Trinidad & Tobago Travel Guide
Traveling to Trinidad & Tobago? Here's everything you need to know.
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Trinidad and Tobago, officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is the southern most island in the Caribbean and is considered to be part of the West Indies. The islands are located 11km (6.8 miles) off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and 130km (6.8 miles) off the south of Grenada. They are joined as one nation, however, are very different.
Weather and climate in Trinidad & Tobago
There are two seasons here, the dry season (from Jan – May) and the wet season (from June – Dec). Trinidad and Tobago are located outside of the hurricane belt, however, one can expect daily rainfall in the rainy season. The temperature averages around 22C (72F) – 32C (90F) around the year.
Getting to Trinidad & Tobago
Piaco International Airport is Trindad’s international airport. It is the main hub for Caribbean Airlines and has flights incoming daily from the US, Canada and South America. Tobago’s international airport is A.N.R. Robinson International Airport and has flights coming in daily from North America and Europe.
Getting around Trinidad & Tobago
Public buses, private taxis and minibuses are modes of transport throughout the islands. There are inter-city water taxis and inter-island ferries that run as well.
Things to do in Trinidad & Tobago
- Take a drive down to Coconut Palms, one of the island’s most popular beaches that is a 40 minute drive from the Port of Spain. The drive in itself and lush and scenic as it takes you through the rainforest.
- Soak in some rays at Pigeon Point Heritage Park, a very popular beach. There are boats that can take you to Buccoco Reef and Nylon Pool, which is a meter-deep offshore sandbar. There is an entrance fee to enter this beach.
- Check out the Royal Botanic Gardens at Queen’s Park Savannah, also known as North of Queen’s Park Savannah.
- Pitch Lake is a liquid ashphalt lake, which covers 47 hectares and carries an estimate of 6,700,000 tons of asphalt. Asphalt is a major export from Trinidad and Tobago.
- Take in a sunset at Fort George, which was built to protect Port of Spain by any military threats. It is open daily from 9am – 6pm.
- Take one of the many cocoa tours on the island. Some of the world’s best cocoa is found in Trinidad and Tobago. There are plenty of cocoa tours to take part in, including Cocoa Estate, Brasso Seco, Velaja Estate and others.
Events in Trinidad & Tobago
- Take part in street parades at Trinidad & Tobago Carnival which is held every Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Port of Spain. Dress up in costumes and revel in Caribbean music, like soca and steelpan.
- Celebrate the heritage of the island at the Tobago Heritage Festival which is held annually in July. The island comes to life as a virtual museum essentially. Festival goers can expect to learn about traditions, dances, music, food and more.
- Santa Rosa Carib Festival is the oldest indigenous festival still celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago which takes place annually in August. It pays tribute to the first people of the New World is held in the week leading up to independence day.
- Celebrate the history of jazz and enjoy performances by local and world renowned artists at the Tobago Jazz Experience.
- Foodies can head to the Tobago Blue Food Festival, which is ranked among CNN’s best food festivals for serious foodies. What makes this stand out is that dasheen, also known as taro. It is the main ingredient in every dish. Dasheen, has a blue/indigo color when cooked, which is why it is known as blue food.
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