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  • 1. Asa Wright Nature Centre

    Forest

    Nearly 200 acres are covered with plants, trees, and multihued flowers, and the surrounding acreage is atwitter with more than 200 species of...

    Nearly 200 acres are covered with plants, trees, and multihued flowers, and the surrounding acreage is atwitter with more than 200 species of birds, including the gorgeous blue-crowned motmot and the rare (and protected) nocturnal oilbird. If you stay at the center's inn for two nights or more, take one of the guided hikes (included in your room price if you are staying here) to the oilbirds' breeding grounds in Dunston Cave (reservations for hikes are essential). Those who don't want to hike can relax on the inn's veranda and watch birds swoop about the porch feeders. You are also more than likely to see a variety of other animal species, including agoutis (similar to large guinea pigs) and alarmingly large golden tegu lizards. This stunning plantation house looks out onto the lush, untouched Arima Valley. Even if you're not staying over, book ahead for lunch, offered Monday through Saturday, or for the noontime Sunday buffet. The center is an hour outside Blanchisseuse.

    Blanchisseuse Rd., Arima Valley, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-667–4655

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    Rate Includes: $10
  • 2. Maracas Bay

    Beach

    This stretch of peach-colored sand has a cove and a fishing village at one end. It's the local favorite, so it can get crowded on weekends....

    This stretch of peach-colored sand has a cove and a fishing village at one end. It's the local favorite, so it can get crowded on weekends. Lifeguards will guide you away from strong currents. Parking sites are ample, and there are snack bars selling the famous bake and shark, a must-try. Take the winding North Coast Road from Maraval (it intersects with Long Circular Road right next to KFC Maraval) over the Northern Range; the beach is about 7 miles (11 km) from Maraval. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; toilets. Best for: partiers; swimming; walking.

    North Coast Rd., , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 3. Winston Nanan Caroni Bird Sanctuary

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This large swamp with mazelike waterways is bordered by mangrove trees, some plumed with huge termite nests. If you're lucky, you may see lazy...

    This large swamp with mazelike waterways is bordered by mangrove trees, some plumed with huge termite nests. If you're lucky, you may see lazy caimans idling in the water and large snakes hanging from branches on the banks, taking in the sun. In the middle of the sanctuary are several islets that are home to Trinidad's national bird, the scarlet ibis. Just before sunset the ibis arrive by the thousands, their richly colored feathers brilliant in the gathering dusk, and as more flocks alight, they turn the mangrove foliage a brilliant scarlet. Bring a sweater and insect repellent. The sanctuary was renamed in 2015 following the death of its founder (who was also the owner of the only official tour operator), Winston Nanan. His family continues to operate tours.

    Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-645–1305

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    Rate Includes: $10
  • 4. Bacolet Beach

    Beach

    This dark-sand beach was the setting for the films Swiss Family Robinson and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison . If you are not a guest at the Blue...

    This dark-sand beach was the setting for the films Swiss Family Robinson and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. If you are not a guest at the Blue Haven Hotel, access is down a track next door to the hotel. The bathroom and changing facilities are for hotel guests only. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: swimming; walking.

    Windward Rd., east of Scarborough, , Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 5. Balandra Bay

    Beach

    On the northeast coast, this beige-sand beach—popular with locals on weekends—is sheltered by a rocky outcropping and is a favorite of bodysurfers...

    On the northeast coast, this beige-sand beach—popular with locals on weekends—is sheltered by a rocky outcropping and is a favorite of bodysurfers. Much of the beach is suitable for swimming. It can be rather noisy on the weekends. Take the Toco Main Road from the Valencia Road, and turn off at the signs indicating Balandra (just after Salybia). Amenities: lifeguards. Best for: surfing; swimming.

    Off Valencia Rd., near Salybia., , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 6. Blanchisseuse Bay

    Beach

    The facilities are nonexistent at this narrow, palm-fringed beach, but it's an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. A lagoon and river at the east...

    The facilities are nonexistent at this narrow, palm-fringed beach, but it's an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. A lagoon and river at the east end of the beach allow you to swim in fresh water, but beware of floating logs in the river, as they sometimes contain mites that can cause a body rash (called bete rouge locally). You can haggle with local fishermen to take you out in their boats to explore the coast. This beach is about 14 miles (23 km) after Maracas; just keep driving along the road until you pass the Arima turnoff. The coastal and rain-forest views here are spectacular. Amenities: none. Best for: swimming; walking.

    North Coast Rd., just beyond Arima turnoff, , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 7. Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Although this museum covers everything from Amerindian history to the Cold War, the emphasis is on the two World Wars, and it's a must-see for...

    Although this museum covers everything from Amerindian history to the Cold War, the emphasis is on the two World Wars, and it's a must-see for history buffs. The exhibits, on a former U.S. military base, are in a large hangarlike shed without air-conditioning, so dress appropriately. There's a decidedly charming and homemade feel to the place; in fact, most exhibits were made by the curator and founder, Commander Gaylord Kelshall of the T&T Coast Guard. The museum is set a bit off the main road but is easily spotted by the turquoise BWIA L1011 jet parked out front (Trinidad and Tobago's former national airline).

    Western Main Rd., Chaguaramas, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-634–4391

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    Rate Includes: TT$30
  • 8. Charlotteville

    Beach

    This delightful fishing village in the northeast is within a series of steep hills. Fishermen here announce the day's catch by sounding their...

    This delightful fishing village in the northeast is within a series of steep hills. Fishermen here announce the day's catch by sounding their conch shells. A view of Man O' War Bay with Pigeon Peak (Tobago's highest mountain) behind it at sunset is an amazing sight.

    , Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 9. Emperor Valley Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    The cultivated expanse of parkland north of the Savannah is the site of the president's and prime minister's official residences and also the...

    The cultivated expanse of parkland north of the Savannah is the site of the president's and prime minister's official residences and also the Emperor Valley Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A meticulous lattice of walkways and local flora, the parkland was first laid out in 1820 for Governor Ralph Woodford. In the midst of the serene wonderland is the 8-acre zoo, which exhibits mostly birds and animals of the region—including the brilliantly plumed scarlet ibis as well as slithering anacondas and pythons; you can also see (and hear) the wild parrots that breed in the surrounding foliage. Two African giraffes and several big cats were added to the collection in 2013 and have proven to be hugely attractive with locals. The zoo, which is undergoing a major renovation to make it more of a naturalistic setting, draws a quarter of a million visitors a year. Tours are free.

    Northern side of Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-622–3530

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    Rate Includes: Zoo TT$30, gardens free
  • 10. Englishman's Bay

    Beach

    This mile-long crescent of sand looks like a frame ripped from a classic pirate movie. The somewhat steep sandy beach almost always has calm...

    This mile-long crescent of sand looks like a frame ripped from a classic pirate movie. The somewhat steep sandy beach almost always has calm waters and backs onto unspoiled tropical rain forest. The beach is usually deserted, but there are a few shacks offering food, drink, and souvenirs. Amenities: food and drink; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; solitude; walking.

    North Side Rd., east of Castara Bay, , Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 11. Flagstaff Hill

    Viewpoint

    One of the highest points on the island sits at the northern tip of Tobago. Surrounded by ocean on three sides and with a view of other hills...

    One of the highest points on the island sits at the northern tip of Tobago. Surrounded by ocean on three sides and with a view of other hills, Charlotteville, and St. Giles Island, this was the site of an American military lookout and radio tower during World War II. It's an ideal spot for a sunset picnic. The turnoff to the hill is at the major bend on the road from Speyside to Charlotteville. It's largely unpaved, so the going may be a bit rough.

    , Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 12. Ft. King George

    Museum/Gallery

    On Mt. St. George, a short drive up the hill from Scarborough, Tobago's best-preserved historic monument clings to a cliff high above the ocean...

    On Mt. St. George, a short drive up the hill from Scarborough, Tobago's best-preserved historic monument clings to a cliff high above the ocean. Ft. King George was built in the 1770s and operated until 1854. It's hard to imagine that this lovely, tranquil spot commanding sweeping views of the bay and landscaped with lush tropical foliage was ever the site of any military action, but the prison, officers' mess, and several stabilized cannons attest otherwise. Just to the left of the tall wooden figures dancing a traditional Tobagonian jig is the former barrack guardhouse, now housing the small Tobago Museum. Exhibits include weapons and other pre-Columbian artifacts found in the area; the fertility figures are especially interesting. Upstairs are maps and photographs of Tobago's past. Be sure to check out the gift display cases for the perversely fascinating jewelry made from embalmed and painted lizards and sea creatures; you might find it hard to resist a pair of bright-yellow shrimp earrings. The Fine Arts Centre at the foot of the Ft. King George complex shows the work of local artists.

    84 Fort St., Scarborough, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-639–3970-Museum

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    Rate Includes: Fort free, museum $2
  • 13. Galera Point Lighthouse

    Historic District/Site

    This essential stop when touring the northeast was constructed in 1897 on a stunning cliff. It's still used to warn ships about the rough waters...

    This essential stop when touring the northeast was constructed in 1897 on a stunning cliff. It's still used to warn ships about the rough waters below, the point where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet. You can walk out onto a nearby rocky outcropping that marks Trinidad's easternmost point. On most days Tobago is clearly visible from here. A local legend (unprovable) tells that a group of Amerindians jumped off this point to their deaths rather than be captured by the Spanish. You'll pass several beautiful beaches on the drive from Toco to the lighthouse. The journey from Port of Spain takes about two hours; take Churchill Roosevelt Highway east to Valencia Road; follow the road east to Toco Main Road sign; take this road all the way to Toco; from the Toco intersection, follow the sign to Galera Point.

    Galera Rd., 3 miles (5 km) from triangular Toco intersection, , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 14. Grande Riviere

    Beach

    On Trinidad's rugged northeast coast, Grande Riviere is well worth the drive. Swimming is good, and there are several guesthouses nearby for...

    On Trinidad's rugged northeast coast, Grande Riviere is well worth the drive. Swimming is good, and there are several guesthouses nearby for refreshments, but the main attractions here are turtles. Every year up to 500 giant leatherback turtles a night come onto the beach to lay their eggs. If you're here at night, run your hand through the sand to make it glow—a phenomenon caused by plankton. Amenities: food and drink. Best for: swimming; walking.

    End of Toco Main Rd., Grande Riviere, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 15. Great Courland Bay

    Beach

    This bay near Ft. Bennett has clear, tranquil waters. Along the sandy beach—one of Tobago's longest—you can find several hotels. A marina attracts...

    This bay near Ft. Bennett has clear, tranquil waters. Along the sandy beach—one of Tobago's longest—you can find several hotels. A marina attracts the yachting crowd. Amenities: none. Best for: swimming; walking.

    Leeward Rd., northeast of Black Rock, Courland, , Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 16. Kay's Pot

    Restaurant

    On the long drive to Point Galera, be sure to stop at Kay's Pot for a great meal en route. Many consider it worth the drive all by itself. In...

    On the long drive to Point Galera, be sure to stop at Kay's Pot for a great meal en route. Many consider it worth the drive all by itself. In a corner of the front parking lot of Arthur's Grocery and Bar, Kay serves an incredible array of local food such as souse (pickled pigs' feet in a lime-and-cucumber sauce), curried crab, and many kinds of grilled and jerk meats. The informal atmosphere, low prices, and music pouring out of the bar make for a fun and unusual dining experience.

    Toco Main Rd., Rampanalgas, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-670–4384
  • 17. Kimme Sculpture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The diminutive and eccentric German-born sculptress Luise Kimme fell in love with the form of Tobagonians and devoted her life to capturing...

    The diminutive and eccentric German-born sculptress Luise Kimme fell in love with the form of Tobagonians and devoted her life to capturing them in her sculptures. Her pieces can exceed 12 feet in height and are often wonderfully whimsical. Much of her work is done in wood (none of it local), but there are many bronze pieces as well. Ms. Kimme passed away in 2013, but her work remains on permanent display at her former home. The museum itself is a turreted structure with a commanding view of the countryside. Most locals refer to it as "the Castle." There are numerous signs in Mt. Irvine directing visitors to the museum.

    Mt. Irvine Bay, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
    868-639–0257

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    Rate Includes: TT$20
  • 18. King's Bay

    Beach

    Surrounded by steep green hills, this is the prettiest swimming site off the road from Scarborough to Speyside. The crescent beach is marked...

    Surrounded by steep green hills, this is the prettiest swimming site off the road from Scarborough to Speyside. The crescent beach is marked by a sign about halfway between the two towns. Just before you reach the bay, there's a bridge with an unmarked turnoff that leads to a parking lot; beyond that, a landscaped path leads to a waterfall with a rocky pool. Locals will likely offer to guide you to the top of the falls; however, you may find the climb not worth the effort. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers. Best for: swimming; walking.

    Winward Rd., Delaford, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 19. Las Cuevas Bay

    Beach

    This narrow, picturesque strip on North Coast Road is named for the series of partially submerged and explorable caves that ring the beach....

    This narrow, picturesque strip on North Coast Road is named for the series of partially submerged and explorable caves that ring the beach. A food stand offers tasty snacks, and vendors hawk fresh fruit across the road. You can also buy fresh fish and lobster from the fishing depot near the beach. You have to park your car in the small parking lot and walk down a few steps to get to the beach, so be sure to take everything from the car (it will be out of sight once you are on the beach). There are basic changing and toilet facilities. It's less crowded here than at nearby Maracas Bay and seemingly serene, although, as at Maracas, the current can be treacherous. Amenities: food and drink; parking; toilets. Best for: swimming; walking.

    North Coast Rd., 7 miles (11 km) east of Maracas Bay, , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 20. Lopinot Complex

    Museum/Gallery

    It's said that the ghost of the French count Charles Joseph de Lopinot prowls his former home on stormy nights. Lopinot came to Trinidad in...

    It's said that the ghost of the French count Charles Joseph de Lopinot prowls his former home on stormy nights. Lopinot came to Trinidad in 1800 and chose this magnificent site to plant cocoa. His restored estate house has been turned into a museum—a guide is available from 10 to 6—and a center for parang, the Venezuelan-derived folk music. Although worthwhile for those interested in the finer points of Trinidad history, this may not be worth the long and winding drive for most visitors.

    Lopinot Rd., , Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

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    Rate Includes: Free

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