Trinidad & Tobago in

Four Days

Stay in Port of Spain, checking out the downtown sights and the Savannah, then hitting the Ariapita Ave nightlife after dark. In the morning, head up to Maracas Bay to eat bake and fish and ride the waves, then return to the capital for more partying. Follow up with birdwatching and lunch at Asa Wright Nature Centre, then an afternoon boat tour of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary to see scarlet ibis. The next day, head south to the Carapichaima to see Waterloo Temple, the Indian Caribbean Museum and the Hanuman Murti at Sri Dattatreya Ashram, then grab a roti lunch and a sulfur bath at the Pitch Lake.

Seven Days

Complete the four-day itinerary, then head into the Northern Range for a rainforest hike from Brasso Seco or a swim at Rio Seco Waterfall. Hop on an early ferry to Tobago and spend the day relaxing on the sand at Pigeon Point, and the night dancing at the Shade. Head up the Caribbean coast and spend the day on the beach in Castara, then hole up in a Charlotteville guesthouse, eating fresh fish, drinking Carib and taking in the rays on Pirate’s Bay.

Ten Days

With more time to spare in Trinidad, you should cycle around rainforest-enveloped military relics in Chaguaramas, see the Nariva Swamp by kayak, or base yourself in Grand Riviere for a day and night of hiking, surfing and turtle-watching. In Tobago, take a walk through the ancient Tobago Forest Reserve, learn to windsurf at Pigeon Point, snorkel or dive at the Speyside reefs, and take to the dance floor at Sunday School.