Trinidad & Tobago

Home to one of the world’s most famous Carnival celebrations, otherworldly natural phenomena, and picturesque scenery everywhere you look, Trinidad and Tobago are among the Caribbean’s favorite travel destinations. A series of 23 islands located in the southernmost region of the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is also one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean, owing to a thriving oil & gas industry.

Proximity to Venezuela made Trinidad & Tobago most easily accessible to the Arawak tribes, who were among the first to arrive from the South American continent. It wasn’t until 1577 that the Europeans arrived, with the Spaniards conquering the islands. However, British colonies emerged on Tobago a few decades later in 1616, and Trinidad ultimately was overtaken by them by 1797. This period between the 18th-19th centuries vastly altered the course of history for the islands with the introduction of enslaved Africans on the local sugar plantations. Trinidad and Tobago remained separate entities until they officially combined as one British colony in 1888. It gained independence from Britain nearly a century later in 1962.

For all the island hoppers, Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelago that gives drastically different experiences to those who visit them. Trinidad is the nation’s cultural hub. Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad, is most famous for hosting one of the largest Carnival celebrations in the world. Held annually in February, this exuberant two-day event showcases Trinidad’s history through colorful masquerade costumes and live bands coercing its thousands of revelers to join in on the fun. Trinidad also has several swamp and jungle landscapes filled with marine life and birds, a paradise for ecotourists, and history buffs can explore the island’s history at the 19th-century Fort George and the National Museum & Art Gallery.

Just a three-hour ferry ride away, Tobago is more popular for outdoor enthusiasts, with its lush, tree-lined shores of white sand beaches touching the clear blue waters. Relax under the famous straw hut for shade at Pigeon Point Beach or sunbathe on its golden cream-colored sands. Trek through the jungle to the cascading 177-foot Argyle Falls before going for a dip in the refreshing waters. Witness daytime fishing activities at Castara or set your alarm for nighttime stand-up paddle boarding to witness the rare bioluminescent waters along the coast

Whether you’re a nature-lover or want to feel the vibrant culture, the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer something for everyone.


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