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
The best time to visit Trinidad and Tobago is from January to May when the skies stay clear. Although the islands aren't on the hurricane belt, afternoon rain showers are daily occurrences from June to December. Hotels lower their rates to account for rainy weather during this wet season. At least the weather stays pleasant year-round: There's little humidity and average temps hover in the low 80s.
Best Trinidad Beaches
Maracas Bay Beach
Maracas Bay Beach is a half-moon-shaped , well-maintained beach protected by palm trees. This is a popular spot for getaways from Port of Spain, and many head here just for the local tradition available from the local beach shacks. The Bake and Shark, which is a Trinidadian dish of deep-fried shark stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried bread.
Las Cuevas Bay Beach
Las Cuevas (The Caves) has a gentle surf, a snack bar, picnic tables, changing rooms, and showers, as well as lifeguards on duty. There are also a number of small caves great for exploring.
Blanchisseuse Beach is a favorite place with pristine waters, amazing hiking trails through the rain forest, and prime wildlife-watching for leatherback sea-turtles, this beach offers far more than a tan and quick dip.
Mayaro Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the island. Locals love this area, and fishermen often come to shore with the fresh catch of the day. This beach can get a bit dirtier than others, so make sure to check the beach conditions before you make your way over.
Tyrico Beach is great for the beach goers who want to be in close to the food and amenities of Maracas Beach, but away from the crowds. The angle of this beach makes it great for families with smaller waves and less hectic waves.r There are no vendors here, so bring your own food or pick up a bake and shark and drink on your way past Maracas Beach.
Trinidad Tours & Activities
Maracas Beach Tour in Trinidad
Enjoy a day of sun and sand at the popular beach at Maracas Bay on Trinidad's northwest end. With several departure times, you’re sure to fit this tour into your schedule. Aside from surfing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach, don’t miss tasting the world-famous local delicacy known as “bake and shark” (a sandwich). Plus, convenient round-trip transport takes you through the spectacular scenery of the northern coast, Maracas Bay, and the Caribbean Sea. Learn more about the Maracas Beach Tour.
Sunset Boat Tour Into Caroni Wetlands
Explore the vibrant ecosystem of Trinidad during this half-day boat tour through the Caroni Wetlands. Traverse the mangrove forests, lagoons, and waterways to discover dozens of species of plants and animals such as snakes, anteaters, snowy egrets, crustaceans, and much more. This tour is a must do for bird watchers as it is possible to see many species of birds flying overhead and living in the wetland area. Learn more about the Sunset Boat Tour Into Caroni Wetlands.
The Scarlet Ibis – Caroni Swamp Tour
They are the rare “beautiful birds” whose loss are mourned by many because they bring a refreshing uniqueness to the world. They are the creatures who feed the souls of others. The brother realizes his loss as Doodle dies. He cries, holding him and “sheltering [his] fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.” Learn more about the Scarlet Ibis – Caroni Swamp Tour.
Trinidad Rainforest Hike to Waterfall
Trinidad has some of the most beautiful areas of rain forests in the world, but getting to these secluded and remote areas alone aren’t easy. During this Trinidad rain forest hike to a waterfall, follow a guide safety across a river to a 65-foot (19.8-meter) waterfall. Enjoy free time swimming by the falls, and a visit to Maracas Beach, too. Read more about the Trinidad Rainforest Hike to Waterfall.
Trinidad Highlights and Scenic Drive Tour
Discover the highlights of Trinidad on this half-day sightseeing excursion from Port of Spain. Visit all of the Port of Spain highlights, including the Red House, the Magnificent Seven, Queens Park Savannah, and the Botanical Gardens. Then hit the Saddle Road towards Maracas Beach, stopping at Lady Young Lookout and driving through the region's scenic coffee and cocoa plantations before returning to Port of Spain. Read more about the Trinidad Highlights & Scenic Drive Tour.
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.
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