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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 capital—but 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.

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Bird Watching in Trinidad, Trinidad

Trinidad's 430 species of rare and exotic birds, including the scarlet ibis and the oilbird, draw a big binoculars crowd. Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary, a short...more

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Carnival, Trinidad

It's the biggest in the Caribbean and it goes on for weeks—if you count activity in the Mas Camps (masquerade bands), make that all year. Preparation...more

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Chaguaramas, Trinidad

A mere half hour northwest from Port of Spain's bustling business center is the peninsula of Chaguaramas, a yacht and recreation haven in the cadre of a...more

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Hiking in Trinidad, Trinidad

Trinidad's proximity to South America (to which it was once joined) plus the diversity of its habitats have given it by far the most species of flora and fauna...more

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North Shore, Trinidad

Trinidad's Northern Range, where El Cerro del Aripo is the island's tallest peak at 3,000 feet, is the backdrop to the island's Caribbean shoreline. You'll find...more

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Port of Spain, Trinidad

Trinidad's modern capital, Port of Spain, is also the country's undisputed hub of commerce, with petroleum-financed skyscrapers packed among gingerbread-trim...more

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Tobago Overview, Tobago

Just a three-hour ferry ride northeast of Trinidad, the 116-square-mile island of Tobago is well loved for its beaches, diving, verdant countryside, and bird...more

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