After spending a couple of days discovering Trinidad’s gorgeous beaches and breath-taking waterfalls, I decided to discover the south of Trinidad island. Whereas the north …
Trinidad and Tobago
Things to do in Trinidad and Tobago
Sitting pretty just a few miles off the Venezuelan coast in the Caribbean Sea, the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbean’s most diverse and underexplored destinations.
Both islands were once an extension of the South American continent, and the flora and fauna reflect this geographical link. Trinidad is larger of the two and bustling with commerce and diversity. It is a diverse oasis of Creole culture and birthplace of the steel drum and the limbo as well as brims with natural resources like gas and oil.
On the other hand, there’s a sleepy island of Tobago rich in natural wonders and immaculate white-sand beaches.
This twin-island republic boasts spectacular rainforests, waterfalls, savannahs, and reefs and the endless undeveloped beaches are some of the prettiest in the region. It is also the home and heart of West Indian Carnival and the place where calypso, soca, and steel pan music were invented.
Important Facts to Know when Traveling To Trinidad and Tobago
Capital: Port of Spain
Official language(s) and general knowledge of English: English, French, Hindi, and Spanish. English is widely spoken
Official religion(s): Roman Catholicism
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar, US Dollar widely accepted
Climate: Tropical with maximum temperatures between 31°C and 33° C
Power voltage and socket type(s): 115V, plug types A and B
Safety rating: TnT is not known for safety and travelers need to take precautionary measures.
Female solo traveler: Women are at high risk when visiting this country. It is advised not to walk around the islands alone.
Do I need a Visa to Travel to Trinidad and Tobago?
Trinidad and Tobago is a slice of paradise. Located in the Caribbean and just north-east of Venezuela, these two islands are a perfect spot for relaxation and a dreamy vacation. However, before you go and enjoy getting the perfect tan on its white sandy beaches, you need to check whether or not you need a visa to gain entry.
The visa policy of Trinidad and Tobago is lenient and you may not need a visa.
The citizens of 101 countries are exempt from visas to enter the Caribbean twin-islands. The visitors are allowed to stay within the islands for up to 90 days in a 180 day period.
The citizens of visa-exempt countries should have a valid passport for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Trinidad and Tobago as well as an onward ticket.
People traveling from Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines are required to obtain a visa to enter, however, they can obtain a Waiver of the Visa on arrival.
Types and Cost – Single-entry visa costs TT$200 and multiple-entry visas cost TT$400. Both of them are valid for three months.
Fast Track: Get Trinidad & Tobago visa in advance
Accommodation in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago are not the most tourist-oriented Caribbean islands, but there is no shortage of places to stay.
Trinidad has plenty of accommodation in Port of Spain mostly due to the annual Carnival and regular business travelers. It also has guesthouses and hostels near the beaches along the north coast.
The center and south of Trinidad do not have many places to stay, the options present here are expensive and geared towards oil workers and business travelers.
The price of a basic room with a fan in Port of Spain ranges from as little as $30 (£20) per night to $60-80 (£35-55) for an air-conditioned room with cable TV. The top-notch places rate can go up to $200 (£120) plus.
Accommodation rates in Trinidad change only at Carnival time while business-oriented hotels charge more in the week than on weekends. – Check hotel prices in Trinidad
In Tobago, accommodation rates are of two types, one for the summer which is a low season (mid-April to mid-Dec) and another for the winter which is a high season (mid-Dec to mid-April).
Tobago, on the other hand, has various luxury resorts, cozy guesthouses, and private villas, the maximum of which can be found in the Crown Point area.
The guesthouses are great value for money and friendly places to stay while the private host homes and B&Bs are inexpensive and generally excellent.
They do not charge room tax and you get more insight into local lifestyles and attitudes than you would experience anywhere else on the islands. – Check prices in Tobago island
Best Time to Visit Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago’s temperatures remain tropical year-round with a daily average temperature of 27° C, but the best time to visit between January and May, when Carnival takes place.
During this time, the trees are in bloom and the climate is at its best with clear skies, rain is rare, and nights are cool.
Around the end of May, the rainy season begins which lasts up until November, but there is a respite from the downpours in September and is an excellent time to plan your trip. The flight and accommodation rates are low.
Transportation in Trinidad and Tobago
Getting There – The main international airports are A.N.R. Robinson International Airport in Tobago and Piarco International Airport in Trinidad. Direct flights come in from the UK, US, Canada, South and Central America, and the rest of the Caribbean. – Check flights to Trinidad and Tobago
Getting Around – Getting around two islands is relatively straightforward. Buses, maxi taxis, and route taxis ply all over the islands which are divided into large public buses and private services called maxi taxis, however, these are usually crowded. – Check ferry schedules here
A convenient mode of travel is the ferry and also through air. Caribbean Airlines runs flights between Piarco and Crown Point.
Food in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago have a unique blend of African, Indian, Chinese, European, and Latin American influences offering a fantastic cuisine.
You can find a vast array of local food from Indian curry and roti to Creole coo-coo or Spanish and South American style pastelles.
You can find various restaurants in Trinidad’s urban areas offering Indian, Creole, Chinese, and International cuisine.
For breakfast, you can much on fried fish, smoked herring cooked with onions and peppers or buljol, a delectable blend of flaked saltfish with onions, tomatoes, lime juice, and sweet peppers served with avocado and airy rolls called hops. A mug of sweet chocolate tea with fresh cocoa, spiced up with nutmeg and cinnamon is a must-try.
Trinidad and Tobago offer the best street food in the Caribbean. You can find Indian specialties to gyro wraps, fried chicken, and roti. The vendors practice stringent hygiene and eating out won’t constitute health risks.
The most popular street food to try is Doubles, Corn Soup, Pholourie, Coconut Jelly, Aloo Pie and Saheena, Chicken Roti and Buss-up Shot, Souse, Bake and Shark, and Chow.
Best Things to Do in Trinidad and Tobago
Celebrate Carnival – Known as the biggest street party on Earth, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival is celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday every year. The carnival festivities start after Christmas and up to Ash Wednesday with high energy parties and cultural competitions. It’s one of the best things to do in Trinidad.
Groove with Steel Pan Musicians – Venture into any neighborhood on the islands and you are bound to find a panyard. They allow you to wander in, buy local beer and enjoy the music as the musicians’ practice for performances and the ultimate steel pan party at the Carnival. – Book here a Steel Pan experience tour
Hike a Waterfall – Hiking through the rainforest is pleasurable, but hiking a waterfall is a delightful experience. Trinidad is full of hidden waterfalls. On Tobago, follow the lush tropical forest to the island’s highest waterfall, the Argyle. This waterfall is 175 feet high. – Book here waterfall tours
Go Liming – Liming is the easiest of all activities in the twin-island nation. It is simply hanging out and socializing with friends, drinking rum punch and dining. Liming is a part of Caribbean culture and you get to experience it at a rum bar, at the beach or on a street corner.
Find Inner Peace – Trinidad and Tobago offers a wonderful mosaic of religious diversity with large and active Christian, Muslim, and Hindu faith communities. The Hindu temples, Dattatreya and Temple in the Sea on Trinidad are open to the public and are striking. Both temples offer a peaceful atmosphere for contemplation.
Surf – Surfing is an off-the-beaten-path sport in TnT and while both the islands offer reliable waves year-round, the winter months from November to March are the best times to catch big waves. There are also various surf schools that train you or those who need a refresher. Surf gear is limited on Tobago, so ensure you have got all the essentials, easily found across Trinidad.
Visit the Pigeon Point – Pigeon Point beach is the most beautiful beach in Tobago with white sands and aqua blue water. It is also known as Pigeon Point Heritage Park and this popular stretch of coral-sand coast requires an entrance fee. The beach has all the amenities like snack bars, shops, change rooms, sun loungers, and thatch covered seating. You can go on snorkeling trips to Buccoo Reef and swim at Nylon Pool as well from here.
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