Caribbean Tourism

Trinidad and Tobago

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the most southerly of the Caribbean, located a few miles of the northeast tip of South America.. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, affectionately known to its nationals as T&T are a twin island democratic state; rich in oil and natural gas reserves, rainforests and coral reefs, and a people filled with vitality and energy as infectious as the music they create for world famous Steelband, Calypso and Carnival. Tobago, a small island in the Lesser Antilles, was the haven for the fictional Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe's fictional hero in The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner (1719). Tobago's pro-active approach to natural history and resource preservation has gained her a great reputation with bird watchers, and nature lovers of all sorts. Tobago, in fact, is where Trinidadians go for holidays — a slow-paced, tranquil island of natural wonders. Visit this website on these two islands... all the information you will need for a visit.

Arima

Arima is the third largest city, 25 km east of Port of Spain, reached by bus or route taxi. It has a small but interesting Amerindian museum at the Cleaver Woods Recreation Centre, on the west side of town housed in a reproduction Amerindian long house, entrance free but donations welcome. In Arima there is a group of people who regard themselves as...

History

Columbus’ Arrival Trinidad was discovered by Columbus and he claimed it for Spain on his third voyage in 1498. Whether he named the island after the day of the Holy Trinity, or after a group of three hills that he spied from the sea is in dispute. At that time there were at least seven tribes of Indians living on the island: the Arawaks, Chaimas, Tamanaques...

Government & Economy

Government Trinidad and Tobago became a republic within the Commonwealth on 1 August 1976 under a new constitution which provides for a President and a bicameral Parliament comprising a 31-seat Senate and a 36-seat House of Representatives. Tobago has its own 12-seat House of Assembly, which runs many local services. In February 1997 the first contested...

Golf & Other Sports

Golf On Tobago, golf and lawn tennis at Mount Irvine Bay, T6398871: green fee US$20 per day, tennis US$3 in day, US$6 at night. Squash Squash at Grafton Beach Resort, 0800-2200, US$9.50 for 45 mins including court, ball and racket rental. Cricket Cricket is very popular. Test matches are played at Queen’s Park Oval, west of Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of...

Places to Eat - Tobago

Around Store Bay and Crown Point There are a number of restaurants, many have tables outside near the beach. The Beach Bar has music all day on Sat, and a barbecue from 2000-2400, for US$17 per head for drinks and small portions of fish and chicken, poor value unless you drink a lot. Miss Jean’s, US$2 and less for all kind of ‘ting’, a full meal with drinks...

Places to eat - Trinidad

Port of Spain At the main hotels where you can expect to pay US$15 in a nice setting with imaginative menus, eg Tiki Village in the Kapok Hotel, T6226441. Serves good Polynesian and Chinese food, nice Chinese lunchtime buffet. The Hilton Sunday brunch buffet is good value at TT$66 plus 15% VAT and 10% service and use of pool, the food here is of an...

Food and Drink

Food A wide variety of European, American and traditional West Indian dishes (these include pork souse, black pudding, roast sucking pig, sancoche and callaloo stews, and many others) is served at hotels and guest houses. Some also specialize in Créole cooking. There is also, of course, a strong East Indian influence in the local cuisine and also lots of...

Flora and Fauna

The rainforests of the Northern Range running along the north coast and the wetlands on the east and west coast are more extensive, more dense and display a greater diversity of fauna and flora than any other ecosystems in the Caribbean. Trinidad combines the species of the Caribbean chain from Jamaica to Grenada with the species of the continental...

Festivals

Carnival Carnival (see also Culture) takes place officially each year on the two days before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. In practice, the festivities start well in advance, with the Mas’ camps abustle, the calypsonians performing most nights of the week and the impressive Panorama finals taking place with the...

Entertainment-Trinidad

Bars & Clubs Trinidad abounds in evening entertainment. Monday local song and dance at the Hilton is less authentic in atmosphere than the steel band concerts on Friday at the same venue. Entrance US$2. For those wishing to visit the places where the local, rather than tourist, population go, anyone in the street will give directions. Though the...

Entertainment

Though not as lively as Trinidad, Tobago offers dancing in its hotels. The Buccoo Folk Theatre gives an attractive show of dancing and calypso every Thu at 2100. There is a Tobago Folk Performing Company. In Scarborough, El Tropical is a club frequented mostly by locals. It has a live show every Sat night at about 2330. Also JG’s Disco, nightly. Michael’s...

Diving and Marine Life

The waters around Tobago are becoming known as an unspoilt diving destination and several dive shops have started operations in the last few years. Coral reefs flourish almost all round the island. Every known species of hard coral and lots of soft corals can be found, and there is a huge brain coral, believed to be one of the world’s largest, off Little...

Beaches & Watersports

The best beaches on Trinidad are on the north coast and the views from the coastal road are spectacular as you drive through forest and look down on sandy bays and rocky promontories. Close to Port of Spain Maqueripe Bay has a sheltered beach. Maracas Bay, 10 miles/16 km from the capital, has a sheltered sandy beach fringed with coconut palms; despite small...

Accommodations-Tobago

There are many cheap guest houses & many people take in visitors; ask at any village store. Tobago Plantations, T6371025, www.tobagoplantations.com is a new 750-acre development around Petit Trou Lagoon which, when completed will have a hotel, villas, condominiums bungalows, 18-hole championship Jack Nicklaus golf course, marina, shopping centre,...

Accommodation - Trinidad

If you intend to stay in Trinidad for carnival, when prices rise steeply, you must book a hotel well in advance. Some are booked a year ahead. If arriving without accommodation arranged at Carnival time, the tourist office at the airport may help to find you a room with a local family, though this like hotels will be expensive. You will be lucky to find...