The journey is my home.
— Muriel Rukeyser, 1913 - 1980
EN
EN

Trinidad and Tobago

Background

Trinidad and Tobago

First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime.

About

Trinidad and Tobago is a nation consisting primarily of two Caribbean islands just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. The country is the most industrialised and one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean. Tourism is not a major industry, leaving the islands replete with natural unspoiled beauty not found in most other Caribbean countries.

Read more about Trinidad and Tobago in our Trinidad and Tobago travel guide »

Featured hotels in

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and TobagoThe Carlton Savannah 

2-4 Coblentz Ave
Cascade St. Anns
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Price (US$): $198 - $212 / night

Check rates »

Location. The Carlton Savannah is located in central Port of Spain, close to President's House, Queen's Park Savanah, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Nearby points of interest also include Queen's Park Oval and Adam Smith Square. Hotel Features. The Carlton Savannah features 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves full breakfasts in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility… more »

Trinidad and TobagoHilton Trinidad & Conference 

Lady Young Road, Belmont
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Price (US$): $169 - $1019 / night

Check rates »

Location. Hilton Trinidad & Conference is a business friendly hotel located in central Port of Spain, close to Queen's Park Savanah, President's House, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Additional points of interest include Brian Lara Promenade and Queen's Park Oval. Hotel Features. Hilton Trinidad & Conference's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is… more »

Trinidad and TobagoHyatt Regency Trinidad 

No 1 Wrighton Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Price (US$): $194 - $319 / night

Check rates »

Location. Hyatt Regency Trinidad is a business friendly hotel located in Port of Spain, close to Brian Lara Promenade, Adam Smith Square, and Queen's Park Oval. Additional points of interest include Movietowne and Queen's Park Savanah. Hotel Features. Hyatt Regency Trinidad's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The… more »

Trinidad and TobagoLe Grand Courlan Spa Resort 

Stonehaven Bay
Black Rock
Trinidad and Tobago

Price (US$): $222 - $842 / night

Check rates »

Location. Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort is located on the beach in Black Rock, close to Turtle Beach, Fort Bennett, and Gulf City Mall. Other points of interest are Scarborough Botanical Garden and Pigeon Point Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort include 3 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Guests can enjoy a complimentary manager's reception in the early evening, available on Fridays. Recreational amenities… more »

Trinidad and TobagoBlue Haven Hotel 

Bacolet Bay
Scarborough
Trinidad and Tobago

Price (US$): $246 - $366 / night

Check rates »

Location. Blue Haven Hotel is located on the beach in Scarborough, close to Fort King George, Dwight Yorke Stadium, and Scarborough Botanical Garden. Other points of interest are Gulf City Mall and Turtle Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Blue Haven Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Guests can enjoy a complimentary manager's reception on select days. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3.5… more »

Browse more hotels in Trinidad and Tobago »

Trinidad and Tobago

Full name
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Capital
Port of Spain
Location

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Geographic coordinates

11 00 N, 61 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Delaware

Coastline

362 km

Climate

tropical; rainy season (June to December)

Terrain

mostly plains with some hills and low mountains

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

El Cerro del Aripo 940 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, asphalt

Population

1,228,691 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Indian (South Asian) 40%, African 37.5%, mixed 20.5%, other 1.2%, unspecified 0.8% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 26%, Hindu 22.5%, Anglican 7.8%, Baptist 7.2%, Pentecostal 6.8%, Muslim 5.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 4%, other Christian 5.8%, other 10.8%, unspecified 1.4%, none 1.9% (2000 census)

Languages

English (official), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), French, Spanish, Chinese

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Independence

31 August 1962 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 31 August (1962)

Chief of state

President George Maxwell RICHARDS (since 17 March 2003)

Head of government

Prime Minister Kamla PERSAD-BISSESSAR (since 26 May 2010)

Internet country code

.tt

Internet users

593,000 (2009)

Airports

6 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Point Fortin, Point Lisas, Port-of-Spain, Scarborough

Other countries in the region