)
 • Total17,537
 • Rank9th
 • Density1,754/km2 (4,540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Postal Code
90xxxx [1]
Area code(s)868
Panoramic shot of Downtown Scarborough, Tobago

Scarborough is a city and the capital of the Island of Tobago as well as the ninth-most-populous in Trinidad and Tobago. Scarborough became the capital of Tobago in 1769. In Western Tobago, at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, Scarborough is the economic and cultural center of the region of Tobago. The estimated population in 2011 was 17,537. Scarborough is ranked as one of Trinidad and Tobago's most densely populated towns alongside Port of Spain, San Fernando, Chaguanas and Arima. The town's skyline is dominated by Fort King George, an 18th-century fortification named after King George III, which now hosts a historic and archaeologic museum. Scarborough's deepwater harbour was built in 1991; before that ships were forced to anchor offshore.

Facilities[edit]

Shaw Park Cultural Complex is the largest performing arts theatre in the Caribbean. The facility has a capacity in its main hall of over 5000 as well as a conference and lecture halls. The city has a library completed in 2012, and Scarborough General Hospital was completed in 2014.

Suburbs[edit]

  • Bacolet
  • Bethel
  • Carnbee
  • Lambeau
  • Signal Hill
  • Orange Hill
  • Patience Hill
  • Providence
  • Roselle
  • Mount Saint George
  • Lowlands
  • Calder Hal

History[edit]

Scarborough became the capital of Tobago in 1769 when it replaced the then-capital of Georgetown. Under French rule it was named Port Louis from 1789 to 1814. The city of Scarborough serves as the main seat of the Tobago House of Assembly, which is responsible for local governance in Tobago.

Transportation[edit]

A ferry service links Scarborough with Port of Spain, Trinidad. Like the rest of the island of Tobago, Scarborough is served by the Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (formerly Crown Point Airport) located in Crown Point which is located 8 miles from Downtown Scarborough. Scarborough is also served by the Claude Noel Highway.

Namesake[edit]

The town is named after Scarborough in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Geography[edit]

Scarborough is located on the southwestern side of Tobago.

Climate[edit]

The area has a relatively rare Köppen Climate Classification subtype of Am.[2]

Climate data for Scarborough , Tobago
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(85)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(87)
30
(86)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
30
(86)
29
(85)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(74)
23
(73)
23
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
48
(1.9)
43
(1.7)
46
(1.8)
64
(2.5)
150
(5.8)
190
(7.4)
160
(6.4)
170
(6.7)
220
(8.7)
210
(8.1)
160
(6.3)
1,500
(59.2)
Source: Weatherbase[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Postal Districts". TTPOST. TTPOST. July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Scarborough
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on April 15, 2013.