TrinidadBursting with unparalleled spirit and culture the dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors the opportunity to experience everything from the cosmopolitan, bustling cities and towns in Trinidad to lazy days sunbathing on pristine beaches in Tobago. While the island is famous for its lively Carnival celebrations – one of the world’s greatest street parties – the destination’s bountiful countryside with vast forest preserves and marshland remains off the beaten path for many travelers. Just 21 miles away, sleepy Tobago is a haven for those seeking cozy resorts and beautiful beaches.

Despite its proximity to Venezuela, just eight miles away, life in Trinidad and Tobago is defined more by its colonial roots of African, Indian, Chinese, British and French descent rather than by its neighboring Latin American culture. The island’s ethnic diversity is particularly evident in the local cuisine, which features everything from roti (soft Indian bread wrapped around curried meat and vegetables) to doubles (a curried chickpea snack) and to creole-inspired seafood dishes. Visitors to the island should head to Maracas Beach for the country’s most famous dish, the renowned Shark-n-Bake (fried shark sandwich).

The capital city of Port of Spain boasts a number of art galleries featuring the works of local painters and sculptors. Visitors can also check out the Magnificent Seven, a row of early 20th century mansions along the Savannah, Port of Spain’s Central Park.

Tobago is known for its quiet lifestyle and breathtaking sunsets. During the winter months anglers visiting the island have a chance to catch white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, swordfish, dolphin and yellow-fin tuna.

For visitors seeking unique, unusual and, to some, seriously competitive sports, goat racing is all the rage on the island of Tobago with a yearly competition usually taking place in early April. Those who would like to show their competitive spirit can cheer on their goat and jockey of choice or participate in the crab races that take place at the same time.

In Trinidad and Tobago there are only two seasons: Carnival and getting ready for Carnival. While Carnival typically takes place in February, the celebrations begin on December 26 each year with music and costume competitions, parties and celebrations that culminate on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. It’s the Caribbean’s biggest party and, in Trinidad and Tobago, everyone is invited. The organized bands that march in Carnival sponsor “mas” camps (short for masquerade) at numerous venues in and around the busy capital of Port of Spain. Visitors from around the world are invited to experience the heart pounding rhythms and jaw-dropping costumes by joining the parade, known locally as “playing mas.”

When visiting Trinidad and Tobago there are many airline options to choose from including national carrier Caribbean Airlines, which flies from North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Caribbean Airlines exclusively operates the air bridge, connecting Trinidad and Tobago with frequent daily 20 minute flights. A passport valid for three months longer than your stay and a return ticket is required for entry. Depending on your country of origin, an entry visa may also be necessary.

Couples wishing to get married in Trinidad and Tobago must establish residence in the Trinidad and Tobago for no less than three (3) days prior to marriage. Both parties must appear in the Registrar General Office with required fees and documents no less than 24 hours before the intended time of marriage.

Contact your travel specialist for vacation packages to the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tarrian Grant-Burnett

BBbyT Weddings, Travel & Events, LLC