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.