Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago, a unique Caribbean paradise. There is no place in the world quite like this tiny twin island republic of 1.3 million ethnically diverse people.

Tobago and its big sister, Trinidad, are the Caribbean's odd couple. Tiny Tobago is relaxed, slow-paced and largely undeveloped. Trinidad is a densely populated, thriving island with a cosmopolitan population and strong regional influences. Yet a short distance away from the glitter and bustle of Port-of-Spain - the islands’ modern capital - another world exists. A drive along the North Coast Road, shaded by the lush forested canopy of the Northern mountain range, will yield breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea; or head to Central Trinidad where the Caroni swamp - home to Scarlet Ibis and other exotic species - waits to share its secrets.

But if Trinidad is the energetic heart of these islands, Tobago is its serene soul. Just two hours away from Port-of-Spain by fast ferry, or 15 minutes by air travel, Tobago offers the weary traveller a change of pace. Blessed with warm azure blue seas that lap against pale pink sands of secluded beaches, Tobago is the perfect place to relax in the embrace of lingering, golden sunsets. For the nature lover, Tobago is home to the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and, for those with an adventurous spirit, the waters surrounding the island hosts stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life.

From Carnival to Christmas, Trinidad and Tobago can boast a vibrant and colorful cultural heritage. The contributions of the different ethnic groups that settled in these islands have combined to create a rich inheritance in the realms of dance, music, art and cuisine, making Trinidad and Tobago a hot spot for culture in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago boast of having the largest outside of Rio de Janeiro where in February the island is transformed into the worlds biggest Calypso Stage.

Bursting with spirit and a heady mix of cultural activities, beautiful people, eco adventure and culinary delights, Trinidad and Tobago has something for everyone.


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