The best time to go to Trinidad and Tobago is generally between January to May as the skies are clear with an abundance of sunshine, however, the weather remains tropical year round. As it gets closer to the summer months, the weather can become more humid and you should expect greater rainfall.
The best months to book your holiday should be in April or May. You will still be able to soak up the warm golden sun with a cocktail in hand but also avail to the cheaper prices of hoteliers.
Hurricane season begins around July/August but with Trinidad and Tobago just outside the hurricane belt, it misses these storms.
Hotels and resorts raise their prices during high season (Dec 15-April 15) simply as the demand is greater.
So, lets get to know Trinidad and Tobago a little better!
Trinidad and Tobago are located in the south-eastern region of the Caribbean below Grenada and just off the coast of Venezuela. Trinidad is the larger of the two islands with Tobago, even though smaller, it is much more beautiful and inviting.
Capital City: Port of Spain
Currency used in Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Dollar, however, most establishments will accept US Dollars. To allow your money to go further, it is best to convert it to the local currency.
Airports in Trinidad and Tobago: Piarco International Airport | A.N.R. Robinson International Airport
Visa & Entry Requirements: You must hold a valid passport and return ticket when visiting. Most countries don’t require a Visa although Australian citizens do. Click here to find out any further requirements you may need.
Average temperature: The climate is tropical and warm all year round. The hottest months are between August and November at around 31C (88F) and coolest between December to February at 29C (84F).
Trinidad and Tobago are twin islands that share a contrast of a natural and industrial landscape. Visiting Trinidad, you will notice rolling rainforest hills with untamed swamps sit next to big corporate oil refineries. In Tobago, it’s quite the opposite. You will see beautiful, tropical white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees lined with luxury resorts and hotels.
This twin-island republic is a perfect place for any enthusiastic adventurer or professional sunbather where you can hike through dense rainforest, dive into colourful turquoise waters or join in the electric atmosphere of the festivities that these stunning islands hold.
Check out some of these exciting things to do whilst your here!
What to do in Trinidad and Tobago
When your here, look into some of these incredible festivals!
Culture & Festivities
Trinidad and Tobago is a place where people from many cultural backgrounds through centuries have come together, whether by enslavement or for a better life, and has now formed the vibrant culture of today. It is a cross-pollination by generations of migrants from Europe, Africa and India who brought their religions, beliefs and ways of life to these beautiful islands. The people from Trinidad and Tobago celebrate many festivals throughout the year and invite people from all over the world to join in.
Similar to other Caribbean islands, Trinidad and Tobago holds their annual Carnival celebrations forty days before Easter. During your getaway, you will see colour, fluorescent costumes, music and dance which starts early during the day and continues right through the night.
The weeks leading up to the Carnival are filled with the sounds of the Steel band and Calypso, as well as the vibrant music of the many parties or “fetes” that are bustling around the streets.
It is said that this is the best time to go to Trinidad and Tobago to experience the islands come alive with Carnival.
Tobago Heritage Festival
Held in mid-July to early August, this festival is a celebration of the cultural tradition of the island of Tobago and one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Here you will notice influences of African, European and Amerindian cultures. Throughout the festival, visitors can travel around the quiet, friendly villages and gather together to sing indigenous folk songs, listen to music, dance and attend sporting events. Take the time to savour some of the traditional culinary delights such as dumplings and curried crab.
Otherwise known as Holi, is the Hindu Festival of Colour. This festival takes place on the full moon day in February or March. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and symbolizes the beginning of the Hindu New Year and spring in India.
People get together and create a vegetable dye called abeer, (a coloured powder mixed with liquid) that is then sprayed over Phagwa participants. Take part in this fun, full of colour, electric atmosphere and experience Phagwa in all it’s glory.
These stunning beaches will make you want to stay forever!
The best beaches in Trinidad and Tobago
When you go to Trinidad and Tobago you must make a point of visiting these amazing, beautiful beaches. The twin-island nation has perfect white sandy beaches close to the capital of Port of Spain. So if you are out sightseeing, make sure to visit some of these incredible beaches to finish off your day.
Tobago is the smaller, quieter island of the two but a perfect getaway spot for a relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming in the warm turquoise waters.
Englishman’s Bay beach, Tobago
Considered one of the island’s most beautiful scenic beaches. Englishman’s is a secluded mile-long U-shaped beach with golden powder sand and colourful turquoise water. The beach is hidden and protected by the Tobago rainforest just behind with freshwater streams flowing from it. Just offshore, there are incredible coral reefs filled with amazing tropical fish.
You can grab a bite to eat at Eula’s Restaurant on the bay shore.
This beach is not as heavily populated as other Tobago beaches so is there are days were you could have the beach all to yourself.
Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago
Another popular beach on Tobago, Pigeon Point Beach is an incredible peninsula lined with palm trees and palapas. It is protected by the Buccoo Reef, so is ideal for swimming and snorkelling in. The beach also has water sports vendors set up for jet-skiing and parasailing to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. It has a great restaurant and beach bar to grab amazing food and a cold drink.
Pigeon Point’s most famous image is of its thatched-roof jetty (dock) that is now recognised as the informal logo of Tobago.
The perfect place for families.
Blanchisseuse beach, Trinidad
Located on the north coast, around an hour’s drive from Port of Spain, you will find the bewildering beach of Blanchisseuse.
With pristine waters, dazzling white sand and hiking trails through the mountainous rainforest, this beach has everything for an adventure or chilled relaxing day in the sun.
It is also a prime location for catching a glimpse of leatherback sea-turtles.
Maracas Bay Beach, Trinidad
Around an hour’s drive from Port of Spain, you will notice the half-moon-shaped Maracas Bay. A popular beach for locals and tourists. This stretch of beach is home to soft golden sand, swaying palm trees and crystal clear water. It is a well-maintained beach protected by lifeguards. It is a safe beach for swimming, boogie boarding and snorkelling in.
There are local beach shacks where you can grab a bite to eat and drink.
Las Cuevas Bay Beach, Trinidad
About a 10-minute drive up the north coast you will come across another stunning beach, Las Cuevas Bay beach (The Caves). This is a long but quiet beach that a gentle surf, perfect for swimming in. There are lifeguards on duty so will always feel at ease. You can relax and bath in the sun on the golden sandy beach or if sunbathing isn’t your thing, you can take shade and explore the small caves around here.
Amenities such as a snack bar, picnic tables, changing rooms, and showers are all available.
These restaurants serve some beautiful food and are worth checking out!
Where to dine
Trinidad and Tobago have some incredible and delicious delicacies to enjoy. With the island’s having a multi cultured presence, many cuisines such as European, Mediterranean and have been brought this beautiful place and then of course there is the local food available.
- BUZO Osteria Italiana – Port of Spain (Italian, European)
- Aioli – Port of Spain (Italian, European)
- Texas de Brazil – Port of Spain (Steakhouse, Brazilian)
- The Waterfront Restaurant – Port of Spain (Caribbean)
- Rizzoni’s Ristorante Italiano – San Fernando (Italian)
- Prime – Port of Spain (Steakhouse)
- Krave – San Fernando (Sushi, Vegetarian)
- Apsara Restaurant – Port of Spain (Indian)
- The Seahorse Inn – Old Grafton Beach Road (Caribbean, Seafood, International)
- Makara Restaurant – Buccoo (Caribbean, Seafood)
- Kali’na – Lowlands (Caribbean, International)
- Bar Hop In Restaurant and Bar – Mount Irvine (African)
- Table for Two – Bon Accord (Caribbean, Contemporary)
In 1498, Christopher Columbus landed on Trinidad when the land was inhabited by Arawak and Carib Indians. It wasn’t until a century later that Europeans began settling on these islands. The Spanish settled first and created the first town of San Jose de Oruma, near the capital now of Port of Spain. This was then invaded by English colonists in 1595 but it remained under Spanish control until Britain seized it as one of their own in 1797.
Sugar plantations started to develop around the islands and thousands of African slaves were imported here to cultivate the land. When Britain finally abolished slavery, plantation owners then looked towards Asia such as China and India for labourors resulting in thousands more being brought to the islands.
Tobago was seen more of a strategic point rather than settlement land. Over the years, England, France, Latvia, Spain and many others tried to gain control of Tobago. It shifted flags more than 30 times.
In 1814, Britain gained control of Tobago, which it then gave to Trinidad in 1889. Trinidad and Tobago then became independent from Britain in 1962, now becoming The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
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