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As soon as you step off the plane at Piarco Airport (POS), just 15 miles east of Port of Spain, you're met with balmy air and the distant sound of steel drums that welcome you to this island jewel and big sister to nearby Tobago.
Accommodation here is varied, but dominated by large luxury hotel complexes. For something a little different, there are many holiday homes for rent. Most have private pools and would suit large groups or families.
The hotels are also home to most of the entertainment on the island, though the bigger towns and resorts all have their own nightclubs, which are hugely popular after midnight.
Hotels also dominate the restaurant scene, but make sure you set out to explore as you'll no doubt find some amazing dining experiences off the beaten track. Corn soup, for instance, is a local speciality that you can get from some of the food stands that dot the island. Other delicacies to seek out are saheena and the delicious “bake and shark”.
The beaches are undoubtedly the star attractions in Trinidad and you're certainly spoiled for choice. The most popular beaches are on the north coast, where Maracas Bay dominates, but a good alternative would be Las Cuevas Bay where small coves offer privacy and shelter.
However, Grande Riviere beach in the north-east is considered the best on the island. Long, sweeping sands and great snorkelling shallows sit happily near a river that's perfect for kayaking. There's also a café and changing hut with shower facilities. Grande Riviere is also a good starting point for some forest hikes if you get bored of sunbathing and splashing about in the sea.
Other popular island activities include a coast-to-coast drive, which takes in some wonderful Caribbean scenery and might just open up a whole new adventure. Sporty types will no doubt be drawn to the local passion for football and cricket, but motocross, cycling, basketball and power boat racing are all enthusiastically regarded as participation sports.
On a slower-paced note, one of the real delights of Trinidad is the hummingbirds, and there's no finer place to witness their majestic agility than at Yerette in Maracas, which is the home of a bird enthusiast who has opened his house so that visitors can view these feathered wonders.
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The weather in Trinidad is an important part of your holiday so use our brief climate guide and find out what to expect...
Trinidad is close to the equator and therefore enjoys a tropical climate with plenty of hot weather and sunshine, particularly between January and May, when it's mild and dry. June to September can be unsettled with rain and humidity, but the showers don't last long, and nearly all hotels have air conditioning.
Get swept along by the Caribbean beat when you attend any of these fun-filled annual events in Trinidad...
Carnival; February: It's the Caribbean, it's February - it can only mean one thing... Carnival! Lose yourself in the riot of colour as the locals don outrageous costumes for the parades and parties that ensue throughout the main towns.
Arrival Day; May: This national holiday marks the arrival of immigrants from East India in 1845. The day is celebrated by feasting with traditional East Indian cuisine and a few sips of rum.
Independence Day; August: Trinidad gained independence from Great Britain in 1962. The islanders mark this historical event by celebrating both the Trinidad way of life and a little bit of British culture.
Diwali; October: To continue the East Indian theme, the tradition of Diwali - the festival of lights - illuminates the island every year.
Take it easy or get the adrenaline flowing? The choice is yours in Trinidad. Discover some of the things that you can see and do...
Fishing: Some of the finest big-game fishing in the Caribbean is to be had in the waters around Trinidad. Hop aboard a charter boat for a three-hour or six-hour sports trip.
Relaxing: Sea, sand and sun. All the ingredients are there - just go out and enjoy it.
Kids and teens: Head up to Matura near Grande Riviere between May and September and follow a guide as you experience turtle watching. It's a magical experience for youngsters.