Trinidad and Tobago

Travel Guide
Trinidad which includes a sandy beach, tropical scenes and a sunset

Browse local art in small galleries, take a bird-watching expedition to a remote island or party well into the night on this twin-island Caribbean paradise.

The islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago off Venezuela’s northeastern coast offer beaches, birds and jazz. Appreciate the fascinating history and singsong accent of the people living on these Caribbean islands.

Columbus sailed past Tobago and landed on Trinidad in 1498, finding native Arawak and Carib Indians. Later, Spanish, Dutch, French and British inhabited the lands, resulting in a delightfully diverse culture. Learn about some of the islands’ history at Fort King George near Scarborough on Tobago. See how the culture has evolved through time to yield an unusual mix of Creole food, goat racing and cricket.

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving at the beaches and waters circling the islands. Trinidad’s Maracas Bay is a family favorite. Take a glass-bottom boat to Buccoo Reef off Pigeon Point Beach on western Tobago to see colorful fish swimming over the shallow coral floor of Nylon Pool. Travel north to Castara and Englishman’s Bay for more swimming and snorkeling. Look for wildlife as you hike in the rainforest of Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve.

Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature Centre has many of the islands’ 400 species of native birds and over 2,000 varieties of flowers. Visit Caroni Swamp National Park on the western shore to see thousands of scarlet ibis coming to roost among the mangroves just before sunset. Be mesmerized by iridescent hummingbirds at Yerette.

The capital city of Port of Spain on Trinidad comes alive in spring with Carnival, a spectacular festival incorporating elements of all the cultures of the islands. Travel to communities across Tobago to listen to music during the April Jazz Festival. See native dance, goat racing and other cultural events during Tobago Heritage Festival in the summer. Later in the year join the islands’ Hindu population celebrating Divali’s festival of lights.

Fly to Trinidad or Tobago on major international airlines and travel between the islands by ferry or plane. Bring your bathing suit and sunscreen, but note that it is illegal to wear military or camouflage clothing in Trinidad and Tobago.

Popular cities in Trinidad and Tobago

Crown Point
Crown Point
Known for Beach view, Swimming and Entertainment
Trip time! Discover the beaches, local cuisine, and entertainment in Crown Point.

Reasons to visit

  • Pigeon Point Beach
Scarborough
Scarborough
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Tours
Secluded Scarborough awaits: its beaches, coral reefs, casinos, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Fort King George
Port of Spain
Port of Spain
Known for Dining, Ports and Shopping
Experience the local cuisine, entertainment, and beaches in Port of Spain!
Toco
Toco
Known for Natural parks, Beach view and Museums
Get away to Toco! Enjoy the parks, beaches, and museums.
Piarco
Piarco
Known for Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Piarco awaits: its entertainment, cafes, live music, and more!
Chaguaramas
Chaguaramas
Known for Dolphins, Diving and Sailing
Chaguaramas awaits: its diving, adventures, golf, and more!

Trinidad and Tobago