Trinidad and Tobago climate
Trinidad and Tobago's climate is tropical with highs of 32 degrees. Tobago receives more northeast trade winds, making it the cooler of the two islands. The wet season lasts from June to December, when most of the annual one metre of rain falls.
When to fly to Trinidad and Tobago
January to May is the dry season. The time around Carnival is the most popular time for travellers to book flights to Trinidad and Tobago.
June to December is the rainy season. Expect sunny mornings, rainy afternoons and fair nights during the wet season. Petit Carême or Indian summer interrupts the rainy season between mid-September and mid-October. The average daytime temperature is 28 degrees. Humidity is not a factor.
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Getting around Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad: the bus service is good in general. An added bonus for travellers is that the colour-coding of each bus corresponds to its destination. For example, buses with green bands travel around the southern parts of Trinidad; yellow-banded buses go around the capital, Port of Spain. Journeys cost between $2 (£1) and $10 (£5).
Tobago: bus services are based in Scarborough and travel to most villages on the island, including Crown Point and Plymouth. Tobago buses have blue bands.
Getting between the islands by ferry: in Trinidad, most ferry services are available at the port in Port of Spain. In Tobago, ferries dock in Scarborough. There are several ferry services each day. The journey takes about five hours.
Inter-island flying: Caribbean Airlines is the principal airline for domestic Trinidad and Tobago flights. Tobago Express also offers air service between the islands
Taxis are also fairly cheap (negotiate a fare in advance) and some drivers double up as guides.
International car hire companies– on both islands – include Hertz and Thrifty. There are several local companies too. Driving is on the left.
Trinidad and Tobago insider information
- Trinidad revels in the pre-Lenten Carnival (usually about February). Divali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated with gusto in October/November. The Port of Spain’s attractions include Queen's Park Savannah, a 400-acre green space, surrounded by mansions where many public activities are held.
- The Pitch or Asphalt Lake, about 55 miles from the Port of Spain, is a natural wonder. At 100 acres, it is the largest pitch lake in the world. It was discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, who used the tar to repair his leaking ships. The waters are said to be therapeutic due to the sulphur content.
- Bird-life: the Asa Wright Nature Centre (catch the dawn chorus on the verandah), the Caroni Nature Reserve (the evening show with the scarlet ibis is spectacular), Nariva Swamp and the Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust.
- Tobago is an island for the water-sports enthusiast (scuba diving the Buccoo Reef or other dive spots such as Manta City, London Bridge, Blackjack Hole, The Shallows, The Sisters or Diver's Thirst for example or deep-sea fishing) and the beach lover (Englishman's Bay for example). There is much here too for the eco-tourist.
- Tobago is one of three islands in the Caribbean where giant leatherback turtles come ashore to nest (between March and June).
- The Tobago Forest Reserve was declared a reserve in 1764. It has more than 200 species of bird including the frigate bird and red-billed Tropic birds.
- The Argyle Waterfalls, a three-tiered waterfall, are near Roxborough, close to the Louis d'Or Nurseries.
- Fort King George was built in the 1770s and is one of the island’s best-preserved historical monuments. Visitors can see the barracks, prisoners’ cells, officer's mess and bell tank. The Tobago Museum and art display is in the Barrack Guard House.