One of the Caribbean's more culturally interesting countries, this pair of islands just off the coast of Venezuela is not only the home of calypso and the steel drums, but a melange of Caribbean/Indian and Christian/Hindu cultures.


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The Island of Tobago Is a Sweet Little Slice of Old-Time Caribbean smaller of the two main islands which make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago lies 22 miles northeast of larger Trinidad (a 20-minute flight away, as well as with direct service to/from Barbados, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany). It´s known for its unspoiled natural beauty, rich history (dating back to 1654, and vibrant culture (which besides numerous current ways to experience it is particularly on display during events such as the Tobago Heritage…

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  • Just recently the Times of London came out with a great overview of T&T. (And btw I checked elsewhere and it seems the country is rated pretty ok for gay travelers, and same-sex relations were legalized in 2018)
    Trinidad and Tobago travel guide
    All you need to know about this twin-island state that stands out for its beaches, birdlife and carnivals.
  • A little while back, Travel Noire shone a spotlight on T&T´s four beauty spots: top
    Going To Trinidad and Tobago? These 4 Natural Sites Are Worth A Visit - Travel Noire
    If you're going to Trinidad and Tobago for the first time, here are four scenic sites to take photographs.
  • Culture Trip once again demonstrates its travel chops in this look at T&B:
    Reasons Why You Should Visit Trinidad And Tobago
    With beautiful natural landscapes steelpan music and one of the world's best carnivals Trinidad and Tobago should be next on your bucket list.
  • An interesting bit of Christmas lore from Trinidad dating from early on when it was a Spanish, not British, colony:
    Caribbean Matters: Celebrating Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago with parang
    It’s the Christmas holiday season in the Caribbean and as you might expect, celebrations there don’t feature snow, fir trees, or reindeer. Traditiona…
  • The UK Daily Mail recently gave Tobago recently gave a hearty thumbs up to Tobago as a slice of the old-time Caribbean not to miss, and the reasons why. I haven't yet been, but now it's definitely on my radar for '23!
    Why unspoiled and uncrowded Tobago is the true gem of the Caribbean
    Tobago is the ultimate unspoiled paradise, teeming with sugared sands, colourful flora and thrilling hiking routes, set off by a warm welcome from ch…
  • Well, after a hiatus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinbago's Carnival was back this past February, but in scaled-back form: no big parties and parades but rather shows and competitions like this one:
  • Sante Caribe Oxygen/Ozone Healing Center On Tobago.9011265101?profile=original

  • Wow, when it comes to security problems, it seems that Trinidad/Tobago may soon outstrip Jamaica! Another reason I'm not wild about the English Caribbean.

    15 December, 2009
    Trinidad, Tobago emerge as murder capitals

    Trinidad and Tobago have overtaken Jamaica in a dubious distinction: the “murder capital of the Caribbean.”

    “Although much of the violence is gang-related, in recent years tourists have increasingly become targets for robbery, sexual assault and murder,” says CDNN. INFO.

    While homicides increased two percent in Jamaica in 2008, murders were up 38 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.

    The US and the UK issued travel advisories warning travelers about increasing violence and the failure of police in Tobago to apprehend and prosecute criminals.

    A US travel advisory warns travelers that armed robbers have been trailing tourists as they depart international airports in Trinidad and Tobago. It said:

    “Violent crimes, including assault, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault and murder, have involved foreign residents and tourists (and) incidents have been reported involving armed robbers trailing arriving passengers from the airport and accosting them in remote areas…the perpetrators of many of these crimes have not been arrested.”

    The English-speaking Caribbean, which extends from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, averages 30 murders per 100,000 inhabitants per year, one of the highest rates in the world, according to the Economist.

    With 550 homicides in 2008, Trinidad and Tobago has a rate of about 55 murders per 100,000 making it the most dangerous country in the Caribbean and one of the most dangerous in the world, according to press reports.

    The rate of assaults, robbery, kidnapping and rape in Trinidad and Tobago is also among the highest in the world.

    According to a report issued by the United States State Department, gang-related homicides and other crimes will continue to increase in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and 2010.
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