Category: Touring

A Winston Nanan Caroni Swamp boat tour in central Trinidad. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

Easy Trinidad day trips

In addition to the great eco escapes, adventures, and heritage explorations, there are lots more easy day trips and family-friendly activities you can enjoy on the island

The Gasparee Caves, Trinidad. Photo: Stephen Broadbridge

Family-friendly fun in Trinidad

Chaguaramas The Chaguaramas National Heritage Park in Trinidad’s northwestern peninsula is just 20 minutes from Port of Spain (with no traffic, of which there is a lot on weekends and public holidays). Home to the wondrous Tucker Valley, families share space with hikers, bikers, explorers, bird watchers, hashers, archers, and golfers all have their place

Sunrise at the ever-popular Maracas beach. Photo by Chris Anderson

Beach and river days in Trinidad

Beach bummin’ While Tobago’s beaches are calm, Trinidad’s waters tend to be a little more eventful, shall we say, with bigger, more powerful waves and rugged cliffs or dramatic mountain backdrops. There’s the world-famous Maracas Beach, which is undergoing a facelift, but still the spot for fried bake and shark (although the sharks are now

A giant leatherback turtle heaves her bulk out of the water to nest. Photo courtesy the TDC

Turtle-watching in Trinidad

Trinidad is one of only a few places in the Caribbean where the giant leatherback female practises her timeless “family tradition” of returning to the place where she was born to lay her eggs. The sight of these huge creatures swimming in the rough waves of the Atlantic and then making their way up on

Blue and yellow macaws were successfully re-introduced to Trinidad in the early 2000s after being extirpated by habitat loss and the pet trade. Photo by Chris Anderson

A birder’s guide to Trinidad

The island is blessed with nearly 500 recorded species — among the top 10 countries in the world for number of species per square mile. Peak birding season is November–May, but there’s lots to see year-round. Ornithologists flock here because of the diversity and accessibility to the birds. You can stay on the road and easily record 60 species on a single outing. Here’s where you’ll want to head.

Stollmeyer's Castle was built in 1904. Photo by Rapso Imaging

Trinidad’s architecture & built heritage

The mosaic history of this little island and its extraordinary wealth are built into its varied architecture. You will find mansions and public buildings in the early 19th century neo-classical style popular under British colonial rule (eg St James Police Barracks, Port of Spain General Hospital). Governor Ralph Woodford also sponsored the construction of the

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

Trinidad sightseeing: our picks for 2017

Our favourite sightseeing and eco escapes for 2017 With four distinct coasts (plus offshore islands), this is an island with range. Tour operators offer full-day, half-day and customised tours. For eco adventures, book a registered tour operator or guide (see gotrinidadandtobago.com and visittobago.gov.tt). For easy day trips and sightseeing — and if you feel confident

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