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Trinidad and Tobago complement each other well, especially for travelers who'd like a combination of the Caribbean's legendary beauty and some big-city excitement.
The country's natural wonders attract many visitors. Its clear, azure seas and light sands bordered by palm trees create breathtaking vistas. Whether you want to soak up the sun on a quiet, uncrowded beach or snorkel through the reefs, you can do it all.
Trinidad has a few good beaches, though it is not what the island is especially known for. The north and northwest coasts will prove to offer the best swimming and watersports activities in Trinidad, while the northeast coast is known for the more dangerous waters that surfers crave.
For serious beach time and water sports, Tobago is the place to go. Stick to the waters of the Caribbean Sea, because the Atlantic coast is relatively underdeveloped and prone to dangerous rip currents. Read more about beaches of Trinidad and Tobago here.
...climb down into Trinidad's bat caves...
Bird watching is spectacular here, with several bird sanctuaries and rainforests providing ample opportunities. To broaden your scope, visit a wildlife sanctuary, botanical garden, zoo, or nature preserve. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on select beaches in the spring, and if you're quiet enough, you can watch.
More intrepid travelers may enjoy exploring the country's fascinating caves. For a more intense experience, climb down into Trinidad's bat caves or watch the bats swarm out at sunset. Not daring enough? Try walking on the asphalt crust of a bubbling lake of tar. Our Guide to Nature in Trinidad will provide more information.
Of course, there are other interesting things to do. A wealth of historical sites abound, particularly in Port of Spain. The country's few museums mostly focus on the islands' culture and history. You can also get a taste of traditional industries by touring a cocoa estate, coconut plantations, a rum distillery, and a sugar factory. Visit our Guide to Landmarks in Trinidad and Tobago to learn more by clicking here.
For gambling the night away, you'll find plenty of options. From hotel casinos to gambling clubs, you can play the slots, try your hand at blackjack, or roll the dice for those lucky sevens. Although Trinidad is casino central, Tobago has a few of its own, too.
Travelers to these sister islands soon discover why so many visitors choose to return again. With all Trinidad and Tobago have to offer, you may think you've found paradise.
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