As Caribbean islands go
Trinidad and Tobago are two of the best. Just south of the
hurricane belt they rarely suffer from the devastating weather
conditions that can be found on many Caribbean islands and
they offer an impressive diversity that will provide endless
The islands are blessed with a wealth of natural resources and
have developed an economy which, rather than relying on tourism
as many Caribbean islands do, is centred around oil and natural
gases. One positive side effect of this is that when you travel
to Trinidad and Tobago you experience the country itself, instead
of a commercialised version, designed to meet western desires.
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Trinidad is the larger of the two main islands and exudes
a lively, energetic atmosphere that is nothing less than infectious.
Boasting a cosmopolitan restaurant scene, wild nightlife and
an annual carnival that is famous around the world, this is
one Caribbean island where fun is at the top of the agenda.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during the carnival
you will find yourself surrounded by glittering costumes,
sequined masks and colourful floats as carnival preparations
get into full swing, culminating in a two day street masquerade
like no other. During the carnival the sound of steel drums
floats down every street and a non-stop party rages across
the island. Simply sensational.
Unlike its sister island, Tobago is marked by an aura of
peace and tranquillity that demands relaxation. With its pristine
beaches, hammock-strung palm trees and crystal clear waters
it conforms to all the traditional expectations of a Caribbean
island, but there is so much more to it. Boasting unspoilt
coral reefs, volcanic mountains and the oldest protected rainforest
in the western Hemisphere Tobago is home to a whole array
of exotic wildlife and bird species. Here in these picturesque
surroundings you could scuba-dive with Manatees or take a
moonlight stroll to watch leatherback turtles lay their precious
eggs along the shore.