There is definitely no shortage to the list of things to do in Trinidad and Tobago, so your vacation here can be a busy one if you want it to be. Eco-tourism is on the rise in this sizzling Caribbean nation, so there are plenty of options for enjoying the great outdoors during your trip. For some, a lot of activity might be the furthest thing from mind, especially when soaking up some sun is all that you are truly after. Whatever you have in mind, the sights and attractions in Trinidad and Tobago are definitely enough to warrant the trip down. The following are some of the top recommendations when it comes to things to do in Trinidad and Tobago.
Hitting one or more of the many beaches in Trinidad and Tobago is usually part of the plan for most visitors. While the island of Tobago has the best beaches in the country, beaches are one of the best things to do in Trinidad as well. Some of the top beaches in the country are those found at Maracas Bay and Blanchisseuse, which are both located along Trinidad’s gorgeous North Coast. As for Tobago, beaches like Pigeon Point Beach and the small stretch of sand at Pirate’s Bay are worth moving to the top of the list. Hitting a beach is always an option when it comes to things to do in Trinidad and Tobago.
No other island in the Caribbean can match the Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. This annual festival, which takes place during the week of Lent (February or March), is without question the king of the cultural attractions in Trinidad. Port of Spain is the place to be for this high-energy party if you want to experience it to the fullest. Should you prefer a more subdued Carnival, the festivities in Tobago and those in the smaller towns of Trinidad should be a perfect fit. Regardless of where you enjoy Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, book that hotel room early!
There’s something to be said for a cold and refreshing waterfall in a hot, tropical country. Picturesque waterfalls are among the many beautiful sights in Trinidad and Tobago, and are great stopping points during a hike in the rainforest. Guided trips to some of the country’s top waterfalls can be arranged, and most of these waterfalls empty out into natural pools that are great places to swim.
As mentioned, stumbling upon a refreshing and picturesque waterfall is something that you might experience when hiking. You’ll see plenty more as well, and there’s arguably no finer way to see the natural sights in Trinidad and Tobago than by doing some hiking. Coastal treks and trips through the country’s rainforest-covered mountains further inland are bound to satisfy anyone who even remotely likes to hike. Guided hiking tours can be arranged with ease here, and they are generally recommended for those who are not too sure where they are going or what they should bring.
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the best places in the Caribbean for birdwatching. On the island of Trinidad, the Asa Wright Nature Reserve and the Caroni Swamp Reserve are ideal places to see a number of avian species. On the island of Tobago, short boat trips to nearby Little Tobago Island can be booked for birders who want to enjoy another great experience. Birding tours are available if you are interested, so getting to the top destinations isn’t hard.
Few places in the world can rival Trinidad and Tobago when it comes to scuba diving. Diving is one of the most rewarding things to do in Trinidad and Tobago, as you can explore reefs, see a rich variety of marine life, and even explore underwater caves and canyons. Inexperienced divers can take classes at the Trinidad and Tobago dive centers to get their diving certifications, and advanced divers will certainly have enough to keep them busy as well.
Casting a line into the sea or into a river is just one more option when it comes to finding things to do in Trinidad and Tobago. Fishing excursions are a breeze to arrange in Trinidad and Tobago, regardless of which of the islands that you are on. Not far west of Port of Spain, the Chaguaramas Peninsula is a great place to fish in Trinidad, and throughout the waters of Tobago, fish abound. Both fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing can be enjoyed in Trinidad and Tobago, and even if you aren’t an avid fisher, you’ll likely enjoy your time out on the water.
Trinidad and Tobago might not be the world’s premier golfing destination, but there are at least four championship courses here that are worth a look. Tobago boasts two great golf courses that are easy to access from the island’s resort properties, and the two top courses in Trinidad are easy to get to from Port of Spain. These courses offer well-manicured grounds, clubhouses, restaurants, and club rentals. Some even have driving ranges and putting greens, so you can work on your stroke before or after you tee it up for a round.
Yes, there are volcanoes in Trinidad and Tobago. However, these volcanoes are not your standard, lava-spewing volcanoes, which often rise high into the sky. Instead, the volcanoes here are mud volcanoes, and for anyone who appreciates geology, they are certainly among the top sights in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is the island where you will find the country’s mud volcanoes, and while most are on land, some are also found just offshore.
Fort King George
There aren’t many well-preserved historical attractions in Trinidad and Tobago, but if you are looking for a good one, then Fort King George is the place to go. Fort King George is an eighteenth-century fort that was built by the British. The fort overlooks the town of Scarborough and affords some of the finest coastal views on the entire island of Tobago. In addition to the ruins of the fort, the Fort King George site is also where you will find the Tobago Museum.