The dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations. Composed of two islands with significantly distinct personalities, the country presents its visitors with dense rainforests, perfect white sand beaches, rich coral reefs, stunning waterfalls, rolling mountains and a long history to explore.
Trinidad, the biggest of the two islands, has a cosmopolitan vibe that you’d probably not expect from a Caribbean destination. Once you make peace with the surprising environment, you will find several points of interest to explore. It is home to the modernised capital, Port of Spain, known for its Spanish era architecture and the annual Carnival, when the city comes alive with a splash of colours and upbeat calypso and soca music. The city also has an amazing nightlife with plenty of exciting bars and nightclubs to choose from. The island is a birdwatchers’ paradise and it is recommended to keep your binoculars always ready to spot colourful tropical birds and seabirds. The Asa Wright Nature Centre and Caroni Bird Sanctuary are the best places for birdwatching. Maracas Bay with its golden sands, surrounded by lush rainforests and mountains is the most popular beach in Trinidad.
Tobago is not as developed as Trinidad and this is great news for those who love spending time in pristine natural environments. The island is surrounded by rich coral systems which offer amazing snorkelling and diving experiences. Among the numerous serene white sand beaches, Pigeon Point is most beautiful. Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve and the Little Tobago island, located off the eastern coast of Tobago are wonderful bird watching destinations. The dense rainforests also offer great hiking trails. Fort King George, built by the British and the Tobago Museum located within its premises are another popular attraction in the island, located overlooking Scarborough town and its bay.
The Arawaks and Caribs were believed to be the first tribes to inhabit Trinidad & Tobago. Surprisingly, descendants of these tribes are still found in the country. Local people speak English with a strong accent which can take some time to understand for the first-timers. The natives are friendly and you can interact with them and learn more about their culture and lifestyle.
Tobago is not as developed as Trinidad and is those who love spending time in pristine natural environments.