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Is Trinidad and Tobago Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Trinidad and Tobago : Safety by City
  • Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago is a country consisting of two Caribbean islands located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela.

This country is known as the most prosperous and industrialized in the Caribbean.

Surprisingly enough, tourism is not the main industry in this country which makes this country a paradise on Earth for nature lovers as the natural beauty of these islands is completely unspoiled by the human hand, a quality not common in other Caribbean countries.

The two islands of Trinidad and Tobago are completely different from two different qualities to them.

Trinidad is the larger one and is where the country’s city life is centered.

If you’re more about that city vibe and activities like shopping, sight-seeing or experiencing a night out in a strange country, Trinidad is your island.

It’s also where the country’s industrial center is, thanks to which Trinidad and Tobago have a reputation of the most prosperous country in the Caribbean.

Tobago, in turn, is the tourist paradise, and tourism is actually the main industry here.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t visit both, as they both have their share of unique beauty.

  • Warnings & Dangers in Trinidad and Tobago

OVERALL RISK: HIGH

Trinidad and Tobago is a country definitely not known for safety and you should take into consideration both the high rate of petty crime as well as the high murder rate in this country. Tourists are filled with disturbing stories from Trinidad and Tobago, but if you take all precaution measures, you might just have a good time.

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM

Transport is not very safe and reliable in Trinidad and Tobago, and it seems pretty chaotic and unpredictable. While you're standing at a bus station, waiting for a bus, you might get asked if you need a lift by many cars passing by. Never enter them, and your best bet is to either learn the bus schedule by heart or rent a car in this country, keeping in mind to always drive with the windows up and never leave your valuables in sight.

PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH

Petty crime is definitely common and ever-present in Trinidad and Tobago, but, unfortunately, it is not the country's greatest problem. Again, you should apply all possible precaution measures and remain vigilant at all times, making sure not to flash your belongings in crowded places such as bus or train stations, or public transport.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW

As for natural disasters, they haven't been known to cause severe destruction to this country. Hurricanes have hit Trinidad and Tobago in the past, though rarely, and severe storms are common.

MUGGING RISK: HIGH

Violent crimes such as muggings, robberies, kidnappings and other kinds of assaults keep happening in this country. If you're going somewhere after dark, which is not recommended, be careful that someone isn't following you. If you're staying in a villa or other kinds of accommodation, make sure your building security is tight. In this country, you can never be too cautious, so just make sure you're safe wherever you go.

TERRORISM RISK: HIGH

Terrorists are very likely to try and carry out attacks in Trinidad and Tobago. Although there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Trinidad and Tobago, over 100 Trinidad and Tobago residents have traveled to Syria and Iraq in order to fight with Daesh and are likely to pose a security threat on return.

SCAMS RISK: HIGH

There are many scams in Trinidad and Tobago, the most popular being the ATM scam - particularly in Trinidad. A thief uses X-ray film to make a pocket that is placed in the card slot of the ATM, so that once you insert your card you can't withdraw your money, or eject your card. While you're standing, you're helped by a "good Samaritan" who tells you that the way to fix this problem is to type in your PIN backward. The person who tells you this is probably watching your PIN while you're typing it in, and when you leave without your card, the thief removes the x-ray film, takes your card and inserts your PIN. Apart from this, street vendors and cab drivers might try to cheat you and rip you off if you are not careful.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: HIGH

Women are definitely at high risk when visiting this country. There have been reports of sexual assaults, rapes and at best you will get hassled by male attention on the streets. It's best to say a polite "good day" or "good morning" than to ignore them completely, but you should never walk around Trinidad and Tobago alone.

  • So... How Safe Is Trinidad and Tobago Really?

The reason this country has a bad reputation with tourists, when it comes to safety, is the fact that it has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and you should keep this in mind more in Trinidad than in Tobago, which is surprising given the fact that Tobago is more frequented by tourists.

Areas to avoid are Port of Spain, areas east of Charlotte Street, East Dry River, Belmont, and Laventille.

Back in the day, crime on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago used to peak during the Carnival (that lasts from January until March) and around Christmas (period from October to December), but in the past couple of years, crime is ever-present and people have to be very careful all year round, though recently this has ceased due to the shift in government.

And though this island has some pretty disturbing statistics when it comes to crime and violence towards tourists and many horror stories from other people’s experiences are circling, making this country an unpopular destination with the travelers, there still are ways to minimize the risks and have a good time here.

The golden rule is to try and resist the temptation to search for remote beaches far away from other tourists and travelers.

You should definitely strive to stay where the crowd is, as this is probably the only place where criminals won’t target you.

Isolated beaches you should avoid because crimes have been reported there are Englishman’s Bay, Las Cuevas, just beyond Maracas Bay, and King Peter’s Bay.

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  • Useful Information

Some countries do not need a visa in order to enter Trinidad and Tobago for any stays shorter than 90 days. Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Trinidad and Tobago. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.

Trinidad and Tobago dollar is the official currency in Trinidad and Tobago. ATMs are widespread throughout the country, and many banks have drive-through ATMs and credit cards are accepted in most establishments.

Trinidad and Tobago have a tropical climate, and is hot all year round, with two main seasons - the dry season, from January to May and the wet or rainy season, from June to December. During the rainy season, mornings are sunny, with rainy afternoons that ensue.

Piarco International Airport frequently referred to as Piarco International is an international airport serving the island of Trinidad and is one of two international airports in Trinidad and Tobago. The airport is located 30 km east of downtown Port of Spain. The other is A. N. R. Robinson International Airport, located near the town of Canaan, about 11 km from the capital, Scarborough.

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Trinidad and Tobago since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.

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25 Reviews on Trinidad and Tobago

T & t is not a paradise anymore.

I am a Trinidadian now living in the USA. I remember a time when I could go to a club on Saturday night, leave the club at 2AM and head into St James for some food. We would hang out and eat until about 4AM and then head to the beach. Las Cuevas beach was the spot because there was a back “road” (muddy 4-wheel necessary track) that we used to get directly onto the beach. On the beach, we’d get a 1-2 hour nap before heading into the water. My girlfriend (now my wife) and our friends did this for years and never had an incident. Those were the great old days!! I’m older now, my mom is retired and still lives in Trinidad and my wife and I visit every 3 years. The last time we went to Trinidad (Nov. 2017), my mom had a List of Dos and Dont’s for us. She felt that it was time we accepted the reality that Trinidad was not the home we once knew and loved. Here is the list: Do’s 1. Purchase T&T Currency from Bank or friends and family only. 2. Borrow, rent or hire a car while in country to travel – do not use public transportation. 3. Pay attention to all around you at all times. Dont’s 1. Do not use public transportation. 2. Do not go out after 10PM or stay out after 10PM. 3. Do not go to beach before 8AM and stay pass 4PM. 4. Do not us U.S. currency to purchase anything in Trinidad – always buy with T&T currency. 5. Do not wear jewelry while walking the streets. 6. Do not carry a handbag or wallet. Always keep monies spread about your body – some in your pocket, your underwear, your shoes, your bra, etc. 7. Do not use cell phone excessively on the street – it’s distracting. 8. Do not leave anything of value in plain view in your vehicle. 9. Do not park on the street – Use paid parking lots or garages.

It has it good areas and bad areas like every country.

I used public transportation while I was there for a month and when I was there for three weeks again. Never hired a taxi. Nothing happened. I used my handbag but did not walk with a lot of money and left important papers home. I just had my money in my bag. Yes, do not wear expensive jewellery. Blend in with your look. A lot of people are very paranoid especially older people. Are there thousands of criminals roaming the streets. Just be cautious as you would be in New York city. Like everywhere else in this world there are areas where I would never go. Find out where those areas are.

Fun Rejuvenating

I was there in Feb 2016 for three weeks…I had no issues..santa cruz, st james..stay in familiar areas or roll with ppl from there that are not into trouble n u shld be just fine.

Marrying a lady from Trinadad and relocation

Hello I am Musa by name from Nigeria please there is something i want know is their ladies setting people up? Because i have been dating a lady online and she is disturbing me to come to Trinadad and marry her but i told her am not going to stay there she said we will stay together in Trinidad. I need your advise please

Take Some Care

Trinidad and Tobago are two very different islands. If you’re travelling from a sanitised European or North American type city then you may be surprised at how dirty and run down a lot of places are. This is common to both islands. I keep reading that public transport is not safe, but I assume this advice refers to Maxi Taxis – just Maxis – which are a bit on the rough side and as a white traveller I often got funny looks, but never any travel. If you want a taxi, then your better phoning someone who is recommended although I have used street cars as well with no problems. Buses between the major conurbations of San Fernando, Chaguanas and Port of Spain are good and cheap. They are mostly air conditioned an quite comfortable. There is also a water taxi service between Port of Spain and San Fernando which is quick and reliable. Travelling between Trinidad and Tobago is cheap and easy either by a very short flight or a ferry crossing of about 3 hours. The ferry is extremely dirty and often unreliable. It is either late or doesn’t go at all, which is very frustrating. I never experienced any crime. Murder rates are extremely high, but they are mostly restricted to gangs in depressed areas. The biggest problem I suffered on that side was aggressive beggars. There are people constantly trying some form of scam on you, but if you are sensible this can be avoided. Food, particularly street food is amazing in this country thanks quite a diverse range of cuisines. Pubs and bars are a lot of fun whether you partake in alcohol or not and are relatively inexpensive. If you’re reasonably sensible and keep your wits about you, Trinidad and Tobago is a great country to visit. People are generally friendly, helpful and very welcoming.

Keep your wits about you and you’ll have a great time

bad info to tell people you be fine… don’t tourist Trinidad

My brother and sis in law were murdered in their home in Tobago a few year so we will NEVER visit To us IT IS NOT SAFE

A twin island state of confusion

Not sure why anyone will choose Trinidad for a vacation.

They are trying too hard to be like Miami and the food there is mediocre. People are not friendly. Service is not in their culture and everything is a joke to them.

There are many islands in the Caribbean but none such as this twin-island state.

Thisis very true . Citizen.

I live here and if i had a choice i would not. Carnival is violent especially leading up to the events. Locals are robbed . Killed by other citizens and this is to get money to attend parties.

misleading review just be cautious

Unfair rating the fact that Honduras is rated safer to travel speaks for itself….doe with it problems Trinidad and tobago is generally safe for tourist just know the does and donts be cautious after dark Always travel with a register taxi or in groups No reported terrorist attack has taken place in over 29 years

A more realistic view

The “Warnings & Dangers in Trinidad and Tobago” part is accurate except for the Terrorism part.Once folks stay away from the Hotspot areas and take the same safety precautions you would take in any other country, you’ll be fine. Aside from crime , you have to deal with archaic, poor and slow customer services with Government offices (immigration and legal affairs specifically), lack of freedom and privacy in general , expensive hotels that aren’t worth it and ridiculous prices in some restaurants and most supermarkets .T&T makes up for all of this with their cuisine,music and culture. A melting pot of nationalities and highly creative people.

Its bad but not this bad

Some of the details in this article are exaggerated, i live in Trinidad and it’s not bad. There are a few bad spots but there’s no reason to go there, our fenders and taxi drivers aren’t scam artists and you’re safe to take a car passing on the road as long as it has an H on the number plate, Also there has never been a terrorist attack in this country for the 20 years I’ve been living here and majority of the murders that take place are gang related so tourists have nothing to worry about.

Do more research and get your facts right.

OMG, I cannot believe this write-up. Granted that crime has taken a surge, albeit a small surge, it is in no way as the writer as described us. I have lived here for 59 years and still feel quite safe. Wow, wish some people who tend to write or be “influencers” get their facts right. What terrorist attack have we had?? and then to say that Honduras is safer…. well please. Go do the math. Talk to foreign celebrities who have come and will continue to come for our Carnival.

hello there we are planning to visit T & T coming year can you please guide which place in T & T is better to stay /

stay where you are.

Exaggerated...

Been in Trinidad 2 times for work. Although I didn’t explore that much I didn’t feel unsafe at all and I would take any chance I can to go back there! I stayed in PoS but spent most of my time in Chaguana, went out for lunch, strolled around and no one was trying to scam me or anything. I did a trip to Maracas beach and same there, no one tried anything on me. For people heading there for business trips I would recommend to arrange for a driver picking you up at the airport, the hotel you’re staying should be able to help you with that.

The only thing preventing me from putting 5 stars is the fact that people did advice me not to wonder around when it was dark and to be cautious about my surroundings.

Finally, thanks Trinidad for the hospitality!

They don’t sell mandarin oranges at grocery stores. You can only find cute boys in the rich neighborhoods. Too much crime like jeez chill. No concerts from international artists. BOO. Pollution. Need I say any more? Creepers. Aw man. Some druggies on the streets which give me the heebie jeebies. That’s not even the tip of the iceberg tbvh

ANDRE IS WRIGHT

SURE I THINK I WILL GO TO TRINIDAD AND I SHOULD SAY ITS MEDIUM SAFE,OK

You Could be kidnapped as a tourist and human smuggled through Venezuala. but apart from that, have a good time!

T&T has changed within the years. It is not as safe as it use to be. Crime has increased drastically.

Trying too hard to be Miami.

If you want a cultural experience then you will have to venture towards the rural areas in the South of Trinidad.

The North is pretentious and tries too hard to be Miami. It’s an island that screams “LOOK AT ME” It’s a status-driven society whose identity changes like the tides that kiss its shores.

Tobago is great for birdwatching but the beach bums are a filthy nuisance. Visitors are viewed as targets and not treated with a warm safe welcome.

The Caribbean is a lovely place to visit but not Trinidad and Tobago. Good luck.

It’s not safe

I’m a Trini and I can say that Trinidad is not a safe place. Too many murders and gangs fighting for turf. Too many innocent people getting murdered and robbed. If gang was killing gang then ok but gangs killing innocent people just for walking in their neighborhood. If you living in south you can go to laventille it’s like Peter paying for Paul. You can’t even go out once it gets dark in Trinidad. Trinidad is a war zone. This is 2022 and I’m not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for Trinidad.

Had no trouble there

Been to both Trinidad and Tobago in 2018, travelling alone. Only after booking I realized how high crime in that nation is, which made me a bit anxious, almost regretting my decision. In Tobago I rented a car, and explored the western half of the island by car. Made some friends among the German and Austrian expats there and had a good time. Never felt threatend at all in any way. Locals as well as expats were friendly and helpful, the other tourists were mainly honeymooners from Trinidad, because I was traveling outside of tourist season. Food was good and quite affordable. Before going over to Port of Spain, I had asked everyone that seemed trustworthy about where to go or not to go in the capital, and they warned me of some places. When arriving in Port of Spain I also asked my taxi driver, which was a friendly, helpful and trustworthy guy and the manager of the small hostel in Woodbrook where I stayed about safety concerns and they again warned me of some places, Laventille, etc. Heeded their advice and explored Downtown, Woodbrook, Queen’s Park Savannah Area and part of Saint James by foot and on my own without going too far east. Never felt threatend in any way, and everyone I ever met was friendly and genuinely helpful. Actually been to a lot of places with a much safer reputation and got into more scary situations (Cambodia, Bali). Had some excellent street food (Trini as well as Jamaican). Never went out late at night – not after 9 or 10 pm. Never got drunk or otherwise intoxicated. Overall it was a short, but very enjoyable vacation and I am determined to return to T&T at some point in the future. Not sure if I was just lucky, or if the precautions I mentioned are enough just enough to make the travel experience a safe one. Not sure if things have changed in the four years.

Thank you ill be going solo soon

No Exaggeration!

Not exaggerated I know first hand from a friend and his wife were shot in front of their kids in an attempted robbery and car theft. He was shot in the neck and she was shot in the abdomen. All suffered from trauma and stress thereafter.

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The World Travel and Tourism Council  has awarded destination Tobago with the official "Safe Travels" stamp after the development of a  Tourism Industry Health and Safety Manual for Post Covid-19  by the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited.

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Trinidad and Tobago Safety 2024: Trinidad and Tobago Safe to Visit

Susan Laurent

Though Trinidad and Tobago is a wealthy Caribbean country, when it comes to safety, the country has seen better days.

The media outlets are constantly flooded with crime reports which cast a shadow over the country’s prosperity.

The wave of crime is so steep that it’s practically a national emergency. Even global travel advisories urge tourists to postpone visiting until things settle.

In this guide, we’ll cover all the reasons why it’s not the best idea to visit Trinidad and Tobago at present. But if you’re still determined to go, we hope to help you stay safer with some tips and up-to-date information.

Is Trinidad and Tobago Safe?

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago isn’t considered to be very safe. However, most travel advisories simply urge tourists to practice increased caution rather than eschew going altogether.

The country grapples with economic problems, the possibility of running out of oil and gas , corruption , and race-based politics . This is all accompanied by a big issue—crime.

Trinidad is the bigger island with over a million citizens. Here, anyone can fall victim to crime, particularly tourists, who have been targets for thefts and assaults.

Tobago, on the other hand, is a quieter, smaller island with fewer inhabitants. Crime is lower, however, violent burglaries go down at villas and guesthouses, especially in spots like Buccoo, Mount Irvine, and Charlotteville.

In the past, the most petty crimes occurred during Carnival , the crowning event that draws tens of thousands of tourists every year. But now, crime happens year-round.

  • International travel advisories: Level 2, practice increased caution
  • Crime rating: Moderate to high, at 70.83
  • Most committed crimes: Assaults, petty thefts, and drug-related offenses.
  • High-crime areas: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, Carenage, Morvant, the interior of Queen’s Park Savannah, La Brea (Pitch Lake), downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches (after dark)
  • Public transportation safety: Unsafe; you are exposed to theft and assaults.
  • Safety walking alone during the day: Moderate
  • Safety walking alone during the night: Low
  • Road safety: Some roads are narrow and winding, and major roads carry the threat of carjacking and reckless driving.
  • Beach safety: At night, beaches are the most common site of theft and assaults; regarding swimming, dangerous currents may put tourists at risk of drowning
  • Shark attacks: Rare
  • Common natural disasters: Hurricanes and earthquakes
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning: No reported cases, but the threat exists
  • Police presence: 6,500 officers; however, their presence doesn’t always guarantee safety
  • Medical care quality: Public hospitals and private clinics are spread out, but you may need to be evacuated for serious health issues

Travel Advisory for Trinidad and Tobago

Different international travel advisories share somewhat conflicting information regarding the safety situation of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Australian travel advisory puts the nation in the Level-2 safety category, which urges visitors to “Exercise a high degree of caution,” but does not advise them to postpone travel . The Canadian , NZ , and UK travel advisories follow suit, but they’re quick to highlight the serious risk of crime. So, if you decide to visit, maintain high awareness at all times. 

The United States travel advisory assigns Trinidad with the Level-3: “Reconsider Travel” category. It cites high crime levels as to why tourists should postpone their visit, as visitors aren’t spared the trouble .

So the consensus is that you can visit Trinidad and Tobago. However, you need to do so with extreme vigilance.

A Comprehensive Look at Trinidad and Tobago Crime Rates

Trinidad and Tobago is the sixth-highest crime-rated country globally , with a crime index of 70.83.

The country grapples with an increasing crime wave , reaching a number of nearly 10,000 reported crimes annually .

The neighboring countries of Venezuela and Guyana, also struggling with high crime rates, contribute to drug-related activities in the West. In 2023, Trinidad and Tobago saw a total of 310 drug-related incidents.

Source : Numbeo , 2024 data 2024 data based on 16 contributors.

Police Presence in Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is made up of around 6,500 officers. However, their presence doesn’t always guarantee safety.

It’s not a matter of the police doing nothing; rather, the overwhelming and varying nature of crime makes it practically impossible to prevent and process each incident.

Adding to the complexity is the issue of corruption , which further erodes trust in law enforcement. In 2022, Trinidad ranked 76th out of 180 countries for corruption, with over 50 cops facing corruption charges that same year. The UN National Refugee Agency confirms that corruption within the police force is linked to the drug trade.

Public Transportation Safety in Trinidad and Tobago

Taxi in Trinidad and Tobago

Using public transport in Trinidad and Tobago is risky.

Crime reports tell a grim tale of robberies and assaults targeting bus travelers. The mini busses known as “maxi taxis” stop anywhere on the road to pick up extra passengers, thus further exposing tourists to potential danger.

There have been reports of unlicensed taxi drivers being perpetrators of violence, assaults, and robberies.

Private taxis and those affiliated with major hotels may seem safer, but assaults from private taxi drivers have occurred, so even this option doesn’t guarantee iron-clad safety.

Road Safety in Trinidad and Tobago

The roads in Trinidad and Tobago are unsafe for driving.

The Australian travel advisory reveals that tourists are three times more likely to be harmed in a motor vehicle accident in Trinidad and Tobago than in Australia.

The roads are made of low-quality materials and poorly maintained. Plus, some roads are narrow and winding, pedestrians often walk on the roads, and locals often drive under the influence of alcohol.

Many accidents caused by drunk driving happen on the Beetham-Churchill Roosevelt Highway to and from the airport. The road from Port of Spain to the popular Maracas beach area is also notorious for reckless driving.

Medical Care Quality in Trinidad and Tobago

The quality of medical care in Trinidad and Tobago varies.

There are several major hospitals and smaller health centers and clinics dispersed across the islands. Routine medical issues can be tackled with ease, but if you’re suddenly facing a serious health complication, be prepared for the possibility of evacuation to another location that offers a higher standard of care.

Key public hospitals include:

  • Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex: +1 868 225 4673
  • Point Fortin Hospital: +1 868 648 3281
  • Port of Spain General Hospital: +1 868 623 2951
  • San Fernando General Hospital and San Fernando Teaching Hospital: +1 868 225 4325
  • Sangre Grande Hospital: +1 868 668 2273
  • Scarborough General Hospital: +1 868 660 4744

Costs at public hospitals range from free for smaller injuries and/or ailments to pricey for complex procedures. Private clinics tend to be more expensive than public hospitals.

Consider travel health insurance to keep your mind at ease, As it will cover medical expenses in Trinidad and Tobago. Double-check which hospitals are covered by your insurance policy.

Notable insurance options include MyGuardianGroup , VisitorsCoverage , Insured Nomads , and SafetyWing .

Is It Safe to Travel Solo in Trinidad and Tobago?

In 2024, Trinidad and Tobago isn’t a safe destination for solo travelers.

Solo travelers are at a higher risk of crime in Trinidad and Tobago.

If you’re set on visiting, travel with a group. Alternatively, postpone visiting until the authorities give the green light for safety.

Perils of Nature: The Risk of Natural Disasters in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago face the possibility of two natural disasters: hurricanes and earthquakes.

Hurricanes occur in Trinidad and Tobago about four times a year , typically within the official Atlantic hurricane season, from early June to late November.

Many hurricanes don’t make direct landfall in Trinidad and Tobago , but the aftermath can bring gusts of wind, rain, and occasional coastal flooding. The cities most impacted in Trinidad and Tobago are Scarborough and Petit Valley.

The most intense hurricane to hit Trinidad and Tobago in 2023 was Bret. Hitting a peak wind speed of 59.5 mph (about 96 km/h) on June 22, 2023, at 11:00 PM local time near Scarborough, it measured 57.8 miles (about 93 kilometers) in diameter—earning the classification of a tropical storm hurricane.

Keep tabs on hurricane updates from reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center . If a hurricane is brewing, local authorities will lay out safety measures and point you to the nearest shelters.

Earthquakes

Trinidad and Tobago experienced an earthquake registering a 5.2 magnitude on February 3rd, 2024. Luckily, the quake was moderate, with no damage and no victims.

Looking back, the most powerful quake near Trinidad and Tobago was a 6.7-magnitude tremor in 1997, which had a depth of 5.0 kilometers. The damage was estimated at $18-25 million.

Earthquakes hit with little to no warning , so you can’t track their activity like with hurricanes. The only solution is to act promptly if one does occur.

In the rare event of a quake:

  • Drop to the ground
  • Take cover under something sturdy
  • Hold on tight until the shaking stops

If you’re outdoors when it hits:

  • Find a clear spot away from buildings and trees
  • Stick to the drop, cover, and hold-on drill

Now, if you’re by the coast and notice the water pulling back:

  • Don’t wait around, move away
  • Head to higher ground

For real-time updates on earthquake activity, visit the Trinidad and Tobago Weather Center .

Beware the Silent Threat: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago hasn’t suffered any carbon monoxide poisoning incidents. This silent threat sneaks into rooms through poorly maintained or improperly vented appliances .

Nevertheless, this danger is not unfamiliar to the Caribbean , as a tragic incident in 2022 in the Bahamas saw three Americans harmed at a Sandals resort on Great Exuma Island.

There are no national laws mandating carbon monoxide detectors , so your hotel in Trinidad and Tobago may lack one. Hence, we recommend carrying a portable CO detector .

If you feel symptoms like headaches, vomiting, or feeling dizzy, you may suffer from CO poisoning. Seek medical attention promptly . Prolonged exposure to CO can have severe health consequences.

Serenity by the Shore: The Safety of Trinidad and Tobago Beaches

Trinidad and Tobago Beach

Beaches in Trinidad and Tobago are not safe —these public spots are frequent targets for crime, especially after dark when the risk escalates to more violent assaults.

Beyond human threats, treacherous currents have harmed many in Trinidad and Tobago. While shark attacks are rare, swimming alone might invite unexpected encounters.

If you’re set on beach time, stick to where the crowd is. Sharks avoid crowded beaches and that’s where lifeguards keep watch.

The beaches with lifeguards on duty are Mayaro, Maracas, Manzanilla, Queen’s Beach Salybia, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Los Iros, Vessigny, and Quinam.

Trinidad and Tobago also uses a colored flag system at beaches that you can check for safe swimming:

Red Flag: No Swimming. High waves and strong currents.

Yellow Flag: Swim carefully. Waves or currents might pose a challenge.

Green Flag: Safe to swim. The ocean is calm.

Purple Flag: Caution! Potentially harmful marine creatures may be around.

Lifeguards in Trinidad in Tobago usually hold the fort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day , so it’s wise not to overstay. If venturing to an unpatrolled beach, check with the locals for insights on water conditions.

Trinidad and Tobago Weather Patterns: What to Expect

Trinidad and Tobago Rain Clouds

Trinidad and Tobago have a tropical climate.

Temperature variations are minimal , ranging from 72°F to 90°F (about 22.2°C to 32.2°C), rarely falling below 69°F (about 20.6°C) or exceeding 93°F (about 33.9°C).

The rainy season spans mid-May to the end of December , with a higher than 26% chance of a given day being rainy. July has the most rainy days, averaging 13.7, while November sees the highest rainfall, reaching 4.8 inches (about 12.2 cm).

The hurricane season coincides with the wet season , starting in June and ending in November, with the highest likelihood of hurricanes in August, September, and October.

The dry season runs from January to mid-May . March has the fewest wet days (2.1 days), and it is also the driest month, with an average rainfall of 0.5 inches (about 1.3 cm).

The winds pick up from December to mid-July , with April as the gustiest with an average wind speed of 16.5 mph (about 26.6 km/h). September, on the flip side, has the least winds with an average hourly wind speed of 11.5 mph (about 18.5 km/h).

Water temperatures are warm year-round . The water is warmest from August to October, with September boasting the warmest water at around 84°F (about 28.9°C). February has the coolest water with an average water temperature of 80°F (about 26.7°C).

Monthly Average Temperatures in Trinidad and Tobago

Source : WeatherSpark , 2024 data

When Is the Best Time to Visit Trinidad and Tobago?

Given the current safety situation, there isn’t an ideal time to visit Trinidad and Tobago.

However, if you still wish to proceed with your visit, the best and safest window would be during the dry months, from January to April.

We’ve chosen this season as it coincides with the islands’ liveliest atmosphere, drawing a larger crowd of tourists and thereby reducing the chances of encountering potential dangers. Safety often lies in numbers. Plus, this period has a more forgiving climate—the sun shines, rain is rare, and nights are pleasant.

The low season may bring lower prices for hotels and accommodation, but we don’t recommend visiting during quieter times, as this could potentially expose you to a higher risk of becoming a target for crime.

How to Stay Safe in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Enrollment in STEP Program: Join the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for emergency alerts and easier location tracking.
  • Contingency Planning: Review the U.S. Traveler’s Checklist for emergency situations.
  • Stay Informed: Monitor local media for breaking events; visit Trinidad Guardian , Loop , and Trinidad Express for updates.
  • Daytime Caution Areas: Exercise caution in areas like Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, Carenage, Morvant, Queen’s Park Savannah, La Brea, downtown Port of Spain, Fort George Overlook, and all beaches during the day.
  • Nighttime Safety Measures: Avoid walking or driving at night; opt for food delivery services like Uber Eats if hungry.
  • Drug Possession Laws: Trinidad and Tobago allows possession of up to 30g of cannabis or 5g of cannabis resin ; public smoking or driving while under the influence is illegal.
  • LGBT+ Considerations: Homosexuality has historically been illegal . The High Court of Justice struck it down, but the State has appealed. There are other laws on the books still not friendly to same-sex relations, including restrictions on the entry of LGBT+ individuals.
  • Scam Awareness: Beware of internet romance and financial scams; never share personal or financial information with unknown parties.
  • Hotel Security: Be cautious in areas like Mt. Irvine, Buccoo Bay, and Bacolet in Tobago; ensure rental properties have 24-hour security.
  • Card Safety: Pay attention when others handle your cards; use ATMs in well-lit areas and avoid irregular card readers.
  • Seasonal Crime Peaks: Crimes of opportunity increase during Carnival , Christmas holidays, and Tobago Jazz Experience .
  • Non-Resistance to Attacks: If attacked, do not resist; criminals are often armed, and resistance can lead to being harmed.
  • Immediate Action for Violent Crime Victims: Seek urgent medical help, especially in cases of violent assaults.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 990 or 811
  • Coast Guard: 634-4440
  • Abduction: 623-6793
  • Children’s Authority: 996 or 800-2014

Stay Safe, Caribbean Explorers!

Trinidad and Tobago, once a fascinating nation blessed with oil and gas riches and an impressive GDP per capita, now grapples with very serious safety challenges.

Out of the two, Tobago is definitely the safer option for a vacation. However, even to get there, you need to clear several crime points. First, the airport—a hotspot for opportunistic criminals eyeing jet-lagged visitors. Then, the highway—where criminals stop vehicles and snatch valuables, in potentially violent encounters. After that, you need to get through the crime-concentrated Trinidad before finally reaching Tobago—where you still need to keep your guard up, even in your hotel room.

Our verdict is: leave this country for safer times.

If your travel aspirations lean toward the Caribbean, consider alternatives that are not only stunning but also notably safer—such as the Cayman Islands [2]  , Grenada [3]  , Bermuda [4]  , and Puerto Rico [5]  .

Safe travels!

Link to: Bahamas Travel Safety 2023: How Safe is the Bahamas for Travel?

Link to: Cayman Islands Travel Safety Guide for 2024

Link to: Grenada Travel Safety Guide for 2024

Link to: Bermuda Travel Safety Guide for 2024

Link to: Puerto Rico Travel Safety Guide for 2024

Cayman Islands

Cayman Safety 2024: Is Cayman Safe to Visit?

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Safety 2024: Is Dominican Republic Safe to Visit?

St. Lucia

St. Lucia Safety 2024: Is St. Lucia Safe to Visit?

Grenada

Grenada Safety 2024: Is Grenada Safe to Visit?

Susan Laurent

Good to know

I am so glad that I received this particular email today because I family and I had a family reunion to attend to in August, and because of the various location we all felt a way. So we decided not to go any more until next. Hoping that things will die down with the crime. I am a Trinidad and Tobago Citizen and I usually travel every year, but due to the pandemic and crime I took a break for a few year and have no regrets. It just I had to use wisdom and wait for the right time to start back traveling. So this message I received asking all tourist to hold back and rethink their travel plan, and not come to Trinidad and Tobago at this time was actually a Godsend. God bless the sender of this email!! Sincerely Yours,

Dawn Cruickshank

I am from Trinidad. We do NOT have laws against homosexuality of prejudice against them. We are OUT of the hurricane belt, being too far south. I have never experienced a hurricane in Trinidad after 65 years!

Hi Ruffina, thank you for reading and your feedback. I just made an edit to better clarify the same-sex and LGBTQ+ considerations. There are, indeed, a handful laws on the books that are not sympathetic to this community. The recent 2018 High Court of Justice decision in favor of same-sex individuals was an overturning of just one of those laws. The ruling has also been appealed by the State with a final ruling still pending.

Regarding hurricanes, it’s great that you seem to not have been affected. There are multiple hurricanes that have affected Trinidad and Tobago over the years. Specifically, Ivan (2004) and Tomas (2010). And, here are the 3 most recent significant damage & fatal tropical storms: Tropical Storms Karen (2019), Bret (2017), and Helene (2012).

Hi, my name is Courtney D. I am an expat of Trinidad and Tobago since 1983. I have not been to Trinidad for the past 5 years. However, I am very disappointed to read the review. Unftunately, much of what was said appears to be correct. There’s no question that crime increased since commissioner Gary Griffith left office. He was apparently been ousted. Prime Minister Keith Rowley, I am very disappointed that my home has fallen apart and continues to deteriorate. Congratulations, we now in the top ten dangerous countries to visit. I had hoped to bring my kids, my grandkids, my wife and my new family to visit Trinidad (my home), however, I am scared for their safety. Carnival-the greatest show on earth- was a disaster. (More ass than mass). No kids allowed! The last I heard is that Trinidad needs investors to boost its economy. The local are holding their money which causes the Economy to be sluggish. Economic Development, Job opportunities, medical and affordable housing opportunities are declining at a rapid rate. Foreign investors are discouraged because of crime. Unless there are other sources of foreign revenue locals are struggling to survive. The investment strategies to boost the economy are antiquated and needs to be revised. Please let’s change this before it’s too late!! In a few years Trinidad will be another Haiti…

I am here to help CND

Thank you for reading and providing your feedback, Courtney, we appreciate your insights.

I do visit Trinidad quite frequently, because most of my family still resides there. Yes, with the type of crime and nothing seems to be done about it is beyond me. I myself was a victim of theft . My rental car was smashed at the passanger side window at a waterfall close to Toco, police reluctantly took fingerprints, however that’s where it stopped. No follow up on reported crimes. We need solutions.. BRING BACK GARY, he was exactly what the country needed..

Hi Wendy, thank you for reading and we appreciate you sharing your experiences.

I’m a Trini American just wanna comment about the hurricane season in Trinidad and Tobago! Since Trinidad lies 10 to 11 North of the Equator, Trinidad is not in direct part of the hurricane belt! Although Tobago was hit by hurricane Flora in 1960s.

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Island of Trinidad

Violent crime, including armed robberies, assaults and sexual assault, occurs frequently on the island of Trinidad, especially in the capital, Port of Spain. Tourists have been targeted.

Since 2018, incidents of kidnapping for ransom have increased. Cruise ship passengers should be very careful when walking around the docks in Port of Spain. Shootings, kidnappings and other gang- and drug-related violence also occur. There is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching and thefts from cars, occurs. Crimes of opportunity tend to increase during the annual Carnival celebrations in February or March, the Christmas holidays and Tobago Jazz Festival.

  • Avoid deserted beaches and isolated areas after dark. On certain beaches, security is only provided from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Don’t walk alone at night
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or show signs of affluence
  • Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Never leave personal belongings, such as money, credit cards, cell phones and other electronics, unattended, especially on beaches
  • If possible, stay in hotels or villas with guards and security cameras.

Criminals target foreigners. Remain highly vigilant in:

  • Beetham Gardens
  • Savannah Park
  • Fort George
  • La Brea (Pitch Lake)
  • Las Cuevas Beach

If possible, avoid travel outside Port of Spain after dark, especially along the Beetham Highway. Criminals have targeted cars stopped on this road and victims have been carjacked, assaulted and robbed. Drive with windows closed and doors locked, since thefts can occur at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic. Gangs have followed cars leaving Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport to rob travellers at their destination.

Home invasion

Home invasions are common and may turn violent. If you are staying in either private or commercial accommodations:

  • be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • and ensure that windows and doors are securely locked

Be aware that police response often takes time.

Island of Tobago

Violent crime, including armed robberies, assaults and sexual assault, occurs on the island of Tobago. Incidents against foreigners, including Canadians, have occurred.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, also occurs. Tourists have been targeted.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Avoid unpatrolled beaches and isolated areas, especially after dark
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, passport and other travel documents are secure at all times

There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.

Targets could include:

  • public gatherings and festivals, such as Carnival
  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • diplomatic missions
  • public areas and tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Be particularly vigilant during religious holidays and if attending public events. Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places and exercise caution.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations and labour strikes occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to essential services, traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Overseas fraud

Coastal waters can be dangerous.

In certain areas, sharks pose a risk to swimmers.

  • Avoid unsupervised beaches
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of lifeguards
  • Respect the flag warning system, which provides notice of water conditions and safety risks on beaches

Water shortages

Water shortages occur regularly in Trinidad and Tobago. They are more frequent during the dry season, February to June. The shortages can occur for extended periods of time and can lead to protests.

Road safety

Road conditions are good on highways on the island of Trinidad. Rural roads, in the mountainous northern region and on the island of Tobago are generally narrow, poorly maintained and congested.

Security presence has increased on either side of Trinidad’s Beetham Highway. If you encounter difficulties along Trinidad’s Beetham Highway:

  • don’t stop until you see a patrol car or reach the nearest police station
  • report traffic accidents to the nearest police station.

Public transportation

There is a large public transportation system of taxis, maxi-taxis, smaller and larger buses.

All official public transportation vehicles have licence plates starting with H. Public buses are painted red, white and black.

Buses are operated by the government of Trinidad and Tobago. They service both urban and rural areas.

Registered Taxis

The airport is served by the Airport Taxi Drivers’ Cooperative. These taxis are not shared. Make sure to establish the rate before driving away. Fares increase after 10 p.m. After dark, only use registered taxis. Taxi services from hotels are more expensive than public or route taxis.

Route taxis

Route taxis are shared cars that stop to pick up or drop off passengers. An official route taxi licence plate starts with H. Fares must be posted in the taxi, and the driver will display his taxi badge.

Maxi-Taxis (shared)

Maxi-taxis are painted white with two coloured bands that indicate the area they service. Fares are posted on the door or at the front of the maxi-taxi, and the driver will display his taxi badge.

An inter-island ferry operates between Trinidad and Tobago. Cancellations may occur with little or no notice. Check the status of your travel with the Port Authority.

Port Authority  - Trinidad and Tobago

A water taxi operates between Port of Spain and San Fernando. Purchase tickets at water taxi terminals.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Business visa: not required for stays up to 30 days Student visa: required

Tourists receive a stamp indicating the period they are allowed to stay in the country.

Visas – Ministry of National Security

Other entry requirements

You must show proof of a return or onward ticket, and that you will have enough funds for your stay.

  • Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is recommended depending on your itinerary.
  • Contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

About Yellow Fever Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that   country entry requirements   may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest   diplomatic or consular office   of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)   is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

There are five public health facilities that offer free medical services to the public. Private hospital care can be very expensive.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

You should never carry a stranger’s baggage.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Camouflage clothing

It is illegal for civilians to wear army or camouflage clothing.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

The laws prohibiting sexual acts between individuals of the same sex were ruled unconstitutional. Charges will no longer be laid under these laws.

However, homosexuality is not widely accepted in Trinidad and Tobago society.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Traffic drives on the left. Most vehicles are right-hand drive, but left-hand-drive vehicles are permitted and identified as such.

All children below the age of 5 must sit in the back seat.

Visitors are allowed to drive for 90 days with a valid Canadian driver’s licence. If you plan to stay beyond 90 days, you should apply for an International Driving permit prior to arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.

International Driving Permit

Drinking and driving

Persons found guilty of drinking and driving face heavy fines. Police use randomly placed roadblocks on major roads to check for drunk drivers and use breathalysers to test drivers on the spot.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Trinidad and Tobago.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Trinidad and Tobago, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Trinidad and Tobago court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Trinidad and Tobago to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children's Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country's judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abductions: A guide for affected parents
  • The Hague Convention – Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Request emergency assistance

The currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD).

You can convert Canadian currency at all major banks or currency exchanges (Bureaux de Change) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

Trinidad and Tobago regularly experience heavy rains during the hurricane season, leading to severe flooding and landslides.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
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Trinidad and Tobago is located in an active seismic zone.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre provides information and advice in the event of an earthquake.

Alerts and more information about seismic activity – Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 999
  • emergency health services (provided by National Emergency Ambulance): 811
  • Tourism Policing Unit, located at Crown Point Police Station, 1-868-639-0020
  • fire and alternate ambulance services: 990
  • Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management: 511
  • Tobago Emergency Management Agency: 211

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Trinidad and Tobago, in Port of Spain, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

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The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

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Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Travel Advisory July 17, 2023

Trinidad and tobago - level 3: reconsider travel.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Reconsider travel to Trinidad and Tobago due to  crime . Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to  terrorism  and  kidnapping . Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas in Port of Spain: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah. After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches. Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain.

Country Summary : Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common.

Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to Trinidad and Tobago.

If you decide to travel to Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Trinidad and Tobago. 
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not display overt signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting ATMs.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest  Travel Health Information  related to your travel.

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15 Queen’s Park West Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago Telephone: +(868) 622-6371 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(868) 622-6371 Fax: +(868) 822-5955 [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the  Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago  website for the most current visa information.                   

Dual nationals should obtain a U.S. passport prior to departing the United States to avoid significant delays when returning.                        

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Trinidad and Tobago.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism:   Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U.S. citizens abroad.  Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack – including knives, firearms, and vehicles – to more effectively target crowds.  Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:

  • High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
  • Places of worship
  • Shopping malls and markets
  • Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights) 

For more information, see our Terrorism page. 

Crime:  Violent crime, including assault, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault, home invasions, and murder, is common throughout Trinidad & Tobago. Avoid traveling alone, particularly after dark or in secluded areas.  Due to high crime rates, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following areas: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah.

Avoid the following places after dark:

  • Downtown Port of Spain
  • Fort George
  • Queen’s Park Savannah

Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang related.

Tourists are particularly vulnerable to pick-pocketing and armed assaults in these locations. Criminal activity often increases before and during holiday periods. Criminals have used dating apps or social media to entice victims to locations where they are mugged and beaten. Some have alleged distress to rob victims who stop to help them. Others have contacted victims for fraudulent online sales schemes.

Exercise caution at isolated waterfalls and beaches in Tobago due to muggings. Violent home invasions have occurred in Tobago, in particular in the Mt. Irvine, Buccoo Bay and Bacolet areas. 

Criminals may use copied sets of house keys to gain entry to residences. If you rent a property, ensure that adequate, 24-hour security measures are in place.

Review the  Crime & Safety Report  for Trinidad and Tobago.  

International Financial Scams:  Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Trinidad and Tobago.  Scams are often initiated on social media postings/profiles, dating apps or by unsolicited emails and letters.  Scammers can pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help.  Never provide personal or financial information to unknown parties via email, telephone, mail, or fax. See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages on scams for more information. Common scams include:  

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers

Victims of Crime:   Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(868) 622-6371.  Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

Emergency telephone numbers:

  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 990 or 811
  • Coast Guard: 634-4440
  • Anti-Crime Hotline: 555 or 800-TIPS
  • Kidnapping Hotline: 623-6793Children’s Authority: 996 or 800-2014
  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • Support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:   U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

It may be illegal to take pictures of government and military facilities. Get permission before taking such pictures.

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Trinidad and Tobago are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

It is illegal to carry ammunition when arriving, departing, or transiting through Trinidad and Tobago. Individuals found with as little as one bullet, a previously discharged bullet casing, or spent ammunition used in items such as jewelry or keyrings on their person or in their luggage at the airport have been detained, charged, and fined.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Camouflage Warning:  It is prohibited to import any camouflage-pattern material without approval from the Ministry of National Security. Wearing camouflage clothing in public is prohibited. Camouflage uniforms may be worn if you are in Trinidad and Tobago on official military business.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:   See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers  
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad   

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  The law in Trinidad and Tobago criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults, but the government does not enforce it, and a court ruling in April 2018 deemed the law unconstitutional.  As of September 2021, the government’s appeal of the ruling was pending.

See our  LGBTQI+ Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:   The law in Trinidad and Tobago prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities, and the law is not enforced.  Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States.  Most sidewalks are impassible for wheelchairs, due to the deep gutters that run alongside most roads. Many sidewalks are also narrow and uneven. Cars parked on sidewalks, uncovered manholes, and other obstacles may force persons with mobility issues onto the main roadways in what can be very dangerous traffic conditions. 

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Trinidad and Tobago, dial: 999 for police or 990 for Fire/EMS.

Ambulance services are not widely available, and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. Public ambulance service is limited and often has slow response times due to low availability and high demand. There are private ambulance services.  The patient has to pay prior to receiving the service. 

See  this page  for a list of private air and regular ambulance services in Trinidad and Tobago.

Medical care is below U.S. standards. While care at some private facilities is better than at most public health facilities, patients may need to prove ability to pay before receiving assistance, even in emergencies. Patients requiring blood transfusions are expected to arrange for at least the same amount to be donated on their behalf. Physicians and nurses have been known to go on strike, straining public medical services. 

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.  

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Many care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance overseas. 

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to ensure the medication is legal in Trinidad and Tobago. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Please note that many medicines prescribed in the United States are not easily accessible through the local pharmacies. It is recommended to have enough stock of medicines for at least 6 months. 

The following diseases are present:

  • Chikungunya
  • Yellow Fever
  • Travelers' Diarrhea. A high risk exists throughout the country, with moderate risk in deluxe accommodations.

Use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mosquito repellents and sleep under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.  Chemoprophylaxis is recommended for all travelers even for short stays. 

Vaccinations:  Be up to date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Swimming Safety:  Do not enter the water at unmarked, unpatrolled beaches. Tides and undercurrents can be dangerous, and waves can exceed five feet in height.

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. 

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Trinidad and Tobago.  

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  It is illegal to use mobile phones while driving, except in hands-free mode. The penalty for talking or texting while driving is USD $240 or three months of imprisonment. Police administer breathalyzer tests at unannounced checkpoints and conduct traffic stops if they suspect someone is driving while intoxicated.

Roadside assistance exists but is limited and may involve lengthy delays. Drunk drivers are a particular concern on the weekends, especially after dark. Drive defensively and be careful on narrow and winding roads near beach areas and small towns.

Traffic Laws:  Vehicles drive on the left side of the road. Most vehicles are right-hand drive, but left-hand drive vehicles are permitted. Rental cars are available and are generally right-hand drive. U.S. driver's licenses and International Driving Permits are valid for up to 90 days after arrival. Seatbelts are required for drivers and front seat passengers, and violators may be fined.

Public Transportation:  Unmarked taxis and “maxi taxis” (minibuses) may stop abruptly in the middle of the road or veer across several lanes of traffic to pick up or drop off passengers. Only use private taxis in Port of Spain. For travel between cities, use private taxis or full-sized inter-city buses.

Vehicle Accident Procedures:  Contact local authorities immediately. If safe, render aid or assistance and remain on the scene until authorities arrive. Make sure to file an accident report with the local police station nearest the accident site within 24 hours.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information. Visit the website of Trinidad and Tobago’s  national tourist office  and  national authority responsible for road safety .

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Trinidad and Tobago’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners arriving aboard a private vessel must register any firearms with local customs authorities. Mariners planning travel to Trinidad and Tobago should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings .  If you are a mariner and need assistance, you should contact the Master of your vessel.  You may also send an email to [email protected] or contact the various mariner advocacy organizations. 

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Trinidad and Tobago was cited in the State Department’s 2022 Annual Report to Congress on International Child Abduction for demonstrating a pattern of non-compliance with respect to international parental child abduction. Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  Trinidad and Tobago.  For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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Why Go To Trinidad & Tobago

The southern Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago are a lesson in contrast. Trinidad, the larger of the two, is bustling with commerce and diversity. A cosmopolitan oasis of Creole culture and the birthplace of the steel drum and the limbo, Trinidad brims with natural resources like gas and oil. Its cultural eclecticism and, in some places, astonishing wealth, is all but unparalleled throughout the Caribbean. And then there's the sleepy island of Tobago. Just northeast, this island is rich in natural wonders and immaculate white-sand beaches, but it lacks the urban-sophisticate personality of its other half.

Trinidad has several beaches, but it's Tobago's shores that are more renowned for their variety and beauty. Its pristine beaches line almost every side of the island and they range from crowded to desolate and festive to romantic. Trinidad's main draw is its lush flora and fauna, particularly its scarlet ibises — the blood orange flamingos that call the island's jungles home. But starting in late February, the island does a 180 when it pours on the glitter and turns up the volume for one of the best Carnival parties in all the Caribbean .

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Best months 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.

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What You Need to Know

Tip as the locals do Gratuity is usually included in your bill, around 10 to 15 percent. If you'd like to tip extra for exceptional service, it's considered polite to place the tip in the waiter's hand, not on the table, and never add it to the credit card balance.

Watch your wallet Pickpockets are common among the crowds at Trinidad's Carnival, so keep your wallet in your front pocket and leave your passport and expensive jewelry locked up in the hotel safe.

Bring your bug spray Trinidad and Tobago are home to lots of mosquitoes and pesky no-see-ums — very tiny gnats — so packing a strong bug repellant is a must.

How to Save Money in Trinidad & Tobago

Pick your beaches Some beaches charge an entry fee but places like Store Bay on Tobago are free of charge.

Take a chance on the late rainy season From September to December, hotel and airfare rates will dip to lure travelers. Just remember to pack your rain gear for the afternoon showers.

Don't exchange your money on the street Less than reputable money changers will hang out in front of the banks offering to exchange money, but you'll get a much better rate inside.

Culture & Customs

Trinidad and Tobago was nicknamed "The Rainbow Country" by Bishop Desmond Tutu for its abundance of flowers and the diversity of its population. Many Trinbagonians can trace their history to African, Indian, European, Chinese and Middle Eastern ancestry. Though the official language is English, it is spoken with many different accents or in the local dialect of Trinibagianese.

The value of the Trinidad and Tobago dollar compared to U.S. currency fluctuates slightly, though $1 USD is approximately $6 TTD. U.S. cash is readily accepted, but some travel experts suggest you exchange money upon arrival in the airport. Don't panic though — traveler's checks and major credit cards are widely accepted, and traveler's checks can be cashed at most large hotels.

What to Eat

With such a mashup of cultures present on the T&T islands, visitors will find food choices that range from Creole to Chinese, West Indian to European, African to Indian. Dining options on Tobago are more affordable, but travel experts recommend the restaurants on Trinidad, especially around Port of Spain, for good food.

You'll find crab and dumpling on many menus, but some writers suggest you try some roti (flat bread stuffed with chicken, fish, goat or curry) instead. Wash it down with a planter's punch, a popular local drink made with fruit juices, grenadine, Angostura bitters, curaçao and rum.

Experienced travelers stress using common sense when participating in Trinidad's Carnival: Don't carry around valuables or wear expensive jewelry, and if at all possible, leave your wallet or purse at home in favor of carrying your identification in a front pants pocket. This will help prevent getting pickpocketed, which is a common occurrence during this time of year because of the close proximity of partygoers during day and evening festivities.

Carnival takes place during the dry season in Trinidad and Tobago, which makes it that much easier to get dehydrated while enjoying the festivities. Several tourist sites recommend drinking plenty of fluids, applying sunscreen at regular intervals, and wearing comfortable shoes and light clothing to prevent getting dehydrated.  

Getting Around Trinidad & Tobago

The best way to get around Trinidad and Tobago is by car, which you can rent at either Trinidad's Piarco International Airport (POS) or Tobago's Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (TAB). If you don't plan to explore much, you can get by just fine with the cheap taxis. Buses are also available but are rather unreliable. When you're ready to switch islands, head down to the docks at Port of Spain or Scarborough and board one of the private ferries.

Entry & Exit Requirements

A U.S. passport valid for six months or the duration of stay at the time of entry is required. Upon arrival, you must show proof of return travel. All visitors 5 years of age and older should also expect to pay a departure tax of $17 USD. Visit the U.S. State Department's  website for more information on entry and exit requirements.

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A Complete Travel Guide for Tobago, the Jewel of the Caribbean

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Welcome to my Tobago travel guide!  In this article, you will find all the information you’ll need if you are planning a trip to this beautiful Caribbean island.

In this article

First Thoughts

Tobago is the smaller and less populous of the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.  Whilst it is considered to be one country, there are so many differences between the two islands that I feel Tobago merits a travel guide of its own.  I have already published an article as to why the island should be considered as a whole different country. 

Before I get into the detail of my Tobago travel guide, I should declare a certain bias.  Mark and I have spent a total of almost a year on the island so far!  We rarely return to a destination a second time, but Tobago just got under our skin!  We were there for four months during the winter of 2017/2018 and returned in November 2019 to stay for six months.  We now think of the island, especially Castara , as our second home and have many friends there.

In this guide, I want to show you all why Tobago should be on your ‘must-visit’ list.  Yes, there are picture-perfect white sandy beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, but the island has so much more to offer!  There are verdant rainforests to explore, countless colourful birds to observe, delicious foods to savour, fascinating historical facts to learn about, unique coral reefs to snorkel over or dive to, glasses of rum punch to enjoy as the sun sets, rhythmic music to dance to, and, most important of all, friendly local people to engage with.

The Tobago Tourism Agency is very active in promoting the island to overseas visitors.  They have two main slogans which also act as hashtags across their social media channels – ‘Tobago Beyond’ and ‘101 Reasons Tobago’.  If you still need convincing, read on! 😊

Essential Information About Tobago

  • Area – 300.4 square kilometres
  • Population – c 63,000
  • Language – English
  • Capital – Scarborough
  • Currency – Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD)
  • Time zone – GMT -4
  • Telephone – the country code for Trinidad is 868 .
  • Electrical socket – standard voltage of 115V with type A and B sockets (two flat pins or two flat pins with a third round earth pin).  If you are travelling from the US, you won’t need an adaptor, but if you’re coming from the UK or elsewhere, you will.  Why not take  a universal travel adapter  with you.
  • Visas – visitors from most countries, including the UK and USA, do  NOT need a visa to visit Tobago.  Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to the country.  You will be given the right to remain for ninety days.  You may be asked to show your return air ticket and proof of sufficient funds to pay for your stay.  If you wish to stay beyond three months, it’s possible to apply for an extension for a further 90 days if you can prove that you have somewhere to stay and enough money to cover your expenses.  You can only extend once in any 12-month period.

This picture shows the flag of Trinidad and Tobago - a black diagonal stripe with a white border on a red background

Drug traffickers face severe penalties.  Marijuana has recently been legalised for personal use, but if you’re caught selling it, you’ll be in serious trouble!

Same-sex relationships are still illegal in Tobago.  Legislation exists that bars LGBT people from entering the country.  In reality, this is rarely enforced and there is growing local support for LGBT rights, but it’s still best to avoid public displays of affection.

It is an offence for anyone, including children, to wear or carry camouflage clothing.

Health and Safety in Tobago

My Tobago travel guide continues with some thoughts about health and safety to bear in mind if you are visiting the island.

It’s important to check the latest health advice issued by your government before you travel.  In the UK, this is available from  the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) .

In some areas of Tobago, medical facilities may be limited.  The main hospital in Scarborough is able to treat most problems, but medical evacuation to Port of Spain, Trinidad or even to the USA may be necessary in more serious cases.  Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance.  For UK nationals, the Caribbean is excluded from most general policies, so you need to buy extra cover.

There is a risk of Zika virus transmission in Tobago.  Also, mosquito-borne dengue fever is endemic.  The best line of defence is not to get bitten!

  • Use  a DEET based insect repellent
  • Wear  mosquito repellent bracelets
  • Burn  mosquito coils
  • Cover up, especially at dawn and dusk
  • Eat Marmite!  This is Mark’s preferred method!

If you need medical assistance whilst in Tobago, dial 990 .

The vast majority of tourist visits to Tobago are incident-free.  Statistically, it is much safer than Trinidad.  However, it is sensible to consider the following:

Opportunist theft, especially during festivals and carnival season, is common.  Take the same precautions as you would take anywhere:

  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash
  • Don’t wear ostentatious jewellery
  • Use a hotel safe where possible to store valuables and passports
  • Wear  a money belt
  • Don’t walk in deserted areas, even during daylight
  • Take care when withdrawing cash from an ATM

If you need the police, dial 999.   There are police stations in Scarborough, Crown Point, Old Grange, Moriah, Roxborough, and Charlotteville.

Hiring a car is the best way to get around Tobago.  The roads are generally in a better state than those in Trinidad, but there are unexpected potholes along the way so be careful.   Driving practices may be more erratic than you’re used to! 

Emergency numbers

  • Fire and ambulance – 990
  • Police – 999

A Brief History of Tobago

Originally called Tavaco by the indigenous Carib population, the tiny island of Tobago has been fought over for centuries.  Britain first claimed it in 1580 when sailors stopped at the island for water on their way to Brazil.  In 1641, King Charles I gifted Tobago to his godson James who was the Duke of Courland in Latvia.  A group of Latvians arrived the following year, but their settlement at Plymouth was constantly attacked by the Caribs.  In 1658, the Dutch took over and during subsequent years the Amerindian population gradually died out.

Between then and the end of the 18th century, Tobago was fought over by the Dutch, the British, and the French.  It changed hands an incredible 31 times!

In 1762, the British took control of the island and plantations flourished.  Tobago was transformed into a highly efficient sugar, cotton and indigo factory manned by around 3000 slaves who had been shipped from Africa and controlled by fewer than 300 Europeans.

When slavery was abolished on Tobago in 1834, most of the island’s Africans either moved to the interior to plant small-scale farms or to the coast where they established fishing communities. 

Following the complete collapse of Tobago’s sugar industry later in the century, Britain had no further use for the island.  In 1899, Tobago was made a ward of Trinidad, effectively becoming the larger island’s poor relation with little control over its own affairs. 

Through hard work and cooperation, the descendants of Tobago’s slaves succeeded in cultivating many food crops.  Within a few years, they were exporting fruit and vegetables to Trinidad and, in 1927, the island was granted a single seat on the country’s legislative council.

After Hurricane Flora laid waste to most of Tobago’s crops in 1963, the island began to develop a tourist industry.  Today, tourism remains the island’s main earner.

Festivals and Celebrations in Tobago

Public holidays.

Tobago’s 17 annual public holidays reflect Trinidad’s ethnic and cultural diversity with Christian, Hindu and Muslim celebrations included.  Whilst Tobago has fewer minorities, the holidays are still celebrated!  Banks and workplaces close, concerts are organised, shops have sales, and families get together to eat, drink and socialise.

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • March 30 – Shouter Baptist Liberation Day – a relatively new public holiday in recognition of the African-based religion that suffered persecution in colonial Trinidad.
  • February/March – Monday, Tuesday and Ash Wednesday before Lent – Carnival.  This is Tobago’s most famous festival with fetes, pan and calypso competitions and costumed street processions around Scarborough.
  • March/April – Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  • May 30 – Indian Arrival Day – commemorating the arrival in 1845 of the first indentured Indian labourers to Trinidad.
  • June 10 – Corpus Christi – a Catholic holiday marked by processions in many island villages.
  • June 19 – Labour Day – a public holiday in recognition of trade unions and workers.  It is most publicly celebrated in Fyzabad, southern Trinidad, where the powerful Oil Workers’ Union was established.
  • August 1 – Emancipation Day – commemorating the abolition of slavery in 1834.  
  • August 31 – Independence Day – celebrating the 1962 independence from the UK.
  • August/September – Eid-ul Fitr
  • September 24 – Republic Day
  • September/October – Divali -a festival honouring Mother Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of light.
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 – Boxing Day

Other Celebrations in Tobago

  • Harvest Festivals – these happen all year round in different villages on the island.  For example, Buccoo holds its annual festival in February and Castara celebrates in July.  Traditionally, the entire village opens its doors to passing revellers, offering them home-cooked food and alcoholic beverages.
  • Goat Races – these take place in several locations over Easter.  See below for further details.
  • Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament – every March large boats come from all over the Caribbean and beyond to take part in this competition in Charlotteville.
  • Turtle Season – the leatherback laying season officially opens on March 1st with guided viewing sessions to Turtle Beach run from hotels in Plymouth.
  • Tobago Jazz Experience – international and local artists perform at several venues across Tobago every Apri.  Past festivals have featured performances from John Legend, Randy Crawford, Emeli Sandé, Chaka Khan, and George Benson,
  • St. Peter’s Day (June 29th) – celebrated in fishing communities throughout Tobago with huge fêtes on the beaches and pots of fish broth keeping the partygoers fed all night.  The wildest celebration is the Fishermen’s Fête at Man O’War Bay in Charlotteville.
  • Tobago Heritage Festival – held all over the island during the last two weeks of July.  Festivities include a traditional calypso competition, a traditional Tobago wedding ceremony, and sports events.
  • Great Fête – in August, there are huge beach parties and concerts at Pigeon Point and other venues around the island.
  • Great Race – every August, speedboats navigate the dangerous currents of the Dragon’s Mouth in a race from Chaguaramas, Trinidad to Store Bay, Tobago.
  • Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival – held over two weeks in September with films from all over the Caribbean, plus arthouse cinema from around the world, screened at Movietown, Scarborough.
  • Blue Food Festival – held in Bloody Bay every October, this is a celebration of yams and eddoes, the starchy vegetables which feature so heavily in Tobagonian cuisine.
  • Parang Season – taking place in December, this is a tradition of nativity songs sung in Spanish with a mixture of French patois dating from colonial days.  Parang groups perform in bars, clubs and door-to-door.

How to Get to Tobago

There are direct flights to ANR Robinson International Airport, Tobago from Frankfurt, London, Toronto, and New York in high season.  There is also a regular inter-island service between Trinidad and Tobago with a flight time of just 25 minutes.  A one-way ticket costs US$24. 

From the airport, most of the popular tourist hotels around Crown Point are within walking distance, although, if you have luggage, you may prefer to take a taxi.

If you are staying away from the main tourist hub – in Castara, for example, a taxi from the airport will take around an hour and will cost you TT$300.

There is a twice-daily passenger ferry which runs from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Scarborough, Tobago.  It takes hours, though, and is not much cheaper than a flight.  I would advise that you only take the ferry if you’re driving!

Best Time to Go to Tobago

Tobago is a year-round destination with temperatures ranging from 25 to 32 degrees centigrade every day.  In this tropical climate, rain is possible at any time, although the wet season is generally thought to run from the end of May to November.

Most visitors go to the island between December and April because this is when there are regular direct flights.  At other times, you may have to change planes in Trinidad.  During these months, the magic of carnival is everywhere, the trees are in full bloom and the weather is at its most forgiving with long hours of sunshine, very little rain and cool nights.

Accommodation and flight prices are pretty consistent throughout the year, though there is an inevitable price hike during Carnival week.

What to Pack for Tobago

With its tropical climate and consistently warm temperatures, unless you are someone who particularly feels the cold, you are unlikely to need jumpers and jackets when visiting Tobago.  You’ll definitely need sunglasses and a sunhat.  Life on the island is very casual.  Shorts and T-shirts or sundresses are the order of the day.  The best policy is to pack light.  Don’t forget your umbrella, though!

Where to Stay in Tobago

Tobago has a wide range of hotels, guesthouses and self-catering apartments to suit all pockets. 

As I mentioned above, most tourists stay close to the airport, around Crown Point.  There are some nice beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants, and opportunities to take boat trips and tours to explore the rest of the island.  A very good 3-star hotel with newly-refurbished apartments is the Crown Point Beach Hotel .  We spent the weekend there recently.  You can read my full review of our experience here .

This photo shows the swimming pool with the bar behind

Sadly, many visitors who choose to stay at this end of the island simply stay there and don’t venture very far from their base.  For a truly authentic Tobagonian experience, my advice would be to base yourself in the fishing village of Castara on the leeward coast of the island.  There are plenty of places to stay there.  My recommendation is the Boatview Apartments , spacious accommodation with huge decks overlooking the bay.  At just US$70 per night, they are very affordable.

This photo shows turquoise sea lapping on to a white sand beach backed by lush green jungle

If you prefer to get back to nature, why not book a room at Concordia Estate in the centre of Tobago?  This new eco-resort is just establishing itself on the island’s tourist map.  Read my full review .

This photo shows the room we stayed in with crisp white linen and a mosquito net over the bed

What to Eat in Tobago

In the next section of my Tobago travel guide, I want to talk about the food you will find on the island.

Tobago’s cuisine is a unique blend of African, Indian, Chinese, European, and Latin American influences, overlaid with tones of countries as diverse as Syria, Lebanon, and Italy.  The result is food which is much tastier and far more varied than you find on other Caribbean islands.

Many Tobagonian restaurants offer similar menus.  You will choose your protein (fish, seafood, chicken, goat, beef, pork, or lamb) and this will be served with a set vegetable plate made up of a selection of dishes.  These might include callaloo, macaroni pie, curried channa, flavoured rice, sweet potato mash, breadfruit cheese, bodi (long green beans), battered aubergine, coleslaw, pumpkin curry, and many others.  This is great for vegetarians – just order the sides!

This photo shows chilli shrimp with vegetable sides

READ MY GUIDE TO THE BEST FOOD TO EAT IN TOBAGO

What to Drink in Tobago

Tobagonians are big beer drinkers.  Two local brews are the most popular – Carib , a light, golden lager, and Stag , a stronger, darker beer marketed as ‘a man’s beer’!  Guinness and Mackeson stouts are also widely drunk.

This photo shows an advertising poster for Stag lager with workers mixing concrete while drinking the beer

As you would expect, rum is sold everywhere in Tobago!  The most popular brands are the clear White Oak and the dark variety Black Label .  These are 43% abv and are usually drunk with a mixer or as an ingredient in a cocktail.

At 75% proof, the wickedly strong  Forres Park puncheon rum  is drunk neat by the locals but is probably best avoided by tourists unless it’s in a rum punch!  This cocktail is a delicious blend of rum, blended fruits, nutmeg and a dash of Angostura bitters, the locally produced medicinal tonic which is a staple in drinks and in cooking.

Soft Drinks

Most soft drinks in Tobago are high in sugar with diet options rarely on offer.  LLB, a local mix of lemon, lime and Angostura bitters, is widely available and makes a refreshing drink in hot weather.  Carib shandy in sorrel, ginger, or lime varieties is another popular option.  The best thing for the heat, though, has to be fresh coconut water, sold fresh from the nut or bottled.

Chocolate Tea

This is usually served with breakfast and is sweetened cocoa spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Best Things to Do in Tobago

This part of my Tobago travel guide describes the best things to do on the island.  If you think I’ve missed anything out, please let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy the Laid-Back Vibe

Tobago is an extremely relaxed island!  Tobagonians like nothing more than ‘liming’, chilling with their friends, sharing some food and a few drinks, perhaps creating, or simply listening to, some music.  It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be invited to join in at some point during your stay on the island.  My advice would be to go with it!  You’ll have a really good time!!

Unlike other holiday destinations (including most other Caribbean islands), tourism development in Tobago has generally been very low-key.  There are no high rises and only a couple of all-inclusive resorts.  Sandals  was recently thwarted in its efforts to build on the island.  Tourist-only hotspots don’t really exist in Tobago.  Locals and visitors co-exist.  They use the same beaches, bars, and restaurants.  It’s one of the things we love – you are much more likely to make friends with local people here than elsewhere.

This video demonstrates what I’m talking about.  A guy came into the bar to ask the owner if he could entertain the customers with his steel pan.  He was asked to show what he could do.  Brenton, the bar owner, joined in.  Customers stopped to listen.  Others danced to the music.  Before we realised what was happening, we were all liming together.  That’s Tobago life!

Hire a Car to Explore the Island

Most of the international car rental firms, as well as local operators with just one or two vehicles for hire, are clustered around the airport.  Expect to pay around US$70 per day.  You will probably get it cheaper with a local company, but you might not get the same level of insurance and you certainly won’t get roadside assistance.  Having said that, if you do take this option and the worst did happen, you wouldn’t be stranded for long.  Someone would soon stop and offer to help.  It’s the Tobagonian way!

If you’re basing yourself in Castara, be sure to use Taylors or The Naturalist for your car rental.  Ask your hotel or guesthouse owner to organise this for you.  They can arrange to have a car waiting for you when you arrive at the airport.

You can easily drive around Tobago in a day, though you might want to take longer and make stops along the way.

A good route is to take the Claude Noel Highway north from Scarborough and follow the windward coast all the way to the northern tip of the island.  Return along the leeward coast road and take in the beautiful beaches at Parlutuvier and Bloody Bay.  Read my detailed account of this drive here .

This photo shows Parlatuvier Bay as seen from Glasgow Bar

Spend time in Castara

As I’ve already mentioned, Castara is our ‘home away from home’.  We have now spent almost a year in this fishing village on the leeward side of Tobago.  If you choose to visit, you too will be drawn into village life and may find yourselves returning again and again.  Many people do!

There are many places to stay in Castara, mostly self-catering apartments, many of which have amazing views over the beautiful bay.  If you don’t want to cook for yourself, there are several excellent bars and restaurants which offer both Tobagonian and international cuisine.  Don’t miss the Boathouse Restaurant in Little Bay.  There is no better place on Tobago to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.  If you’re in town on a Wednesday evening, make sure you book a table for the best night out – a delicious dinner followed by African drumming and limbo dancing.

Read this article for all the reasons we love Castara!

This photo shows a glorious orange sun setting behind the Caribbean Sea

Snorkel Over Unspoiled Coral Reefs

The coral reefs found just off the coast at Speyside, Charlotteville, and Castara are as good as you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean.  You don’t have to venture very far offshore before you see massive manta rays, colourful parrot, angel, damsel, and butterfly fish, majestic sharks, and even the odd turtle.  Spend hours exploring this spectacular underwater world.

This photo shows a turtle swimming over a coral reef

Go Hiking in the Rainforest

There is a road which connects the leeward and windward coasts of Tobago.  It runs right through the middle of the island, bisecting the Tobago Forest Reserve and the central mountain range.  The route attracts very little traffic so you can proceed slowly to admire the pioneer ferns and parrot-apple trees.  Whilst you can get a sense of the majesty of the rainforest from a vehicle, it is far better to get out and explore on foot.

The reserve is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere.  14,000 acres were designated a protected Crown Reserve by the British in 1776.  This was thanks to scientist Stephen Hales who feared that plantation owners were encroaching into the forest and endangering the entire eco-system of the island.

The main point of access to the Forest Reserve is the Gilpin Trace, marked by a painted sign 3km along the road from Roxborough towards Parlatuvier.  There is a 5km trail into the forest which takes around 2½ hours to complete at a leisurely pace.  It is well marked and maintained, but is often muddy due to the high level of rainfall in the reserve (3.8 metres annually!).  To get the most out of your visit, it’s best to hire a guide rather than go independently.  He or she will make sure you stay safe and will point out all the insects, birds, and plants that you might miss if you were alone. 

Registered guides (recognisable by their official ID badge) wait at the entrance to Gilpin Trace.  Expect to pay around TT$300 for 2½ hours.

This photo shows the lush green rain forest either side of the road in central Tobago

Attend Sunday School

No, it’s not what you think!  Sunday School is a Tobago institution.  It’s an all-night outdoor party which takes place in Buccoo village every Sunday evening.  Revellers come from all over the island to enjoy the music, the rum, and the street food.  

Food vendors and craft stalls set up from around 8pm, but the party doesn’t really get started until after 10pm.  There is sometimes live music in the form of steel pan bands, but most of the entertainment comes from a sound system on the beach.  Soca, hip-hop, reggae, and R&B tunes are played at full volume and everyone joins in with the dancing.  It’s not just for the young.  People of all ages throw themselves into the action.  So, don’t be embarrassed!  Let your hair down and have a good time!  Keep your valuables safe, though – the event is a pickpocketer’s dream!

This video shows the Buccooneers Steel Orchestra performing at Sunday School.

Get the Perfect Instagram Shot at Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, is the most photographed spot in Tobago.  The powdery white sandy beach and the calm turquoise water with a backdrop of palm trees swaying in the breeze draw crowds of locals and tourists alike. 

The beach is open from 8am to 5pm every day.  There is a charge of TT$30 per person to enter and you will pay extra if you want to hire a sunbed.  There are several places where you can buy a drink, an ice-cream, or some fast food, but be prepared to queue – they are usually extremely busy!  You’ll pay more than you will elsewhere, too!  

In my opinion, there are several better beaches on Tobago than Pigeon Point, but it’s one of those places that you have to go to!  The wooden jetty with the thatched shelter at the end is the place on the island that features in more Instagram posts than any other.  You just have to go with the flow!

This photo shows a wooden jetty with a thatched shelter at the end of it

Learn to Dive

Tobago is a safe, inexpensive place to learn to dive.  It has relatively few divers visiting its dazzling coral reefs, volcanic formations and marine wrecks.  The seas around Tobago are home to more than 300 species of South Atlantic coral and a variety of vibrant colourful fish.  The island has plenty of challenging drift diving for the more experienced.

There are a number of courses on offer, suitable for all levels of competence from novice to expert.  Check out the Association of Tobago Dive Operators for a full list of certified scuba-diving operators.

If you are in Castara, I can recommend PADI instructor, Richie Louis of the Wild Turtle Scuba Club.  See his website for details.  (Yes, that is him strutting his stuff in the video of the jamming session at the Boathouse! 😊)

This photo shows Richie in a wet suit on his boat

Take a Trip to Little Tobago

Little Tobago, aka ‘Bird of Paradise Island’, is a 2km² rocky outcrop off eastern coast of Tobago.  It has long been a bird-watchers dream.  David Attenborough no less, filmed parts of his ‘Trials of Life’ series here.  Even if you’re not a twitcher, though, the island is still worth a visit.

You can join a glass-bottomed boat tour from Blue Waters Inn.  It includes a guided walk of Little Tobago and a snorkelling stop or two on the way there and back.

Read my article for much more detail about Little Tobago.

This photo shows the view across to Sleeper Island

Learn about Hummingbirds

Like Trinidad, Tobago is one of the best places to observe hummingbirds. Most rental apartments and guesthouses set up special feeders on their decks and balconies so that guests can enjoy watching these fascinating creatures. 

Hummingbirds are valued by the locals, not least because the Amerindians, the original inhabitants of the islands, believed that hummingbirds contained the souls of their ancestors.  Hummingbirds are the major pollinators in Trinidad and Tobago, pollinating over 8000 species of flowering plants.  The hummingbird is on the national coat of arms, the currency, and the passport.  It is the symbol of Caribbean Airlines and the country’s post office.

Check out my article to learn all about hummingbird s. 

Watch this video I took on the deck of one of the Boatview Apartments.  Spot the feeders Mark made from soft drink bottles!

Go Horse-Riding in Buccoo Bay

If you like horse-riding, a highlight of any trip to Tobago will be getting up close and personal with the animals at Being with Horses .  This amazing small business takes great care of its horses and gives tourists the unique opportunity to ride (bare-back if you wish) along the beach and through the waves.

See this video for a taste of what to expect:

Surf at Mount Irvine Beach

From November to February, the big breakers at Mount Irvine Beach make it the perfect spot for surfing.  Enthusiasts from all over the world are drawn here for the relaxed vibe and challenging conditions.  The water is initially shallow and there is a reef directly offshore.  The skill is not just in catching a wave, but in negotiating your way in so as not to damage your surf fin on the coral.  No protective footwear is allowed.  This is to stop over-eager surfers jumping in and damaging the coral.

For non-surfers, Mount Irvine Beach offers excellent swimming all year round.  There are showers and changing facilities, as well as a bar/restaurant which serves ice-cold drinks and simple lunches.

This video, shot with a drone, shows the size of the waves in Mount Irvine Bay.

Relax on the Beach at Englishman’s Bay

There are so many excellent beaches in Tobago.  Our favourite, though, is Englishman’s Bay!  It’s pretty inaccessible without a car meaning that it’s off the radar for most tourists.  We have been there many times and have never been joined by more than half a dozen others.

The bay offers a perfect crescent of soft yellow sand and deep blue water.  There is hardly any development – just one simple shop/restaurant where you can rent a sunbed, buy some locally-made crafts, or enjoy a lunch of barbecued fish served with chips and salad.  The washing line full of colourful sarongs blowing in the ever-present breeze makes for the perfect photo opportunity!

This photo shows the sandy palm-fringed beach and deep blue waters of Englishman's Bay

Cool Off in Argyle Waterfall

Argyle Waterfall is Tobago’s highest waterfall with a drop of 54 metres.  It’s a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. 

There is a small fee to pay to access the site.  Beyond the ticket office, it is a pleasant 15-minute walk to the falls.  An official guide will walk with you (his services are included in the entry price) to point out the flora and fauna on the way.  

Once at the falls, there is an optional climb up a steep path to access a couple of deep swimming pools.  Be very careful – the rocks are very slippy.

This photo shows Argyle Waterfall and the rock pools at the bottom

Take a Boat Trip to Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool

This is one of my favourite things to do in Tobago!  You will find countless glass-bottomed boats touting for customers around Store Bay, Buccoo, and Pigeon Point.  Ask questions to make sure you know what kind of trip you are getting.  Many of these vessels are ‘party boats’.  You’ll have copious amounts of rum punch and lots of loud soca music, but you might not learn very much about the spectacular reef and the unbelievable pool.  

If you prefer a more personal experience, I can recommend Ali Baba’s Tours operating out of Castara.  A full-day boat trip including several snorkelling stops, a barbecue lunch at No Man’s Land beach, and rum punch in Nylon Pool will set you back US$90 per person.  It’s worth every penny!  You will have an unforgettable day!

This photo shows a double-decker boat painted emerald green and bright yellow with the name 'Sugar Lips' in red on the side

Have a Creole Lunch at Store Bay Beach

Store Bay Beach is located just a two-minute walk from the airport.  The gently-shelving soft white sand and crystal-clear warm water make it one of the most popular beaches in Tobago.  Holidaymakers, mainly from Trinidad, keep the numerous local craft stalls and boat operators busy.  There is always a lively atmosphere here with a couple of bars blasting out reggae and soca music all day long.

There is a colourful row of shacks behind the beach which all offer tasty, inexpensive local food.  Choose from Miss Jean’s, Miss Trim’s, Miss Joycie’s, Alma’s, Sylvia’s, or Miss Esmie’s.  All offer similar menus which invariably include Tobago’s national dish, Curry Crab and Dumplin’.  This creole speciality is not to everyone’s taste, but it’s something you must try at least once!

This photo shows the beach with parasols and the lifeguard's station

Try Your Hand at Water Sports

Just around the headland at Pigeon Point, the wind often whips across the Bon Accord Lagoon to give very different weather conditions.  It makes a refreshing respite from the steamy heat of the beach and provides the perfect conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and paddleboarding.  There is an outlet where you can hire all the equipment you’ll need, or, if you’re a novice, book a lesson or two.

This photo shows one kiteboarder and three jet skis

Experience Carnival

If you’re lucky enough to be in Tobago during carnival time, you’re in for a treat!!  The focus of the festivities is in Scarborough with the main carnival parades taking place on the Monday and Tuesday before the start of Lent.  The build-up, however, happens for several weeks before with competitions to find the best calypso, soca, and steel pan bands.  The culmination of all of the celebrations is the Carnival Tuesday Parade of the Bands with the full display of elaborate costumes that people have been working on for months.  It surely is a sight to behold!!

A flavour of carnival in Tobago:

If You’re in Tobago at Easter, Don’t Miss the Goat Races!

Local culture is very important to Tobagonians and they are happy to share their stories and traditions with visitors.  Nowhere is this more the case than at the annual goat races.  If you’re on the island at the right time, make sure you go!

Started in 1925, the Buccoo goat races on Easter Tuesday are the culmination of a weekend of open-air parties and harvest feasts.  These tournaments might seem ridiculous to outsiders, but locals take them very seriously.  They study the form and the character of the goats and place bets on those most likely to win.  Racing goats are raised and trained specifically for the competitions.  The event attracts crowds from all over Tobago and a carnival atmosphere prevails.  As well as the races, there are dancers, drummers, food vendors, and craftspeople to provide entertainment and shopping opportunities.  After the final race and prize-giving ceremony, the party continues well into the night.

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Whilst it’s perfectly possible to explore Tobago independently, why not join a tour and let someone else sort out the logistics?  It’s a great idea, especially if time is limited.  Whenever we visit a new destination, we book a tour with a local guide.  There’s no better way to get under the skin of a place!  We use Viator  when we want to uncover interesting things to do in a new country.  They’re easy to use and book with, and we’ve had some amazing experiences with them.

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Trinidad and Tobago: safety | Is it safe there?

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A jo urney to Trinidad and Tobago – TraveOverSky’s country guide. Safety – what is the safety like? Is Trinidad safe? Is Tobago safe? Check if it is worth visiting!

Another series of posts is ahead of you, this time you will learn everything you need to know about Trinidad and Tobago. I hope that posts which can be found in the Trinidad and Tobago tab will serve you as this country’s guide.

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About Trinidad and Tobago

Some basics information about where is Trinidad located and Tobago Island.

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Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from Great Britain in 1962. The area of both islands is a little bit over 5000 km2, of which Tobago is only 300 km2. The population is around 1.4 million people (2020). English is the official language. The currency that is in use in Trinidad and Tobago is a Trinidad and Tobago dollar. 1TT$ is around 70 Polish pennies (status on July 8th 2022).

It is worth mentioning that many people speak English which can be completely misunderstood, we had issues ordering food because we could not get along using the same language. The differences came from different dialects and very peculiar pronunciation.

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It is a country that is one of the richest Caribbean ones thanks to the oil fields (ranks third right after Bahamas and Barbados – statistics from 2020). However, looking at the ordinary citizens I got a feeling that they are poorer than Dominicans. There are many old cars on the roads. At some places there are many slums and buildings that have seen better times. In Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, you can find many homeless people who stop people asking for money.

Is it safe in Trinidad and Tobago?

Is Trinidad safe? Is Tobago safe? Let me explain what I think.

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As you probably already noticed by reading my posts, I always assume that every place can be safe and every place can be not safe.

Due to the fact that most of the tourists visit Trinidad and Tobago during the carnival, and when I visited it happened to be the rainy season, I got a feeling that we were the only tourists in Trinidad and Tobago. Right after stepping a foot in the plane we noticed that we were the only white people there.

A different skin color made us the center of attention of the locals. There are many homeless in Trinidad who can be insistent in their pleas for cash. These were not the most pleasant situations, but it is something to get used to.

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How to behave in Trinidad and Tobago?

The conversations with locals taught me that it is better not to go out alone during the day and after dusk. You must remember that even though Trinidad and Tobago is being recognized as a rich country, there are still many poor people living there, which makes the criminal rate quite high. The locals also told us that Tobago is safer than Trinidad. It is best to walk in groups (never alone). Look after your belongings , because being a tourist makes you a target for potential criminals. During my stay there I did not put on too much jewelry and never had much cash on me – I applied the same rules as in other countries (European ones included) and I never got into any dangerous situations .

When it comes to safety I think it is worth mentioning that Trinidadians and Tobagonians are very helpful! When we asked for directions we always got it, each person always helped, translated or walked us to our destination. It did not matter if it was Trinidad or Tobago, a small village or a big city – everyone helped as much as they could!

On the TravelOverSky YouTube channel you will find videos from Trinidad and Tobago. I hope I helped you and now you know more about Trinidad and Tobago.

You will find more useful information about this country, planning your journey and interesting facts in the Trinidad and Tobago tab .

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The Caribbean has seen a few high-profile incidents in its day, prompting the U.S. State Department to tack travel advisories onto quite a few of its islands. High unemployment rates, a lack of economic development, and drug trafficking have made parts of this region susceptible to crime, violence, and gang activity. Still, though, the tropical region generally remains safe to visit.

Although homicide rates are high on a few Caribbean islands, most are lower than the United States' (according to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2019 there were 5.8 homicides per 100,000 people in the U.S. ). The U.S. Department of State's crime warnings—which take into account the number of crimes and homicides reported to law enforcement agencies per 100,000 inhabitants—are a pretty reliable indication of which islands have lower rates of violent crime.

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Montserrat is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both for its terrain and the heritage of its inhabitants. This British territory in the Leeward Islands is considered to be one of the safest Caribbean destinations, its biggest threat being the active Soufrière Hills volcano and hurricanes that roll in between June and November.

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St. Barts , short for Saint Barthélemy, has been an overseas collectivity of France since 2007. Accessible only by yacht, propeller plane, or ferry, this exclusive island is known for being a party destination for the rich and famous. Besides the occasional theft, which is a concern for any tourist-popular region, St. Barts doesn't have much crime.

British Virgin Islands

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The  British Virgin Islands  (BVI) consist of Tortola (the largest and most inhabited island), Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and more than 50 smaller islands and cays. The British government states that "although most visits to the BVI are trouble-free, serious incidents, including armed robbery, do occur." Tourists are advised to take normal precautions, such as not walking alone, carrying valuable possessions, or leaving anything unattended at the beach.

Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands is another British Overseas Territory widely known as a haven for the wealthy. It enforces relatively strict gun laws, which make it especially safe for travelers. Keep your doors and windows locked, the U.S. Department of State advises , and worry more about the hurricanes that threaten this region during the summer.

Bonaire—which forms the ABC Islands with Aruba and Curaçao—is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Unlike most Caribbean islands, it's located outside of Hurricane Alley, making it safe in several senses. Aside from one incident in which two people were murdered within 24 hours in 2017, Bonaire doesn't have much major crime.

Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda, nicknamed the Land of 365 Beaches, is a sovereign state in the Americas and British Commonwealth. According to the 2020 Crime and Safety Report for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which covers Antigua and Barbuda, this region had 12 reported homicides and two kidnappings per 100,000 inhabitants. It ranked lowest among all Barbados nations in sexual assaults, shootings, and residential burglaries, too.

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Martinique  is an overseas collectivity of France located in the Lesser Antilles. While it does have a homicide rate of 11 per 100,000 inhabitants , tourists are advised merely to pay attention to their belongings so as to avoid robbery, especially in the capital, Fort-de-France, and in the tourist-centric region of Pointe du Bout.

Puerto Rico

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The United States territory of Puerto Rico is generally safe to visit (especially parts like San Juan Viejo). Even though it isn't entirely crimeless, the U.S. Department of State deems Puerto Rico safe to visit.

Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago , a sovereign state in the Commonwealth of Nations, was elevated to a Level 2 U.S. Travel Advisory in April 2019. The Department of State says to exercise "increased caution" due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping, and warns against traveling to Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain, citing violent crimes like murder, robbery, and assault as common. Drug trafficking is a major concern here.

Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with the country of Haiti. It too was bumped to a Level 2 Travel Advisory in 2019 for armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault. "The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality," the U.S. Department of State says. If you do travel to the Dominican Republic, do not exhibit signs of wealth by wearing expensive jewelry.

St. Kitts and Nevis

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A 2015 BBC report was widely criticized by St. Kitts and Nevis authorities for naming this Leeward Islands nation "the most violent place on earth." Most criminal activity here is believed to be gang or drug-related. The U.S. Department of State lists the dual-island country as a Level 1, meaning to exercise normal precautions. Tourists are more at risk of petty crimes and pickpocketing than anything.

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In 2018, the homicide rate in Jamaica was 47 per 100,000 residents and that number increased more than 3 percent in 2019. was three times higher than the rest of Central and South America and the Caribbean, but 70 percent of all crime is linked to the drug trade. This Caribbean nation is under a Level 2 Travel Advisory, citing armed robberies, homicides, and sexual assaults as the biggest issues. The U.S. Department of State warns against traveling to troubled spots like Spanish Town and parts of Montego Bay or Kingston

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Reasons Why You Should Visit Trinidad and Tobago

Pigeon Point is a stunning spot to watch the sunset on Tobago

With two islands, Trinidad and Tobago give you twice as many reasons to visit. The quieter island of Tobago gives you people-free beaches, rainforest walking trails and cocoa plantations. Trinidad adds Port of Spain nightlife, steelpan yard tours and an annual carnival that rivals Rio’s to the mix. Here’s the full list of reasons to set your sights on Trinidad and Tobago for your next trip.

1. it’s the land of the hummingbirds.

Visitors on boat tour of Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary on Trinidad island, Trinidad and Tobago.

2. It has first-class dive sites

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Diver looking at a coral reef, ridge, Yellow tube sponge (Aplysina fistularis), Little Tobago, Speyside, Trinidad and Tobago

Huge brain corals, stingrays and porcupine fish shaped like full udders are just a few of the sights you can see when you dive in Trinidad and Tobago. The waters around Crown Point, Buccoo and Black Rock offer lots of opportunities for beginners. For more experienced divers, there are sites like the MV Maverick Wreck – a 107-metre, former car-and-passenger ferry that’s home to turtles and barracuda – and Flying Reef, where the fast currents lend themselves to memorable drift dives.

3. It’s a mini Eden

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The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are criss-crossed by walking trails that take you through rainforests, up mountainsides and to deserted beaches and waterfalls. Some of the best places to discover on foot are Maracas Waterfall, the North Coast Lookout and Balata Bay in northern Trinidad, and Castara Waterfall, Argyle Falls and Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago. If you’re not too confident orienteering, it’s easy to enlist the help of a nature guide.

4. You can try bake and shark

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Bake N Shark Shack at Maracas Bay in Trinidad. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

A single plate of food in Trinidad and Tobago will take you on a world tour: there are European, African, Indian, Chinese and Latin American influences in the island’s cuisine. Try the doubles – two fried flatbreads filled with chickpea curry – or cloud-like sada roti flatbreads for breakfast. Don’t miss the bake and shark – a cross between a fish burger and a kebab – at lunch. Be sure to save room for a bowl of pelau (a tropical take on paella) at dinnertime.

5. It’s the birthplace of steelpan music

Steelpan competition, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Steelpan music is Trinidad and Tobago’s official soundtrack. The steelpan was invented here in the 1930s and you can catch pannists playing everywhere from beaches to restaurants – especially the eateries in Port of Spain, which is said to be the official birthplace of the instrument. If you want to find out more about the history of the music, you can take an organised pan yard tour, which will take you to the areas where official pan bands practice.

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6. Its carnival rivals Rio’s

Young masqueraders perform on Frederick Street during the Republic Bank Childrens Carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival rivals that of Rio. Held every year on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the festival takes the form of a huge 48-hour street party. It all starts at 4am on the Monday morning with an event called J’Ouvert, when everyone dresses up in technicolour costumes, body paint and two foot-tall headdresses to parade through the streets of Port of Spain. The parades, live calypso music and partying carries on from here.

7. It’s a siren for sunbathers

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The blonde beaches in Trinidad and Tobago are perfect for laid-back days by the sea. The shark bite-shaped Maracas Beach on Trinidad’s north coast, and Pigeon Point and Castara Beach on Tobago, are some of the most popular options. They’re flanked by palm trees and a good selection of street food shacks and restaurants. If you prefer your strips of sand people-free, follow the hiking trails through the forest to Balata Bay and Pirate’s Bay on Tobago’s north coast.

8. It produces world-class chocolate

Roxborough, Trinidad and Tobago - January 10, 2020: Gates at the entrance to the Tobago Cocoa Estate which produces organic cocoa beans for the chocol

In its heyday, Trinidad and Tobago produced more than 30,000 tonnes of cocoa beans. It’s far less today, but several internationally acclaimed chocolate makers still operate on the islands. The Roxborough Estate in Tobago is one of the most prestigious. Visitors can take tours here on Fridays to learn all about the history and processes involved in chocolate making in T&T. If you can’t make it here, you can book onto a chocolate-tasting walking tour in Port of Spain.

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16 Reasons why you should NEVER travel to Trinidad & Tobago

Is Trinidad and Tobago the vacation destination for you? Should you visit? Maybe… maybe not. There are many reasons you should not venture to our shores despite Vogue Magazine listing this twin island destination as one of the hottest travel destinations for 2017 !

Here are 16 ‘tongue in cheek’ reasons why travelling to Trinidad and Tobago might not be one of your best ideas:

1. You are likely to get dirty…

Once a year at the peak of Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned Carnival season, there is a pre-dawn party called J’ouvert (pronounced “Jou-vay”). Patrons get lost in the music and become unrecognizable after they are covered in mud, cocoa, paint and powder.

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You are sure to get dirty from the mud volcanoes! With volcanoes active year-round, the mud is said to have healing properties. Journey to L’eau Michel Mud Volcano or the “Devil’s Woodyard” in South Trinidad for a day of sun, sand and well…mud.

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Soaking in the mud at L’eau Michel Mud Volcano, Trinidad

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Enjoying getting dirty at the L’eau Michel Mud Volcano.

Photo: Rachelle Hay @rachellehay

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2. …or even wet!

The water tumbles over the rocks at the Argyle Falls in Tobago and gathers at its base to form a blissful and refreshingly cool pool. Relax for a few hours or go on adventure climbing the three series of cliffs that make the Argyle Falls.

Argyle Waterfall - the tallest in Tobago

Argyle Waterfall, Tobago

Whether you visit internationally acclaimed beaches like Englishman’s Bay or lesser known Salybia Beach , you can be assured that the water is so blue you might have to touch it to believe that it’s real.

Salybia Beach , Toco, Trinidad

3. The swimming pools have no walls

The Nylon Pool is a crystal-clear shallow pool surrounded by miles of sea. Imagine standing waist-deep in waters that are said to have the ability to rejuvenate anyone lucky enough to swim in it. The pool is accessible by glass bottom boats boarded at  Store Bay and Pigeon Point .

Visitors wade in the clear waters of Nylon Pool

Trinidad’s Northern Range has endless hiking trails leading to epic waterfalls and equally stunning natural pools. One such trail is “ 3 Pools ” in the coastal village of Blanchisseuse. The river collects in three basins creating a sequence of magical natural pools.

One of the 3 pools along the Marianne River, Blanchisseuse. Photo: Shalana Dookie

4. The caves aren’t like in the movies

Sunlight protrudes from the entrance of the  Gasparee cave system and hits its translucent natural pond. The geological limestone treasure challenges the notions of dark and scary caves as it makes on feel like they are in a fairytale. Though T&T does have its fair share of dark and scary caves;  Mount Tamana Caves is home to millions of bats – A real life bat cave!

The spectacular Blue Grotto at the base of the Gasparee Cave. Photo: Rishi Harradan

The leatherback turtle  family has existed since the first sea turtle over 110 million years ago and Trinidad and Tobago is home to the one of its most important nesting grounds . As many as 500 leatherback turtles can come ashore on the Grand Riviere  Beach to lay eggs on any given night during the nesting season from March to August.

Majestic Leatherback turtle at sunrise on Matelot

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6. You can’t just watch the Festivals

Trinidad Carnival is the Greatest Show in the World. It is a street party and parade that celebrates life and is a vibrant display of culture. The local music genres of soca and calypso entice the young to the old and everyone in between to dance to the rhythmic beat and creative costumes in dazzling designs and colour combinations catches the eye in every direction. The Carnival season includes steelpan, calypso and soca competitions and shows, fetes/parties, jouvert, and masquerade  competitions comprising of bands, individuals and floats.

Masqueraders crossing the Savannah stage at Trinidad Carnival, The Greatest Show on Earth

The multicultural nation also celebrates the Hindu festival, Divali . It celebrates the victory of light over darkness and is symbolized by lighting deyas.

Deyas at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk . They represent light conquering darkness.

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7. The temples are in the sea and the statues are way too tall.

Seedas Sadhu, an indentured labourer from India, built a temple in the sea . The hard work of one individual added up to a place of worship of renowned beauty.

Temple in the sea , Waterloo, Trinidad

The 85 ft statue of Hanuman Murti , one of the best warriors among the Hindu gods, is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere and the second tallest in the world.

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At 85 feet high this is the tallest statue of Hanuman Murti in the Western Hemisphere

8. There are too many birds

Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest concentrations of birds in such a small area which makes it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Nature centres, such as Asa Wright Nature Centre perched in the mountains of the Northern Range or the Wild Fowl Trust stretched across hectares of land and lake, create the perfect setting for picnicking in the company of birds.

The Blue Crowned Mot Mot a “must see” bird for visitors to Asa Wright Nature Centre and   Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, Tobago

9. The buildings are old

Buildings and establishments across T&T preserve its rich history. The Magnificent Seven around the Queen’s Park Savannah consisting of Queen’s Royal College , Hayes Court , Archbishop’s House , Whitehall and Stollmeyer’s Castle  are indicative of the European architectural influence. Restored places built in previous centuries like Lopinot and the River Estate   hold artifacts from Amerindians and of the country’s cocoa production history.

Knowsley Building , Port of Spain

10. and the water glows

Bioluminescence is the release of a blueish glow from marine plankton when agitated. This phenomenon is witnessed in bodies of waters where the plankton live (such as Buccoo Lagoon, Tobago and Ortoire River, Mayaro) and only at night. The light is a defense mechanism to keep predators away but due its stunning beauty, it has the opposite effect on humans.

11. The people are too friendly

The Trini accent has been rated as one of the sexiest in the world. So it’s a good thing that they love to talk. They help you with directions when lost and give recommendations on sights and attractions. The best part is that they always accompany the accent with a charming smile.

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12. They make music from oil drums

Trinidad and Tobago is the home of steel pans – musical instruments made from an oil barrel. The melodic notes that ring out from the instruments can take various tones: lively and funky or classical and orchestral.

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Playing the steel pan

13. The food looks and tastes like nothing else in the world

Cuisine influences from various cultures like the East Indians, Africans, Europeans, Middle Easterners and Chinese created a unique palate for locals. The flavour and food present in Trinbagonian dishes is one of the rarest in the world.

14. You won’t get any sleep

The nightlife is endless. Trinbagonians love to fete (party) … and for good reason! There is no need to sleep when there are events that are drinks and food inclusive complemented with live entertainment from top soca artistes and bands.

Hundreds of patrons at a Trinidad Carnival fete. Photo: IzaTrini.com

15. You might end up getting married on a beach

The Mount Irvine and Pigeon Point beaches will have you second-guessing your decision to tie the knot in a building’s walls. The scenic seascape coupled with the gentle Caribbean breeze and perfect natural lighting for breathtaking wedding photos will solidify that momentary thought.

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16. You’ll never want to leave

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This Gorgeous Island Was Just Named the Safest Place for a Road Trip in 2024

It's time to (safely) hit the road.

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Summer vacation is finally here, and we couldn't be happier for all the fun to come. And if you happen to still need a little vacation inspiration we suggest putting pedal to the metal for a road trip to remember. Not only does a road trip allow you to see as many sights along the way as possible, but it also makes it easy to change and shift your plans with the breeze. But, if you are going out on a road trip this season, it's critical to stay safe. That begins by picking the right place to drive through, and the experts at Moneybarn Car Finance have a few ideas. 

The company released its list of the safest countries for road tripping around the world, which it created by analyzing fuel and charging prices across the globe, road quality, the Google search volume for "road trip" in each destination, and traffic deaths per 100,000 people. After looking at all the data, the team named Iceland as the number one safest spot. 

Iceland, it noted in its findings, "has the lowest road traffic death rate at two per 100,000 people, reflecting Iceland’s public awareness campaigns on safe driving practices and robust infrastructure to minimize accidents." It also noted that there are more than 31,000 searches a year for “road trip in Iceland," showing just how many people want to experience the specific kind of magic an Icelandic road trip can provide. And, as a bonus, it noted that its relatively low fuel and EV charging costs don't hurt either.  

Coming in a close second is Norway, which the company explained also has a low road traffic death rate of 2.1 per 100,000 people, and the nation is home to fantastic, high-quality roads that make for smooth driving. "Moreover, over 39,000 annual searches for road trips demonstrate a high interest from visitors," it added. Rounding out the top three is Switzerland, which also has a very low road traffic death rate of 2.2 per 100,000 people, low fuel and EV charging costs, and a very high road quality score of 6.3 out of 7. It was followed by Sweden, the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Finland, completing the top 10 safest spots.

But, if you happen to want to take a road trip through the U.S. this summer, that's a great idea too, as the pros at Moneybarn Car Finance named the United States the country with the happiest drivers in a separate report . "There were over 72,000 Google searches for ‘USA road trip’ in the last year, and with over 6 million kilometers of road, there are plenty of road trip routes," it added in that report.

Not sure where to start? Here are 23 of the best road trips you can take across America right now. 

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Safety In Africa: Tips For Staying Safe

For many, just the thought of travelling to Africa is enough to send them scurrying under their bed with fear.

We’ve all heard the horror stories about crime and diseases, so most people’s concerns about visiting are usually centered around safety in Africa.

Africa is a daunting and challenging place to travel to. However, it is one of the most rewarding travel experiences you will ever have.

There is no place on earth like Africa, and if you can tame those monsters that hide in your shadows, then it is so worth you investing time and money travelling on this unique and vast continent.

In this guide, we share our top safety tips for traveling in Africa, so you can feel more at ease about visiting.

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Since Africa is a continent, you cannot simply say yes or no with regards to safety.

Some of the safest countries to visit in Africa include Mauritius, Botswana , Rwanda, Seychelles , Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, and Zambia.

These destinations are known for their welcoming hospitality, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural experiences.

Malawi is also safe in terms of crime, and is often described as The Warm Heart of Africa, though there are malaria zones and other diseases to watch out for there.

On the other hand, certain areas may pose higher safety risks due to crime and civil unrest.

Some cities in Zambia, such as Lusaka and Livingstone, have a higher crime rate.

Travelers are advised to exercise increased caution when visiting some regions such as Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia, as well as some cities in South Africa such as Johannesburg.

There are particular areas where crime is higher, such as the Townships, or slums, which are areas that tourists wouldn’t go anyway.

Stick to the main touristy areas and tourist attractions, and you shouldn’t run into any problems.

Also, check where they rank on the Global Peace Index , to get a feel for how bad crime is.

To help you understand which countries are considered safe, here are the gpi score for some of the most visited countries in Africa.

For context, the Global Peace Index (GPI) scores work by measuring and ranking the relative peacefulness of nations and regions based on various indicators such as levels of violence, crime rates, military expenditures, terrorism, and political stability.

The scores are calculated using a wide range of data, including surveys, qualitative analysis, and expert assessments, and offer a guide to the overall assessment of peace and security.

The lower scores indicate a higher level of peace and stability.

The following scores are as of January 2024. The lowest score is 1.1, and the highest is 3.4.

Safety Tips For Traveling in Africa

To make sure you don’t run into the wrong area, or attract any unwanted attention, be sure to follow these words of advice about safety in Africa…

As with any place you visit, act confidently and always be friendly . You don’t want to invite trouble your way. Africans are really friendly, there is no reason you can’t return their beaming smiles and chat with them.

Do not wear any flashy jewelry . Look like a budget traveller. Never talk about money and how much you have. Try not to carry a lot of money on you and keep it well hidden.

Ladies , there will be many local men that will want to chat you up, these are really young, cool, good looking men. It is so easy to be charmed by them. Just be careful.

We found the locals really aggressive in Tanzania. They will crowd you and pull at you in order to get you to buy from them etc.

Just be really firm and confident with them from the word go. Avoid conversation and eye contact. Just a curt nod of the head and move on.

Choose your destination wisely . Some African countries are safer than others, so always check your government’s travel advisory warnings.

Know your own comfort level and be prepared for any dangers you may encounter.

I personally would not go to places that are currently involved in acts of war or aggression or have a high crime rate.

Countries like Somalia have too many cases of kidnapping and robbery for me to see the appeal of going. For me, it is just not worth it.

Try to avoid walking around at night. Unless you are in big cities and with a group of people. I would just stick to the campsites/hostels/hotels, or if you do, don’t be rolling drunk or by yourself.

Know the area you are in. Just in case there are wild animals, you don’t want to be unknowingly walking around in their home at night time (or day for that matter).

Also have the number of the local authorities saved on your phone, so you know who to call in case you need to.

We stayed at St Lucia , one of my favorite South African towns, but it was also a place where hippos freely wandered the streets at night.

The only place I was really scared was Johannesburg, but that was because I had heard a lot of horror stories of carjacking, mugging, armed robbery, and worse.

Nothing happened to us.

The second time I went there I had my brother, who lived there for awhile, to look out for me and take me to the safe areas.

Make sure you are aware of where it is safe to go and where it is not . If you happen to be in Johannesburg, simply get an Uber everywhere. Don’t walk, even if it’s just 5 minutes down the road.

If you can spend time with local people you know and trust who know the area like this then hang out with them.

It will ease your mind and allow you to see the good side of the destination.

Or if you are that concerned then perhaps join a tour of these certain areas.

Hiring a car is a fantastic way to see certain parts of Africa, especially the Game Reserves and National Parks. Make sure you understand the road rules and take care . Check Discover Cars for best prices and availability .

If you do plan to self-drive a safari, be sure to check out our safari tips to maximize your experience.

When in the game parks keep your windows rolled up when you get close to the wild animals. Yes, they could jump in there. Only get out of your car at the designated rest areas and still keep your five senses heightened.

Don’t lean out of the car to photograph lions or rhino, as they may come up close to your vehicle.

When driving around Africa, you will have plenty of cars, trucks and other vehicles overtaking at any moment, blind corners or not.

I always honk my horn several times when approaching a blind corner to warn anyone coming opposite to stay on their side of the road until I pass.

Also note that speed cameras are ruthless in South Africa. You might not even know they are there, so be sure to make sure you’re not speeding if you want to avoid a fine.

If you come face to face with an elephant and he starts flapping his ears, that is your cue to reverse a bit and give him his space. And if he charges then lets hope you can drive like Michael Schumaker.

If you have to catch public transport i.e mini-vans, pick ups, never sit in the front seat/cabin. It is commonly known as the Death Seat . Take the squashy back options – it is safer.

Make sure that you get the recommended vaccinations before you arrive in Africa. You will need Yellow Fever and may not be allowed to enter your own country upon return if you have not had it.

You may also need to get vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, as well as the normal precautions such as tetanus jabs.

Carry your vaccination booklet with you as you will need a lot of vaccinations and won’t remember when you had it or when you need a booster. You’ll need to show it to prove you have had your yellow fever vaccination as well.

Do you have malaria pills? Probably something you should have. Although they generally just mask the symptoms rather than prevent them.

My brother still got malaria even while taking them and was holed up in a small, dusty cabin on Lake Malawi for three months. He was happy enough, as the World Cup Soccer was on so he could watch all the matches.

Some have ugly side effects so choose wisely. We didn’t have any problems with Doxycycline, although it can make you more sensitive to the sun.

They came in handy for me when I contracted Tick Bite Fever. They are an antibiotic so they helped clear it up.

Watch out when swimming in stagnant water (particularly in Malawi) where you can get Bilharzia. Check with the locals they will tell you if it is okay to swim or not.

Don’t go hiking mountains in the heat of a Malawian 40 degree day. You will feel like you are about to die from heat stroke – really stupid move.

We ate plenty of food from local vendors and street food and never got sick. Go for it! Choose places that are well frequented by locals. Make sure the food is piping hot before you tuck in and you should avoid food poisoning disasters.

It’s important to travel to Africa with adequate travel insurance! Check Visitor’s Coverage  and  World Nomads , and  SafetyWing  for prices and policies.

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I was a little scared when we decided we were going to travel around East and South Africa independently.

The tours sounded safe and comfortable, but we really wanted more of an authentic experience.

With this came a certain amount of fear. But, my fears were alleviated as soon as we touched ground.

After almost five months of catching local transport, camping, and spending a lot of time with the locals, we had no dangers or horror stories to speak of – only challenging journeys, warm friendships made, and one out of the ordinary case of tick bite fever.

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President Biden and former President Donald Trump have agreed to one more showdown on the debate stage before the 2024 presidential election . 

The September rematch will come after both candidates formally accept their party's nomination. The first debate , hosted Thursday by CNN in Atlanta, came unusually early in the election season given that both are still the presumptive nominees before their party conventions. 

When is the second presidential debate?

ABC News will host the second debate between President Biden and Donald Trump on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Who will moderate the next debate?

ABC News has yet to announce the moderators of the second debate. 

The qualifications are similar to the first debate, making it unlikely that non-major party candidates will meet the ballot access and polling requirements to earn a spot on stage. 

Candidates need to earn at least 15% support in four approved national polls and be on the ballot in enough  states to be able to win 270 votes  in the Electoral College — the threshold to win the presidency. 

How many more debates will there be for 2024?

There are no more presidential debates scheduled before the election. Mr. Biden and Trump agreed to only two debates — one hosted by CNN and the other by ABC News. 

They are bypassing the tradition of three meetings organized by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has overseen presidential debates since 1988. The commission's three debates were scheduled to take place in September and October at universities in Texas, Virginia and Utah. This year's debates were agreed upon without any involvement by the commission. 

The commission met with sharp criticism by both Trump — who has accused the commission of being biased against Republicans — and by close advisers to Mr. Biden who view commission procedures as outmoded and fussy. The co-chair of the commission, Frank Fahrenkopf, told CBS News' podcast "The Takeout" that top White House communications adviser Anita Dunn "doesn't like us," and he said on a Politico podcast that this was the reason Mr. Biden's team went around the commission to negotiate directly with Trump's campaign.

CBS News invited both campaigns to participate in a vice presidential debate on either July 23 or Aug. 13, which the Biden campaign accepted. Trump has yet to name a running mate.

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From restaurants to workouts to revamped hotels, there’s a lot to see this summer in the Hamptons. With three more months of the season ahead of us, here are five things you won’t want to miss.

1. The Maidstone

The Maidstone may be the oldest operating business in the Hamptons but this year it has a brand new, Italian-inspired concept. Working in partnership with LDV Hospitality there are many new things to try there; in the morning you can enjoy a coffee in their Gucci airstream, for lunch you can eat outdoors and get a Tata Harper mini facial in their new retail shack, and for dinner, you can enjoy cocktails and coastal Italian cuisine. The rooms have also been refreshed and with its convenient East Hampton location, The Maidstone is well-suited for a fabulous Hamptons stay.

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Getting to the Hamptons can be a dreaded experience but not when you have an ultra-luxurious ride and even more luxurious travel kit on board. Blade’s Hamptons Streamliner provides a “private jet experience on wheels” and this year they’ve partnered with the ultimate wellness expert and curator Dria Murphy to create dria x Blade Dopp Kits. The limited-edition kits will be provided to all passengers from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day weekend 2024. The kits include hand-picked wellness essentials from brands such as Furtuna Skin, Saie, Naked MD, Gorgie, Symbiome, Superieur Electrolytes, and many more. If you like the wellness kit, you’ll want to explore a by dria global wellness membership that gives people access to curated edits of tried and trusted products year-round.

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Located in Montauk’s fishing village, N’AMO is a new Italian-American restaurant that shines with its seafood and pasta offerings. Come for lunch or dinner to enjoy a great alfresco dining experience with views of the water. The fresh oysters here come with not one or two but four sauce options, including a jalapeño tomatillo topping and saffron meyer lemon flavor. They also serve tasty pastas, like their spaghetti with clams which isn’t your typical citrusy brothy pasta, instead it has a rich umami flavor and also uses razor clams as well as manila clams. Enjoy a glass of chilled rosé, great eats, and views of the fishing boats that make fresh seafood so readily accessible in Montauk.

4. Casa Sereña

Surf Lodge’s restaurant has a new name and a new vibe; the Mediterranean-Asian inspired menu features appetizers like mezze, pulpo a la plancha and Kolokithokeftedes (curry zucchini fritters). If you’re with a group you can’t go wrong with the seafood tower which comes with king crab legs, oysters, shrimp, tuna crudo and oysters. There’s also an option to order a sushi boat in a group setting but come prepared, the order needs to be placed a day before and is at the chef’s discretion. However, if you didn’t plan in advance you’ll love the regular mains like lobster cascatelli or steak frites.

5. Gurneys Summer Fitness Series

From now through Labor Day Gurneys spa roof deck is the place to be if you want to get a good workout in. On Saturdays you can sweat and flow with Kat Ruiz in one of her athletic style yoga classes. On Sundays it’s time to sweat and sculpt with Taylor Pearl in one of her full-body workouts which features isometric holds and lots of reps. Classes are complimentary for guests and $50 for visitors, and after your session you should enjoy a relaxing brunch or book a beach cabana for a post-workout swim.

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Bring on Slovakia! But who else could England face in the Euro 2024 knockout rounds?

England must go on a run of wins in the knockout stages of the tournament if they are to reach the final on 14 July.

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England will play Slovakia in the first knockout round of Euro 2024.

The sides will face off in the last-16 clash on Sunday at 5pm (UK time).

It comes after the Three Lions qualified top of their group following a 0-0 draw against Slovenia on Tuesday.

If the team can overcome their counterparts from the central European nation, they will be just two wins from reaching the final in Berlin.

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Until Wednesday evening, there had been uncertainty over who England's next opponents would be.

However, the date with Slovakia was confirmed following Georgia's shock win over Portugal in their final group game.

The Three Lions avoided a tougher opposition in the Netherlands after the Dutch slumped to a shock third place finish in their group, following a defeat at the hands of Ralf Rangnick's revitalised Austria.

It puts England in a seemingly good position on the supposedly "easier" side of the knockout draw, as they will avoid the likes of France, Portugal, Spain and Germany on their way to the final - if they can make it there.

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If England win their last-16 tie, they will then face the winners of Saturday's knockout clash between Switzerland and Italy in Dusseldorf.

The quarter-final match will be played on Saturday 6 July at 5pm (UK time).

What about the semi-finals?

Assuming England win their last-16 and quarter-final matches, the national side will face either Romania, the Netherlands, Austria or Turkey on Wednesday 10 July at 8pm (UK time).

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France or Germany are among the favourites to make it to the final on Sunday July 14 - although Spain and Portugal are also considered strong contenders.

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However, there have already been so many twists in the tournament that an outsider - such as (so far) undefeated Slovenia - cannot be completely ruled out.

But some critics of England's players and manager will not be expecting the side to make it that far.

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    No. The country of Trinidad and Tobago is not the safest for tourists. Many countries advise their citizens against visiting due to high levels of crime. The country has a very high violent crime rate which even affects popular tourist areas, and many gangs that make the crime rate even worse.

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  21. Is Trinidad and Tobago safe for tourists?

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    After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Port of Spain. 15 Queen's Park West. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Telephone + (868) 622-6371.

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