Honeymoon guide to Trinidad

Right photo: Carnival in Trinidad
© Photo courtesy Trinidad TDC

Carnival in Trinidad

Introducing Trinidad

Consider a honeymoon in Trinidad – one of the most culturally distinctive islands in the Caribbean.

Famous as the birthplace of the steel band, calypso music and the limbo dance, Trinidad is rich in artistic tradition and offers lively year-round nightlife, good duty-free shopping and excellent accommodation options.

What to do and see in Trinidad
Away from the city, discover wild scenic beaches for sunbathing, swimming and surfing, as well as natural wonders and wildlife sanctuaries overflowing with more exotic flora and fauna than any other island in the Caribbean.

Founded by the Spanish in 1592 then captured by the British in 1797, Trinidad (and its sister island of Tobago) became a British Crown Colony until the two-island nation declared its independence in 1962. Rich in natural resources (mainly oil and natural gas), Trinidad is the most industrialised island in the Caribbean.

Hire a car and driver to tour the scenic North Coast Road to stunning Maracas Beach. Along the way, stop at the spectacular Asa Wright Nature Centre, home to more than 200 species of birds. Or visit the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, just a half-hour drive from the capital, where caimans, anacondas and flocks of scarlet ibis – Trinidad's national bird – inhabit a maze of waterways and mangrove swamps.

At the easternmost point of Trinidad, visit the Point Galera Lighthouse, built in 1897 on a dramatic cliff-top outcrop above the churning waters where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

On the southwest coast, at La Brea, walk on the naturally forming bitumen of Pitch Lake – the world’s largest natural deposit of asphalt.

In Port-of-Spain, stroll the flagstone walkways around Independence Square, home to a tree-lined park, duty free shops and the impressive neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built using blue limestone in 1815 on what was then the seafront.

Then stroll amid colourful market stalls overflowing with tropical fruit and spices at the nearby Central Market.

Ponder the series of extravagant turn-of-the-20th century mansions, built in a range of flamboyant 19th century styles along the western side of Queen’s Park Savannah. Examine historical exhibits at the nearby National Museum, stroll through manicured lawns in the Botanical Gardens and see much of the island’s indigenous wildlife at the Emperor Valley Zoo.

Discover scenic views overlooking Port-of-Spain from Fort George, built in 1804 atop a 330m-high cliff top and easily reached by car or on a challenging but worthwhile hike.

Marvel at the towering 25m-high statue of the god Hanuman at the Dattatreya Yoga Centre, an impressive Temple at Carapichaima, or examine Amerindian and World War II artefacts at the Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum.

Don’t miss Trinidad's Carnival – rated as the Caribbean's best and biggest party – held throughout the island on the Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday.

Trinidad offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the exclusive Hyatt Regency Trinidad located in the heart of Port-of-Spain and the Hilton Trinidad, which offers mountain and sea views from its location above Queen's Park Savannah.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotels and resorts in Trinidad and Tobago at TripAdvisor.

Best time to honeymoon in Trinidad
Any time is a good time to visit Trinidad; the island is below the hurricane belt and year-round temperatures average 26°C, with a high of 31°C. The dry season lasts from December to May and the rainy season from June to November.
  For more climate info: Trinidad Weather Guide

Trinidad is located 11km off the coast of Venezuela and 34km southwest of its sister island, Tobago.

Getting there
By air, Trinidad receives daily non-stop flights from several US cities including Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York, as well as connecting flights from Europe's capital cities.
Find out how to get to Trinidad. . .
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Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 5 August, 2018
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