When it comes to Caribbean destinations, Trinidad and Tobago often flies under the radar, overshadowed by its more popular neighbors. However, this twin-island nation is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. In this blog post, we’ll shine a spotlight on the captivating island of Tobago, while also exploring why Trinidad is a foodie capital that all gastronomy enthusiasts should visit. From breathtaking beaches and charming villages to luxurious accommodations and mouthwatering culinary delights, Trinidad and Tobago has it all.
Getting There: For travelers coming from the United States, reaching Trinidad and Tobago is relatively straightforward. Numerous airlines offer direct flights from major U.S. cities such as Miami, New York, and Atlanta to the capital, Port of Spain. The flight duration typically ranges from 3 to 5 hours, depending on the departure city.
Things to Do on Both Islands
Trinidad and Tobago offer a wealth of experiences for every type of traveler. In Trinidad, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and explore bustling markets like the Chaguanas Market or the Queen’s Park Savannah. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the exhilarating and colorful Carnival celebrations if you happen to visit during February or March.
In Tobago, the unspoiled beauty of nature takes center stage. Bask in the sun on breathtaking beaches such as Store Bay, Pigeon Point, Castara Bay, Kings Bay, and Lovers Bay. Explore the picturesque villages of Charlottesville, Speyside, Pallateuvier, and Castara, where you can witness local traditions, interact with friendly locals, and discover the authentic charm of the island.
Where to Stay
Trinidad offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveler’s preference. The Trinidad Hilton and Trinidad Hyatt Regency are two top-notch hotels known for their luxurious amenities, impeccable service, and central locations. Another option is the Kapok Tree Hotel, which offers a tranquil atmosphere amidst lush greenery.
In Tobago, the Kariwak Village Hotel stands out for its eco-friendly approach, serene ambiance, and holistic wellness offerings. For those seeking more flexibility, short-term rentals on Airbnb, guest houses, and villas provide great alternatives, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the local community and experience the island at their own pace.
What to Eat
If you want to know what to Eat in Trinidad & Tobago the answer is EVERYTHING!
Trinidad is a culinary paradise that caters to every palate. The island’s diverse heritage has influenced its vibrant food culture. Make sure to indulge in local delicacies such as Doubles (curried chickpeas between fried flatbread), Roti from the famous Roti Cafe, and the iconic Bake and Shark at Maracas Bay. The explosion of flavors and spices will leave any food lover craving more.
While Tobago may be smaller than its sister island, it certainly doesn’t fall short when it comes to delicious cuisine. A must-try dish is the Curry Crab and Dumpling, brown stew chicken with macaroni pie and callaloo are also flavorful and hearty meals that showcases Tobago’s rich culinary offerings. Be sure to explore local restaurants and street food stalls to savor the island’s unique culinary creations.
Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent Required
Especially if you visit between May and September, make sure you have mosquito repellent and sunscreen is required all year round.
Here are my top favorite repellent and sunscreen that keep me covered:
- Face: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Non-Greasy Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 70
- For my arms, back, and legs: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 55
- Insect repellent. I recommend a combination of wipes and a spray. My favorites are:
- OFF! FamilyCare Insect & Mosquito Repellent Spritz, Unscented Bug spray with Aloe-Vera, 7% Deet, 9 oz and Cutter All Family Mosquito Repellent Wipes, 15 Wipes.
Getting around Trinidad and Tobago, including taxis, private car transfers, and ride-sharing services. So, let’s embark on a journey through the diverse transportation landscape of this tropical paradise.
- Taxis: Taxis are a popular mode of transportation in Trinidad and Tobago, offering convenient and reliable services throughout both islands. These yellow or green vehicles are easily recognizable, and you can hail them from the roadside or find them at designated taxi stands. While they operate on fixed rates for specific routes, it’s advisable to confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey. Taxis are metered, and additional charges may apply for late-night rides or excessive luggage. Licensed taxi drivers are generally friendly and knowledgeable, often providing useful insights into local attractions and culture.
- Private Car Transfers: For a more personalized and comfortable experience, private car transfers are an excellent choice. Many tour operators and transportation companies offer private transfers, allowing you to customize your itinerary and explore the islands at your own pace. These services are particularly beneficial for families or larger groups, as they provide ample space for everyone to travel together. Private car transfers can be pre-booked online or arranged through your hotel concierge. While they may be slightly more expensive than taxis, they offer convenience, flexibility, and often include a knowledgeable driver who can double as a local guide.
- Ride-Sharing Services: As the popularity of ride-sharing services continues to grow worldwide, Trinidad and Tobago is no exception. While Companies like Uber and Lyft have no presence on the islands, there are local ride share services available. Read this article to learn about them and access their platforms. When I last visited the island of Trinidad I used both TT Ride Share and an app called AllRiDi without incident.
It’s worth noting that while ride-sharing services are available, their availability and coverage may vary across different parts of Trinidad and Tobago. Major urban centers such as Port of Spain, San Fernando, and Scarborough tend to have better coverage, while more remote areas may have limited options.
- Public Transportation: In addition to taxis, private transfers, and ride-sharing services, Trinidad and Tobago also have an extensive public transportation network. Buses, locally known as “Maxi Taxis,” operate along set routes and are a popular choice for commuting and intercity travel. These colorful and often music-filled vehicles are an authentic way to experience the local culture. However, it’s essential to note that public transportation schedules may not always be punctual, and crowded buses can be challenging during peak hours.
Whether you prefer the convenience of taxis, the flexibility of private car transfers, or the modern touch of ride-sharing services, getting around Trinidad and Tobago is a relatively straightforward endeavor. Each transportation option offers its own unique advantages, allowing you to tailor your travel experience to your preferences and needs. Remember to consider factors such as cost, comfort, and accessibility when deciding which mode of transportation best suits your journey through these enchanting Caribbean islands. So buckle up, embrace the vibrant rhythms of the islands, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in Trinidad and Tobago!
Safety and Security
As with any travel destination, it is essential to prioritize safety and security. While Trinidad has certain areas that require caution, staying in well-known tourist areas and practicing common-sense precautions ensures a safe experience. Tobago, on the other hand, is known for its friendly and welcoming environment, with a reputation for being a safer destination. As with any trip, it’s always advisable to stay aware of your surroundings and follow local guidelines.
Trinidad and Tobago, with its contrasting yet harmonious landscapes, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine, remains a magical paradise that everyone should experience especially use Fly 40+ Women!
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