Think of Trinidad and Tobago as fraternal twins – they are alike, but different in many ways. The smaller Tobago enjoys a very slow paced-lifestyle and is quite undeveloped but has attracted immigrants from all over the world to settle here in recent years. On the other hand, Trinidad is largely populated with sophisticated people and a unique vibe only found on this island.
Travellers booking flights to Trinidad and Tobago are heading into one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean. The country’s capital, the Port of Spain, resides in Trinidad, and is flanked by mountains to the north and scenic beaches along the north and east coasts. Flights to Trinidad and Tobago will land in Port of Spain and tourists will find themselves surrounded by skyscrapers, mosques, cathedrals and a Bazaar that would leave even the best shopper weak in the knees. Trinidad and Tobago flights drop visitors in the birthplace of steel drum bands and calypso dancing. And if you happen to be there in February then you can’t miss out on Carnival, where dancers in elaborate costumes parade the streets for two days and hundreds of steel band musicians compete against each other.
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Trinidad and Tobago’s climate is tropical with highs of 32 degrees. Tobago receives more northeast trade winds, making it the cooler of the two islands. The wet season lasts from June to December, when most of the annual one metre of rain falls.
Trinidad: the bus service is good in general. An added bonus for travellers is that the colour-coding of each bus corresponds to its destination. For example, buses with green bands travel around the southern parts of Trinidad; yellow-banded buses go around the capital, Port of Spain. Journeys cost between $2 (£1) and $10 (£5).
Tobago: bus services are based in Scarborough and travel to most villages on the island, including Crown Point and Plymouth. Tobago buses have blue bands.
Getting between the islands by ferry: in Trinidad, most ferry services are available at the port in Port of Spain. In Tobago, ferries dock in Scarborough. There are several ferry services each day. The journey takes about five hours.
Inter-island flying: Caribbean Airlines is the principal airline for domestic Trinidad and Tobago flights. Tobago Express also offers air service between the islands
Taxis are also fairly cheap (negotiate a fare in advance) and some drivers double up as guides.
International car hire companies– on both islands – include Hertz and Thrifty. There are several local companies too. Driving is on the left.