Trinidad, along with Tobago, are economic powerhouses of the Caribbean. They have vas oil and gas reserves, which has led to a high standard of living, so tourism is not the mainstay of the economy.
Trinidad offers rain forests similar to South America, but beach lovers accustomed to the electric blue water and dazzling white sand of coral islands may be disappointed by the beaches on Trinidad. The best beaches are on the north coast, with peach sand, clean blue-green water, and the forest-covered Northern Range as a backdrop. Beaches are almost completely free of hotel development.
Trinidad does have a party-hard ethic, with an electrifying music scene that rivals even Jamaica. Trinidad (along with Tobago) is the birthplace of calypso, soca, and the steel pan. You’ll hear plenty of all three year round, especially during the annual Carnival. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on Trinidad, visit here. Now view our Trinidad Travel Guide to help plan your next Caribbean vacation!
Trinidad Weather – When to Visit
Trinidad’s southerly location keeps temperatures consistent year-round, with a daily average of 80°F. The average humidity is around 75%. The high season (from February to March) brings lots of tourists for the annual Carnival, while summer (July and August), Easter, and Christmas, are also busy. The rainy season is from June thru November, and the dry season runs from December thru May. You will find the rainy months to be from October to mid December, and April to June. Trinidad is outside of the hurricane belt, so severe thunderstorms are uncommon.
This historic Trinidadian structure provides visitors with a taste of the island’s colonial heritage. One of Fort George’s best known features is its intricate wooden signal station, which provides a stark contrast to the fort’s original cannons and dungeons still on display here. The fort’s grounds and panoramic views are what make the visit here worthwhile.
Store Bay’s free beach offers travelers a relaxing place to soak up some sun and cool off in Tobago’s famous clear, blue waters. Beachgoers can watch planes come in and land at nearby Arthur Napolean Raymond Robinson International Airport. Store Bay’s other big draw is its array of street food vendors, which serve up affordable, local delicacies like crab and dumpling, bake and shark, and pelau (a mixture of rice, vegetables and meat or crab that’s been browned in sugar).
Asa Wright Nature Center
The Asa Wright Nature Centre is home to more than 400 species of native birds, plus 55 different reptile species, 25 amphibians, more than 600 butterflies and more than 2,000 types of flowering plants. In short, northern Trinidad’s Asa Wright Nature Centre is bursting at the seams; it’s the ultimate stop for both novice and experienced bird-watchers and nature lovers.
Nestled within Trinidad’s Maracas Valley, this lush sanctuary is home to a variety of native flora and 13 of Trinidad and Tobago’s 17 species of hummingbirds. Started accidentally by Dr. Theodore Ferguson and his wife, Gloria, to make it easier to photograph birds (one of the doctor’s hobbies), Yerette, which borrows its name from the Amerindian word for “hummingbird,” is one of Trinidad’s most popular bird-watching spots.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
LCaroni Bird Sanctuary offers many of the same thrills of the Asa Wright Nature Center. But the real reason to visit Caroni is to observe the scarlet ibis, the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago that resembles a brilliant blood orange flamingo. The best time to see the ibis is in the late afternoon; arrive a little early and you can enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour of the swampland while you’re waiting for the ibis to appear.
Trinidad and Tobago ranks among the world’s top ten countries in terms of bird species per square kilometer, boasting a diversity unmatched in the Caribbean: more than 430 recorded species and around 250 known to breed. Migrant species from South America are most common between May and September, while birds from North America visit between October and March. The dry months (Jan–March or April) are traditionally the most popular time for birders to visit; during the wet season, however, birds grab whatever chance they can to feed between showers, so you’ll still see a lot of activity.
Things to Do in Trinidad
Based on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, they offer internationally accredited scuba diving training from PADI. They also offer snorkeling as well as dive tours. Telephone: 868-757-5258 Web: Scuba Trinadad.
Nature Trekking in T&T is the only hiking company that forms the perfect union of carefully blending both Trinidad and Tobago’s rich historical background with all hikes, tours and camp-outs. We offer these services everyday of the year, including public holidays. Telephone: 868-389-7441 Web: Nature Trekking.
Planning a private hike? The Island Hikers Team can assist. They will take you to your favorite hiking destinations. Telephone: 868-749-2945 Web: Island Hikers.
Caribbean Discovery Tours
Entertaining, informative hikes plus safaris aboard a Land Rover, all with a bird watching and animal-spotting slant. One of the best for Nariva, as well as Brasso Seco/Asa Wright and Northern Range waterfalls/hikes, nights in host homes and Paramin. Central Trinidad options include Caroni Swamp, bird watching and rare-plant spotting at Aripo Savannah, while as well as the usual Pitch Lake trip in south Trinidad there’s an Icacos tour with visits to small-scale soap and coconut-oil makers, and wetland bird watching. Telephone: 868-624-7281 Web: Caribbean Discovery Tours.
Best Trinidad Restaurants
Town Restaurant & Bar $11 – 30
Though the menu is skewed toward Chinese cuisine, this extremely popular eatery on Cipriani Boulevard offers everything from ravioli to lobster thermidor. Young professionals flock here on evenings to enjoy the lively atmosphere, attentive but laid-back service, and consistently good (and reasonably priced) food. Parking is always an issue in the area, but don’t be fooled by the men on the roadside offering to find you a parking spot and “look after your car” for a price. It’s also a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two. Telephone: 868-627-8696 Web: Town Restaurant & Bar.
Dining areas branch off from the bar area, and though some are more isolated than others, it is virtually impossible to escape the cheers of the throng of sports enthusiasts. The food includes excellent burgers, hearty salads, and Italian favorites and steaks. The standard is consistently excellent, and the servers, bedecked in pins and wearing safari hats, are efficient and attentive. Telephone: 868-627-8768 Web: Trotters.
More Vino $11 – 30
This popular after-work drinking and dining spot serves consistently excellent sushi. This was the first sushi establishment on the popular dining strip known to locals as “the avenue.” Choose to dine on the wooden outdoor deck and take in the sights (and traffic sounds) of Ariapita Avenue, or sit indoors for a cooler, quieter, and more intimate experience with a view of the sushi masters at work. The “Maracas” sushi roll with tuna, cucumber, tobiko, onion, and dynamite sauce is a crowd pleaser. Telephone: 868-627-8466 Web: More Vino.
Veni Mangé $11 – 30
The best lunches in town are served in this traditional West Indian house filled to the brim with Caribbean art. The creative creole menu changes regularly, but there’s always an unusual and delicious vegetarian entrée. Veni’s version of Trinidad’s national dish, callaloo, is considered one of the best on the island. The chip chip (a small local clam) cocktail is deliciously piquant and is a restaurant rarity. The restaurant’s signature dish, stewed oxtail with dumplings, is not served every day but is worth ordering if it’s available. The bar area is a popular hangout for local artists and sports celebrities. If you can visit only one restaurant and want to get a truly Trinidadian experience, this is the place. Telephone: 868-627-4597 Web: Veni Mangé.
Aioli $31 – 60
Deep earth tones and subtle lighting make the interior of the restaurant seem miles away from its location in an upscale suburban mall. The Mediterranean-inspired menu features beautifully presented dishes ranging from reasonable risottos to extravagant favorites like roasted rack of lamb. While Caribbean spiny lobster is the norm in most restaurants in T&T, fans of Maine lobster will find their beloved crustacean on offer here. The three-course lunch, offered from Tuesday through Friday, is a prix-fixe menu. Telephone: 858-222-4564 Web: Aioli.
Best Trinidad Bars & Nightlife
Frankie’s on the Avenue
First opened as an inexpensive lunch spot, Frankie’s has morphed into one of Ariapita Ave’s best-loved liming locations. You can still get local lunches, but it’s best after dark, when the friendly crowd spills out onto the pavement and the drinks flow. Telephone: 868-622-6609 Web: Frankie’s.
Often the busiest nightspot on buzzing Rust St, this is a bohemian bazaar of Middle Eastern baroque, where an upscale crowd grooves to soca, dancehall and club anthems amid the dry ice inside, or take in the breeze on the outside deck. Telephone: 868-622-5930 Web: Paprika.
Shakers on the Avenue
This great little bar, with an icy indoor section and a convivial garden, is an excellent liming spot, with good cocktails, a friendly mixed-age crowd and bar snacks. Look out for the regular live-music performances, usually on Wednesday, as well as drinks promotions; DJs play at weekends. Telephone: 868-624-6612 Web: Shakers.
Stumblin’ on the Avenue
Laid-back bar/club, with dancing at the weekends in the air-con interior as well as the terrace out front. The playlist of soca and dancehall draws a relaxed but party-hard Trini crowd, and the drinks are inexpensive, with regular promotions on offer. Telephone: 868-223-5017 Web: Stumblin’ on the Avenue.
Fifty One Degrees
This stalwart of the Port of Spain nightlife scene continues its reign as one of the best places to party the night away, with things heating up from 11pm onwards. Dress to impress, and don’t turn up wearing sneakers, flip-flops or a hat. Telephone: 868-627-0051 Web: Fifty One Degrees.
Best Trinidad Hotels
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre
Located in Port-of-Spain in the region of Trinidad, 8 miles from Saint Augustine, Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre features an outdoor pool and sun terrace. The hotel has a sauna and fitness center, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. There is a 24-hour front desk, gift shop, and shops at the property. You can play tennis at the hotel.
Piarco Village Suites
Located in Piarco, 12 miles from Port-of-Spain, Piarco Village Suites features free WiFi access and free private parking. There is free shuttle service at the property. The bed and breakfast also provides car rental. Saint Augustine is 4.3 miles from Piarco Village Suites, and Las Cuevas is 12 miles from the property.
Radisson Hotel Trinidad
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Radisson Hotel Trinidad offers accommodations in Port-of-Spain. The hotel has an outdoor and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain
This hotel is 2.2 miles from Emperor Valley Zoo and Port of Spain Botanical Gardens. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant and spacious rooms with a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The Centro Restaurant, located on-site at the Courtyard Port of Spain, features international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also provides a full bar, offering beer and cocktails.
Forty Winks Inn
With Complimentary Wireless Internet and Delicious Local Breakfast, Forty Winks provides a refreshing tropical experience full of warmth, comfort and personalized service. This is not just a place where people stay, but also where people meet in the cozy lobby, and where travelers find company and comfort in the intimacy of the space and the professional support of its caring, efficient staff. With over seven years of welcoming and serving guests from all over the world, they know what excellent service is about; that’s why so many customers return again and again.