Join the locals and dance in Trinidad and Tobago's streets during the February Carnival, but come anytime to party in its lively capital, Port of Spain, on the island of Trinidad. In the rainforest, the Asa Wright Nature Centre is a haven for birdwatchers. Chill out on Tobago's beautiful white-sand beach at Pigeon Point, or party all night on the beach at the small town of Buccoo.
Discover how big the differences are between the two islands of this dual-island nation. Go to Trinidad to wander the vibrant streets of the capital, Port of Spain, or cast off on a yacht from the nearby marina in the small town of Chaguaramas. Take it easy on Manzanilla, one of the quiet palm-fringed beaches on Trinidad's east coast. On laid-back Tobago, it's all about relaxation. Lie on Pigeon Point's fine white-sand beach, with snorkelling and diving offshore. If you've had enough beach fun, head inland to the lush Tobago Forest Reserve for beautiful rainforest treks.
Visit Trinidad's Port of Spain for a bustling city that really comes alive during Carnival. Escape the crowds in verdant Queen's Park Savannah, where locals play cricket and fly kites. Walk along Maraval Road and admire the ornate colonial buildings. Visit Tobago's biggest town of Scarborough to smell the fresh blooms in its Botanical Gardens. Then go to the 18th-century, British-built Fort King George for breathtaking coastal views.
Take a boat trip from Trinidad to Gasparee Grande, a small area at the south side of Chaguaramas Bay, to swim in tidal pools and visit caves dripping with stalactites. Go hiking in rainforest-covered Asa Wright Nature Centre to spot rare birds and wildlife. At Chaguanas, the birthplace of Nobel prize-winning writer VS Naipaul, you can find traditional pottery. On Tobago, take a glass-bottomed boat trip to Buccoo Bay and discover the full beauty of Buccoo Reef. Later, dance the night away at the weekly Sunday School street party just off the beach in Buccoo, with live music, DJs and stalls selling food and drinks.