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Things To See in Trinidad and Tobago

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Beaches

Popular beaches in Trinidad are Maracas, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Toco, Mayaro, Chagville, Los Iros and Quinam. Most of the beaches on the north coast are beautiful, with powdery sand and clear blue water. Los Iros and Quinam are fine, but Quinam’s water can be brown, largely due to sediment from the Orinoco River in South America. Although Maracas and Tyrico are not too far apart, you cannot get from one to the other by walking along the beach.

Popular beaches in Tobago are Pigeon Point, Store Bay, MT Irvine, Bucco, Grange, Englishman’s Bay, Canoe Bay. Tobago’s beaches are extremely beautiful.

Bucco Riff and the nylon pool

Buccoo Reef is a natural coral reef located on the north coast of Tobago. Glass bottom boat tours are available from Pigeon Point and Store Bay. The nylon pool is an area of shallow water located at the top of the reef. The water is crystal clear and looks like fishing line nylon, hence the name. A glass-bottom boat tour will take you there and you can swim.

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

It is located in the Caroni Marsh and is a must for birdwatchers. Several native bird species nest in the bird sanctuary, including one of the national birds – the Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber). Visits usually take place at dusk, when the scarlet ibis return to the marsh to roost. It is also advisable to wear thick clothing (jeans and a jacket/sweater) as the mosquitoes in the bird sanctuary are particularly vicious and can bite even the thickest clothing.

Divali and the Divali Nagar

The Hindu festival of lights, Divali, is celebrated in most parts of Trinidad and some parts of Tobago. Every year, on one night in October-November, small oil lamps called deyas are lit inside and outside houses and in public places. There is also a festival and celebration called Divali Nagar where songs, dances, plays and other Indian cultural items are presented. The Divali Nagar is held on the grounds of the Divali Nagar in Chaguanas, Trinidad. Many sponsored companies set up stalls and there is even an open-air Indian restaurant where you can buy Indian food, including rotis. Divali is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.

Emperor Valley Zoo (Port of Spain) and Botanical Gardens

Trinidad and Tobago’s only zoo displays a wide variety of tropical animal species, including lions, tigers, monkeys, birds and fish. It is located in the capital Port of Spain. The Botanical Gardens contain many plant species and are located next to the zoo, near the President’s House.

Fort George, Tobago

Tobago’s Fort George offers a glimpse of Tobago’s colonial history and a beautiful view of the ocean.

Goat Race (Tobago)

The Tobago Goat Race on Easter Tuesday is a tradition that dates back to 1925. Surprisingly, it has many similarities with horse racing where there are owners, stables and trainers.

TTPBA Great Race

During the month of August (mainly the second or last weekend of August), an annual motorboat race, called the Great Race, takes place between Trinidad and Tobago. It is called the Great Race [www]. It starts at Pier 1 in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and ends at Store Bay in Tobago. There are places where you can see the boats race live (e.g. Maracas Bay). The boats usually sail around the north-western peninsula, then along the north coast and set course for Tobago. Early arrivals usually end within an hour.

Lake La Brea Pitch

La Brea Pitch Lake is the largest natural reservoir of asphalt in the world. However, commercial mining of asphalt has slowed significantly as other, cheaper materials are available for road construction. Today, Pitch Lake is primarily a tourist destination. Many bathe in its waters, which contain sulphur and are said by some to have healing properties.

Leatherback turtles on Mathura beach

Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) can be seen at Mathura Beach in Trinidad. Every year at Easter, the turtles return to Trinidad to lay their eggs. Conservation groups offer guided tours. Volunteering is also possible. As turtles are an endangered species, it is illegal to kill turtles or eggs. Care should be taken not to disturb the turtles.

Tobago Heritage Festival

The Tobago Heritage Festival is held every year in the last week of July and the first week of August. It is a two-week extravaganza of Tobago dance, music, storytelling, culture and food. It is a showcase of Tobago’s long-standing traditions and a unique insight into the island’s way of life.

North Coast of Trinidad (Toco/Matelot/Grand Riviere)

The north coast of Trinidad is beautiful and largely unspoilt. There are many picturesque beaches and undeveloped areas. At the north-eastern end of the island is the village of Toco. The north-easterly trade winds blow literally 24 hours a day and lazing on the beach can be very relaxing.

How To Travel To Trinidad and Tobago

By air The main airport is Piarco International Airport (IATA: POS) on the island of Trinidad, about 25 km southeast of Port of Spain. Direct flights are available from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, New York (JFK) and Newark, USA; Toronto, Canada; London, UK; Caracas and Porlomar, Venezuela; Panama City,...

How To Travel Around Trinidad and Tobago

On the islands By taxi Taxis are ordinary passenger cars, without any special marking. However, their number plate starts with the letter "H". They can be found at taxi stands, which can be located on a street corner or at the side of the road. Taxi ranks in cities and districts...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Trinidad and...

All visitors must bring: a valid passport for the duration of the stay, a return ticket, proof of financial means to support themselves, an address in TT, e.g. a hotel or family/friends. Citizens of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Caricom countries (except Haiti), Singapore and most EEA and Latin...

Destinations in Trinidad and Tobago

Cities Port-of-Spain - CapitalArima - birthplace of the famous calypso artist "Lord Kitchener".Chaguanas - the fastest growing and largest community, populated mainly by descendants of Indentured Labourers from the East Indies.Chaguaramas - a town with one of the most important yachting centres, also famous for its nightlife; home of the...

Weather & Climate in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, both well situated in the tropics, enjoy a generally pleasant tropical maritime climate influenced by the northeast trade winds. In Trinidad, the average annual temperature is 26°C (78.8°F) and the average maximum temperature is 34°C (93.2°F). Humidity is high, especially during the rainy season when it...

Accommodation & Hotels in Trinidad and Tobago

There is a wide range of accommodation options. There are the big hotels like the Crowne Plaza, the Hyatt and the Hilton. There are also smaller guesthouses, especially in Tobago, and beach houses on the coasts (especially on the east coast). Prices vary. In Trinidad, there is no official...

Things To Do in Trinidad and Tobago

Pre-Lent Carnival The annual Carnival festival is one of the most famous things in Trinidad and Tobago, with its many beautiful dances and celebrations. Every year on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and Lent, thousands of costumed revelers parade through the streets celebrating "The Greatest Show On...

Food & Drinks in Trinidad and Tobago

Food in Trinidad and Tobago Because of its diverse past, Trinidad and Tobago offers excellent and varied food options. The Indian roots in particular have produced some of the best dishes of any country in the world. If you cannot tolerate extremely hot and spicy food, you should tell the...

Money & Shopping in Trinidad and Tobago

Currency The currency is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD), also known as "TT" (pronounced teetee). US dollars are also widely accepted and the exchange rate in September 2014 was 1 USD = TTTD6.23. Visa and MasterCards are accepted in many shops. American Express, Diners' Club, Discover, JCB and other cards...

Traditions & Customs in Trinidad and Tobago

It is a good idea to greet a stranger before asking a question. It is best to avoid strangers when you are not in the company of others. Nude or topless bathing is prohibited in Trinidad and Tobago. Many Trinbagonians like to discuss sports. As it is a former British...

Internet & Communications in Trinidad and Tobago

The international dialling code for Trinidad is 868 under the North American numbering plan. From the United States and Canada, it is the same as for calls to other states and provinces (1+868), but it costs more. Its top-level domain is . tt and its ITU call sign prefixes...

Language & Phrasebook in Trinidad and Tobago

English is the official language. Words are spelled according to the British spelling (e.g. paint, work, tyre, etc.). English-Creole (although not called English-Creole by locals) is very commonly used for informal communication between locals. It is mainly an oral language, rarely written (and then only improvised). A Trinidadian dictionary,...

Culture Of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is home to two Nobel Prize-winning authors, V. S. Naipaul and St Lucian-born Derek Walcott (who founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and spent much of his career working and raising his family in Trinidad). Designer Peter Minshall is known not only for his Carnival costumes, but...

History Of Trinidad and Tobago

The islands were first settled by the Arawak and Carib peoples who settled there from the South American continent and whose descendants form a small minority of the population. Trinidad was discovered by Christopher Columbus, who claimed it for Spain. Under Spanish rule, many French settlers established cocoa plantations...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Trinidad and...

Stay Safe in Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago is known for its increasingly high murder rate, but this is limited to isolated areas of the country. The capital Port of Spain is relatively safe, but like all major cities in the world, there are deprived areas that are not...

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