Traveling to Trinidad and Tobago: Your Guide to Port of Spain Tasmiah Rashid January 22, 2018 Caribbean, International Travel, Travel Guide Now that the winter weather is starting to settle in, you’re probably yearning for some warm, tropical breezes. This time of year, you might want to consider looking up cheap flights to Port of Spain and heading to Trinidad and Tobago for some much-deserved rest and relaxation in the Caribbean. Whether you’re traveling solo or with the whole family, Trinidad and Tobago can provide exactly what you want for a beach vacation during this time of year. If you don’t know much about this pair of islands and why you should add them to your travel itinerary, we’ve put together a little guide that highlights some of the reasons to visit! Why Travel to Trinidad and Tobago? First of all, U.S. News and World Report rank Trinidad and Tobago very highly for all sorts of vacations. The publication puts it as number seven of the best places to visit in the Caribbean, number nine for best affordable destination wedding spot, and the 13th best family vacation spot in the Caribbean. There’s also a ton to do while you’re there. Of course, you can enjoy beach activities on Tobago’s pristine shores and see all sorts of unique animals and plant life. In late February, it’s where you can enjoy one of the best Carnival parties. Each island has its own distinct personality infused with Creole culture, with Trinidad’s cosmopolitan feel juxtaposed against Tobago’s natural offerings and slower-paced mood. No matter what style of vacation you’re after, it’s likely that these islands will provide it. When’s the Best Time to Find Cheap Flights to Port of Spain? In terms of weather, the months of January through May will be the best time to visit. Hotel prices are usually pretty stable throughout these months, although you may be hard-pressed to find a cheap flight and hotel room during Carnival on your own. Still, experiencing the islands during the first half of the year is often well worth it, particularly because the temperatures will be balmy and there will be very little rain to ruin the party. If you want to visit in the latter part of the year (June through December), you’ll definitely need to book in advance. Cheap flights to Port of Spain will be more difficult to come by if you reserve them last-minute, even though this season is much wetter and hotels are often less expensive. However, you may also be able to find reasonably priced flights from September through December. Since more than 50% of Millennials and Gen Xers say cost is a barrier to leisure travel, this may be a good time to go. As long as you don’t mind rain, you can save some cash by traveling late in the year. What Kind of Cuisines Will I Find There? The islands of Trinidad and Tobago represent a bit of a cultural mashup, which means there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That sentiment certainly extends to the food. Travelers can eat anything from African and Indian to Creole and Chinese food here. Trinidadian eateries tend to be a bit on the pricier side, but they often come highly recommended. If you need a meal on the cheap, head to Tobago for more affordable options. Stuffed roti (a flatbread containing curry, chicken, fish, or goat) is a palate-pleasing choice, and many menus feature dumplings and crab. And if you’re traveling with picky eaters, never fear there are plenty of Mediterranean, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Spanish, and fusion eateries to choose from. What Are Some Must-Sees for My Trinidad and Tobago Trip? Aside from beaching it up, there are some excellent attractions on these islands. History buffs will definitely want to visit Fort George and Fort King George for a colonial military experience. There are also a few stunning nature sanctuaries to observe local wildlife. You can go snorkeling at Buccoo Reef, take a rainforest hike to a waterfall, visit several museums, or visit a beautiful Hindu temple in the sea. With so many stunning sights to take in, give yourself enough time to see it all on your trip!