Axis-Backwards in the Islands

TobagoTravelers to (and writers who write about) Tobago are faced with a dilemma -- almost a riddle, really.

The long, skinny island, when placed on an axis of compass points, describes a nearly perfect 45-degree angle, as you can see on the map. Thus, locating sites on the island becomes tricky: Do you regard the island as positioned south to north (from left to right) or west to east?

We've noticed in Travel Weekly and others' coverage that consistency in this area is hard to maintain. Charlotteville, in one article some time ago, was described as being in the northeast, and Scarborough was located in the southwest. This can't be. Charlotteville, for example, is on either the north or the west coast, depending on whether you favor the north-south or the east-west axis.

See the problem? We are in search of some answers and would be glad to entertain suggestions -- either commonsense, "definitive" or otherwise -- from readers. Let Insider know how you would locate the four sites in the map and, if you're so inclined, why.

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