Trinidad and Tobago are twin islands in the south Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of northern Venezuela. Trinidad is the larger of the two islands, measuring just under 2,000 square miles while the tiny island of Tobago is just 116 square miles in size. Both islands are hot spots for tourists who enjoy calypso music, lush tropical rain forests, turquoise blue waters and pink sand beaches.
Maracas Bay is located on the northern coast of Trinidad. The area is a popular beach spot for tourists and locals alike because of its scenic beauty and proximity to the capital city, Port of Spain. The top of the mountain features a popular "lookout" point, as well as shops that carry local sweets, such as sour candy and mango preservatives. The area also features huts that sell Trinidad's famous Bake and Shark snacks, which consist of shark deep-fried in breading made of roti flour.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
Caroni Bird Sanctuary in Trinidad is a wildlife reserve located in the Caroni Swamp. The Caroni River is the largest in Trinidad. Its sanctuary houses several native bird species, including Trinidad's national bird, the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber). The bright red birds can be seen during the dusk tour, when they return to their nests. Thick clothing is recommended on the tours because of the many bothersome mosquitoes in the wetlands.
Tobago's Buccoo Reef is a national treasure and one of the most easily accessible coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. French explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau rated it as one of the top three reefs in the world. The clear blue waters of the lagoon and multicolored tropical fish make it an ideal location for snorkeling, scuba diving and glass-bottom boat tours. The area features Nylon Pool, an off-shore sandbar with warm, white sand and calm, shallow waters.
Tobago Forest Reserve
Tobago Forest Reserve, established in 1764, is the oldest protected rain forest in the Western Hemisphere. The preserve is home to more than 200 bird species, as well as thousands of trees, plants and fauna. The rare red-billed tropic bird can be found nesting on the cliffs off of Speyside. Tobago Forest Reserve is perfect for hiking and also swimming in the various waterfalls, including Argyle Falls.
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