UniEel Experiencing: Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is a country located in the Americas. The country consists of two islands – one called Trinidad, the other Tobago. The nation is well-known for its carnival, being the origin of calypso music, and of course – ‘limbo’. The nation only has maritime borders, given its location near Venezuela. The nation has a tropical climate – with multiple months of warm weather, coupled with some rain-filled months. The most common religion in the country is Protestant Christianity. The official language is English. The population of the nation is approximately 1,300,000. There is a lot to see and do in this country. Overall, Trinidad and Tobago is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Trinidad & Tobago
Continent: North America
Capital: Port of Spain
Land Mass: 2,000 square miles
Population: 1,300,000
Religion: Christianity
Language: English
Currency: Trinidad & Tobago Dollar

 

Trinidad and Tobago has a very interesting history. Christopher Columbus was first to discover Tobago back in 1498. A monument to Columbus is still present in the nation to this day. The first settlement on the Island was from Spain. In the early 1800s, the nation came under British rule. This led to an influx of families from the many British colonies. It took until 1962 for the nation to gain independence from the United Kingdom. Income from oil exports have propelled the nation to be one of the richest by GDP in the Americas. The nation is a tourist hotspot, frequently seeing visitors from all over the world, especially Americans.

 

Things to Do and See:
There is a lot to do in Trinidad & Tobago. Maracas is a usual tourist stop-off point. Maracas Bay hosts sun-seekers from around the world, and is about an hour away from the capital city. The Maracas Lookout provides a stunning view of the ocean. Waterfalls and the rainforest are other intriguing sites that are well-worth visiting – there are numerous hikes available. The capital – the Port of Spain, is well-renowned for hosting many interesting tourist sites. The Queen’s Park is one of the most well-known buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Royal Botanical Gardens is a picturesque site in the capital. Various tours are available around the nation.

 

Trinidad & Tobago is a beautiful location to visit. There is much to see and do, and provides a very different experience to that of the Western world. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Trinidad & Tobago, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Trinidad & Tobago at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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