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Trinidad and Tobago

Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago

Look beyond the industry of Trinidad and Tobago and immerse yourself instead in its pristine landscapes, from mangrove swamps to rain forests.

Explore Trinidad’s northern rain forest mountains where you will find the world famous Maracas Beach – and be sure to grab a Bake and Shark (a delicious fried shark fish taco with a choice of dozens of local condiments). Want to see an unreal display of tropical birds up close? Be sure to visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge – a historic coffee and cocoa plantation set in the depths of the rain forest.

In Tobago, explore the well preserved Fort King George & the Tobago Museum. On this quiet island oasis, the beaches are post card perfect. Top choices are Pigeon Point and Englishman’s Bay. Don’t miss the glass bottom boat ride and snorkeling at Buccoo Reef. What is this mysterious Nylon Pool? A peaceful turquoise sandbar for your bucket list.

Between these two islands, you can swim under a waterfall, hike for hours, go bird watching and diving and savor amazing cuisine, from spicy curries to fresh seafood.

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Need To Know

Unique Facts

  • If you’re like spicy food, you’re in luck in Trinidad and Tobago. The islands are home to the Trinidad scorpion, one of the hottest chilies in the world with a mean heat of over 1.2 Schoville heat units.
  • The world’s largest brain coral, a distinctive coral in a spherical shape with a grooved surface, can be seen off the shore of Little Tobago at the Kelleston Drain dive site.
  • Trinidad and Tobago is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the world’s oldest legally protected such reserve. The reserve’s rain forests are home to 16 mammalian species and 210 bird species.
  • Trinidad and Tobago hosts the biggest Diwali celebration in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The world’s largest natural deposit of asphalt can be found at the 99-acre Pitch Lake in Trinidad.

Language

Trinidad and Tobago’s official language is English.

When To Go

The best time to go to Trinidad and Tobago is between mid-December and mid-April. Between January and March is particularly popular as this is Carnival season. The rainy season runs from late May until November.

Airports

Piarco International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays under 90 days

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Trinidad and Tobago: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types A and B. Standard voltage: 115V. Frequency: 60Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar

Getting Around

Use caution when driving, especially along the narrow and winding roads near beach areas and in small towns.

Public transportation options include unmarked taxis and minibuses. When in Port of Spain, use only private taxis. For inter-city travel, use private taxis or full-sized inter-city buses.

Driver’s License

A valid US driver’s license is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain
15 Queen’s Park West
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: +(868) 622-6371
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(868) 622-6371, then press 1.
Fax: +(868) 822-5955
acspos@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Ministry of Tourism
Levels 8 & 9, Tower C
International Waterfront Complex
1 Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 624-1403
mintourism@tourism.gov.tt

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

General Emergency: 911
Police: 999
Fire: 990
Ambulance: 811

Safety and Security

The crime rate is medium to high in Trinidad and Tobago. Violent crime is common. Avoid traveling alone, especially after dark, and in particular at beaches, in downtown Port of Spain, Fort George and Queen’s Park Savannah. Pickpocketing and armed assault is common in those locations.

Be vigilant at waterfalls and on isolated beaches in Tobago due to muggings. If you rent a property, ensure that 24-hour security measures are in place.

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