Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean nation near Venezuela, with distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, hosts a boisterous carnival featuring calypso and soca music. Numerous bird species inhabit sanctuaries such as the Asa Wright Nature Centre. The smaller island of Tobago is known for its beaches and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which shelters hummingbirds.

On Tobago’s western coast, Pigeon Point is known for its long beach and thatched-roof pier. Snorkelers are drawn to Tobago’s Englishman’s Bay and secluded Pirate’s Bay. Popular dive sites in Tobago include Buccoo Reef, with sea gardens teeming with marine life, and M.V. Maverick, a sunken car ferry-turned-artificial reef. Tobago’s village-like capital, Scarborough, is framed by mountains and overlooked by the restored 18th-century Fort King George. On the eastern end of the island are the fishing village of Charlotteville and the tiered Argyle Waterfalls.