Planning your elective-Trinidad and Tobago
Amina Hussain discovers carnivals, and other delights, on offer in this twin island country of the eastern Caribbean
Only 11 km off the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost islands in the Caribbean, although there is surprisingly little South American influence. Trinidad is the largest, but least touristy, island of the eastern Caribbean. The beaches are not the sort to draw holidaymakers, unlike those on Trinidad's sister island Tobago. None the less, Trinidad can guarantee universal interest when it annually hosts the mother of all carnivals starting on the Monday before Ash Wednesday. Its capital, Port of Spain, turns into one huge street party that attracts thousands of revellers from around the world.
With just 4% of the country's population, Tobago stands in sharp contrast to Trinidad. Its beaches are more beautiful, the waters are reef protected, and there are pleasant oceanside hotels where the “lime” (local parlance for leisure) is always on.
Both islands have a remarkably high diversity of plants and animals for