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Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago

The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, located off the coast of Venezuela, are a lesson in contradiction: large and small, industrial and pristine, developed and not. However, they're part of the same country, share the same spirit, and exist in harmony. On Trinidad, the oil and gas industry are a big part of local life, with sightseeing tours revealing mangrove swamps sitting beside smokestacks. In the capital, Port of Spain, highlights include the House of Parliament (Red House), the Magnificent Seven (a string of impressive colonial houses), Queen's Park Savannah, Maracas Bay, and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The southern end of Trinidad is home to Pitch Lake, which draws travelers with its title of world's largest natural asphalt deposit, while Chaguaramas Boardwalk is also worth a visit for walking, cycling, and swimming. Trinidad is a bastion of untouched Caribbean landscape, ringed with white-sand beaches and dotted with coconut palms. From Scarborough, island landmarks such as Pigeon Peak and Fort King George are easy to access on day trips, while both islands offer plentiful opportunities for birdwatching, with the Asa Wright Nature Centre and the Caroni Bird Sanctuary being top choices for naturalists. And of course, there is the water—sail, swim, dive, and snorkel. Buccoo Reef is a favorite for getting to know the islands' underwater life via glass-bottom boat or through your own snorkel mask.

Top 10 attractions in Trinidad and Tobago

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Las Cuevas Beach

Las Cuevas Beach

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Meaning ‘The Caves Beach’ in Spanish, this long stretch of Blue Flag beach is so-called due to the small caves that line its shore. A beach lover’s paradise, Las Cuevas is blessed with soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters, and is framed by beautiful flowering trees.Las Cuevas Beach is just a short drive from Maracas and is usually far less crowded than its more commercialized neighbor. It has everything you might need for a lazy day on the beach though, with a car park, snack bar, shower and changing facilities, plus lifeguards on duty until 6pm. If lazing about in the sun doesn’t appeal, there are always the caves in which to seek shelter from the tropical heat, plus the beach is ideal for a long stroll or a relaxing swim.A day trip to Las Cuevas Beach from Port of Spain involves a scenic drive along the coast, revealing some stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Your tour is likely to stop at the Maracas Lookout on the way and at Maracas again to sample its famous Bake and Fish sandwich on the return journey. A visit to Las Cuevas Beach is also included on the coastal tour of Trinidad itinerary.More
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Buccoo Reef

Buccoo Reef

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The coral reefs of Tobago, so crucial to the island’s economy and the biodiversity of the region, are under threat. But sensitive tourism needn’t harm the environment as the island’s largest such site, Buccoo Reef, demonstrates. It is one of the most spectacular reefs in the world, now under protection as a marine park, and is a magnet for scuba diving, snorkeling and sustainable fishing.Tours in a glass-bottomed boat ensure that even the less active will be able to marvel at this undersea wonderland of colorful coral and tropical fish. The warm, shallow waters of the natural “Nylon Pool”, named by Princess Margaret for its translucent waters, make for one of the great swimming spots of the Caribbean.More
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Maracas Bay

Maracas Bay

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Maracas Bay lies at the end of a scenic mountain drive from Port of Spain. As you descend to the coast you get glimpses of a perfect natural bay fringed with dazzling white sands and swaying palms, all of which readily indicate why this is Trinidad's most popular beach.The hypnotic roll tumbling of blue-green waves make this a great place for paddling, but if you insist on more strenuous activity there is surfing, diving and walking trails in the surrounding rainforest.The area is known particularly as the home of 'Bake and Shark' (battered shark in fried bread). "Richard’s" is the original and most famous of the vendors, but numerous huts along the beach sell this unique local delicacy.More
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Queen's Park Savannah

Queen's Park Savannah

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Queen's Park Savannah, or “the Savannah" as Trinidadians call it, is the largest green space in the capital city, Port-of-Spain. The 296-acre park is almost 200 years old, making it one of the oldest and largest parks in the Caribbean. And Queen’s Park Savannah holds special significance on Trinidad because it’s the centerpoint for the island’s massive Carnival celebration. The Grand Stand at the southern end of the park and an adjacent temporary North Stand form the Big Yard where the Parade of Bands is broadcast and the Carnival King and Queen competitions are held. The park is also home to various sporting fields, gardens, concerts, and along the park’s edge, you’ll find the Magnificent Seven, a row of eccentric Victorian mansions, including Whitehall, Queen’s Royal College and Stollmeyer's Castle.More
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Nylon Pool

Nylon Pool

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Leave the hotel swimming pool behind on a trip to Tobago’s Nylon Pool. This huge offshore sandbar is a picturesque shallow bank about a mile from Pigeon Point, and a hugely popular spot for visitors to swim and snorkel under the Caribbean sun. Supposedly, the name was bestowed Princess Margaret when she visited the pool in 1962 and reportedly said the clear water reminded her of looking through a nylon stocking. The shallow corals of Buccoo Reef surround the sandy bottomed bathing area, making it a perfect spot to swim with local reef fish. Bring a mask and snorkel and keep watch for parrotfish, queen angels and trumpet fish flitting among the reefs.More
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Caroni Bird Sanctuary

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

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The scarlet ibis is the fiery-colored national bird of Trinidad and Tobago, and its daily flight home to roost at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary offers birdwatchers and nature lovers an outdoor experience unlike others in the Caribbean. Tour the mangrove swamps with a guide to learn about the area and see the ibis’s stunning plumage.More
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Caroni Swamp

Caroni Swamp

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Caroni Swamp is a 12,000-acre swamp situated just south of Port of Spain on Trinidad & Tobago’s west coast. Being the second largest mangrove wetlands on the island and the natural nesting home for one of the country’s national birds, Caroni Swamp is protected under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.The swamp runs along the banks of the Caroni River and features a maze of channels and lagoons. The central section is designated as a wildlife sanctuary, with the mangrove trees providing the ideal nesting place for the distinctive Scarlet Ibis birds, along with around 100 species of migratory birds, making it perfect for birdwatchers. The main attraction for nature lovers occurs just before sunset, when the ritualistic roosting habits of thousands of the brightly-colored Ibis can be observed close-up. The birds fly in unison to feed and nest here, creating a dazzling cloud of red against the evening sky.Caroni Swamp is naturally a popular tourist destination, and flat-bottom boats with experienced guides conduct regular tours through the mangroves, helping you to spot the many bird species and other swamp inhabitants, such as crabs, caimans, and boa constrictors. Book a Caroni wetlands boat tour or a Caroni Bird Sanctuary tour from Port of Spain to experience the natural wonders of this unique swamp for yourself.More
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Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

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Established in 1818, Trinidad’s Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the longest running botanical gardens in the West Indies. The garden is home to around 700 trees, including species from every continent of the world, and about 13 percent of the species are native to the island. Enjoy the beautiful blossoms of orchid trees and African tulip trees, smell the sweet fragrance of magnolias, spot the unusual buds of bootlace and cigar trees, and keep an eye out for myriad tropical birds as you explore the lush greenery. Amongst the scenery of the gardens, you’ll also find the President’s House and a small cemetery where notable Trinidadians are buried.More
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Asa Wright Nature Centre

Asa Wright Nature Centre

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In the field of eco-tourism, the Asa Wright Nature Centre was well ahead of the curve, having been a sanctuary for wildlife since 1967. It is famous the world over for the staggering variety of birds which pass through, often on their way to or from nearby continental South America. From Ornate Hawk-eagles to the nocturnal Oilbird and the psychedelic plumage of dozens of tropical species, there is enough here to make a birdwatcher of any skeptic.The center was once a coffee and cocoa plantation, and you can still enjoy lunch or high tea on the broad shady veranda of its old colonial house. Get the most out of your visit by taking a tour; expert guides will be able to point out not just birds but also the huge range of butterflies as well as lizards and other fauna.More
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Charlotteville

Charlotteville

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On the north end of the small island of Tobago, the town of Charlotteville is a picturesque fishing village deep within protected Man O War Bay. Devoid of large resorts or chain anything, it’s a perfect place to relax in one of the town’s small guesthouses. A walking trail from Charlotteville leads to the beautiful beach at Pirate Bay, a completely undeveloped section of beach where you can swim and sunbathe in the warm Caribbean waters. This sleepy town has a handful of bars and restaurants, and it’s also home to one of the country’s few remaining tamboo bamboo bands, a bamboo percussion music from the slave era.More

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