The birthplace of calypso, soca and steel pan music, Trinidad and Tobago is a multicultural hub of quintessential Caribbean charm. It is an underexplored destination, teeming with unspoiled beaches, splendid rainforests, waterfalls, coral reefs and an electrifying music scene.
Aside from its idyllic coastlines, this twin-island republic also boasts incredible wildlife, such as ocelots, manatees and leatherback turtles; while the over 430 species of birdlife make for spectacular birdwatching.
Tobago is favoured for its coral reefs, manta rays and shoals of colourful fish, best explored around Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. Tobago’s dramatic landscapes and excellent diving opportunities make it an ideal nature retreat from its busier, more developed sister island, Trinidad.
Built in the 1780s, the well-preserved Fort King George offers stunning views over Scarborough Bay and the town of Tobago. Remnants of the original stone walls, lighthouse, prison and cannons can be viewed, along with collections of antique maps and artefacts, in the Tobago Museum.
Trinidad’s vibrant capital, Port of Spain, hosts intriguing examples of colonial and Renaissance-style architecture, including Red House Parliament and the elegant mansions of Queen’s Park Savannah. The distinct red-roofed Mount St. Benedict Monastery is the oldest in the Caribbean and encompasses a farm, rehabilitation centre, religious buildings and a guesthouse.
Bird lovers can visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge, a dense forest area home to pygmy owls, hummingbirds and woodcreepers. Similarly, the Caroni Bird Sanctuary is a haven of mangrove-lined rivers where scarlet ibises, herons, egrets, caimans and anteaters nestle.
When you’re not soaking up the palm-fringed beaches of Maracas Bay or Pigeon Point, the islands boast exotic nightlife and music festivals. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the mouth-watering food creations, best washed down with the local rum and craft brews.
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