Off-the-beaten-track Trinidad and Tobago is an interesting little place. Unlike many of its Caribbean neighbors, this duo of mineral-rich, oil-heavy islets close to the coast of Venezuela does not depend on tourists for survival.
Yes, there are palm-fringed beaches and luxurious hotel resorts; there are misty rainforests and breath-taking tropical jungles, soaring mountain ranges and enthralling colonial cities.
But these aren’t the lifeblood of the archipelago.
Natural gas and oil are what have really brought money to Trinidad and Tobago, meaning the country’s something of a more authentic, less-developed and raw picture of island life than many of its counterparts.
Head in to explore everything from historic fortresses raised by the British to sparkling coral beaches and unexplored reefs.
Come and see charming colonial edifices in the capital, Port of Spain, spot multi-coloured waterfowl flitting through the air, chill on cotton-white sands, and seek out roaring waterfalls in the orchid-spotted wilds.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Trinidad and Tobago:
1. Tropical perfection at Pigeon Point Beach
A small thatched cabana stands on a rickety driftwood pier above the aquamarine waters of Tobago’s Caribbean reefs.
Fat coconut palms sway in the Trade Winds and rugged clusters of rocks emerge from the jungle, peppering the powdery, talcum sand at either end.
Welcome to Pigeon Point Beach: the most famous and acclaimed coastal spot in all of Trinidad and Tobago.
Protected and privately owned, travelers will need to pay $4 entry for this one.
But boy is it worth it! Just check out those lapping, lukewarm shore waters, beach shacks serving cold cocktails and the opportunities for jet skiing and kiteboarding across the Carib Sea.