Best places to visit in TRINIDAD and TOBAGO
Planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago and wondering what are the best places to visit in Trinidad and Tobago?
Firstly, Trinidad and Tobago is an island country in the Caribbean and it consists of numerous islands. The main islands are the lively and vibrant Trinidad and more serene Tobago. There are other smaller islands that belong to Trinidad and Tobago, some of them being great places for snorkelling and diving, some of them — great birdwatching spots.
The islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago boast not only gorgeous beaches, but also lush jungle, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lively cities.
Check out our list of the best things to do in Trinidad and Tobago for some travel inspiration!
7 best places to visit in Trinidad and Tobago
Pigeon Point Beach, Tobago
Pigeon Point is a beach on the southwestern end of Tobago.
Known for its calm, turquoise waters and lovely white sand, it is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach. Pigeon Point offers excellent amenities such as toilets, showers, souvenir shops, and beach chair and umbrella rentals. Also, you can enjoy a range of water sports — standup paddleboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and kayaking.
Snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tours to the nearby reefs — Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef — are wildly popular and are among the best things to do in Trinidad and Tobago.
What else? For example, in Bon Accord Lagoon, you can experience bioluminescence (glowing plankton) which is a truly amazing experience.
Englishman’s Bay, Tobago
Englishman’s Bay is a secluded, crescent-shaped beach on the North-Eastern part of Tobago.
It’s a scenic inlet with a sandy shoreline. There aren’t that many amenities as in Pigeon Point — there’s just one restaurant/ souvenir shop, and a bathroom. The beach usually is not crowded. Thanks to the idyllic atmosphere, Englishman’s Bay is one of the best places to visit in Trinidad and Tobago for those who seek peace and quiet. Englishman’s Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
On the right side of the bay, there’s Englishman’s Bay Reef, which is a good place for snorkelling.
Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago
Main Ridge is the main mountainous ridge in Tobago.
Running lengthwise across two-thirds of the island’s surface, Main Ridge is the backbone of Tobago. Rich in biodiversity, it is a popular site for birdwatching and ecotourism. The forest reserve has a network of nine trails which allows visitors to explore the ancient forest and its incredible flora and fauna. Argyle Waterfalls, Tobago’s highest waterfall, is located in the forest reserve. One of the most popular trails leads to the waterfall.
Established in 1776 by the British, Main Ridge Forest Reserve is the oldest legally protected forest in the Western Hemisphere and one of the oldest protected areas in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to visit in Trinidad and Tobago.
Maracas Bay, Trinidad
Maracas Bay is one of the most famous beaches in Trinidad.
As it is located quite close (40-minute drive) to the capital, Port of Spain, it is very popular and can get crowded.
A few km further, there’s the quieter Las Cuevas beach, which we would recommend you visit too.
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Port of Spain is the capital and second-largest city in the country.
It is where you’ll start your trip in Trinidad and Tobago, so we recommend you spend a day or at least a few hours.
Explore the city’s historical buildings (cathedrals, college buildings, Stollmeyer’s Castle and Fort George), as well as its modern, gleaming skyscrapers at Downtown Port of Spain. Visit Queen’s Park Savannah and Royal Botanic Gardens.
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad
The Asa Wright Nature Centre is a protected rainforest area.
It comprises a scientific research station, lodge and restaurant. It is a popular ecotourism destination. Asa Wright Nature Centre is one of the most biodiverse areas in the West Indies. So, with a total of 256 species of birds, the centre is one of the best birdwatching spots in the Caribbean. Several animal species have been recorded in the forests of the Asa Wright Nature Centre as well.
Enjoy a guided tour in the lush green rainforest and admire the birds and other small animals.
Little Tobago Island
Little Tobago is a small island off the northeastern coast of Tobago.
The island is known for its natural beauty. Fascinating landscapes, caves, secluded coves and steep cliffs covered in vegetation is what tourists can see on this island. Little Tobago is an important breeding site for seabirds, and thus it’s a good bird-watching spot.
Snorkelling and scuba diving in the reefs around Little Tobago are among the best things to do in Trinidad and Tobago. So, the nearby Goat Island and its Angel Reef is a popular snorkelling and diving site.
Going on a glass-bottomed boat ride is a very popular thing to do for tourists. The sea between Tobago and Little Tobago is shallow and is home to beautiful corals and brightly coloured tropical fish. Usually, glass-bottomed boat tours include guided birdwatching in Little Tobago and snorkelling in the nearby reefs.
Trinidad and Tobago travel tips
- Nationals of many countries, for example, EU, UK, USA, Canada, Russia, etc., can get a flight to Trinidad and Tobago without a visa.
- The best time to visit Trinidad and Tobago is between January and April, as it is the dry season.
- In Trinidad and Tobago, you can travel by local bus, shared taxi or minibus, but regular taxis are the least budget-friendly option.
- There is a ferry service that connects Port of Spain (Trinidad) with Scarborough (Tobago). You can choose between fast or regular ferries. Alternatively, you can fly between the islands.
- The country is not known for safety, but most visits to Trinidad and Tobago are incident-free. But travellers still should be cautious. Do your research and only stay in safe areas. Find out which are no-go areas.
- Be a sensible traveller. Don’t flash your belongings and keep your wits about you. Don’t travel alone at night. Also, we advise against walking alone at night. Be wary of pickpockets. Be cautious if approached by a stranger.
- If you are travelling to Trinidad and Tobago in February/March, we definitely recommend you to visit the carnival. It is the most anticipated and most popular festival in the country.