Introducing Trinidad And Tobago
Blanchisseuse beach © truello
Trinidad & Tobago Travel Guide
In a few words The tiny islands of Trinidad & Tobago are home to picture-perfect beaches, lush tropical jungles, and lively cities. The home of both calypso and the limbo, the sound of steel-pan drums carries through the hot and humid air while travellers from all over the world relax and enjoy the Caribbean paradise.
First inhabited by Arawak and Carbi people from South America and discovered by Christopher Columbus, Trinidad & Tobago are the two southernmost islands in the Caribbean. The islands were passed around by colonialists who built cocoa plantations and imported immigrant labour from Africa, Europe and India, whose descendents make up the diverse population in Trinidad & Tobago today.
The capital city of Port of Spain is perhaps best known for the raucous Carnival celebration held every spring, with music, dancing, parades, and colourful costumes whirling through the streets of the town for five days. Scarborough is less well-known, but a popular port of call for cruises in the Caribbean.
Two days are said to be sufficient to take in the sights (and shops) of the cities, but an eternity isn't long enough to enjoy the blissful relaxation of the seaside resorts in Trinidad & Tobago. Active pursuits like scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, hiking, golf and bird-watching are popular, as are less strenuous activities such as lazing in a hammock or sunning on the beach.
A holiday in Trinidad & Tobago is a great way to soak up sun and culture in the Caribbean, and perfect for escaping the winter blues of the Northern Hemisphere's coldest months.
Best time to visit Trinidad & Tobago
The winter months of December to April are considered the best time to visit Trinidad & Tobago. The rainy season in Trinidad & Tobago is from June to December, and this is the low season. The climate in Trinidad & Tobago is tropical, with hot and humid conditions all year long. The winter months are slightly cooler than the average maximum temperature of 89F (32C). Read more on Trinidad & Tobago's Climate and Weather.
What to see in Trinidad & Tobago
-Go bird watching at Asa Wright Nature Centre.
-Laze in the sun at Pigeon Point Beach.
-Get a panoramic view of Port of Spain from the Laventille Hills.
-Explore Gasparee Caves.
What to do in Trinidad & Tobago
-Join the wild, colourful party at Carnival.
-Take a romantic sunset boat cruise in Englishman's Bay while on honeymoon.
-Play golf at the PGA-designed Tobago Plantations Golf and Country Club.
Getting to Trinidad & Tobago
Getting to Trinidad & Tobago is fairly easy, as there are direct flights to Trinidad & Tobago from London, landing at Crown Point. Indirect flights to Port of Spain are also available. Direct flights to Trinidad & Tobago from the US are also available on several airlines, from cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York City and Houston. Get more information on Trinidad & Tobago Airports.
The Dragon Can't Dance by Earl Lovelace
The Hummingbird Tree (1996)
Coconut water and puncheon rum.
Curry chicken and roti.
What to buy
Miniature steel-pan drums.
What to pack
Sunblock and a hat - Trinidad & Tobago are near the equator and the average temperature can reach 88F (31C).
What's on in Trinidad & Tobago
Did you know?
-Tobago was the setting of the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and is also believed to be the place Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind when he wrote Treasure Island.
-The limbo was invented in Trinidad & Tobago.
A final word
A paradise of swaying palm trees and lively parties, a holiday in Trinidad & Tobago is the perfect Caribbean getaway.
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