You know those calypso drums that accompany your daydreams about lazing on a Caribbean beach in the sun? You can thank Trinidad for that soundtrack: Steel drums were created out of oil drums in Port of Spain in the 1930s. And that kind of picturesque scenery you dream of--the azure waters and white-sand beaches--are par for the course in Tobago, one of the Caribbean's most pristine islands.
Trinidad and Tobago make a great pair. Trinidad is high-energy, eccentric and culturally diverse; Tobago is serene, and its quiet beaches are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So what's the best way to plan a trip that highlights the best of what each island has to offer?
When planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago, our Trinidad and Tobago overview guide offers a great introduction to the islands. It's the best place to get familiar with the culture and history of both Trinidad and Tobago and learn a little bit about what makes each place unique. Trinidad is the place for the reveler or the person who likes a full itinerary of sights, recreation and shopping; Tobago is the place for relaxation and unblemished scenery. Trinidad has great shopping, and Tobago's natural wonders are noteworthy, particularly if you're a fan of snorkeling. In the overview guide, you'll find information on the best times of year to visit, health care information, cultural tips and more.
The details on things to do, sights to see and locations at which to dine can be found in either the Trinidad or Tobago guides. On Trinidad, you'll find the influence of more than 40 nationalities and ethnic groups, the largest of which are of East Indian or African descent. That means that, depending on what time of year you visit, you might encounter a Hindu festival such as Divali, or the Caribbean's grandest Carnival celebration in early spring.
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On Trinidad, you can get a feel for the island's political and cultural history at the National Museum and Art Gallery. The island's breadth of topographical features, from tropical savannah to rain forest to mangrove swamp, also make it a great place to observe nature. We recommend stopping by La Brea for bird-watching or the Royal Botanic Gardens for a glimpse at Trinidad's lush flora.
On Tobago, plan to make no plans. Relax at one of the island's fine beaches. We recommend trying a new one every day you're on Tobago, just to mix things up and experience the varied options. We love watersports at Mount Irvine Bay, palm-tree-studded Bacolet Beach (where Swiss Family Robinson was filmed in 1960) and the black sand at Grafton Beach. Our day plans give multiple options for any visitor, from lazy beachcombers to road-trip lovers, and each gives a comprehensive itinerary for a day well spent.
We think Trinidad and Tobago are made for each other: They offer all the festivities and leisure that the Caribbean is famous for, and you can mix-and-match your itinerary to suit your own personal travel style. We hope our three destination guides help you to plan a trip that covers the islands' highlights, as well as some off-the-beaten-path surprises.
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