Siparee/Supari Mai or the Black Madonna/Virgin at the Church of La Divina Pastora (the Divine Shepherdess) in Siparia. Photo: Ariann Thompson/MEP Publishers

The Miracle Mother — La Divina Pastora, Siparee/Supari Mai, the Black Madonna

In what was once a Capuchin pilgrimage church of the same name in Siparia — a town settled by the first Spanish colonists — stands a dark-skinned statue of the Virgin Mary as La Divina Pastora (the Divine Shepherdess). But this is not her only name, and Catholics are not the only ones who celebrate her.

Drinks on "De Avenue". Photo courtesy the Tourism Development Company

Lime & party in Trinidad like a local: our guide for 2017

Whether it’s a basic roadside bar; a swanky bar and lounge carrying live entertainment, gaming options, or the sports fixture of the hour; or a club to keep you pumping all night, we’ll show you where to enjoy the best of Trinidad’s nightlife

In 2017, a cermony was held at the Red House to honour indigenous ancestors whose skeletal remains were found under its foundations. Photo by Maria Nunes

A Trinidad festivals calendar

In alphabetical order, here are some of the island’s most treasured festivals. For a full calendar of events, click here. Bocas Lit Fest The five-day Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival brings together readers, writers, poets, and publishers from the Caribbean diaspora each April for book launches, discussions, performances, readings, workshops, and the presentation of annual

Soca legend Super Blue whips the crowd into a frenzy at QRC fete. Photo by Aaron Richards

Trinidad Carnival: the who, what, where, when, why

The Carnival season is like one large buffet. You can sample all of it over multiple courses; just some of it, by confining yourself to a few things which appeal to you; or none at all (which means leaving the restaurant altogether, to keep the analogy going). But the point is, there’s no right way

Our 2017 issue is all new, in print and online

Twenty-six years of discovering T&T This year, we at Discover mark 26 years (and 28 editions) of writing about the islands we love. As you discover these islands, we’re sure you’ll understand why. For the second issue in a row, we have two vibrant covers — flip it one way, you’re in Trinidad! Flip again,

Pigeon Point. Photo courtesy TDC

What to see & do in Tobago

Sightseeing, day trips, and eco escapes by land and by sea

The Temple in the Sea at Waterloo at sunset. Photo by Nyla Singh

Trinidad sightseeing: our favourite places across the island

With four distinct coasts (plus offshore islands), this is an island with range. Tour operators offer full-day, half-day and customised tours. For easy day trips and sightseeing — and if you feel confident on the road — you could rent a vehicle, pick up a Discover T&T map, and go exploring on your own! Here are just a few of our favourite places to visit

Relaxing in Castara. Photo by Chris Anderson

Tobago accommodation guide for 2017

Glamorous resorts, boutique hotels, eco retreats, B&Bs, and so much more in Tobago…

The infinity pool, overlooking the Gulf of Paria. Courtesy the Hyatt Regency Trinidad

Trinidad accommodation guide for 2017

International chains, local gems, B&Bs, eco escapes, and so much more

The long crescent bay at Las Cuevas, Trinidad's Blue Flag Beach, and our favourite for 2017. Courtesy the Tourism Development Company

Our favourite Trinidad beaches for 2017

You may not come to Trinidad for the beaches… You’d probably go to Tobago for a beach break! But you still have several fantastic options in Trinidad, especially if you also enjoy things like turtle-watching or hiking or kayaking… Read on for more! And for even more on Trinidad’s beaches, click here, and here! Our

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