The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago make up a complex picture. The grit and grime of the oil industry makes its presence felt on Trinidad, but has also bankrolled a renaissance of cosmopolitan diversity, comfort, and luxury. Tobago has held on to more unspoiled landscape and that sleepy Caribbean vibe. Both are bursting with opportunities for fun, relaxation, and an escape from your daily grind.
Flights to Trinidad and Tobago
Piarco International Airport (POS) is the main airport for the region. It’s the largest and most modern airport in the Southern Caribbean, serving more than 1.6 million travelers each year. All major American airlines serve POS and you can book direct flights to Trinidad from New York (JFK), Newark, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Houston.
A.N.R. Robinson International Airport (TAB) is on Tobago, and sees about 800,000 passengers annually. Caribbean Airlines has a direct route from New York (JFK). TAB has two terminals, one devoted to international flights and the other to regional connecting flights to other points in the Caribbean. The airport is within walking distance of several beaches, so if you’re in a hurry to get your vacation started, it might be a good option.
What to Do in Trinidad and Tobago
Carnival is the most iconic symbol of this place and is reason enough in itself to visit. This party really has to be seen to be believed. The sheer scale of the spectacle and the infectious exuberance of the music and dance with stay with you long after you’ve shaken the last of the glitter from your clothes.
The rest of the year, the entire country is more laid back. Stretch out on the endless beaches, scuba dive among the branching coral reefs, and play a few rounds of golf on the many gorgeous courses. Pay a visit to the enormous Caroni Bird Sanctuary on Trinidad, where a guide will usher you through a swampy habitat bristling with the flash of a thousand jewel-colored wings.
Advice to Tourists Visiting Trinidad and Tobago
Visitors from the US, Canada, and most EU and Latin American countries will not need a vista for trips of up to 90 days. You will have to produce a passport valid for the length of your stay, as well as a return ticket, and proof of funds to maintain yourself.
The currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar, but US dollars are also accepted in many places. The main language is English. Mosquitos are a real menace, and can be dangerous, so bring along some very strong repellent.
The best time to visit is January through May, when the weather is dry and the temps are stable in the mid-80s. If you’re headed to Carnival, book very early, as prices can spike. Our free hotel price comparison tool will get you the best deal whenever you decide to go.
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