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Invaders Steel Orchestra performs at Panorama. Photo by Edison Boodoosingh

The steelpan — from creation to Panorama to the world

The steel pan (it’s really a bit of a faux pas to call it a steel drum!) is one of Trinidad’s proudest exports. It distinguishes itself by being the only acoustic, non-electric instrument invented in the 20th century, and one incubated in Laventille, Port of Spain, during the Second World War

A Rufous vented chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda) or cocrico shouts from a guava tree at Blue Waters Inn, Speyside. Photo by Rapso Imaging

Pat Turpin talks Tobago’s beautiful natural environment

Pat Turpin is the president of Environment Tobago, a conservation body established in 1996 to safeguard the environmental future of the island. She explains why Tobago is so special

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

An aerial view of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

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.

The Bamboo Cathedral in Chaguaramas. Photo by Chris Anderson

Chaguaramas & the northwest peninsula | Touring Trinidad

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 Atlantic coast

Explore Tobago’s rugged windward coast, from Scarborough to Speyside

Pigeon Point. Photo courtesy TDC

Touring Tobago: Crown Point & the southwest

Explore Tobago’s southwestern tip — the tourist hub around Crown Point — and the island’s capital, Scarborough

View from the Trinidad Hilton

The Queen’s Park Savannah | Touring Trinidad

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.

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

Young scarlet ibis (distinguished by the dark feathers among the red ones) feed on the Caroni Swamp mudflats. Photo by Chris Anderson

Central & the west coast | Touring Trinidad

Exploring “central”: 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 The landscape of central Trinidad is marked by rivers, rolling plains, swamps and cane fields. Cocoa, sugar cane and rice plantations were once the main economic earners of the area. Vegetable and rice farmers still use the central

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