These lush islands lay claim to being the economic powerhouse of the Caribbean. Vast oil and gas reserves have led to a high standard of living, where tourism is not the mainstay of the economy. Indeed, the word tourist is seldom mentioned here; the preference is for the much friendlier visitor. On Trinidad, the best beaches are on the north coast, with peach sand, clean blue-green water, and the forest-covered Northern Range as a backdrop. On Tobago, tourism is much more a part of the island's economy, and you can find excellent resorts and facilities.
- Carnival Trinidad's Carnival is the Caribbean's biggest and best party, but nightlife is hopping the rest of the year, too.
- Bird-Watching Both Trinidad and Tobago are major bird-watching destinations; Trinidad itself has more resident species than any other Caribbean island.
- Culture Sharing A melding of many cultures means lively festivals year-round and a fabulous mix of cuisines.
- Music The steel pan was invented in Trinidad, and excellent bands play all over the island.