The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago comprises one large island (Trinidad) and one considerably smaller (Tobago) located just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada.
For a unique study in contrasts, be sure to visit both islands to compare the busy and sophisticated modern capital, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, for example, with the sleepy and laid-back atmosphere of little sister, Tobago.
Boasting the original birthplace of the steelpan drum, calypso music and the limbo, "Trinis" are a varied and cosmopolitan population justly proud of their rich culture, vibrant energy and exciting nightlife - not to mention fun in the sun, or tropical beaches. Its most famous, Maracas Beach, lies about an hour's scenic drive from Port-of-Spain.
Maracas Beach in Trinidad, surrounded by green mountains and swaying palm trees.
While Trinidad may provide all the cultural highlights and modern amenties, just two hours away by ferry is sleepy little Tobago -- offering its own unique pleasures in a decidely laid back style, pail pink beaches, and deep blue seas. Inland lies Tobago Forest Reserve, one of the Caribbean's oldest protected rainforests, while surrounding the island are stunning coral reefs that make for spectacular snorkeling or scuba diving excursions.
Of course, no visit to Tobago would be complete without a visit to picture perfect Argyle Falls, an expertly guided but slippery trek to a triple cascade of crystal clear waters.
DID YOU KNOW? Trinidad and Tobago Travel Fun Facts
A safe harbor for leatherback turtles.
• The people of Tobago are called Tobagonians and those from Trinidad are called Trinidadians, or Trinis. Together the people of Trinidad and Tobago are referred to as “Trinbagonians.”
• Goat racing is one of Tobago's most popular sports where jockeys run alongside goats, guiding them with a leash and whip. Today, the Tuesday after Easter is the official Goat Racing Day on Tobago attended by thousands.
More about Trinidad & Tobago tourist attractions around the Web:=
Welcome to Trinidad & Tobago - Good overview of top attractions on both islands with event calendar, searchable database of hotels & accommodation by price and location, directory of local tour operators, maps & photos, related links.
Trinidad & Tobago - Information on island beaches & bays, nightlife & entertainment, diving & snorkeling, with practical travel tips and suggested day trips, hotel guides, event calendar.
Trinidad & Tobago - Frommer's.com - Expert tips on the best hotels & restaurants throughout the islands, information on annual events, top attractions, travel fast facts, and related help in the online forum.