The dual islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost of our Caribbean islands, and although together they make up one nation, the true beauty is in their difference. Whether you are looking for a boutique bolthole, a holistic retreat or a beachfront resort with all the facilites, these contrasting twins have something to suit everyone.
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Trinidad is the busier of the two, with an explosion of steel drums, calypso and soca welcoming you to the vibrant capital, Port of Spain. Trinidad’s Carnival is the biggest in the Caribbean, and testament to the island’s well known party stamina, but that’s not to say that the island can’t be tranquil. Away from the capital city’s textile shopping and street food, the often deserted beaches and turquoise waters provide stunning picture postcard vistas. With more exotic plants and birds than on any other Caribbean island, Trinidad is rich in natural attractions. The island also boasts an eclectic mix of Indian, African and Creole cuisine, where pepper sauce goes with everything.
Sun soaked Tobago is Trinidad’s wistful, sleepy sister, an island of intoxicatingly laid back resorts and majestic beauty. There are swaying coconut palms, golden beaches and sapphire waters, but there is also the jungle capped Main Ridge with mile upon mile of lush rainforest, charming ramshackle villages, secluded waterfalls and plenty of hidden coves. As you would expect on such a small island, the restaurant scene is limited, and the hotels are your best bet, with the pink mint ice cream at Kariwak Village a must!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with pristine white shores on the Caribbean side and darker volcanic sands on the Atlantic coast. Bloody Bay on the northern coast is one of the most sheltered, a deserted and glorious spot that typifies what Tobago is all about. Beach barbecues with locally caught seafood are commonplace, and El Pescador is a great spot to watch the fishermen bringing back fresh lobster and snapper.
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.
Port of Spain
We love the buzz of Trinidad’s capital, 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.
Turtle watching on the north coast of Trinidad is a spectacular experience and well worth getting 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. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, and if you’re lucky you might even spot 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. 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.
Birdwatching on Little Tobago
Just off the north east coast, the tiny island of Little Tobago is an important breeding site for numerous species of tropical seabirds. Take a glass bottom boat over to the island and you’ll also see some incredible coral formations, including one of the largest brain corals in the world.
Who to talk to...
Having grown up in Trinidad, our travel adviser Fiona knows just about all there is to know about Trinidad & Tobago. She'll give you the inside track on the islands, what's hot and what's not. She'll recommend the best local places to eat and will even convince you that a goat racing festival can be fun! If you fancy partying at the biggest carnival in the Caribbean, or you want to experience the Tobago jazz festival which now draws in some big global names, Fiona will help you plan your perfect trip.
British Airways operates direct flights to both Trinidad and Tobago. Flying time from the UK is approximately 10 hrs 45 minutes (including a touchdown in Antigua or Saint Lucia).
Departures from Gatwick to Trinidad are 6 times a week, via Saint Lucia in both directions.
Departures from Gatwick to Tobago are twice weekly in high season and weekly in low season, via Antigua in both directions.
Caribbean Airlines operates a regular shuttle service between the two islands. Flying time is 25 minutes.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller flights.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
Trinidad & Tobago Dollar. Selected banks, shops and tourist facilities will accept Access/Mastercard, Diners Club, American Express and Visa.
A full British passport is required for Trinidad & Tobago and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the islands. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.