If you’re planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago, there are some things you won’t want to miss. From hiking trails and waterfalls to a natural pool and an ancient crypt, here are some of the best places to visit during your time in this vibrant Caribbean nation.
A tropical paradise with white-sand beaches, coral reefs, snorkeling and scuba diving, the island is also home to one of the oldest protected rainforests in the world. Its 470 indigenous bird species and winter migrants make it a must-see for nature lovers.
1. Argyle Falls
Cascading through a three-tiered bluff in the heart of Tobago’s primeval forests, Argyle Falls is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most beautiful natural attractions. It’s the country’s tallest waterfall, and a half-day hike here will take you through tropical rainforest, past streams, and cataracts.
The trail to Argyle Falls is easy to navigate, and the falls themselves are stunningly beautiful. The water flows down into multiple pools – perfect for swimming and relaxing in.
While many tourists flock to the capital, Port of Spain, there’s also a plethora of other cultural attractions to explore on the twin island nation. From the magenta Red House and the so-called Magnificent Seven (a row of opulent colonial homes) to Queen’s Park Savannah and Maracas Bay, there’s plenty to see and do.
2. Pigeon Point Beach
Pigeon Point Beach, which is a part of the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, is renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches and warm aquamarine waters. This beach is a favorite spot for sunbathing, swimming, picnics and other recreational activities.
It’s also a prime destination for watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving. You can rent scuba and snorkeling equipment from the jetty, or head out on glass-bottomed boat tours to see Buccoo Reef.
It’s also a good spot to shop for local island goods, ceramics and other souvenirs. You’ll find bars and restaurants along the main beach, which sits next to the iconic thatch-roofed Pigeon Point Jetty.
3. Englishman’s Bay
Englishman’s Bay is a gorgeous secluded beach on the island’s leeward coast, between Castara and Parlatuvier. It’s a classic crescent-shaped beach that is capped by two heavily forested headlands dropping from Tobago’s Main Ridge.
While this secluded beach doesn’t get as much attention as some of Tobago’s western beaches, it’s considered by many to be one of the island’s most beautiful.
It is surrounded by vibrant green forests and offers an ideal destination for swimming, snorkeling or camping. A small restaurant and souvenir shop are also on site.
4. Store Bay Beach
Located a two-minute walk from the ANR Robinson International Airport, Store Bay Beach is a must-visit destination on Tobago’s South Western coast. This popular beach is packed with food vendors and offers the perfect wave-setting for swimming and snorkeling.
The crystal clear water here is ideal for experimenting with snorkelling. You can even see fish swim close to the shore here.
You’ll also find plenty of people enjoying a relaxing dip and sunbathing. You can rent a beach chair or umbrella from a variety of locals who are eager to help you relax.
There’s no shortage of diversions here, too – jet skiing and glass-bottom boat tours are popular. Among the highlights are Buccoo Reef, a 12sq km collection of corals and Nylon Pool, a metre-deep pool teeming with fish.
5. Caroni Bird Sanctuary
The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is a mangrove swamp and one of the largest wetlands in Trinidad. Its numerous channels, brackish and saline lagoons with intertidal mudflats provide habitat for 100+ bird species including the scarlet ibis, Trinidad’s national bird.
- The ibis are known for their stunning red plumage and the best way to see them is on a sunset tour through the mangroves on a glass-bottom boat. Guides will point out everything from hairy crabs to caimans as you drift through the quiet canals and tidal lagoons.
- A trip to Caroni would not be complete without a glimpse of the ibis, the country’s flamingo-like national bird. Watching thousands of them roost at dusk in the vivid green mangroves is a memory that will stay with you forever.