All posts by Discover Trinidad & Tobago

A team of of writers discovering Trinidad & Tobago for 26 years and counting!

Courtesy Cascade Festival Ballet

The Cascade Festival Ballet presents Ballet’s Got Style

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018, the Cascade Festival Ballet invites dance lovers to step inside a dancer’s mind as they present Ballet’s Got Style: Passion & Style — Complete Devotion to the Art at the Queen’s Hall. Founded in 1996 by Caroline Potter-Vilain as the performing company of the Bentley Potter School

Dancers perform for Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad. Photo: Edison Boodhoosingh

Indian Arrival Day

This national public holiday (30 May) commemorates the arrival of the first indentured labourers from India on the Fatel Rozack in 1845, following the Emancipation of African slaves in 1838. Waves of indentured immigrants arrived at Nelson Island, off the coast of Chaguaramas, before being sent to various estates where the living conditions were often

Courtesy Tobago Mountain Bike Tours

May MTB Madness promises a mountain biking extravaganza in Tobago

On the 5th and 6th of May, a new type of cycling event will take place in Tobago as the inaugural May MTB Madness — an off-road cycling event featuring two disciplines — takes centre stage. Presented by Tobago Mountain Bike Tours and Moon over Water Bar, and sanctioned by the Trinidad & Tobago Cycling

Erykah Badu performs at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Photo courtesy the THA

The Tobago Jazz Experience

Each April there is jazz! Jazz on the beach, jazz in bars and lounges, jazz in the park, jazz everywhere! For four years, the Plymouth International Jazz Festival headlined pop, R&B, hip-hop, soca, and jazz stars from around the world. The Tobago Jazz Experience replaced the Plymouth Jazz Festival in 2009, featuring some of the

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day is celebrated in March. Photo by Chris Anderson

Spiritual (Shouter) Baptist Liberation Day

Celebrated on 30 March, Spiritual (Shouter) Baptist Liberation Day commemorates the abolition of the colonial-era British-instituted Shouters Prohibition Ordinance. In 1917, the Ordinance was enacted and for 34 years this syncretic religion (a mix of Christian and African Orisha elements) was banned, ostensibly, for no greater reason than the loud sounds of their singing and clapping

Vaughnette Bigford wows the crowd at North Coast Jazz (Blanchisseuse) last May. Her album, Born to Shine is available at vaughnettebigford.com. Photo by Camille Lowhar

Trinidad arts & entertainment 2018

If it’s one thing Trinis take seriously, it’s partying. But, we’re also ride or die with our music, dance, theatre, film, fashion and design, literature, and festivals. Want to know more? Read on!

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

Waterfall. Photograph by Ariann Thompson

Trinidad hiking and outdoor adventures

Some of Trinidad’s most popular hikes — from easy waterfall hikes, to caves with over a million bats, and the country’s most grueling climb

A Trinidad festival guide for 2018

Here are some of Trinidad’s most treasured festivals, in alphabetical order…starting with the big one: the Carnival season.

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