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Trinidad and Tobago are a colorful pair of sister islands that are well known for their rich culture of dance, music and celebrations.


Come celebrate in Trinidad & Tobago. These colorful sister islands are well known for their rich culture of dance, music and celebrations. Lying northwest of Venezuela in the southern part of the Caribbean the two sister islands, which birthed the classically Caribbean steel-drum sounds of calypso and saco, each boast unique qualities. There are few places to have more fun during a luxury yacht charter than Trinidad & Tobago.

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The two sister islands, which birthed the classically Caribbean steel drum sounds of calypso and saco, each boast unique qualities. Both, however, have strong ties to the United Kingdom, but African, Indian, Chinese and French influences can be found ashore. These island nations are notably industrialized and quite modern for their Caribbean location, but both maintained their pristine island beauty for you to enjoy during a Trinidad and Tobago yacht charter.

A signature of these islands is Carnival. Originally brought by French settlers, it has been adapted to its current form. Held the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar, this celebration is widely associated with calypso and soca music. Individuals dress in costume and parade the streets dancing and playing music.  The atmosphere is festive and the party can last into the wee hours.

Trinidad’s Carnival is one of the greatest shows on earth.  With pulsating music, spectacular costumes and a euphoric atmosphere that defies description.  Bring your dancing shoes and join the party, before heading to the tranquil island of Tobago for something a little more relaxing.

When the celebrations end, Trinidad has much to offer. Port of Spain, the island’s capital, is ripe with activity. There is an array of culture busting to life here, as cathedrals, temples and mosques stand side-by-side showcasing the true melting-pot nature of this island. Trinidad also is host to a myriad of beautiful beaches. Along the north coast of the island, you will find powdery, driven sand with sparkling azure waters that provide a stunning backdrop for relaxation during a Trinidad & Tobago yacht charter.

Smaller and less intense, Tobago is home to many treasures as well. The craggy landscape of the north is due to volcanic origin, while the southern setting is more flat and made of coralline limestone. The lush, tropical rainforest of Tobago is disposed for exploration during a Trinidad and Tobago yacht charter. Golf is a popular pastime on Tobago, which features two well-known courses, Mount Irvine Hotel Golf Course and Magdalena Grand Hotel and Golf Club.

Trinidad and Tobago are a dual-island nation with English, African, Indian, Chinese and French influences to be found ashore. Popular superyacht charter itineraries commence in Trinidad but quickly make their way to Tobago where there are reefs and bays to explore and old tales of buccaneering pirates to be heard.

When visiting Trinidad and Tobago on a yacht charter, consider timing your trip to coincide with Carnival. Usually held over a Monday and Tuesday in late February, this celebration is widely associated with calypso and soca music, and is a signature of the islands. Both islands lie broadly outside of the hurricane belt, making Trinidad and Tobago an all-year-round charter destination.

Port of Spain is Trinidad’s capital and there are an array of cultures and religions jovially jostling for prime position here. Cathedrals, temples and mosques stand side-by-side, as well as big-brand stores and restaurants.

Trinidad can boast many beautiful beaches. Along the north coast of the island, you will find powdery sand and sparkling azure waters that provide a stunning backdrop for relaxation during a Trinidad & Tobago yacht charter. If you venture further in land, the Gasparee Caves are also a key attraction, with their blue grottos and awe-inspiring caverns.

Smaller and less intense, Tobago has a very different landscape to that of its larger sister. To the north the geology is volcanic, whilst to the south the coralline limestone landscape is flatter. Tobago is undoubtedly quieter and with that comes more wildlife, empty beaches and secluded coves. Buccoo Reef, a protected marine park, has fantastic snorkelling spots and at Cotton Bay you have the chance to see huge leatherback turtles (nesting season is March to August). Tobago also has a lush, tropical rainforest and mangrove-fringed lagoons.

Other activities to be enjoyed in Tobago include spa treatments at the Le Grand Courlan Resort and the island has two well-known golf courses; Mount Irvine Hotel Golf Course and Magdalena Grand Hotel and Golf Club.

Location Highlights

  • Trinidad and Tobago are home to numerous species of exotic birds and an impressive population of Hummingbirds
  • If you’re looking for nightlife, head to ‘The Avenue’ in Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain
  • Tobago’s Argyle Falls are 175 feet high (54m) and collect in inviting pool formations – you’ll hear them before you see them!
  • If you take a dip in one of Trinidad & Tobago’s lagoons or rivers, you’re sure to notice the bluish glow of the bioluminescent plankton
  • For wildlife encounters, spend an evening at the Caroni swamp
  • The best scuba diving is found at Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool
  • Enjoy the bustling nightlife scene on “The Avenure” in Port of Spain
  • Spend an evening touring the wild-life rich Caroni Swamp
  • Discover the beauty of the Argyle Falls
  • Dive Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool
  • Find relaxation in Pitch Lake’s allegedly healing natural springs

Expert Advice


If you cruise here in February, don’t miss Trinidad’s Carnival, described as “the greatest show on earth”, with pulsating music, spectacular costumes and a euphoric atmosphere that defies description. Everyone is invited, so bring your dancing shoes and join the party! Then head over to tranquil Tobago to relax and enjoy its unspoilt, pale pink sands and azure seas.

Fiona Maureso

Charter Broker

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