see + do
Trinidad + Tobago see + do
The boisterous, lively capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain, is the main arrival hub for most international visitors. While many tourists hop a ferry straight to Tobago, the city's culinary scene and cultural attractions are worth a day's layover at the least. Inland, Trinidad's rainforest hikes and rare bird-watching are huge draws for nature lovers.
Trinidad does have a few beaches within reach of the capitalbut for sun-worshippers, Tobago makes a far better alternative. Dive enthusiasts head straight to Speyside, on the east coast of the island, for its pristine reefs and crystal-clear visibility. Families congregate around the island's south end, where calm waters at Pigeon Point and Store Bay make for great swimming. Independent travelers trek north to the small fishing village of Castara, gateway to a trove of golden-sand beaches.
If you're anywhere on the islands during Carnival, you'll be attending one of the biggest parties in the Caribbean—a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The good thing is, either way, you can plan ahead: Carnival proper kicks off on the Sunday night before Ash Wednesday (Dimanche Gras) and segues into J'Ouvert Monday, when everyone gets covered in dyed mud and parades through town.