●Back Bay – desolate cove where beach often empty.
●Bacolet Bay – Swiss Family Robinson filmed here.
●Castara Bay – laid-back beach for young Europeans.
●Pigeon Point – state park for picnickers and vendors; island’s clearest blue water.
●Pirate’s Bay – great snorkeling; half-mile hike from Charlottesville.
●Store Bay Beach – crowded, popular.
●Bookends – twin, wave-smashed rocks; tarpon hang in surf.
●Coral Gardens – lovely.
●Devil’s Thirst – amphitheater-shaped formation in coral reef; mantas & whale sharks.
●Dutchmen’s Reef – batfish.
●Japanese Gardens – near Goat Island (off Speyside); dive-adventure.de/index.php/en/dive-sites; underrated.
●Kelleston Drain – world’s largest brain coral; have guide show you human skull embedded in barrel coral.
●London Bridge – off north end; 100' long arch passable 1 diver at time.
●MV Maverick – island freighter, scuttled in 1997 at 100'.
●Sisters – hammerhead shark mating and trolling grounds.
●Arnos Vale – Arnos Vale Road (Scarborough); 011-868-639-2881; arnosvalehotel.com; island’s oldest hotel shows its age; beach and Jurassic jungle setting, however, unmatched.
●Bacolet Beach Club – 72 Bacolet Street (Bacolet Bay); 011-868-639-2357; bacoletbeachclub.com; modern hotel overlooking semi-private beach.
●Blue Haven Hotel – Bacolet Bay; 011-868-660-7400; bluehavenhotel.com; classic but faded; 1940s Caribbean hideaway.
●Blue Waters Inn – Batteaux Bay (Speyside); 011-868-660-4341; bluewatersinn.com; beachfront resort tucked in own secluded bay; 46 acres lush tropical grounds; 38 rooms, all of which face ocean; dive resort.
●Coco Reef – Coconut Bay (Crown Point); 011-868-639-8571; cocoreef.com; full-service resort and spa; European clientele.
●Half Moon Blue Hotel – on Bacolet Street, at Donkey Cart House (Bacolet Bay); 011-868-639-3551; halfmoonblue.com; charmingly rustic.
●Magdalena Grand Beach Resort – Tobago Plantations Estate (Lowlands); 011-868-660-8800; magdalenagrand.com; beach area, breakfast spread, pool.
●Villas at Stonehaven – Grafton Road, Stonehaven Bay (Black Rock); 011-868-639-0361; stonehavenvillas.com; hilltop houses for rent.
●Café Havana – on Bacolet Street, at Donkey Cart House (Bacolet Bay, at Half Moon Blue Hotel); 011-868-639-3551; halfmoonblue.com; charmingly rustic.
●Ciao Café – 20 Burnett Street (Scarborough); 011-868-639-3001; Italian sandwiches and gelato.
●Jabba’s – Waterfront (Charlotteville, last place on left); for roti.
●Jemma’s Sea View Kitchen – Speyside; 011-868-660-4066; Creole food, like chicken curry, tania fritters, and breadfruit pie,
●Man O’ War Bay – beach stall (Charlotteville); fish, chips, and beer.
●Shirvan Watermill – Shirvan Road (Mount Pleasant); 011-868-639-0000; formal dining in open-air pavilion.
●Shore Things – Old Milford Road (Lambeau); 011-868-635-1072; excellent pies and smoothies.
●Store Bay – beach stalls on Store Bay Local Road (Crown Point); all manner homemade delicacies.
●Dive Tobago – Pigeon Point or Rex Turtle Beach Hotel (Plymouth); 011-868-660-7767; divetobago.com.
●Frankie Tours & Rental – Mt. Irvine Beach Facilities Car Park; 011-868-631-0369; frankietours-tobago.com.
●Harris Jungle Tours – Store Bay (Crown Point); 011-868-639-0513; harris-jungle-tours.com.
●Paria Springs – Courtenay Rooks, 20 La Seiva Road (Maraval); 011-868-622-8826; pariasprings.com; adventure tour company; book trip to bat caves on Mount Tamana’s top.
●World of Watersports – Vanguard Tobago Golf & Spa Resort (Lowlands, Scarborough); 011-868-660-7234; worldofwatersports.com.
●Shore Things – Old Milford Road (Lambeau); 011-868-635-1072; crafts.
Sights & Sites
●Argyle Falls – Windward Coast Main Road; descending falls; fee required depending on how high you go (higher is prettier).
●Fort King George – 84 Fort Street (Scarborough, on Mt. St. George); 011-868-639-3970; island’s best-preserved historic monument; clings to cliff high above ocean; built in 1770s and operated until 1854; includes prison, officers' mess, and several stabilized cannons; just left of tall wooden figures dancing traditional Tobagonian jig is former barrack guardhouse, now housing small Tobago Museum; exhibits include weapons and other pre-Columbian artifacts found in area; fertility figures are especially interesting; upstairs are maps and photographs from island’s past; be sure to check out gift display cases for jewelry made from embalmed and painted lizards and sea creatures; Fine Arts Centre at complex’ foot shows local artists’ work.
●Main Ridge Forest Reserve – Roxborough (southeast of Parlatuvier); whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5646; 10K acres tropical rainforest; provides habitats for 12-16 mammal species, 24 non-poisonous snakes, 16 lizards, and 210 bird species, most outstanding being Campylopterus ensipennis, white-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird, and ocellated gecko (not found elsewhere in world); established on April 13, 1776 (considered by many to be 1st act in modern environmental movement); hike “Gilpin Trace Trail,” in particular.
●Mount Tamana – highest point in Trinidad’s Central Range; 30-minute hike that rewards with more than just stunning views – Tamana Cave’s 1st chamber provides intimate look into bat life.
●Store Bay Food Stalls – Store Bay Beach; go to Food Stalls at beach’s back edge; try Miss Trim’s or Miss Jean’s stalls, where can order crab dumplings in curried coconut milk sauce; other foods worth sampling include fora roti (sort of curried burrito filled with potatoes, yam, and protein), coocoo, callaloo, and/or pelau (stew).
●Tobago Cocoa Estate – Roxborough (across from Main Ridge Forest Reserve); 011-868-390-2021 or 011-868-788-3971; tobagococoa.com; can arrange tours; on-site gift shop.
Bars & Nightclubs
●Club Zen – 1 Wrightson Road (Port of Spain, at Hyatt Regency Trinidad); 011-868-623-2222; trinidad.hyatt.com; live “soca” music in cavernous space.
●Drink! Wine Bar – 63 Rosalino Street (Port of Spain, Woodbrook); 011-868-622-2895; facebook.com/drinkwinebar; “tripster” (Trinidadian hipster) hangout.
●51 Degrees – 51 Cipriani Boulevaard (Port of Spain); 011-868-627-0051; 51degrees.biz; hard to get into; “Soca” music and live performances by Caribbean stars.
●Smokey & Bunty – at corner of 97 Western Main Road & Dengue Street, St. James (Port of Spain).
●Stumblin – 42 Ariapita Avenue (Port of Spain); 011-868-223-5017; stumblintt.com; indoor-outdoor bar.
●Blanchisseuse Beach – Blanchisseuse; oft-deserted, stunning beach.
●Maracas Bay Beach – among island’s most popular beaches.
●Carlton Savannah – 2-4 Coblentz Avenue (Port of Spain, Cascade); 011-868-621-5000; thecarltonsavannah.com; minimalist, 155-rooms.
●Coblentz Inn – 44 Coblentz Avenue (Port of Spain, Cascade); 011-868-621-0541; coblentzinn.com; 17 rooms, all with kitchenettes.
●Hyatt Regency Trinidad – 1 Wrightson Road (Port of Spain); 011-868-623-2222; trinidad.hyatt.com; island’s biggest hotel; infinity pool has stunning Paria Gulf views.
●Breakfast Shed – Wrightson Road (Port of Spain, adjacent to Hyatt); Creole breakfasts; waterfront setting and fantastic harbor views; essentially glorified food hall sheltered under single pavilion, comprised of open-air stalls featuring quintessential Trinidadian dishes, from rich cowheel stew to shark-and-bake sandwiches; also open for lunch.
●Chaud Creole – 6 Nook Avenue, St. Ann’s (Port of Spain); 011-868-621-2002; chaudcreole.com; contemporary dining fused with traditional Trinidadian-Tobagan cuisine.
●Ipanema – 12 Victoria Avenue (Port of Spain, Woodbrook); 011-868-625-0711; churrasco-style dining in classic Creole house.
●Ken’s Doubles (also known as Doubles Factory) – El Socorro Road Extention (Curepe, opposite Knowles Street); open at 4 am; for breakfast; “doubles” (breakfast street staple, consisting of fried Indian-style bara filled with curried chickpea and spicy pepper sauce).
●More Sushi – 23 O’Connor Street (Port of Spain); 011-868-622-8466; morevino.com.
●Dive TnT – Arena Road (Freeport); 011-868-475-2404; divetnt.com; offers “down island” tours (meaning to “5 Islands,” Bocas, Chacachacare, Gaspar Grande, Monos, and Nelson.
●Gail’s Exclusive Tour Service Ltd. – 7 Gordon Street (Mount Lambert); 011-868-638-5085 or 011-868-762-5495 (m); exclusivetourstnt.com; wide range Trinidad tours; can arrange tour to Brasso Seco.
●Alice Yard – 80 Roberts Street (Port of Spain); 011-868-723-0060; aliceyard.blogspot.com; historic house turned creative hub and gallery.
●Medulla Art Gallery – 37 Fitt Street (Port of Spain, Woodbrook); 868- 740-7597 (m) or 868-622-1198; artsocietytt.org/artgalleries.html.
●Satchel’s House – 6 Carlos Street (Port of Spain); 011-868-627-8640; meilinginc.com; Caribbean and Carnival boutique with clothes designed by local talent, Meiling.
●Violetta Fine Chocolates – San Fernando; 011-868-778-5558; violetta.vpweb.com; chocolate.
Sights & Sites
●Bocas Island – accessible by tour boat from Trinidad.
●Carapichaima – 13 miles from Port of Spain; village in which 85' statue of Indian god, Hanuman, stands.
●Chacachacare Island – accessible by tour boat from Trinidad; large lighthouse, WWII base, former leper colony, and former cotton plantation.
●Chagaunas – 11 miles south of Port of Spain; predominantly East Indian community; worth visiting to spice shop.
●Delft Cocoa Plantations – Brasso Venado (Montserrat Hills); 011-868-657-3803; violetta.vpweb.com; plantation tours.
●Gaspar Grande Island – accessible by tour boat from Trinidad; lime stone caves and lounging on beach at Bombshell Bay.
●Lion House (Anand Bhavan) – Main Road (Chaguanas); thelionhouse.com; Capildeo (V.S. Naipaul’s maternal line) family’s ancestral home; trapezoid-shaped house immortalized in House for Mr. Biswas.
●Magnificent Seven – Maraval Road (Port of Spain, alongside northwest corner Queen’s Park Savannah); 7 ornate, Victorian-style houses; from north to south, mansions are: Killarney; Whitehall; Archbishop’s House; Roomor; Mille Fleurs; Hayes Court; and Queen’s Royal College.
●Marianne River & Avocat Falls Hike – Blanchisseuse-Arima Road (Blanchisseuse); river runs down to beach, falls are distance inland; birdwatching and interesting flora, such as Peace lilies; can swim at falls.
●Monos Island – accessible by tour boat from Trinidad; red howler monkeys.
●National Academy for Performing Arts – Frederick Street and Queen’s Park East (Port of Spain); 011-868-625-8519; tiny.cc/bHkpw; 500-seat performance hall with “steel pan” (among few instruments invented in 20th Century and born here) performances.
●Nelson Island – accessible by tour boat from Trinidad; Caribbean’s former “Ellis Island” for Chinese and Indian indentured labor.
●Queens Park Savannah – Queen’s Park (Port of Spain); 011-868-675-7034; 400 acre former sugar estate; many city’s largest buildings have savannah as backdrop; in particular, "Magnificent 7," line of century-old colonial houses, including Queen’s Royal College, Hayes Court, Mille Fleurs, Rumoor, Roman Catholic Archbishop’s House, Whitehall, and Stollmeyer’s Castle.
●Rancho Quemado Agro-Eco Tourism Park – 1¾ Rancho Quemado Road; 011-868-389-8385; facebook.com/events/475200225858761; part nature park and part zoo.
●Temple in Sea – Waterloo (13 miles from Port of Spain); built offshore (to avoid building on cane land); reached by pedestrian causeway; Ganesh, Siddartha, and other Hindu entities’ images; make sure in advance caretaker is on grounds so can gain entrance inside temple; mudflats surrounding causeway can be unsightly at low tide when discarded trash and other debris visible.