Trinidad and Tobago — Overview
The islands of Trinidad and Tobago boast natural wonders that stretch across beautiful rainforest, swamp, wetland, mountain, and grassy habitats. Trinidad and Tobago has a high annual rainfall that keeps it lush and green, feeding gorgeous rivers and waterfalls. When the rivers reach the sea, there are reefs, lagoons, and white sandy beaches to enjoy. Snorkelers, swimmers, fisherman, divers, and photographers are drawn to the tropical fish around Buccoo, and the hammerheads, turtles, and manta rays found in the deeper waters off Charlotteville are equally fascinating.
Home to 470 species of birds, Trinidad and Tobago’s natural beauty is complimented by cultural diversity. The nation’s checkered past has resulted in a blended culture with European, African, Indian, Chinese, and indigenous influences. The music, food, and festivals are noisy and colorful, reflecting the different faiths and traditions practiced across the islands. Carnival held toward the end of February is the biggest event of the year on Trinidad, matched by the equally elaborate Tobago Heritage Festival in late July/early August.
The island nation is a popular tourist destination, particularly for water sports enthusiasts, and there are a range of hotels from backpacker hostels to upscale resorts. Most of the accommodations are three- or four-star properties, with a couple deluxe five-star, mostly on Tobago. Prices are highest during summer and at Carnival. Trinidad and Tobago is a good place for eating, as the food is tasty and plentiful, with strong Indian influences. Street food such as roti is commonly available and there are restaurants that cater to most tastes, with Indian and Chinese cuisine being the most common. Fast food is also popular, particularly fried chicken and pizza.
Although most tourists arrive in Trinidad and Tobago by air, some come by sea. Getting around is best done by car or boat. Flights from the US generally arrive at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport, while tourists coming from Europe tend to fly into Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport in Tobago.
- Snorkel at Buccoo reef
- Relax at Pigeon Point beach
- Step back in time at King George Fort
- Hike to Avocat Waterfall
- Take a boat cruise to see Caroni’s scarlet ibis
- Charter a boat to chase big game fish
- See the strange cave dwelling oilbirds at Asa Wright Nature Center
- Marvel at La Brea Pitch Lake