TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TRAVEL GUIDE
Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela, with distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, hosts a boisterous carnival featuring calypso and soca music. The country is the most industrialised and one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean. Overall, tourism is not a major industry (though the island of Tobago has proportionally more), leaving the islands replete with natural unspoiled beauty not found in most other Caribbean countries.
Trinidad offers the thrill of a glitzy holiday destination with dance floors thumping to steel bands as well isolated stretches dotted with beautiful beaches where you can forget all about city life. The vivid culture and artistic expression experienced best during carnival time, has made Trinidad a favourite holiday destination.
A slice of perfection – sheltered palm-fringed beaches, astounding marine life, lush verdant forests – Tobago is the ideal getaway.
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Port of Spain
- Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
- Area: 5,128 sq km
- Population: 1,39 million (2018)
- Language: English (official), Hindi, French, Spanish, Chinese
- Religion: Roman Catholic 29%, Hindu 24%, Anglican 11%, Muslim 6%, Presbyterian 3%, other 27%
- Electricity: 115/60Hz (North American plug)
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 30 March, Spiritual Baptist Day
- 30 May, Arrival Day
- 19 June, Labor Day
- 1 August, Emancipation Day
- 31 August, Independence Day
- 24 September, Republic Day
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Corpus Christi, Eid al-Fitr, and Diwali.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WEATHER SYNOPSIS
As a result of their southerly location, Trinidad and Tobago experiences two relatively distinct seasonal climatic types: tropical maritime from January to May with warm days and cool nights with relatively low rainfall. The rainfalls at nights are mainly due to daytime convection; and modified moist equatorial climate between June and December, characterised by hot humid days and nights, low wind speeds and increased rainfall, due to convection and equatorial weather systems. These two climate types result in two distinct seasons, a dry season from January to May and a wet or rainy season from June to December.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The best months for outdoor activities in Trinidad and Tobago, are from January to May when it's driest and the skies are clear. Afternoon rain showers are daily occurrences from June to December. There are some fantastic hiking routes to be found here.
BEACH OPTIONS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago enjoy a hot, tropical climate suitable for beach going all year round. The driest months are typically from January to May, so these are best for enjoying the beaches. From June to December there are usually daily afternoon rain showers.
SURFING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The prime time for surfing in the Caribbean is from November to April. Trinidad and Tobago is not the best known surfing destination, but it does get some pretty good surf! The most popular surf spots are situated in the north and north-east of Trinidad island near Toco and the southwest coast of Tobago, Mt Irvine Beach and also a spot called Crazy's.
KITESURF IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Tobago is a world ranked destination when it comes to both windsurfing and kite surfing and is considered an ideal location for beginner and intermediate riders. There are good winds for kitesurfing in Trinidad and Tobago from December to July, with the most consistent winds from December to April. The premier location for windsurfing in Tobago is at Pigeon Point. Some other spots for kitesurfing include Pigeon Point, Lambeau, Tobago, Manzanilla, Mayaro, Los Iros, and Moruga.
HEALTH RISKS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Be aware of possible health risks in
Trinidad and Tobago
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.