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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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Maracas Bay, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Maracas Bay, Trinidad, © Can Stock Photo / phbcz

Trinidad and Tobago are two separate islands forming one country with a population of just over a million.  The capital of the country is Port of Spain on Trinidad.  Trinidad and Tobago are located at the extreme southeastern edge of the Caribbean and Trinidad is a much larger island than Tobago.  Trinidad is less than 10 miles from the mainland of South America and Venezuela.  Columbus arrived here in 1498 and claimed the islands for Spain.  It has subsequently belonged to a number of nations, including Britain, France and the Dutch.  The islands gained independence in the 1960s.  The country claims the rights to a number of Caribbean traditions including Carnival, the limbo and calypso music played on a steelpan.  Trinidad is known for its busy nature while Tobago prides itself on being laid back.

Weather:

Trinidad and Tobago are south of the Caribbean hurricane belt.  They experience a dry season from January to May and a rainy season for the rest of the year.  The rainy season typically experiences brief but heavy rain showers and high humidity.  Temperatures are fairly constant throughut the year.  Expect average highs of 86 F (30 C) and average lows of 77 F(25 C).

Transportation:

Piarco International Airport ({POS) is the international air access point to Trinidad, while and Tobago Airport (TAB) services Tobago.  There are also inter-island flights.  Several ferries connect the two islands via Port of Spain and Scarborough.  A few cruise ships visit Port of Spain, but Trinidad and Tobago are not on the standard cruise ship circuit, most likely due to being the farthest distance away from a US port of any of the Caribbean islands.

Nylon Pool, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

Nylon Pool, Tobago, (Darkonnc, Wikipedia Commons)

Attractions in Trinidad:

Things to see and do:

  • Woodford Square is surrounded by the Red House (Parliament Building), the Hall of Justice, the National Library, City Hall and Trinity Cathedral.

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Independence Square.

  • Queen's Park Savannah is a 260 acre public park, a mile north of Woodford Square.  See the Magnificent Seven.  They are 7 colonial mansions on Maraval Road.

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens are adjacent to Queen's Park Savannah and includes the Prime Minister's House.

  • Asa Wright Nature Centre.

  • Lady Young Lookout for views over Port of Spain.

  • Carnival in Port of Spain.  It's busy starting at Christmas, with peak activity at Lent.

  • Maracas Beach and Maracas Lookout on the enorth coast.  Drive through the Santa Cruz Valley on the way and see the cocoa and coffee plantations.

  • Island Circle Tour

Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago, © Can Stock Photo / phbcz

Things to see and do in Tobago:

  • Pigeon Point and Parlatuvier Bay are popular tourist destinations.  Take a Glass Bottom Boat Cruise at Pigeon Point and swim in the shallow waters of the Nylon Pool.

  • Snorkeling at Buccoo Reef - gain access at Pigeon Point, Buccoo Bay or Store Bay.

  • Visit the fishing village of Speyside.  Go diving or take a boat to the bird sanctuary on the island of Little Tobago.

  • Visit Fort King George for a historical perspective on this island that has been possessed by so many nations.

  • Hike through the Tobago Forest Reserve to Argyle Falls.  It's located between Roxborough and Parlatuvier Bay.

  • Richmond Great House - sugar plantation visit.

Savor the Tastes of Tobago:

  • Have lunch in a a sea-grape tree at Jemma's Tree House in Speyside, Tobago.

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