Trinidad and Tobago travel guide

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You're Going to Love Trinidad and Tobago

These two islands are contrastingly different. Tobago has white sandy beaches and palm trees and remains relatively un-touristed while Trinidad is covered with rainforests and untouched mangrove swamps that are popular with bird watchers.

What to do in Trinidad and Tobago

1. Visit Mount St Benedict Monastery

Built in 1912, this monastery is one of the oldest in the Caribbean and is situated in a garden of 593 acres, which provides places to hike, bird-watch and take in the views over Trinidad.

2. Explore Port of Spain

Visit this vibrant town with its partially restored colonial buildings, market stalls and bustling bars, clubs and restaurants. Wander around and experience a metropolitan Caribbean capital city.

3. Visit Little Tobago

Take a boat from Tobago to the uninhabited island of Little Tobago and walk through the forest, looking out for the birdlife. Afterwards, stop for a bit of snorkeling around the reef.

4. Explore Fort George

Venture to Tobago to visit Fort George. Built in 1804, this fort provides insight into the colonial past of the island, and its most remarkable feature is the signal station, built in 1833.

5. Go to the Beach at Maracas Bay

This bay, which is north-east of Port of Spain, provides a protected stretch of sandy, palm-lined beach to relax in the sun. There is a beautiful drive through the rainforest to reach the beach.

When to visit Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago in May
Estimated hotel price
€37
1 night at 3-star hotel
Trinidad and Tobago in May
Estimated hotel price
€37
1 night at 3-star hotel

Although temperatures tend to be fairly consistent the whole year, with an average of 80°F, the weather is dry from December to May and the rainy season occurs between June and November. The dry season is considered the high season for tourism.

How to Get to Trinidad and Tobago

Entry requirements

Citizens from a number of countries, including the US and EU, don't need a visa for up to 90 days. A valid passport for at least six months with at least one blank page is required.

Plane

The majority of international flights land at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad, while others land at ANR Robinson International Airport in Tobago. A number of airlines service the airports, including Caribbean Airlines, LIAT, American Airlines, United and budget airline JetBlue.

Boat

Trinidad and Tobago is on the itinerary of various cruise liners, such as Princess Cruises and Carnival, which make stops at both islands.

Popular airports in Trinidad and Tobago

Popular airlines serving Trinidad and Tobago

United Airlines
Good (2,986 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,537 reviews)
KLM
Good (364 reviews)
Air France
Good (447 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,610 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,409 reviews)
Iberia
Good (972 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,330 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (1,719 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,341 reviews)
Avianca
Good (850 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (542 reviews)
Condor
Good (50 reviews)
Caribbean Airlines
Good (17 reviews)
Bahamasair
Okay (22 reviews)
Surinam Airways
Mediocre (1 reviews)
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Where to stay in Trinidad and Tobago

Hotels, guesthouses, hostels and the newer accommodation type, eco-hotels, are all present in Trinidad and Tobago. Luxury international hotels exist in the main cities on Trinidad while there are resort hotels in Tobago. Guesthouses, that are situated throughout the islands, are well-regulated and provide a good, moderately priced alternative to hotels.

Where to stay in popular areas of Trinidad and Tobago

Most booked hotels in Trinidad and Tobago

Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
€188+
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
€171+
Radisson Hotel Trinidad
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
€108+
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How to Get Around Trinidad and Tobago

Public Transportation

Urban public transport in the main cities mainly takes the form of buses run by the government-owned company PTSC or, alternatively, the privately owned fixed-route minibuses.

Bus

There is a bus network around both Trinidad and Tobago and this provides a relatively cheap way to travel around the islands. The bus service is run by the government transport company PTSC and the main terminals are in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Scarborough in Tobago.

Car

International car rental companies, such as Sixt and Hertz, and local car companies have pick up points at the airports on both islands.

Plane

There is a domestic flight route operated by Caribbean Airlines between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The flight is around 20m and there are several flights per day.

Boat

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago runs regular ferry services between Trinidad (Port of Spain) and Tobago (Scarborough), and there are both passenger and vehicle ferries. It is also possible to take a ferry between Port of Spain and San Fernando on Trinidad.

The Cost of Living in Trinidad and Tobago

Credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are generally accepted in hotels, restaurants and stores geared towards tourists. ATMs exist in towns and tourist areas as well as within shopping malls. A gallon of milk and a dozen eggs will cost around 65.90 TTD (9.50 USD) in a grocery store. It is cheaper to eat out than buy groceries with a meal per person in a local inexpensive restaurant costing around 40 TTD (5.80 USD).