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.

Accommodation

Hotels There are many hotels on the islands and the better known ones are expensive, but there are very good guest houses and smaller hotels which are reasonable. Information about accommodation can be obtained from the Tourism and Industrial Development Co (TIDCO). Their office at Piarco airport is helpful. VAT (15%) is charged by all hotels and in most a...

Tourist Information

Embassies and Consulates (Port of Spain), Canadian High Commission, 3-3A Sweet Briar Rd, St Clair (T6226232); US Embassy, 15 Queen’s Park West (T6226371/6, F6285462), 0700-1700. British High Commission, 19 St Clair Av, St Clair, T6222748, F6224555, a very smart, modern building, its upper floors have an excellent view over Queen’s Park Oval. Dutch Embassy,...

Communication

Phoning from USA: Area Code 868 Telephone Services The main Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (TSTT) office on Frederick St operates international telephone, cable, telex and fax. The service for international calls has improved greatly, with direct dialling to all countries. The fax, telex and telegraph service shuts from 2300 Saturday...

Getting Around

Air Caribbean flies the Trinidad-Tobago route offering seven to eight daily flights; the crossing takes 20 minutes and costs US$75 return, for visitors, even standby. Departures, however, are often heavily booked at weekends and holidays, particularly Christmas and afterwards (at other times tickets can be bought the day before, even standby). Land Car:...

Getting There

Air North America: Air Canada and BWIA from Toronto to Port of Spain. BWIA and American Airlines from Miami and New York to Port of Spain. Europe: BWIA from London to Port of Spain. British Airways from London Gatwick to Tobago. Several charters, including Air Caledonian from London Gatwick to Tobago and Condor from Frankfurt and Munich. South America: To...

Before Travelling

Climate The climate on the islands is tropical, but, thanks to the trade winds, rarely excessively hot. Temperatures vary between 21° and 37°C, the coolest time being from December to April. There is a dry season from January to mid-May and a wet season from June to November, with a short break in September. It can rain for days at a stretch but usually...

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago are only just off the coast of Venezuela, yet they share little of the culture of South America. The people are a cosmopolitan mix of African, East Indian, Chinese, white and Syrian and their music, cuisine, culture, society and politics reflect the amalgamation of those races through conflict and harmony. Trinidad’s carnival is world...

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company Ltd. (Main Official) Level 1, Maritime Centre, #29 Tenth AVENUE, Barataria Trinidad, West Indies Tel: (868) 675-7034 Fax: (868) 638-7962 Website: www.tdc.co.tt Piarco International Airport (Port-of-Spain Trinidad) Tel: (868) 669-5196 or (868) 669-6044 Fax: (868) 669-6045 Email: i...@tdc.co.tt...

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Restaurants: Local, International. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes: Nightclubs. Discos. Local entertainment in hotels featuring steel bands, limbo and calypso. Theaters. Dinner/Dances. Live music. Cinemas. SHOPPING Locally produced items available include Clothing. Handbags. Shoes. Ornaments. Books. Copperwork. Leather. Jewelry....

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY Trinidad is 50 mls long by 37 mls wide. 10.5 degrees north latitude, 61.5 degrees west longitude. Area 1,864 sq mls. Tobago, 116 sq mls. 11 degrees north latitude, 60 degrees west longitude. Highest point above sea level is El Cerro del Aripo at 3,085 ft. They are the southernmost islands in the Caribbean. TIME EST +1. GMT -4. No daylight savings...

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS Citibank. First Citizens Bank. Republic Bank. Royal Bank. Scotiabank. BANKING HOURS Monday to Thursday 0800 - 1400. Friday 0800 - 1200 & 1500 - 1700. BUSINESS HOURS Shops are open Monday to Friday 0800 1630 (Some close at 1800 on Fridays). Malls are open from Monday to Saturday 1000 1900. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS May 30: Indian Arrival Day. June 19...

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES Air Canada. Aeropostal. American Airlines. ALM. British Airways. BWIA. JMC Airways. Condor. Helen Air. LIAT. Suriname Airways. A regional air carrier Caribbean Star Airlines, now operates into Trinidad. AIRPORTS (POS) Piarco Int'l Airport, Trinidad, 17 mls from the capital, Port of Spain. (TAB) Crown Point Airport, Tobago, 7 mls from the capital...

Trinidad and Tobago -Known as "the Rainbow Country," the twin island nation

Known as "the Rainbow Country," the twin island nation is home to people of African, Spanish, Chinese, British, French and Syrian descent. Over half its residents are Hindu and Muslim. Trinidad, only eight miles from Venezuela, is home of calypso, pan music and Carnival. Port-of-Spain, the capital, is best seen on foot starting from the 200-acre Queens Park...