Experience the Beauty of Trinidad and Tobago

People who have a strong sense of adventure are sure to love diving in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is a fascinating and compelling nation of inextricably intertwined cultures, religions, and ethnic groups that have retained their distinctiveness while simultaneously blending into a harmonious whole. The largest of the Caribbean’s Windward Islands, Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad is a natural paradise of lush vegetation and undulating landscapes with a thriving capital city; while its smaller counterpart, Tobago, is blessed with fabulous sandy beaches and inviting waters.

In stark contrast to the urban bustle of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad’s interior is a blissful environment of scenic splendor with an incredible array of indigenous flora and fauna. The island is said to be home to some 700 species of orchids alone, and 400 varieties of birds. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary offers a boat trip through the mangrove swamps, where birdwatchers can view a multitude of different birds in all their vibrant magnificence.

The Asa Wright Nature Centre, a former coffee and cocoa plantation, is another haven for nature lovers and is located in the lush rainforests of the Northern Range; while the Pitch Lake, the world’s largest supplier of bitumen, is yet another unique attraction.

The most popular beach on Trinidad is Maracas Bay, located an approximately 40 minutes from Port-of-Spain by car. This small fishing village has an extensive sandy beach and excellent waves for bodysurfing, but can be crowded at times. For a more secluded seaside destination, head to Tyrico Bay, just east of Maracas Bay, or Las Cuevas, eight kilometers east of Maracas Bay.

Alternatively, head to Tobago, Trinidad’s smaller ‘sister’, which offers a multitude of good beaches, fantastic snorkeling and diving spots with wonderful bird-watching opportunities and an extremely laid-back atmosphere. Crown Point is the centre of Tobago’s resort area and is surrounded by palm trees and sandy stretches, while the picturesque fishing villages of Speyside and Charlotteville are less commercial attractions.