Welcome to Trinidad a unique Caribbean paradise. There is no place in the world quite like this tiny twin island republic of 1 3 million ethnically diverse people. Bursting with spirit and a heady mix of cultural activities, beautiful people, eco adventure and culinary delights, Trinidad has something for everyone.
Located just off the tip of Venezuela, Trinidad, the larger and livelier of the islands, is an industrial giant boasting exciting nightlife, a robust energy sector and growing manufacturing industry.
Yet a short distance away from the glitter and bustle of Port of Spain the islands modern capital another world exists. A drive along the North Coast Road, shaded by the lush forested canopy of the Northern mountain range, will yield breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea or head to Central Trinidad where the Caroni swamp home to Scarlet Ibis and other exotic species waits to share its secrets.
But if Trinidad is the energetic heart of these islands, Tobago is its serene soul. Just two hours away from Port of Spain by fast ferry, or 15 minutes by air travel, Tobago offers the weary traveller a change of pace. Blessed with warm azure blue seas that lap against pale pink sands of secluded beaches, Tobago is the perfect place to relax in the embrace of lingering, golden sunsets. For the nature lover, Tobago is home to the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and, for those with an adventurous spirit, the waters surrounding the island hosts stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Home of Carnival, the greatest show on earth, Trinidad and Tobago has also given the humanity steelpan and world class athletes, including record breaking cricketer Brian Lara and star football striker Dwight Yorke, the Soca Warriors, Ato Boldon and Hasely Crawford.
In addition, having won several international beauty pageants, Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam, is a Trini, we can also boast the most beautiful women on earth.
Trinidad is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, thanks to its large reserves of oil and gas, the exploitation of which dominates its economy.
Inhabited mostly by people of African and Indian descent, the two island state enjoys a per capita income well above the average for Latin America. Natural gas much of it exported to the US is expected to overtake oil as its main source of revenue.
Dependence on oil has made the republic a hostage to world crude prices, whose fall during the 1980s and early 1990s led to the build up of a large foreign debt, widespread unemployment and labour unrest.