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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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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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Port of Spain

Port of Spain

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Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city boasts an immersive blend of history and culture providing visitors with plenty of music, art, food, and tradition. Highlights of the town include the rolling 260 acres (105 hectares of greenery and historic buildings found at Queen’s Park Savannah, as well as the city’s many artistic festivals and celebrations, including the world-famous Carnival.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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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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Located on the northside of Trinidad, Maracas Bay is an idyllic white sand beach, complete with rolling turquoise waves and swaying palm trees. After a scenic mountain drive through the rain forest, you’ll arrive at these sandy shores, which are protected by a deep bay, perfect for an afternoon spent lazing on the beach. More
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Buccoo Reef

Buccoo Reef

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This protected marine park is set just off the shores of Buccoo Beach, Pigeon Point, and Shore Bay, and boasts spectacular display of aquatic life. Though parts of the coral reef are under threat from overuse from touristic activities, the local community still offers glass-bottom boat tours plus recreational offerings such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and sustainable fishing.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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Trinidad and Tobago

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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_W, 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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Spectacular Tour!
Michele_S, 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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This was a fantastic tour. Well...
Kenneth_J, 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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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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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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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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We have never been to Trinidad, so...
Kenneth_J, 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 was an excellent tour to take...
Kenneth_J, 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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This tour was awesome. Errol, our...
Ellyn_A, 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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The driver was on time to take my...
Dr_Y, Jun 2014
Trinidad Island Circle Tour with Pickup
I would recommend the experience to anyone who wants to see at first hand some of what Trinidad is.
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All about Trinidad and Tobago

Currency
Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD)
Time Zone
AST (UTC -4)
Country Code
+1-868
Language(s)
English
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