Trinidad and Tobago is a very unique two-island nation. Trinidad, the largest of the two, is known for being more of a business hub and a melting pot of culture. Tobago is known for its laid-back vibe, beaches and access to nature. Both islands differ in language (Trinidad’s preferred language is Trinidadian Creole and Tobago’s is Tobagonian Creole), religion (Hinduism is the mostly practiced religion in Trinidad, while Christianity is mainly practiced in Tobago), and the activities they offer for tourists (Trinidad offers more of city life attractions, while Tobago offers more nature and beaches). Although both islands are worth a visit, we are going to tell you why you should visit Trinidad above all. Get ready to learn about the top things to do in Trinidad; an island filled with cultural diversity, lots of activities, and unique people!
One of the most exciting carnivals in the Caribbean, Trinidad’s Carnival brings the island together for the biggest party of the year. It all started thanks to the French, but it was also influenced by African slaves. This huge party features African-influenced music such as Soca and Calypso. The carnival begins in January and ends on Ash Wednesday. You will get to see the most vibrant colored costumes, as well as stunt professionals blowing out fire. There are dancers and performers whose energy spreads over to anyone who attends. Get yourself a colorful costume, lot’s of positive energy, and a nice dance partner. What are you waiting for? Everyone is invited here!
Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue
Shifting gears to a more serious attraction, the Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue are key sites you need to visit in Trinidad. Did you know the Hanuman Statue is 85 feet tall, and the tallest Hanuman Statue outside India? Incredible, we know! And the temple is absolutely stunning. Once you step inside you will be transported to India with the traditional architecture and color schemes of the structure. Many visitors agree that the temple is a peaceful, quiet, soothing place rich in religious value. If you’re in Trinidad, you must visit the Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue not only for its respective beauty but also to understand the history and culture of the island.
Not too far away from the capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain, you can visit Maracas Bay – a popular spot for both locals and tourists. It is probably the most popular beach in the island and it is home to very famous food joints called “Beak and Shark”, which specialize in serving the most delicious shark fritters. Aside from the good food, there’s a nice beach to catch some waves or some sun rays, and the view of the bay will leave you in awe, since it is located between high coastal hills and a tropical rainforest. This is one of the few locations in Trinidad where you’ll find a more relaxed environment, far from the hectic city life you can find in Port of Spain.
Mount Saint Benedict
Also known as The Abbey of our Lady of Exile, this Benedictine monastery is located to the north of Port of Spain. It is situated in a small plateau among the hills, which is why it attracts so many eager tourists who want to take a look at the beautiful view. The monastery was built in the 20th century and since then it has been an important religious asset for devotion. You can buy souvenirs at the gift shop, light a candle or say a prayer inside the church, and also have some yogurt – the monks make their own yogurt and sell it at the monastery.
Visit Waterfalls in Trinidad
Although Trinidad is known to be the more industrialized island of the two, there are still opportunities to reconnect with nature. Fun fact: Trinidad is also known as the land of the waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls that you will want to check at least a few out. These make a great destination for your hiking adventures. Some of the most famous waterfalls include: Maracas Waterfall, Avocat Waterfall, Angel Falls and Rio Seco Waterfall. If you enjoy listening to the sound of water falling, or enjoy hiking through the rainforest or hills, you must visit one of the many waterfalls in the island.
Trinidad offers quite the variety: from interactions with nature, to partying in the city, to spiritual and educational plans. In an island so diverse and dynamic, you will find lots to do and lots to see. Book your trip now and check out Hilton Trinidad to stay at the best hotel in the island.