The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is located in the Caribbean Sea and it includes two islands and several small islands. Its land area is about 5,128 square km and it is ranked 175th in the world in terms of area. Trinidad and Tobago is located near the continent of South America, specifically near Venezuela, which is only 11 km away.
Trinidad was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his expedition in the discovery of the New World on the 31st of July 1498, and Tobago was discovered at the same time when Trinidad was discovered and it was named Bella Forma and Tobago comes from tobacco that was grown in the country.
In 1531, settlement and stability began in the country, and in 1608 James I declared sovereignty over the country, and the island of Tobago was given to the Dutch, the French, and the British, and then it was a refuge for pirates. In 1899, Trinidad and Tobago became one continuous, and in 1962 it gained independence.
Trinidad and Tobago includes many beautiful places to visit and spend a great vacation in it, with its lovely beaches and natural landscapes, and from the coming part, we will get to know more about Trinidad and Tobago and its top attractions.
Things to do in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean Sea, one of the top-visited countries there, and you will love discovering every part of its weather with friends or even your family. So let us start our journey in this magnificent country and see what things can be done there.
Port of Spain, the Capital of Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, it is known as the busiest center in the country with its wonderful architectural style and the attractions located there. One of the famous spots in the capital city is Queen’s Park Savannah with its beautiful architectural buildings surrounding it and the most important building there is the Magnificent Seven with the green space around it.
There are also Royal Botanic Gardens which border the president’s grand residence and is located near the Queen’s Park Savannah. Don’t miss the National Museum and Art Gallery which includes exhibits of history and culture. Also, you will see the Carnivals that take place on Monday and Tuesday with colorful costumes, limbo competitions, and soca rhythms.
Englishman’s Bay in Tobago
The Englishman’s Bay is one of the top things that you can do in Tobago, where it is only 1.5 km away from Castara and it is the best place to spend time with family and friends, and surrounded by beautiful nature. There you will see the hills covered with palm trees, the green sea, and the gold sand.
The sea is clear and you can swim and snorkel to see the beautiful creatures beneath you and don’t forget to take some pictures of this wonderful Bay. Also renting an umbrella and chairs are available on the beach and some gift shops to buy souvenirs.
Pigeon Point in Tobago
Pigeon Point is one of the famous stretches of coast in Tobago, it is also known as Pigeon Point Heritage Park and there you will see the white sand rims and the crystal water.
There you can do many water sports activities such as paddle boarding and snorkeling and offers you shops, changing rooms and snack bars. To enter the beach there is an entrance fee and if you want to go on a snorkeling trip there are boat leaves to Buccoo Reefs.
Maracas Bay in Trinidad
Maracas Bay is one of the famous beaches in Trinidad, it is about 40 minutes away by car from Port of Spain the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago and while driving through the mountainous rainforest you will be able to see a spectacular view. Like other beaches, it offers the ability to rent umbrellas and chairs, food trucks are available, as well as shower rooms.
It is a wonderful place to spend your day in, it is also a favorite for locals to spend their time in and indeed it is one of the most popular places to hang out in Trinidad. Another option for you if you want to try is Las Cuevas Beach, which is less crowded and quieter and it is only 15 minutes away from Maracas Bay.
Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago
The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is known as the oldest protected in the world, it is the home of many kinds of birds such as the collared trogon, blue-backed manakin, and many other species.
While you are hiking there you can see creatures other than birds like butterflies, frogs, lizards, and more, and you will have a nice time exploring the reserve around you. To discover the reserve more, you will find a road that takes the reserve from north to south and it is located on the eastern side of Tobago Island.
Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Trinidad
The Mount St. Benedict Monastery is one of the famous attractions that you can visit at the east of Port of Spain and it was constructed in 1912. The monastery is considered the oldest and largest one in the Caribbean and the complex contains a farm, guest house, and religious buildings.
There also you can hike where you can see the beautiful nature surrounding you in the forest and see the many bird species also and the monastery is also famous for its yogurt that is produced inside there.
Little Tobago Island
In the Caribbean, the island of Tobago is one of the most famous and important sea bird sanctuaries, the island is uninhabited and it contains several km of trails. When you are on the island go to the hilltops and see a wonderful view from there and you can also see many kinds of birds such as red-billed tropical birds, frigate birds, and about 50 more species that live on this island.
Asa Wright Natural Center and Lodge in Trinidad
It looks like Trinidad and Tobago is full of bird species that you would love to see, where it is spread in every part you will visit there and that’s why it is one of the best places in the world to see these birds in it. The Asa Wright Natural Center and Lodge is a well-known place also for birds lovers and it is called the paradise of birds and it includes 1500 acres of thick forest in Arima and Aripo Valleys.
There you will be able to see the pygmy owls, woodcreepers, hummingbirds, trogons and much more, also if you need to have some rest from the tour you can stay at cottages located there and have a good meal with a cup of coffee on the verandah. It is a great chance to take wonderful pictures of the birds in their nature and you will have a great tour there.
Fort of King George and the Tobago Museum in Tobago
Another top attraction in Tobago is the Fort of King George, it was built in the 18th century, located on Scarborough Bay and it is considered the most well-preserved fort on the island. From the fort, you will be able to see a beautiful view of the town and the sea with lovely trees and plants surrounding the place.
When you visit the fort you will see that the original bricks and stone walls are still there, also a prison, old cannons, and a lighthouse. Also, you can visit the Tobago Museum and see many collections of African Arts, coins, antique maps, shells, and more.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary in Trinidad
The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is located south of Port of Spain the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, it is one of the perfect places for nature lovers and there you will be able to see the mangrove-lined waterways, and it is a famous place where the scarlet ibis nests and it is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.
The tour that you will make will give you the chance to take some beautiful pictures of the birds while they come down on the trees in large flocks. And not only are these birds that you can spot there, but you can also see other species like egrets, herons, caimans, and anteaters.
Book your trip to Trinidad and Tobago now and don’t miss out on all it has to offer!