In many ways the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago are very similar - both are mountainous, and both have beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, but that's where the similarities stop. Those seeking a relaxed, slow-paced tropical trip during a holiday in Trinidad and Tobago should head to Tobago for its tranquil beaches such as Pigeon Point and Store Bay and great dive sites. Those, on the other hand, who are seeking a lively, more sophisticated getaway complete with an abundance of skyscrapers, bazaars and mosques will fall in love with Trinidad.
Virgin Atlantic and Monarch both offer direct flights to Tobago from London Gatwick to Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport. Indirect flights to Trinidad are also available from most major UK airports arriving at Piarco International Airport, around 25 kilometres south east of the country's capital, Port of Spain. However, indirect flights are often twice the price as a direct flight to Tobago!
If arriving in Tobago, it is possible to travel to Trinidad fairly cheaply by ferry. There are two options - fast or conventional. A fast ferry takes just under three hours each way, but is the more expensive option setting you back around TT$100 for a return journey. The slower ferry's return price is TT$75 but will take around five and a half hours each way. You can also fly between the two with Caribbean Airlines for around TT$300 for a round trip. Make sure you book in advance though to get the best possible rate.
Getting around during your holiday in Trinidad and Tobago can be done by hiring a car (they drive on the left-hand side as in the UK) - however, some of the roads aren't in great condition. Alternatively you can use the bus network on Trinidad - just ensure you buy your ticket before you board as drivers won't accept cash - or take a taxi.
It is possible to find cheap hotels in Trinidad and Tobago by looking around online, comparing deals and booking in advance. Accommodation is cheapest in Tobago but your options are limited to small guesthouses and beach houses. The popular tourist destinations in Trinidad such as Port of Spain and San Fernando offer a wide variety of accommodation from budget to five star.
If you're thinking of travelling in February, be aware that it is carnival time - expect lots of steel drums, dancers and colourful costumes. While prices rise it is still possible to find cheap hotels in Trinidad and Tobago for carnival, the key is to book as far in advance as possible. The cheapest time for a holiday in Trinidad and Tobago is the rainy season from June to December. While intense showers do occur they are often for short periods of time and the weather can still be very pleasant.
For cheap eats during your holiday in Trinidad and Tobago look out for sada rotis (stuffed flat breads) or doubles (curried chick peas between two slices of fried bread). These tasty snacks can be picked up all over for around TT$2.
Updated 30th July 2014
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