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Although together they make up one nation, the islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer two very different holiday experiences.
The bustling cities, shopping centres and vibrant nightlife of Trinidad are in sharp contrast to sleepy Tobago where life is more laid back and the focus is on relaxing and enjoying the wonderfully friendly resorts. Despite their differences, you’ll find that both islands have many beautiful, often deserted beaches as well as a slightly wild side with unspoilt rainforests and exotic flora and fauna. Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost of our Caribbean islands and just 30 miles off the coast of Venezuela, with people who are charming and welcoming and who will take great pleasure in spoiling you during your stay.
Read more about this wonderful destination in our Life's a Beach article.
Out and About
Asa Wright Nature Centre
This amazing nature centre was established in 1967 by a group of naturalists and bird watchers to protect the region’s diverse tropical wildlife. The rainforest is home to a vast number of species, including 460 birds and over 600 butterflies, and many of our clients come to Trinidad simply to visit this impressive centre.
Explore Port of Spain
We love the buzz of Trinidad’s capital and obviously the carnival here is one of the best, but this is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Caribbean. Once just a small seaside port, Port of Spain now houses many historic landmarks, great shopping opportunities and a wonderful range of restaurants.
Go turtle watching
Turtle watching on the north coast of Trinidad is a spectacular experience and well worth getting yourself out of bed early for. Seeing a turtle hatch is an amazing sight but it only happens seasonally, so do let us know if this is something that you’re interested in.
Take a sailing trip on Island Girl
If you’re after a relaxing day at sea, you won’t be disappointed on this catamaran trip. With plenty of swimming and snorkelling opportunities, you’ll get to see the largest brain coral in the Caribbean and possibly a few dolphins. You’ll be well fed and watered throughout the day, just don’t forget the sunscreen.
The picturesque town of Scarborough is also home to a bustling market, which can be found just across the road from the harbour. The market is most lively on Fridays and Saturdays, selling a wide variety of crafts, fruit and vegetables and many local herbal remedies.
Waterfalls and chocolate
According to local legend, swimming in the Argyle Waterfall makes you look 10 years younger – although we’re not sure it’s worked on any of the Caribtours team! If after a refreshing swim you get a bit peckish, visit Tobago’s first chocolate factory, set up in 2005. Owner, Duane, has been instrumental in rejuvenating the cocoa industry on the island. For something a bit special, why not let us organise a private rum and chocolate tour.
Food and Drink
There’s a vast choice of restaurants in Trinidad and, in Tobago, we can recommend Jemma’s Treehouse (perfect for a beachside lunch and delicious local cuisine), the Seahorse Inn in Scarborough and Kariwak Village where the pink mint ice cream is a must!
Flying time from the UK is approximately 9 hrs (add an hour for a touchdown in Antigua or Saint Lucia).
British Airways Departures 5 times a week from Gatwick to Trinidad (via Saint Lucia). Weekly departures from Gatwick to Tobago via Antigua.
Virgin Atlantic Non-stop departures from Gatwick to Tobago, twice a week between January - March and weekly from April onwards.
For some useful background information on responsible tourism issues in Tobago, as well as practical tips on what you can do to make a positive difference, we recommend The Travel Foundation's 'Insider's Guide'.
Blue Haven Hotel
Room OnlyVarious Meal Plans AvailableOn the South CoastCharming boutique hotelLaid back and friendly
Coco Reef Resort
Bed & BreakfastVarious Meal Plans AvailableOn the BeachExcellent serviceGreat All-Inclusive value
Magdalena Grand Beach Resort
Bed & BreakfastAll-InclusiveOn the South West CoastImpressive new resortAll rooms have ocean views
The Villas at Stonehaven
Self CateringDelightful villas offer a relaxing home from homeThe perfect place to bird watchOn the Northwest Coast
Bed & BreakfastHalf BoardClose to the AirportOutstanding cuisineHolistic and spiritual retreat
Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Bed & BreakfastStylish and contemporaryIn Port of Spain, 30 minutes from the airportRooftop infinity pool
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival
No other island in the Caribbean parties as hard as Trinidad & Tobago! Carnival here is a serious business as every year thousands of elaborately costumed masqueraders take to the streets, dancing to the beat of calypso, soca or steel pans. The main event takes place two days before Ash Wednesday in Port of Spain, Trinidad, just a short hop from Tobago; Caribtours can arrange hotels and flights if you would like to experience the electrifying atmosphere of this flamboyant street party.