About Trinidad & Tobago

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General Overview

Trinidad and Tobago (officially known as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) is a twin island state located at the southern end of the chain of Caribbean islands, just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela.

With a cosmopolitan population of approximately 1.3 million people, Trinidad and Tobago is a busy trade and tourism destination throughout the year, as well as home to a diverse range of cultural events, including the world famous, Trinidad Carnival. It is also renowned as the birthplace of the steelpan, calypso, soca, chutney and limbo.

Geographically situated between 10° 2′ and 11° 12′ N latitude and 60° 30′ and 61° 56′ W longitude, at its closest point, Trinidad is just 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) off the Venezuelan coast. A few smaller islands—Chacachacare, Monos, Huevos, Gaspar Grande (or Gasparee) dot the northern coast of Trinidad. Little Tobago, just off the northeastern coast of Tobago is a wildlife bird sanctuary and a popular area for snorkeling and diving.

The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port-of-Spain, whilst Scarborough is the main town of Tobago.

Climate

With a tropical climate all year round, Trinidad and Tobago has just two seasons annually: the dry season for the first six months of the year, and the wet season in the second half of the year. Winds are predominantly from the northeast and are dominated by the northeast trade winds. The average temperature is 32 degrees Celsius. Trinidad is a safe haven for boaters as it is located outside of the hurricane belt.

Currency

The currency used in Trinidad and Tobago is the TT dollar. However, US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.

Customs and Immigration

Cruising yachts must clear Trinidad or Tobago Customs & Immigration when they arrive. This can be done in Trinidad at the Crews Inn Marina, Chaguaramas, or in Tobago at the Scarborough station.

Culture and Entertainment

Trinidad and Tobago is home to a multitude of cultural activities and entertainment—from our spectacular Carnival, to shopping, sports, beautiful beaches, a plethora of fine restaurants, eco-tourism and night life, there is plenty to do and see during your stay here.

For any other information, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to find out for you, if we do not know!

Trinidad and Tobago Links

Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Ltd (TDC)
www.gotrinidadandtobago.com

Intellicast Weather Authority
www.intellicast.com

US Department of State—Trinidad and Tobago Consular
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1043.html

Trinidad City Web Guide
www.carnaval.com

Discover Trinidad and Tobago—the Definite Guide to the Islands
www.discovertnt.com

Tobago Guide
www.tobagoguide.com

Car Rental
www.econocarrentalstt.com

Carnival
www.islandpeoplemas.com
www.legacycarnival.com
www.macfarlanecarnival.net
www.carnivaltribe.com
http://www.hartscarnival.com

Things to Do

Trinidad and Tobago Events:
www.triniscene.com;
www.destination360.com

Wind and Kite Surfing—Tobago:
www.radicalsportstobago.com

Scuba Adventure Safari:
www.divetobago.com

Asa Wright Nature Centre:
www.asawright.org

Camp Wilderness Outdoor Adventures:
www.angelfire.com/biz2/campwilderness

Turtle Watching:
http://www.turtlevillagetrust.org/turtle-watching.htm

Golf
Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel and Golf Club:
www.mtirvine.com
Golf in Chaguaramas:
www.chagdev.com/GolfCourse.aspx

Running
Port-of-Spain Hash House Harriers—a Drinking Club with a Running Problem:
www.posh3.wordpress.com

Cricket
Queen’s Park Cricket Club:
www.qpcc.com

Mountain Biking in Chaguaramas

Zipline in Chaguaramas:
http://www.chagdev.com/Recreation.aspx