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Things to do in Trinidad and Tobago

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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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Scarborough

Scarborough

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Scarborough is the capital city of Tobago. With around 17,000 people, it is home to nearly one-third of the island’s population. Europeans settled this historic town in the mid-1600s, and the English, Dutch and French battled for its control. In 1769, the English made Scarborough the island’s capital, and their mark can still be seen at Fort King George, an 18th-century garrison that overlooks the settlement. Today the ruins are well worth visiting for the spectacular views, and a small on-site museum offers a glimpse of the island’s history, with weapons, maps and pre-Columbian artifacts on display. While Scarborough does have a newly built deep-water port for cruise ships, the town itself maintains an unpretentious local feel, with wooden ginger-bread houses alongside more functional concrete structures. The Scarborough Mall, across from the harbor, is home to the tourism information office, and the best place to in town to go shopping.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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Port of Spain

Port of Spain

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Trinidad & Tobago’s capital Port of Spain enjoys a superb natural setting at the point where the mountains dip into the Gulf of Paria. One of the pleasures of this buzzing city is realizing that it doesn’t revolve around you, or tourism in general, with tall office buildings proclaiming its importance as a financial hub.That certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t things to see and do – far from it. Sights include the "Magnificent Seven," a group of fanciful mansions on Queen’s Park Savannah, the more modestly-sized "gingerbread houses," with their intricate woodwork, and the tropical paradise of the Botanical Gardens.Of course this is also the setting for Trinidad’s world-famous Carnival, with bars and clubs jumping year-round to soca, which, like calypso, was born here. During the day, do as the locals do and head for Independence Square where you’ll get an authentic taste of Trinidad from food stalls serving oysters, fresh fruit, and "doubles," a delicious local delicacy made from chick peas.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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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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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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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

Top activities in Trinidad and Tobago

Recent reviews from experiences in Trinidad and Tobago

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My tour and tour guide were amazing
celestebell, Jan 2020
(Tour Package) 4x4 Sightseeing & Maracas Beach Stop
I definitely plan to visit Trinidad again and when I do, I'll definitely book with Mitch's team again.
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Different Tour Experience
david p, Jul 2019
Port of Spain and Fort George Sightseeing Tour
It turned out to be an enjoyable and we got to see the real Trinidad.
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Good tour to see the southern part...
Suvodh C. B, Dec 2017
Down South Tour of Trinidad
Good tour to see the southern part of Trinidad.
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We took the morning tour on Friday...
Ghislaine Williams, May 2016
Trinidad Highlights and Scenic Drive Tour
We took the morning tour on Friday and I have to say the traffic was very hectic however we got to see a lot in half a day!
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A great way to see different parts...
David B, Jan 2015
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
A great way to see different parts of Trinidad.
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This was a very good tour. Ulrich...
Sydney H, May 2013
Trinidad Highlights and Scenic Drive Tour
There is not much to see in terms of "attractions", but I am glad we took this tour.
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Good getaway after Carnival
MyAngela_B, Feb 2020
Hike to Trinidad Most Spectacular Waterfall
This was a great way to see the countryside of Trinidad.
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MUST Do in Tobago
Ast S, Jan 2020
Full Island Tour (Including Lunch & Snorkeling)
It allowed us to see the beauty of Tobago in one day.
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First Time in Tobago with Family
Ronna M, Dec 2019
Full Island Tour (Including Lunch & Snorkeling)
We would highly recommend this tour and look forward to visiting Tobago again.
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Such a fun experience
lisamO700LA, Dec 2019
Trinidad Zip-Line Experience
It was such a cool way to see some of the gorgeous landscapes in Trini and the guides were so funny and made it a very memorable experience.
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Spectacular Tour!
Michele910, Oct 2019
Experience the Indian Culture and the Caroni Swamp
Then we were able to see the magnificent Scarlet Ibis.
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Got a long layover in Trinidad?
Captchris8, Sep 2018
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
We had a 14 hour layover in Port of Spain so what to do, Sit in the airport?
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Great tour guide! Not a lot to see...
Wesley D, Dec 2016
Tobago Island Sightseeing and Plantation Tour
Not a lot to see on Tobago, as its more of a relaxing island, but fun regardless!
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The Asa Wright Center is very nice...
Matthieu D, May 2017
Asa Wright Nature Centre Guided Tour from Port of Spain
It is the perfect spot to see all kinds of birds and take nice pictures.
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This was a fantastic tour. Well...
Ken, Mar 2017
Live Steel Drums & Street Food Experience!
It is an experience to see the amount of vending by each yard.
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The trip was fantastic! Getting...
Kathleen V, Sep 2017
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
Getting outside of Port of Spain was a real delight--to see San Fernando, and some of the beach areas and small towns around Trinidad.
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We have never been to Trinidad, so...
Ken, Feb 2017
Trinidad Highlights and Scenic Drive Tour
We have never been to Trinidad, so we wanted to see the city we were staying in.
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This tour was exceptional all...
Anagha H, Nov 2017
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
I ended up being the only person on my tour and had such an amazing experience with Errol as he took me to see so many local spots and really customized the tour to the sights I was interested in seeing.
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This tour was awesome. Errol, our...
poptart1600, Dec 2016
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
We saw nearly the entire island and really got to see the people of Trinidad as they live - this is not a sanitized touristy tour.
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This was an excellent tour to take...
Ken, Feb 2017
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
This is a rare time to see the East coast of the island.

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