Overview of Trinidad and Tobago

 

The island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is known colloquially as 'TNT' – and it certainly brings an explosive brew of tropical beauty and carnival atmosphere to your luxury holidays in the Caribbean.

These two southernmost Caribbean islands are actually a geographic extension of the South American continent. Each island contrasts in character, but together they offer the very best of the Caribbean experience.

Trendy Trinidad, and its bustling capital Port of Spain, are sophisticated, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. The chic capital, with its colonial-style houses, is abuzz with colourful markets, bazaars and malls. The eclectic mix of gothic-style cathedrals, mosques and Hindu temples testifies to the rich diversity of cultures present.

The whole of Trinidad comes excitingly to life during its annual carnival – in an orgy of calypso music and dance, steel bands, food, dazzling costumes and marvellous floats – but then the island hardly sleeps during the rest of the year, either!

It’s not all noise and parties, however. Travellers in search of a more relaxing experience can explore the beautiful north coast beaches, hike through the forested peaks of the interior or discover the east coast’s protected wetlands and coconut groves.

There is a daily ferry connecting Trinidad to its smaller and more laid-back neighbour, Tobago. It is here that you can find the unspoilt Caribbean paradise of your dreams.

Tobago is a tropical wonderland of palm-fringed beaches, verdant rain forests and sparkling coral reefs. It boasts a treasure trove of birds, butterflies, flowering plants and shrubs. There are over 100 different native mammals and 70 kinds of reptiles roaming the island, including the giant leatherback turtle, which nests on its northern beaches.

Climate

Between the rainy and dry seasons – October to December and April to June – those are the windows opportunity recognised as the best times for a holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, enabling you to successfully avoid both the crowds and the rain.

The islands enjoy a tropical climate with hardly any variation in temperature between the hottest month of April, which averages 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit) and what is nominally the coolest month – February sees a slight dip, but only to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tobago's temperatures are slightly cooler, owing to the more constant north east trade winds.

Language

English is the official language in both Trinidad and Tobago.

Passport Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least the period of the proposed visit and you will need documents for return or onward travel, and a fixed address for your period of stay.

The nationals of most countries do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days – though Australian nationals are among those who do require a visa. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Camouflage clothing or bags are illegal for anyone not in the military.

Safety

Most visits to Trinidad and Tobago are trouble free, but the usual precautions should be taken.

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