Beaches

Trinidad's north coast holds some unexpected gems, but Tobago is the king of soft sand and emerald waters.

Macqueripe A 20-minute drive from Port of Spain, with clear waters, lovely landscaping and a zip line over the bay.

Las Cuevas This spectacular sweep is the only blue-flag beach in T&T, and one of just a handful in the entire Caribbean.

Maracas Bay Join the Trini hordes to swim, eat and pose at this ruggedly beautiful north-coast beach.

Englishman's Bay No buildings other than a simple restaurant, plus palms and a rich reef make for a perfect getaway.

Pirate's Bay A short stroll from central Charlotteville, this jungle-backed cove offers great snorkeling.

Mount Irvine 'The office' to its surfer devotees, and equally wonderful for swimming and suntanning.

Liming

Partying hard on the dance floor or sinking a few beers or a rum cocktail: 'liming' is a Trinbago institution.

Aria Lounge Put on your party clothes and hit the dance floor with Port of Spain's in-crowd.

Nu Pub Take in some live calypso at this Port of Spain institution.

Phase II Pan Groove Practice sessions in a panyard are the best place to enjoy T&T's home-grown instrument, the steel pan.

Shakers on the Avenue Start your Ariapita Ave bar crawl under the trees at this friendly neighborhood bar.

Bago's Beach Bar The perfect place to watch the sun go down with a cold rum punch.

Suckhole Cool off after a swim with an ice-cold beer at this picture-perfect beach bar.

Shade This buzzing club under an open-sided palm-thatch roof is the top spot on Tobago.

The Great Outdoors

From the jungle-swathed Northern Range in Trinidad to the misty reaches of the Tobago Forest Reserve, not forgetting the ravishing coastline, T&T's rugged landscape offers endless opportunities for outdoorsy fun.

Nariva Swamp See howler monkeys, macaws, manatees and giant silk-cotton trees on a kayak tour of this spectacular protected wetland.

Caroni Bird Sanctuary Home of the crimson scarlet ibis, Caroni can be explored by motor-boat trips or less intrusive kayak tours.

Brasso Seco From Brasso Seco delve deep into the corrugated folds of the Northern Range on a hike.

Rio Seco Waterfall One of the prettiest in all of Trinidad, with a deep pool surrounded by tropical greenery.

Being with Horses Horses are ridden without bridles through the Buccoo mangroves and into the sparkling sea.

Radical Watersports Try kiteboarding, windsurfing or a magical night-time paddle through a bioluminescent lagoon.

Tobago Forest Reserve This ancient protected forest offers brilliant birdwatching via a stroll through the woodlands.

Culture

With its melting-pot population, Trinidad and Tobago's culture is a rich and varied tapestry, reflected in its food, arts scene and architecture.

Dopson's Roti Shop Roti is the unofficial national dish, and this is one of the best places to try it.

National Museum & Art Gallery The artworks in the top-floor gallery offer a spellbinding window into the local arts.

Magnificent Seven These early-20th-century mansions symbolize the grandiose ambitions of their colonial-era owners.

Veni Mangé Creole food at its best, in a dining room decked out in local artwork.

Hanuman Murti and Sri Dattatreya Ashram Explore Indo-Trini culture at this lavish temple with its towering Hanuman statue.

Fort King George The museum at this French/British-built fort documents the islands' domestic history alongside their brutal colonial past.

Kimme's Sculpture Museum The exuberant works of German sculptor Luise Kimme capture the spirit of Tobago.