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Trinidad & Tobago Travel Guide
Trinidad and Tobago are islands in the Caribbean, which are surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Paria and the North Atlantic Ocean. Within an area of over 5,000 square kilometres, live over one million Castilian and English speaking people, who make a living trading cocoa, cotton and steel with major countries such as the USA, the EU and Japan. The people of Trinidad and Tobago are mainly of African and East Indian descent and are very religious, being mostly of Roman Catholic and Anglican faith.
The British ruled both the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, during the 19th century, with independence being received in 1962. The kingdom today, is one of the most affluent within the Caribbean, due to the vast amount of natural gas and petroleum production and processing and with the high amount of tourism, mainly in Tobago, the islands are heading towards major expansion and development.
Thereís fun in the sun at both of these islands, with Tobago being the most popular. Tobagoís beaches are powdery and white with clear blue waters, especially at Pigeon Point and Store Bay. Not forgetting some great diving areas at the uninhabited islands of St Giles Island, Little Tobago and Goat Island, north of Tobago. Snorlellers can have their share of good water too at Angel Reef, just off Goat Island and Pirate's Bay, north of Charlotteville. When it comes to fun in Trinidad, sunbathing at the beach is not the main activity, as hiking is much more popular. Walkers can find a very good trek at the Northern Range of the island, which heads off to the Blue Basin Waterfall, but will need to go with a professional hiking group for safety. One hike that is safe is the Tobago Forest Reserve trek, which takes its walkers deep into the rainforest, where anything from coricos, parrots, woodpeckers, motmots, hummingbirds and trogons can be seen. Other bird sanctuaries include The Caroni Bird Sanctuary, the Asa Wright Nature Center and the Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust.
The capital is the Port of Spain, an area that is the islandsí business hub and not really a big tourist spot, but visitors can head off to Queenís Park Savannah, once a sugar plantation, is now a park filled with rock gardens, ponds and benches. At the west end of the park there is also a long stretch of historical buildings including a castle, that has been built exactly the same way as a Scottish castle complete with towers.
Getting around Trinidad and Tobago is possible via the many choices of buses on the islands, with Trinidadís, City Gate terminal on South Quay being their main bus depot and Tobago island having buses running from Scarborough to Plymouth, Crown Point and many villages. Those wanting to drive can hire a car with rental places available on both the islands. Taxis are also a good way to get about, especially at night, with set routes and static prices, so no need to worry about sorting out a price. People wanting to island hop can either fly with BWIA airlines, which has around nine flights per day, taking only 15 minutes, or jump on the ferry, which is a 5 hour journey and goes from Trinidadís Port of Spain to Scarborough in Tobago.
To actually reach the islands, visitors from the UK, USA, Canada and South America, as well as other Caribbean islands will find there are direct flights to Piarco International Airport, 14 miles from Trinidadís Port of Spain and Crown Point International Airport in Tobago. People wanting to arrive for the Carnival, will find it is usually held in February/March, two days prior to Ash Wednesday. For those visitors who arenít partying, April through December is the best time to visit the islands, when accommodation is much cheaper and the beaches are much quieter.
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