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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 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

Maracas Bay

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
Fort King George

Fort King George

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
Sangre Grande

Sangre Grande

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
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
Richmond Great House

Richmond Great House

Step back in time to Tobago’s colonial plantation era at the Richmond Great House, one of the oldest surviving plantation houses on the island. The original plantation dates back to 1766, and it fell into various states of disrepair over the intervening centuries. Today the restored estate house has an international art collection, with ornate wooden and brass from Africa and Asia. The house sits proudly atop a hill surrounded by fruit trees, offering enviable views of the surrounding jungle and the whitecaps of the windswept Atlantic.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
Mayaro Bay

Mayaro Bay

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
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
Woodford Square

Woodford Square

Woodford Square is the main square of Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city of Port of Spain, which is located on the island’s west coast. Woodford Square has historical significance in Trinidad and Tobago as it is where Dr. Eric Williams gave a speech that helped lead the island to declare its independence from Great Britain. He later became Trinidad and Tobago's first prime minister. Woodford Square was formerly known as Brunswick Square and is home to some of Port of Spain's most prominent sites plus shopping and restaurants.The top sights to see in Woodford Square include the Red House, which is home to the House of Parliament; the Hall of Justice, where judiciary proceedings occur; Trinity Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral; Trinidad’s City Hall; and the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago.More

Port of Spain

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

Main Ridge Forest Reserve

Tobago'sMain Ridge Forest Reserve comprises much of the interior of the island, where the steep, rain forest slopes of the main ridge offer an abundance of hiking, swimming and wildlife-watching opportunities. The region became a preserve in 1764, making it the oldest protected rain forest in the western hemisphere. The rain forest is thought to be home to anywhere from 12 to 16 Caribbean mammal species, along with 24 non-poisonous snakes, and more than 200 bird species of birds, including the rare and endemic white-tailed sabre-wing hummingbird. The reserve has numerous marked trails, and visitors can enjoy either guided or self-guided hikes. Join a guided hike along Gilpin Trace, the first trail to connect Roxborough and Bloody Bay, and get a local’s eye view of medicinal plants, tropical flowers and exotic birds.More

San Fernando

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

Nylon Pool

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Trinidad and Tobago

Impecable city tour
abarcellos11, Dec 2022
Port of Spain and Fort George Sightseeing Tour
Trinidad has a lot of things to do
I could have stayed all day
Anjail_O, Dec 2022
Yerette Home of the Hummingbird and Caroni Wildlife Tour
I share stories of the experience as often as I can and encourage people to visit for the education, home cooked meal and friendship.
Our guide Marvin was very...
Elisa_M, Sep 2022
Day Trip to Las Cuevas Beach from Port of Spain
The top 2 beaches to see on the island!
Awesome tour in POS
piejuni, Jan 2023
Avocat Waterfall
Besides the history you receive as you drive we did lookout, the waterfalls, basin at the top (weather and pathway permitted if clear), and stops to take picture.
Kevyn_P, Jan 2023
Avocat Waterfall and Beach Tour
This is definitely one of the best ways to see the island and to skip the crowds.
Coletta_B, Nov 2022
Avocat Waterfall and Beach Tour
He was very cautious of our surroundings during the hike to the waterfall.
Great Experience with Nick and John.
Henryetta_S, Aug 2022
Zip lining Adventure
He made sure to get us food, he also took us to the fort George where one of us as a Ghanaian got to see one of his ancestors who was brought here to perform for the slave masters.
My tour and tour guide were amazing
Celeste_B, Jan 2020
North Coast Mountain Tour & 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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