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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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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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Mayaro Bay

Mayaro Bay

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At the far southeastern corner of Trinidad, Mayaro Bay is a large, sand-fringed bay where you can escape from the bustle of Port of Spain and enjoy the more laid-back side of Trinidad. The beach here is the longest stretch of sand on the island, and it’s a popular spot among locals during public holidays and long weekends. Come during the afternoon, and you can watch as the local fisherman pull in their seine nets to catch a glimpse of the day’s catch. This is a secluded and rural part of the island, but the small town of Mayaro has a handful of guesthouses and restaurants available. Also nearby is the Nariva Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland in the country, where you can spot local flora and fauna among protected lowland tropical rainforest.More
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San Fernando

San Fernando

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While Port of Spain is Trinidad’s political capital, the city of San Fernando is the industrial capital, and the center of Trinidad’s significant oil and gas industries. Even though San Fernando is primarily an industrial area, there are still many good reasons to visit. The Harris Promenade, at the city center, is an urban green space where you can find open air concerts. During the pre-colonial era, the natives called this area Anaparima, which means “one hill” and that single hill remains as San Fernando Hill, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Just south of San Fernando, you’ll find one of the island’s most popular attractions, Pitch Lake, the world’s largest naturally occurring tar pit, similar to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. You can walk on the semi-solid surface of the lake to explore the unique environment. To the east of San Fernando, you can find the strange mud volcanoes of The Devil’s Woodyard.More
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Sangre Grande

Sangre Grande

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The Trinidadian town of Sangre Grande sits due east of the Port of Spain. As the largest town in the northeast of the island, Sangre Grande is an important hub for surrounding villages, and it’s a crossroads for various attractions in the northeast of Trinidad. At Aripo Savannah, birdwatchers can spot species like red-bellied macaw and southern lapwings. The Hollis Resivoir is a man-made lake surrounded by mountains where you can find hiking trails, shady picnic spots and look for local wildlife like howler monkeys, deer and caiman. Head east from Sangre Grande to visit Matura Bay. From March to August, this sandy stretch is a protected nesting site for endangered leatherback turtles. Permits are required to visit the beach at night, and guides can make the arrangements for a once-in-a-lifetime turtle watching excursion.More
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Arima

Arima

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Situated on the picturesque banks of the Arima River at the foothills of the Trinidad’s Northern Range, the town of Arima is the jumping off point for exploring northeastern Trinidad. The name Arima is the native Amerindian word for water. The town itself was founded by Spanish Capuchins in the mid-1700s, but today it’s the only town in the country with an indigenous Amerindian community. To learn more about the Amerindian people and buy native crafts, visit the Santa Rosa First Peoples Centre. You can also visit Cleaver Woods Recreation Park, which has a replica Amerindian thatched hut and displays of native items. From Arima, it is well worth heading just out of town to visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre. The 1,500-acre rainforest wildlife preserve offers naturalist-guided walks, birdwatching tours or you can simply visit the lodge for lunch or high tea.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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Speyside

Speyside

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Just across Tobago’s northern peninsula from Charlotteville, the town of Speyside is a small settlement along the coast of Tyrell Bay. The town’s biggest attraction is the incredible collection of offshore reefs and scuba diving sites, and many of the lodges in town are built around their on-site scuba diving operations. From here, it’s just a few minutes by boat to Little Tobago and Angel Reef, which are famous for the fast currents that attract beautiful corals, mobs of fish and awe-inspiring manta rays. You can also visit Little Tobago by land to spot a variety of seabirds, like brown boobies, Audubon shearwaters and sooty terns. In town, one attraction is the Speyside waterwheel, part of the ruins that remain from a once bustling sugar plantation.More
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Fort King George

Fort King George

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Get a glimpse of Tobago’s colonial history at Fort King George. Built by the British during the 1770s, the fort sits high above the capital of Scarborough, it’s cannon still looking down over the city and out to sea. The fort grounds are an easy, free place to take a walk among the historic walls and buildings, and enjoy the wonderful views of the city and the ocean. While there, you can also visit the Tobago Museum, which is found within the guardhouse. Here you can peruse a small collection of Amerindian artifacts—including an real Amerindian skeleton—maps from the 1600s, watercolor paintings by Sir William Young, military equipment and more.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Trinidad and Tobago

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My tour and tour guide were amazing
Celeste_B, 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_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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Such a fun experience
Lisa_M, 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!
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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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...
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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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...
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 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...
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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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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