Deep within the Caribbean, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer the very essence of paradise living. From the serene stretches of sand on Tobago to the more lively shores of Trinidad, there’s an exotic holiday for everyone.
Close to Venezuela, and located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, this dual-island nation boasts the distinct Creole culture and cuisine. The average temperature on these glorious islands is 28°C, so you can enjoy the never-ending warmth on the pristine beaches or in the sapphire blue waters on your Trinidad and Tobago holiday.
Palm-fringed shorelines encircle these islands and the colour and charm of the locals spread through its very core. With a wealth of marine life swimming above over 300 different types of coral waiting to be discovered below the water’s edge, and dense forestry welcoming you in the heart of the islands, the beauty of these Caribbean perfections doesn’t end at its beaches. Discover these gems in the heart of the Caribbean on your 2017 or 2018 holiday to Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago are the ideal destination for both relaxing and partying. The contradicting islands, only 30 kilometres apart, complement each other – Trinidad is known for its faster and livelier vibe, whilst Tobago runs at a slower pace.
As the larger of the two islands, Trinidad’s main attraction is its capital, the Port of Spain. Every day is a carnival here, featuring the energetic soca and calypso music. With a mix of scenic green spaces, busy downtown district, ornate buildings and industrial areas, the city Port of Spain has lots of character. To get away from the hustle and bustle, head to the Queen's Park Savannah at the heart of the city or visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre to witness the various species of birds.
Tobago holds that relaxed Caribbean charm deep in its roots. With the Western Hemisphere’s oldest nature reserve on its shores, a range of tranquil bays and a wealth of underwater life waiting to be explored. Quite simply, it is breathtaking.
Discover Bacolet Bay, found in the south of Tobago with its beautiful bay. With waves perfect for body boarders and the finest golden sands, it’s a great place to de-stress. In the island’s capital of Scarborough, you’ll find yourself in a prime location for a beach break that’s interspersed with a thriving atmosphere, and plenty of cultural and historical attractions.
Wine and Dine
Food is central to the local culture of Trinidad and Tobago. There’s a wonderful blend of flavours on offer from the islands, due to their diverse heritage. The main cooking influence on the islands is the African style of Creole. However, you can expect to find dishes like Indian curries, Spanish cassava bread and South American-style pastelles. Herbs and spices play a major part in local cuisine, as does hot pepper sauce, which is traditionally added to the meal after it’s served.
Eating out on your Trinidad and Tobago holiday is an unmissable experience. You’ll sample the best of Caribbean cuisine, from fresh seafood to dumplings and lots more from a plethora of restaurants.
In Trinidad, the Port of Spain and San Fernando offer a range of eateries, gourmet to street food stalls. Meanwhile, on Tobago you’ll find that the smaller restaurants provide the best welcome and most authentic food, where strictly Creole and seafood is on the menu.
Laid-back and very friendly, Tobago is the place for family holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. Its beach is the real attraction, with its soft white sand and clear waters that provide joy for everyone. The calm tropical island is perfect for a relaxed family getaway, with the surrounding nature providing all the attractions. Deep within the rainforests of Little Tobago is an amazing seabird sanctuary full of interesting birds that you and kids will be in awe of.
From turtle-watching to hikes in the rainforest hikes and snorkelling, there’s a lot of exciting activities on offer in Tobago. Throw in visits to the Fort King George for a piece of the island’s history or the Tobago Cocoa Estate, to learn how chocolate is made.
Despite being Tobago’s bigger and louder sister, Trinidad does have a lot to offer a family. The National Science Centre has interactive science displays for children, to help broaden their mind. Meanwhile, Harry's Water Park offers a range of exciting activities for all age groups, including paddle boats, kayaking, fishing, nature trail and swimming pools, complete with water slide.
Action and Adventure
The archipelago of Trinidad and Tobago offers a wealth of water activities due its brilliant location between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In Bacolet Bay, your holiday in Trinidad and Tobago will come alive with to variety of watersport activities, waiting for you to try, such as wind surfing, kitesurfing, water skiing, sea kayaking, parasailing, wake boarding and boat rides.
Just off the coast of Tobago, the Buccoo Reef National Park is home to many colourful fish and marine life which is best enjoyed from a glass–bottom boat ride from Pigeon Point or scuba diving on the coral reefs.
Back on land, you can discover the natural beauty of the island by following nature trails within the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. On your travels you’ll get to see one of Tobago’s magnificent waterfalls.
Trinidad also has a great selection of adventurous activities to try like abseiling, horseback treks, mountain biking and zip lining.
Life's a Beach
Holidays to Trinidad and Tobago are perfect for anyone looking for a slice of Caribbean flair, next to the beach.
For a memorable day by the sea head to Stonehaven Bay or Turtle Bay on Tobago where you might catch a glimpse of the endangered Leatherback turtles nesting. As some of the few beaches where these incredible creatures lay their eggs, you’ll be well placed to spot the turtles hatching.
Lined with palm trees, with a peaceful atmosphere, Pigeon Point is a secluded beach on Tobago. Another great beach on the island is the iconic Bacolet Bay. Boasting an idyllic location, it has rolling waves, ideal for body boarding.
Over on Trinidad, its north coast is home to the most popular beaches. Maracas Bay has a wonderful stretch of sand that is manned by lifeguards, along with brilliant surfing conditions. Flanked by luscious trees, Las Cuevas Bay has a long, white sandy beach that has the Blue Flag award, meaning it’s perfect for bathing. There are also small caves along the beach that are perfect if you want to hide from the sun.
Being in the Caribbean means that the local rhythm will engulf your holiday. Trinidad is famed for its exciting nightlife, so hit the bars early for happy hour. From limbo dancers, calypso music to steel drum bands, you can expect all kinds of extraordinary night-time entertainment.
In the Port of Spain, the district of St. James is known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ because of its booming music, street vendors along with many bars and clubs. Head to Brooklyn Bar on Carlos Street for a classic Caribbean rum bar experience. The oldest drinking establishment in the city is also good value. As well as the capital, you will find the trendy nightclubs in Arima, San Fernando and Chaguanas, with themed events every week.
Over on Tobago, when the sun goes down you’ll find a laid-back affair. Around the carnival season the island comes alive, but it’s not known for its wild nightlife the rest of the year. Sunday School, the most popular club is in Buccoo and Jamaican dancehall music.
Trinidad and Tobago is the best place for escapism, so if you want the ultimate couples getaway, you’ve chosen the right islands.
As the quieter island, Tobago is the perfect place for a romantic holiday. It's renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, with pristine beaches, lush rainforests and mesmerising coral reefs all waiting to be discovered. You can both get away from it all and unwind on the secluded Pigeon Point beach, and bathe in peace in the warm Caribbean Sea. As the area is also a Heritage Park, it’s protected from any development and therefore has an idyllic atmosphere.
On foot is always the best way to get to know a place and discover hidden gems, so take a walk on one of the numerous sandy beaches or find a nature trail that leads to more wonders. One of the trails will take you to the spectacular Argyle Falls which is a waterfall surrounded by the jungle. Here you can swim in the freshwater river pools, the perfect end to an utterly romantic day.
Trinidad and Tobago holidays aren’t complete without exploring the local culture. The culture of these islands is influenced by Indian, European, Hispanic and African traditions, which can be seen everywhere. The annual heritage festival in Tobago occurs every August and sees the celebrations move from village to village, with traditional music.
For historical sites, head to Scarborough in Tobago to see the 16th-century Fort King George including the barracks and prison. Inside the colonial fort is the Tobago Museum with interesting exhibitions. Another nearby fort is the Fort Bennett which is in ruins but has a prime position overlooking Stonehaven Bay. Elsewhere, Kimme's Sculpture Museum exhibits lots of interesting artefacts that have a Caribbean twist, with some items for sale.
Music and drama runs through the heart of Trinidad, with several venues on the island offering concerts, like the Central Bank Auditorium and the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain and San Fernando.