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Reasons to visit Trinidad & Tobago

First time visitors to the Caribbean may expect to find a laid-back paradise of Pina Coladas and poolside’s – Trinidad & Tobago challenges the status quo and breaks the mould. As the birthplace of calypso, Trinidadians know how to party, while over in Tobago rest and relaxation is generally the order of the day. Fly to the islands and chart your own adventure and discover the unexpected with a vast choice of fun festivals, exciting events and a host of other adrenaline fuelled activities. 

Trinidad is famous for its carnival, calypso music and food. Both Trinidad & Tobago are famous for birdwatching and the islands offer a great diversity of species such as monkeys, manatees and cayman.

We love Trinidad for

  • Birdwatching
  • Coastal walks
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Diving
  • Gardens
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Nightlife
  • Sandy Beaches
  • Snorkeling
  • Watersports

When to go to Trinidad

The high season runs from mid December to mid April when hotel prices will rise and you will need to book up to a year in advance to get the best deals.

We recommend that you try travelling to Trinidad at other times if you are not bound by school holidays, where you will find some great hotel and airfare deals. Check out our latest deals to Trinidad with Virgin Atlantic and Caribbean Airlines.

Weather in Trinidad

The rainy season runs from June to November and the driest period is from December to May. The average daily temperature year round in Trinidad and Tobago is about 27°C and the humidity is often high at around 75%.

Planning your holiday

Family reunions and holidays to Trinidad

Trinidad’s close proximity to Venezuela makes it a viable option for anyone wanted to combine some Spanish and English speaking Caribbean into their itinerary.

When considering a trip to Trinidad and Tobago it is worth booking your travel between the islands in advance as the boats can get booked up at weekends and during peak season. If your time is limited we recommend flying as the boats can take up to 7 hours or 2 and a half hours on the catamaran.

We recommend that you find the time to hire a car and visit the lovely plantation houses, the bird sanctuaries and the beaches which are a bit more off the beaten track.

Family reunions and holidays to Tobago

Tobago is a more laid back island with small hotels and guesthouses dotted around the island. There is good walking, sailing, diving and birdwatching. The island is 26 miles long and 9 miles wide and is much less inhabited than Barbados which is a similar size. The climate is cooler and drier than Trinidad and most settlements are in the west part of the island.

Places to stay in Trinidad

There are many hotels in Trinidad to choose from ranging from small friendly guesthouses, affordable apartments and hotels to the large all inclusive 5 star resorts. We recommend that anyone renting a private villa should ensure there is adequate 24 hour security on the site. We have a range of specially selected hotels in Trinidad for our customers so do let us know how we can help.

Trinidad for weddings, anniversaries and special occasions

If you are looking for help organising a trip to Trinidad for a group, whether that’s for a special family occasion such as an anniversary or wedding just get in touch. We have organised many types of trips, including music tours for some of the most well known bands in the Caribbean.

Trinidad for family holidays

Trinidad has a lot to offer kids such as the Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain, watching toucans in the forest on the north coast or kayaking on the coast at Chaguaramas.

Trinidad for couples

The island is often seen as an lively romantic getaway with some great nightlife for couples celebrating their honeymoon or an anniversary.

Beach Holidays in Trinidad

There are some wonderful sandy beaches in the North of the Island, this area has only recently been developed for tourism. Be careful, the undercurrents are strong and even experienced swimmers have been overcome by these undercurrents. Please supervise your children properly as they are most at risk from the strong undercurrents..

Cultural and Adventure Holidays in Trinidad

Trinidad is one of the most diverse of the Caribbean islands as the people are a mix of African, Chinese, East Indian, European and Syrian which has influenced the food, music and culture greatly.

Getting to Trinidad & Tobago

There are regular flights to Port of Spain from Gatwick with Caribbean Airlines and British Airways... You need to book at least a year in advance to travel during the Carnival and Christmas periods.

Getting around

We recommend hiring a car in Trinidad. Car rental makes it easier to see the main sights and we offer some great rates here.

Things to do and see in Trinidad & Tobago

Diving 

Do some wreck diving or come between January and March to see the manta rays.

Island Tour

Take a full day circuit of the island from Port of Spain, south to San Fernando, east to Mayaro then north to Sangre Grande and Arima.

Turtle Watching

Watch the leatherback turtles nest from March to September on Turtle Beach, Stonehaven Bay, Bloody Bay and Parlatuvier.

Trinidad Highlights

Take a dip in the pool at the Salybia waterfall near Valencia or climb the lighthouse at Galera Point and enjoy the views.

Glass Bottomed Boat Tours

Take a glass bottomed boat out to Buccoo Reef to see the coral gardens from Buccoo Bay or Pigeon Point.

El Tucuche Reserve

Climb up through thick forest and giant orchids to the peak of the El Tucuche Reserve which will take you about 5 hours for the amazing views. It is recommended that you take a guide or go in a group.

Water Sports

Try some windsurfing at Pigeon Point in Tobago. You can also try kitesurfing, wake-boarding, water skiing, sport fishing and diving. Enquire at the Hilton for more information.

Harris Jungle Tours

Take a hike and an early morning birdwatching tour in the forest to hear and see the dawn chorus with Harris Jungle Tours.

Trinidadian Volcanoes

Visit the mud volanoes of Karamat or Piparo which both erupted in the 1990s.

Trinidadian Villages

Visit the pretty villages south of Port of Spain and the potteries such as the Ajoupa Pottery within an old 19th century wooden house

Rum Tours

Visit the Angostura rum distillery east of Port of Spain which has tours Monday to Friday.

Mount St Benedict Monastery

Take a trip to the oldest Benedictine monastery in the Caribbean called Mount St Benedict in St Augustine with amazing island views.

Grafton Bird Sanctuary

Visit the Grafton Bird Sanctuary to see some of the world’s most spectacular birds.

Tobagan Walks

Take a daytrip to Charlottesville in the northeast on a beautiful horseshoe bay with lovely short walks to Pirate’s Bay and Man O’War Bay, or take a more adventurous walk through the forest to Campbellton Bay.

Events & Holidays

events in Trinidad

February/March - The Hindu festival of Phagwa also called Holi
March - Carnival Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
Late April/early May - Point Fortin Borough Week (steel bands and street parties)
May - La Divina Pastora in Siparia
Mid July - Celebration of Columbus 1498 landing on the island with decorated fishing boats and a big party.
October/November - Hindu Festival Divali

events in Tobago

March - A quieter carnival than Trinidad
March/April - Easter Monday and Tuesday, donkey races at Buccoo
July - The Tobago Heritage Festival during second fortnight of the month with parades.

Public Holidays

1 January - New Year holiday
30 March - Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day
Easter - Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday.
30 May - Indian Arrival Day
19 June - Corpus Christi Labour Day
July - St Peter’s Day (Carenage)
1 August - Emancipation Day
29 August - Feast of St Rose of Lima (Arima)
31 August - Independence Day
24 September - Republic Day
25-26 Dec - Christmas Holidays

Useful Trinidad travel information

Currency - The Trinidad and Tobago dollar is floated but is often around TT$6 to US$1.

Emergencies - Dial 999 for police emergencies The number 811 is used for the ambulance service and 990 for the fire brigade.

Tipping - Restaurant and hotel staff expect 10-15% of the bill and a small amount if the service is already included.

Voltage - This varies from 110 to 220 volts depending on the hotel so best to check directly.

Time Difference - GMT -5 hours

Country dialing code is +868

Departure tax - This is normally included in the price of your air ticket.

Security in Trinidad - East of Charlotte Street in Port of Spain and Laventille, Morbant and East Dry River and exercise caution at all times. Avoid Turtle beach area at night and take care at any deserted beaches. 

Take advice from the locals as to any city areas you should avoid at all times and do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach. Use your hotel safe or security boxes to store your valuables. Avoid driving at night outside towns.

When taking a boat trip check that the boat operator has sails or oars in the event of an engine breakdown, a radio and lifejackets and equipment in the event of a fire. Accidents do happen and boats can break down.

Useful Links

High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the UK
42 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NT, UK
Tel: (020) 7245 9351.
www.tthighcommission.co.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; Mon-Fri 1000-1400 (visa applications).

Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Office in the UK
c/o AMG Ltd, Suite 200, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, London, SW14 8LS, UK
Tel: 0208 487 9881
www.tourism.gov.tt

Handpicked hotels

 

Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach, Trinidad & Tobago

 

Coco Reef Resort & Spa
Coconut Bay, Trinidad & Tobago

 

The Villas at Stonehaven
Stonehaven Bay, Trinidad & Tobago

 

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Lowlands, Trinidad & Tobago

 

Kariwak Village Holistic Haven & Hotel
Crown Point, Trinidad & Tobago

 

Bacolet Beach Club
Bacolet Bay, Trinidad & Tobago

Insider tips

Pigeon Point

Tobago

Also known as the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, many consider the white-sands and aqua seas of Pigeon Point to be the most beautiful beach on Tobago.

This popular stretch of coral-sand coast requires an entrance fee and encompasses snack bars, shops, change rooms, and thatch-covered seating.

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