#01 NORTH COAST DRIVE

The drive along Trinidad’s northern coastline provides glimpses of innumerable rainforest-smothered headlands, and stopoffs at some fantastic beaches.

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - Tobago island - Parlatuvier bay - Caribbean sea Parlatuvier bay © Claudio306/Shutterstock

#02 HIKING IN THE NORTHERN RANGE

Trinidad’s Northern Range hills offer excellent hiking, with hundreds of trails through the lush forest. Carapichaima provides a great introduction to Indo-Trinidadian culture, from the Temple in the Sea at Waterloo to the gigantic Hanuman Murti statue.

#02 HIKING IN THE NORTHERN RANGE

#03 Carapichaima

Carapichaima provides a great introduction to Indo-Trinidadian culture, from the Temple in the Sea at Waterloo to the gigantic Hanuman Murti statue.

#03 Carapichaima

#04 PANYARDS

Take a pre-Carnival tour of Port of Spain’s panyards to hear practice sessions for the coveted Panorama prize.

Things not to miss: Various steel drums at a festival.© K Tabaka/Shutterstock

#05 Turtle-watching

Visit in season and you can watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs in the sand or see the hatchlings make their way to the sea.

#05 Turtle-watching

#06 Escapism at Grande Riviere

Close to swimmable rivers and rainforest hikes, this remote and unspoiled coastal village is a fabulous place escape the crowds any time of the year.

Things not to miss: Boat, Grande Riviere, Trinidad.© Stephen Beaumont/Shutterstock

#07 Port of Spain nightlife

From jumping up at an outdoor fete to dancing the night away at a club or bar, there are few reasons to go to bed early in the nation’s capital.

Things not to miss: Long exposure lights 4 people with lights.© Anthony Javed Machikan/Shutterstock

#08 Trinbago cuisine

From curry crab and dumplin’ at Store Bay to gourmet Creole dishes at Chaud, T&Ts rich pot-pourri of influences has created a delicious and unique cuisine.

Traditional Creole cajun court bouillon with fish and seafood gumbo chowder stew as top view in a potTraditional Creole cajun © hlphoto/Shutterstock

#09 Birdwatching at Asa Wright

This standout nature centre is one of the best places in T&T for a spot of birdwatching.

Things not to miss: Orange-winged Parrot, Trinidad and Tobago.© Martin Mecnarowski/Shutterstock

#10 cruising along tobago's coast

A boat ride along the island’s Caribbean coast provides a spectacularly different perspective on Tobago’s scenery.

#10 cruising along tobago's coast

#11 trinidad's east coast

Enjoy some Trini-style beach time or explore the fantastically diverse forests and wetlands of Nariva Swamp.

Things not to miss: Wetland Sunset, Trinidad.© Brendan Delzin/Shutterstock

#12 Tobago’s beaches

From the emerald waters of Mount Irvine to the often-deserted Englishman’s Bay, Tobago’s beaches offer plenty of variety beyond the palm-trees-and-white-sand scene.

#12 Tobago’s beaches

#13 Hummingbirds at Yerette

Witness these magical little birds flitting around the sugar-water feeders of a private garden in the Maracas–St Joseph valley.

#13 Hummingbirds at Yerette

#14 Speyside diving

With intricate reefs patrolled by shoals of colourful fish, the waters offshore of Speyside are a delight.

Things not to miss: A Queen Angelfish (Holoacanthus ciliaris) from Tobago.© Lynsey Allan/Shutterstock 

 

#15 Carnival

Whether you’re watching the parade go by or joining a mas band, Carnival is T&T’s ultimate party.

Things not to miss: Carnival in Trinidad.© Blacqbook/Shutterstock

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