The dual islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost of our Caribbean islands, and although together they make up one nation, the true beauty is in their difference. Whether you are looking for a boutique bolthole, a holistic retreat or a beachfront resort with all the facilites, these contrasting twins have something to suit everyone.
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Trinidad is the busier of the two, with an explosion of steel drums, calypso and soca welcoming you to the vibrant capital, Port of Spain. Trinidad’s Carnival is the biggest in the Caribbean, and testament to the island’s well known party stamina, but that’s not to say that the island can’t be tranquil. Away from the capital city’s textile shopping and street food, the often deserted beaches and turquoise waters provide stunning picture postcard vistas. With more exotic plants and birds than on any other Caribbean island, Trinidad is rich in natural attractions. The island also boasts an eclectic mix of Indian, African and Creole cuisine, where pepper sauce goes with everything.
Sun soaked Tobago is Trinidad’s wistful, sleepy sister, an island of intoxicatingly laid back resorts and majestic beauty. There are swaying coconut palms, golden beaches and sapphire waters, but there is also the jungle capped Main Ridge with mile upon mile of lush rainforest, charming ramshackle villages, secluded waterfalls and plenty of hidden coves. As you would expect on such a small island, the restaurant scene is limited, and the hotels are your best bet, with Café Coco, located a short walk from or taxi ride away from Coco Reef Resort, being particularly recommended.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with pristine white shores on the Caribbean side and darker volcanic sands on the Atlantic coast. Bloody Bay on the northern coast is one of the most sheltered, a deserted and glorious spot that typifies what Tobago is all about. Beach barbecues with locally caught seafood are commonplace, and El Pescador is a great spot to watch the fishermen bringing back fresh lobster and snapper.