Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Types of trips: Music, Adventure, Relaxation, Cultural
Best known for: Steelpan instrument, Calypso/Chutney/Soca music styles, Oil/Gas, Beaches
Why Go?: As one of the less traditional Caribbean destinations, Trinidad and Tobago is full of beautiful forests and swamps to go with the standard white beaches of the area. A trip to these islands will be a cultural, musical and fantastical experience for all!
Capital: Port of Spain
Ties to the UK?: Excellent political relationship, increasingly popular travel destination
Landscape: A group of islands physically very close to South America that are a mix of mountains, plains and tropical vegetation.
Climate/Seasons: Generally tropical and warm, and dry for the first half of the year and wet for the second.
When to Go: The constantly warm weather means any time of year is pleasant to travel here, but the peak prices on the island occur between January - March, so avoiding this period will get you cheaper accommodation.
Reasons to Visit: Birdwatching/nature experiences, cricket, beaches, excellent weather
How to Get There: Travelling by air is your best option from the UK - there are a few good international airports in the country you can fly to.
Places to Go: Pirate's Bay, Queens Park Savannah,
Famous People: Billy Ocean, Brian Lara, Rudolph Walker, Trevor McDonald
Natural Wonders/Wildlife: Emperor Valley Zoo, Asa Wright Nature Centre
History: Former Spanish and British colonies with periods of French and Dutch rule, gained independence in 1962
Architecture: Fort King George
Culture: Many religious and musical influences
Sport: Cricket, Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Canoeing
Events: Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Religious Festivals
Watch Out For: Although the country is rarely affected by hurricanes, there can be strong tropical storms - always watch the forecast in the wet season.
Medical Issues: No mandatory vaccinations, but some may be advised for you - see here for a good general overview and always consult with a doctor.
Aadil Umair Rahim, a six year old student from Nottingham, went missing for nine hours at the Newport Pagnall services on Friday, January 17th. The child was on a school trip which had been to London and had stopped at the services for a comfort break. At first, it was thought the schoolboy was hiding in the service station, but when initial efforts to find him proved fruitless, the alarm was raised.