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There’s a reason Trinidad and Tobago is called “the true Caribbean.” Trinidad and Tobago are the most southern islands in the Caribbean, located a mere seven miles off Venezuela's northeast coast. But it’s here you’ll find an oasis that appeals to all the senses. View the country’s beauty as you explore coral reefs and open ocean. Feel the warmth of its year-round warm temperatures and refreshing breeze. Smell and taste the area’s unique island cuisine and hear the sounds of calypso music and the steelpan as you relax on the beach.

Sure, you can expect to find a laid-back paradise of pina coladas and poolside relaxation, but Port of Spain is also where island charm meets vacation adventure. With an impressive list of things to do, it’s a whole new way to get your feet wet.

Because its location is so close to continental South America, the biological diversity of Trinidad and Tobago is unlike that of most other Caribbean islands. It boasts more than 450 different bird species and 950 types of marine fish. And don’t be surprised if you encounter some of the most beautiful butterflies you’ve ever seen – Trinidad and Tobago is home to more than 650 types.

Port of Spain is the perfect starting point for your outdoor adventures. Bird watchers from all over the globe choose Trinidad and Tobago as their destination of choice to find diverse bird species in one location. Remember to visit the Wild Fowl Trust, were you’ll find birds of every type – from ducks to the protected Scarlet Ibis – being rehabilitated before they’re released into their natural environment. Lace up your boots and head out to Paria, Salybia and Rio Seco – areas that feature the best winding pathways. Explore the untouched rainforest, the emerald green waters and the spectacular views. Certified tour operations also offer kayaking, biking, cave exploration and camping excursions.

And with all that exploring, you’re bound to be hungry. Pop into any one of the Port of Spain’s locally owned restaurants to experience food as diverse as its culture and people.

Of course no Caribbean vacation is complete without spending a little time at the beach. Swimmers can dive into the serene, tranquil waters of Pigeon Point while snorkelers hop on board a glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater treasures of Buccoo Reef. And if you’re looking for something truly magnificent, some carefully patrolled beaches allow you to witness the nesting rituals of the endangered Leatherback Turtle.

The area’s biggest festival is Carnival. This isn’t just a single event, but a series of celebrations – all with the spectacle of colours, costumes and music – spread over 40 days between Christmas and Ash Wednesday. At the heart of Port of Spain, you’ll find a party in the streets, with locals dancing to the music, dressing in costume and sharing their dynamic music history. It’s truly is as it’s billed: the greatest show on earth.

October brings the World Steel Band Music Festival, a two-week extravaganza where musicians from all over the world gather to celebrate everything from calypso to classical.

In between, the island welcomes you to the Buccoo Goat Race Festival (April), Rapsofest (April and May), the Tobago International Gospel Festival (June), the Tobago Heritage Festival (July) and Emancipation – a celebration of freedom (August).

With all this beauty, it’s no wonder there’s always something to celebrate. And no matter when you visit, there’s a celebration waiting for you.

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