Traditional fancy sailors on the Scarborough Esplanade. Photographer: Onika Henry

Sandra Gopaul talks Tobago Carnival

Sandra Gopaul, secretary of the Tobago Carnival Bandleaders Association (TCBA), gives us the scoop

Looking north from Scarborough over the Claude Noel Highway and towards the rugged Atlantic coast. Photo by Chris Anderson

Tobago’s capital: Scarborough

Scarborough, fought over throughout its history by the Dutch, French and English, is now a thriving, bustling little town. It is by no means a tourist-trap full of souvenir shops, but rather the service centre of Tobago, with typically Caribbean shops and much that is of historical interest. Tobago’s capital hugs the shore of Rockly

The National Library (NALIS) headquarters in Port of Spain. Photographer: Edison Boodoosingh

Touring Trinidad: Port of Spain

Port of Spain is a booming, buzzing metropolis, expanding within its boundaries with new business developments stimulated by inward investment. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago, it sprawls from the Gulf of Paria back into the foothills of the rugged Northern Range. When it became the capital in 1757, it was a muddy little seaport. Now, it is one of the busiest commercial centres in the Caribbean, and a hotbed of entrepreneurial and artistic activity as well.

Boats moored in a Chaguaramas marina. Photographer: Aisha Provoteaux

Touring Trinidad: Chaguaramas & the Northwest Peninsula

Hiking, watersports, beaches, offshore islands, museums, nightclubs, caves, all in the protected Charguaramas national park, plus Fort George and Diego Martin highlights.

The north coast of Tobago. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

Touring Tobago: the Windward Coast

Tobago’s meandering Windward Road takes you into the heart of the rural Caribbean. It snakes along the Atlantic coastline, sweeping up and down through sleepy villages going about their daily business. People watch from porches and roadside parlours and rum shops. Tethered goats tear at grass on the verge, and chickens roam beneath precarious wooden homes perched on steep hillsides.

Pigeon Point. Photo courtesy TDC

Touring Tobago: Crown Point & the southwest

Exploring Tobago’s southwestern tip: Crown Point—Store Bay—Buccoo—Scarborough Southwestern Tobago is the island’s tourism centre. It’s where you’ll find the accommodation and restaurants, tour operators and car rental agencies, and the best shopping, all within a few miles of ANR Robinson International Airport (formerly Crown Point airport), and within walking distance of several beautiful beaches. Store

A yellow poui blooms at the Savannah in Port of Spain. Photographer: Nisha Kong

Touring Trinidad: the Queen’s Park Savannah

A mile or so north of Woodford Square, between the downtown area and the hills of the Northern Range, the Queen’s Park Savannah is the city’s largest green space, enjoyed by everyone from joggers and cricketers and Easter kite-flyers to vendors of oysters, corn and coconuts. Occupying approximately 260 acres of land, the Savannah is over 180 years old, making it the oldest recreation ground in the West Indies and, reportedly, the world’s largest roundabout.

Tobago Heritage Festival. Courtesy The Division of Tourism and Transportation

John Arnold on Tobago’s arts, culture & festivals

John Arnold of the THA’s Department of Tourism spoke to Discover Trinidad & Tobago, and invites visitors to discover the cultural diversity of Tobago

The Caroni Swamp in Central Trinidad. Photographer: CafeMoka

Touring Trinidad: Central & the West Coast

The landscape of central Trinidad is marked by industrial estates alongside rivers, rolling plains, swamps, and farmland. Explore: the Caroni Bird Sanctuary—Chaguanas—La Vega Estate—Ajoupa Pottery—Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust—San Fernando —Princes Town—Navet Dam; Carapichaima—Waterloo—Point Lisas

Mountain biking has been growing in popularity in Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: Lyden Thomas

Sean De Freitas talks Tobago mountain biking

Sean De Freitas started mountain biking as a hobby and enjoyed it so much that he started his own company. We chatted with him about his hobby

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