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Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago
Continent: The Americas 
Capital: Port of Spain
Population: 1,349, 667 (2015 Estimate)
Dialing Code: +1 -868
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time (UTC-4)
Language: English, Spanish, Hindi, French, Creole and Arabic

 

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago is a dual-island Caribbean Island is located on the north edge of South America. Formerly a Spanish colony, this oil rich country welcomes adventure and fun seekers from all over the world.


Most of the country’s population resides on the oil rich Trinidad. Port of Spain is surrounded by verdant hills and sights of bazaars beneath modern skyscrapers become a norm. Tobago on the other sits 32km northeast of Trinidad, is quieter and has been fought over at least 32 times in the colonial era.


Its lands are fertile is said to be the inspiration behind the popular classic Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival – a festival world renowned for its awesome parties and atmosphere.


On both islands, a mix of different cultures ensures that the people are just as friendly and interesting as their environment.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Explore the inviting atmosphere on Trinidad and Tobago. As the official home of the Calypso and Limbo dance, the vivid and vibrant celebrations on display during the Carnival are just the beginning of what this destination has to offer. Beyond the capital, the volcanoes beckon with self-replenishing Asphalt Lake and magnificent bird reserves await to delight visitors.


The Islands beautiful beaches await you. Take a dip in any of the fine beaches or catch a cricket match at Queens Park Oval at Port of Spain. Celebrate with the country at carnival for month long preparations and festivities or find adventure in water sport activities at the beach.A trip into the the Aripo caves reveals stalagmites, stalactites and bats. Sightseers will enjoy hiking the Tobago forest reserve or the Fort George. Three types of turtle native to these  islands can be seen in their natural habitat.


Trinidad also has a wide and varied nightlife which includes hotel entertainment and nightclubs with calypso, limbo dancers and steel bands. Purchase of calypso records, steel drums , leather bags and woodcarvings can be done in Port of Spain

Business

Banks are open on Monday to Thursday, 8am-2pm and Friday, 8am to 1pm;3pm-5pm. Banks located in shopping plazas and malls are the exception to this rule with business hours from 11am to 6pm.


Trinidad and Tobago is very dependent on its oil and gas industry. Apart from oil and gas, the country also has the worlds largest deposit of asphalt and all this has enabled it to become the wealthiest and most developed nation in the Caribbean. Recently the Government has made efforts to invest in tourism, especially eco-tourism.

Climate

Trinidad and Tobago has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average daytime temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius.


The islands have two main seasons, the Dry Season, from January to May and the Rainy Season, from June to December. In the Rainy Season, mornings are usually sunny, followed by rainy afternoons and fair nights. During this time, our general rainfall pattern is interrupted by days of brilliant sunshine.

Communications

The international dialling code for Trinidad and Tobago is 1-868 followed by seven digits. On the islands, use the seven digits alone. With two cellular phone service providers in Trinidad and Tobago - Digicel and the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) - it's easy to stay connected.


Cellular service covers both islands and TSTT provides state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure that features digital technology and fiber optic systems capable of supporting a wide range of services, including wireless. Both companies also provide roaming facilities. Phones or sim cards can be purchased from licensed B Mobile (TSTT) and Digicel dealers in most villages and towns.


Even if you decide to leave your laptop at home, sending and receiving e-mail, chatting online or surfing the World Wide Web is simple and cheap. Internet cafes are very popular in T&T and is free at all public libraries with a library membership card

Customs

The ethnic composition of T &T reflects a rich history. English is the official language, but Spanish, French patois, Hindi and Chinese is spoken by some segments of the population. Many of the local attitudes reflect the lyrics of the calypso. Hospitality is important and entertaining is usually done at home 

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Trinidad and Tobago by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of wine or spirits.
• Goods up to the value of TT$3, 000 (you can only claim this limit once a year; if you make multiple trips, a record will be made of each claim until you meet the limit).

Banned imports:
Prohibited and restricted imports include firearms, honey, some toy guns and pornography.

Electricity

Electricity: 110/220 volts. If this voltage is different from your home country, some hotels offer adapters to their guests or adaptors can be purchased from local hardware and electrical stores.

Getting Around

The road network is good but traffic jams occur during rush hours. Car hire and Taxis services  are also available. The nations bus connections have seen are recent boost in recent years with many new vehicles introduced into its fleet. 

Health

Health insurance is recommended and mains water may be contaminated. Hence , bottled water is recommended 

Language

English is the official language, but Spanish, French patois, Hindi and Chinese is spoken by some segments of the population

Money

The official currency is the Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD), in denominations of TT$100, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Credit cards are accepted at major establishments and hotels. 

Passport Visa

Valid passport valid for the duration of stay is required for all visitors. Contact your local embassy for information about visas. Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia may stay visa-free for up to 30 days

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