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.
Schools have been urged to book ATOL-protected trips to avoid parents being left out of pocket if their travel company fails.
The Civil Aviation Authority are encouraging teachers and parents to check that any upcoming school trips involving air travel are fully covered under the ATOL scheme.
This new advice has stemmed from a situation arising earlier this year that involved parents being left with bills of £750 per child after their school’s chosen tour provider collapsed and did not have ATOL-protection.