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Where to stay in Trinidad and Tobago – an area guide

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Staying on one of the twin-islands gives insight into their unique and incredibly laidback approach to life. Stuffed with protected rainforests, white palmed beaches and the most approachable locals, many find Trinidad and Tobago a break in paradise. Whether you stay at a family-run guesthouse in a tranquil village or a large hotel in bustling Port of Spain, a magical island atmosphere will engulf your holiday.

Kevin Wallace

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Trinidad & Tobago

Port of Spain

 

The capital Port of Spain is one of the largest cities; a coastal collection of thriving bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Lively nightlife and popular eateries can be found on Ariapita Avenue, the heart and soul of the city, while the huge green space of Queen’s Park Savannah provides beautiful scenic walks and photo opportunities in the form of grand turreted buildings and scarlet flowering trees.

 

Hotels in Port of Spain

 

Accommodation in the capital is a real mix, from global four star brands to small boutique hotels. This is also one of the best areas of the country for budget accommodation close to the sights, with hostel and B&B types providing for the thrifty traveler in the heart of downtown.

 

San Fernando

 

The largest city in the south of Trinidad, San Fernando is an energetic hub centered on a natural harbor. Jazz and calypso lounges are a highlight of the nightlife here, while a distinctive hill protruding from the heart of the town is a popular place for family picnics. San Fernando is also the perfect base for exploring sites such as Trinidad’s Pitch Lake, the mud volcanoes at Devil’s Woodyard and the deserted sands of Columbus Bay.

 

Hotels in San Fernando

 

Accommodation in San Fernando is generally quite central, with a scattering of independent local hotels and business resorts with attached conference centers. There are also plenty of tranquil and relaxing hotels to be found in surrounding areas such as Duncan Village.

 

Western Tobago

 

Trinidad’s little sister Tobago is overwhelming beautiful, with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Pigeon Point in the south west corner of Tobago is such a beach, with chalk white sand and a shallow aquamarine sea. Trips to Buccoo Reef depart from this point, while other interesting spots in this region include the well-preserved battlements of Fort King George, the sculpture studio of Kimme Museum, the hidden Highland Waterfall and several nature reserves teeming with exotic wildlife.

 

Eastern Tobago

 

The Eastern side of Tobago is equally enchanting. Shaded waterfalls abound in the lush forest, including the highest on the island - Argyle Waterfall outside Roxborough - and the mighty King’s Bay Waterfall, best visited after heavy rain. Tobago Cocoa Estate where you can sample the rich local chocolate is a must-visit, while other spots worth a visit include Little Tobago Island and Flagstaff Hill.

 

Hotels on Tobago

 

Despite being a tiny island only 25 miles long, Tobago is home to some of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in the country. For the lower budgets, there are plenty of award-winning guesthouses and B&Bs.