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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.
Situated in Port of Spain, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hasely Crawford Stadium, Adam Smith Square and Queen's Park Oval. Long Circular Mall and Emperor Valley Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Lowlands hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Gulf City Mall and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Canoe Bay. Mount Irvine Bay and Pigeon Point Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emperor Valley Zoo, Royal Botanical Gardens, and President's House. Queen's Park Oval and Queen's Park Savanah are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Millenium Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Eco Park and Cleaver Woods Park. Tunapuna Market and University of the West Indies are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Port of Spain, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Hall and Queen's Park Savanah. President's House and Royal Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Salybia Village hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Toco Folk Museum, Toco Beach and Galera Point. Manzanilla Beach and Cleaver Woods Park are also within 25 miles (40 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Millford, Pigeon Point Beach and Store Bay. Canoe Bay and Buccoo Reef are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Eco Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Millenium Golf Club and Cleaver Woods Park. Santa Rosa First Peoples Community Centre and Tunapuna Market are also within 9 miles (15 km).