First inhabited by Arawak and Carib people from the South American mainland, Trinidad & Tobago comprises two Caribbean islands off the coast of Venezuela. It’s home to lively cities where the nation’s Creole traditions and calypso music can be experienced, as well as untouched natural landscapes that include stunning beaches and bird-filled forest reserves.
Things to do in Trinidad and Tobago
Whether you want to explore the cultural streets of Port-of-Spain and Scarborough or relax on the stunning coastline, Trinidad & Tobago will leave a big impression.
Discover the blissful beaches. Beach hop between the picture-perfect stretches of sand that ring Tobago, including the ever-popular Pigeon Point Beach and Storm Bay. Trinidad is also blessed with powdery white sands and clear waters along its north coast, home to the palm-fringed Blanchisseuse Beach and the deep blue bay of Maracas.
Tour lively Port-of-Spain. Spend a day wandering between the Georgian and Neoclassical mansions of Port-of-Spain, which are juxtaposed against modern high-rise buildings. Discover plant species endemic to the islands at the Royal Botanic Gardens or coincide your visit with the annual Carnival to experience the nation’s unique calypso and soca music.
Discover Scarborough. Overlooking Scarborough Bay on Tobago’s south coast, Fort King George was established after the island was captured by the French in 1781. Be sure to visit its former barrack guardhouse where pre-Columbian artefacts, old cannons and vintage weapons are on display.
Visit the Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Home to more than 100 bird species, the Caroni Bird Sanctuary lies within one of the largest mangrove wetlands in Trinidad & Tobago. A highlight is watching as the country’s national bird, the Scarlet ibis, returns to roost each evening after travelling to feed in Venezuela.
Getting around Trinidad and Tobago
Piarco International Airport on the island of Trinidad and ANR Robinson International Airport on Tobago are the main gateways to the country. A ferry service connects the two islands and travels between Trinidad’s two main cities of Port-of-Spain and San Fernando. Buses and taxis are the main means of getting around the islands.