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Things to do in Trinidad and Tobago

Things to do in  Trinidad and Tobago

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 15 attractions in Trinidad and Tobago

Las Cuevas Beach

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

Caroni Swamp

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


Straddling Man-O-War Bay and Pirate’s Bay on the northern end of Tobago, the fishing village of Charlotteville is a great spot for travelers who'd prefer to forego bigger resorts in favor of low-key rest and relaxation. It's also usually a good place for snorkeling, with crystalline waters and an abundance of colorful fish.More
Fort King George

Fort King George

Looking out over Scarborough Bay in the southern part of Tobago, Fort King George is the city's most recognizable landmark. Built by the British in the 1770s, it fell into French hands towards the end of the 18th century. The British recaptured it in 1793, using it until the mid-1800s when a hurricane destroyed many of the fort’s 30 buildings. The fort has since been restored, and today offers insight into the island’s military history.More
Sangre Grande

Sangre Grande

Located directly east of Port of Spain, the town of Sangre Grande is the economic hub of northeastern Trinidad and is a good base for visiting nearby attractions in the region by the same name. It is a particularly idyllic destination for nature lovers, as it has ample opportunities to hike, see howler monkeys in the wild, or do a bit of birdwatching.More


In the center of northern Trinidad is the town of Arima, less than an hour's drive or bus ride from Port of Spain. Nestled in the foothills of the island’s Northern Range, Arima is a good jumping-off point for visiting natural areas in the northeastern part of the island. While you’re in town, visit such destinations as the Asa Wright Nature Centre and the nearby Brasso Seco Community Centre, a popular base for waterfall hikes and birdwatching trips.More

Asa Wright Nature Centre

An ornithologist and botanist paradise, the Asa Wright Nature Centre has been an ecotourism destination before ecotourism was even a thing. Known internationally for its diverse flora and fauna, the conservation and research center is located on the lands of a former cocoa, coffee, and citrus plantation, offering a glimpse into a colorful ecosystem.More

Crown Point

The heart of Tobago’s tourist hub, Crown Point is the focal area of the island. It provides a range of accommodations (from basic to luxe and activities located near the Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport. Offering a variety of things to do, see, and eat, including a restaurant row and a few nightlife options, the town is best known for its pristine beaches.More
Emperor Valley Zoo

Emperor Valley Zoo

Emperor Valley Zoo is Trinidad and Tobago’s largest zoo, located north of the Queen’s Park Savannah on the island of Trinidad. The zoo houses familiar animals, such as lions and giraffes, and also showcases flora and fauna unique to the area, including crab-eating raccoons, boa constrictors, and Trinidad motmots—an endemic bird species.More

Nylon Pool

A short boat ride from Pigeon Point, just off the Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool is one of the most popular swimming spots in Tobago. The waters at this natural swimming pool are usually clear and warm, and snorkelers can expect to see all sorts of colorful sea creatures ranging from parrotfish to queen angelfish.More

Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Comprising around 9,780 acres (3,958 hectares) of inland rainforest, the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve acts as the lungs of the island. Along with all sorts of tropical plants, the reserve also provides a home to 24 types of (non-poisonous) snakes, 16 types of lizards, and over 200 species of birds.More
Windward Road

Windward Road

Stretching from just outside of Scarborough all the way up to Charlotteville, Windward Road offers beautiful views of Tobago's coast and countryside. While driving the entire length of the 25-mile (40-kilometer) road usually only takes around 90 minutes, it’s worth taking your time to soak in the scenery and make stops along the way.More
Grande Riviere

Grande Riviere

This village, situated on the north coast of Trinidad, is an eco-tourism hotspot best known for its leatherback sea turtle nesting grounds at Grande Riviere Beach. One of the more remote settlements of Trinidad and Tobago, Grande Riviere takes pride in its sustainability practices and low-impact activities including kayaking, bird-watching, and hiking to such places as Homard River Waterfall.More


As Tobago's capital city and economic hub, Scarborough is home to just over 17,000 people—around one-third of the island's population. Europeans settled it in the middle of the 17th century, and many colonial relics, including Fort King George, one of the most popular tourist attractions in town, remain in Scarborough to this day.More

Queen's Park Savannah

Spread out over 260 acres (110 hectares), Queen's Park Savannah is the largest green space in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Once part of a sugar estate, the park today is a popular spot for picnicking, hogging, and getting a bit of fresh air. Many annual Carnival events—including King and Queen shows—are also staged in the park.More
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People Also Ask

Why should I visit Trinidad and Tobago?

You should visit Trinidad and Tobago not only to spend time lounging on the country’s many beautiful beaches, but also to check out the rain forests and wetlands. Music lovers won’t want to miss the chance to listen to live calypso performances, a style of music that originated in the country.

What is the most visited place in Trinidad?

While most visitors to Trinidad and Tobago fly into the capital city of Port of Spain in Trinidad, Tobago gets the bulk of the country’s beach-bound tourists. The most popular is Pigeon Point, known for its warm waters and white sands.

How long do you need in Trinidad and Tobago?

While some people visit Trinidad and Tobago as part of a cruise shore excursion, you really need at least five days in the country. This will give you enough time to get a feel for the cultural attractions in Trinidad, with time left over to enjoy the beaches on Tobago.

What is there to do at the beach in Trinidad and Tobago?

There’s plenty to do at the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago, from lounging on the sands to taking a tour through the waters on a glass-bottom boat. The waters at many of the beaches are ideal for swimming, and you can even swim after dark among glowing bioluminescent plankton.

What is there to do in Trinidad at night?

There’s plenty to do in Trinidad at night, from attending live calypso music performances to dancing the night away at a Port of Spain nightclub. Nighttime is also great for checking out the street food scene, and many stalls serving Trinidad’s staple street food, doubles, are open well into the night.

Are Trinidad and Tobago cheap to visit?

While Trinidad and Tobago is not exactly a budget destination, it is certainly affordable relative to most Caribbean destinations. Here you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly accommodations and you can save a lot by relying on public transportation and eating from the many street food stalls found across the country.


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