The palm trees on the island of Trinidad sway to ocean breezes and the sweet sounds of steel drums and Calypso singers. Sure, this is the more industrialized island in the country, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of great things to do and see here. Vacations to Trinidad can include passing time on an idyllic beach, hiking through an unspoiled rainforest, and viewing more species of birds than you can count. Perhaps you’ll be interested in an excursion to a mud volcano when you travel to Trinidad. Back in the island’s main cities and towns, the nightlife is lively, the shopping is intriguing, and the dining choices varied, so you’ll have plenty to enjoy in the island’s urban hangouts as well.

Because of the fact that Trinidad has been able to depend on oil and petrochemicals over the last century, tourism in Trinidad took a back seat. That is beginning to change, however, as more and more tourists come to realize the wealth of Trinidad attractions. For some, the best time to travel to Trinidad is during the world-famous Carnival celebrations. The days leading up to Ash Wednesday are when Carnival is in full swing here, and you won’t find a more colorful Carnival anywhere else in the Caribbean. Ornate costumes, pulsating rhythms, and plenty of song and dance characterize the Trinidad Carnival, which is an experience that you will never forget. Just remember to book that hotel room well in advance if you choose to enjoy vacations to Trinidad during the Carnival season.

Other festivals like the Diwali Festival are worth including in vacations to Trinidad, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the yearly event schedule when planning your trip. Even if there aren’t any cultural festivals going on in Trinidad during your visit, this culturally-diverse island can still deliver a good time. There are certainly enough Trinidad attractions to fill up your time. The capital city of Port of Spain is a delightful place to hang out, and since it’s just seventeen miles from the island’s Piarco International Airport, it’s often the first stop for those arriving on flights. Just strolling around the Brian Lara Promenade at Independence Square is a joy all its own, and there may be no finer place in the country for people-watching. For insight into the history of Trinidad and Tobago, a visit to the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain is recommended, and the city is also known for its numerous shops and restaurants. Should golf be on your mind, the Trinidad attractions include two impressive golf courses, both of which are found within easy reach of the capital.

There aren’t too many hotels to choose from outside of Port of Spain, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a brief stay in other Trinidad cities and towns like Chaguanas, San Fernando, and Arima. Chaguanas, which is home to a large percentage of East Indians, boasts the nearby Waterloo Temple, which is among the more inspirational Trinidad attractions. Both San Fernando and Chaguanas also offer proximity to the Caroni Swamp Reserve, which is easily among the top Trinidad attractions. At the Caroni Swamp Reserve, birdwatching is to be thoroughly enjoyed, and when you visit the reserve, you’ll get the chance to see the famed Scarlet Ibises. The Scarlet Ibis is the national bird, and you’ll know how it got its name once you lay eyes on the deep-red plumage. Another top birdwatching destination in Trinidad is the Asa Wright Nature Reserve, which is most easily accessed from Arima. Resting in the foothills of the mountainous Northern Range, the Asa Wright Nature Reserve is not only a prime destination for birders, but for hikers as well.

One could go on about the perks of travel to Trinidad, and alas, the island’s beaches and its fishing opportunities are not to be left out. While the smaller island of Tobago arguably has better beaches, a trip to Trinidad’s North Coast will have you thinking that you’ve found paradise. Backed by the Northern Range and the rainforests that cover the Northern Range mountains, the beaches at Maracas Bay and Blanchisseuse are utterly breathtaking. Don’t forget to try some bake and shark when visiting Maracas Bay. A bake and shark is essentially a sandwich that is comprised of deep fried shark pieces, fried dough bread, and a list of possible condiments, such as pineapple, oyster sauce, ketchup, and pepper sauce. It’s just one of Trinidad’s unique food favorites, so bring your appetite and a sense of adventure with you. Speaking of adventure, taking to the high seas to do some deep-sea fishing off of Trinidad’s northwest coast is an angler’s dream. But no matter where you go, vacations to Trinidad have much in store for anyone.

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