The island is a feast for the senses. The Eden-like escape will captivate you through the fragrant smells of the ocean air, through the sounds of Soca and Calypso, through the warmth of the tropic sun and the delights of the native cuisine. But arguably above all, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning sights and splendors of this visually elaborate paradise.
It’s evident upon touching down at Piarco International Airport that Trinidad is an island full of picturesque wonders—from the northern mountain range that delicately etches itself across a great expanse of royal blue sea to the south’s three-peak Trinity Hills, which are believed to have inspired Christopher Columbus’s naming of the island for the “Holy Trinity.” With a mix of mountains, beaches, waterfalls and caves, the island’s utopian qualities continuously secure its placement on the list of the world’s most beautiful places.
- Due to its leading industry of oil and gas, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean.
- Together the islands of Trinidad and Tobago are considered geographically part of the Caribbean, but as Trinidad is less than 7 miles from the coast of Venezuela, it’s geologically more South American.
- Flights between the two islands run around $24 one way, whereas a 2.5-hour ferry costs $16.
- The Yerette Sanctuary and the Asa Wright Nature Centre are two of the most renowned attractions for bird watching.
- In 1998, Wendy Fitz William became the first woman to win the Miss Universe Pageant after donning a bikini in the swimsuit competition, blazing the trail for subsequent contestants to follow fashion.
- Maracas Bay and Las Cuervas Beach are the two most popular on the northern part of the island of Trinidad.
- Port of Spain, the nation’s capital, serves as the financial hub of the Caribbean, since most of the major financial institutions are located here.
- This year’s Tobago Jazz festival (April 18–26) will feature Miguel, Jill Scott, Kool & The Gang and Jennifer Hudson.
Words: Cayenne Kelly
Additional Reporting: Nina Hemphill Reeder
Photos: Donn Thompson and Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company