10 Things you probably didn’t know about Trinidad and Tobago but should
Planning to a trip to Trinidad and Tobago? Worry not. The following is a list of things you need to know about the country that will help you prepare for your trip.
- It is a twin island nation located on the northern edge of continental South America. It lies south of Grenada, off the coast of Venezuela.
- If you are afraid of change in weather patterns, rest assured weather in Trinidad and Tobago is predictable. It is well off the hurricane belt.
- It was previously a colony of Spain after being claimed for Spanish crown by Christopher Columbus in 1498.
- The country is a unitary parliamentary democracy with a president and a prime minister.
- Official language here is English, but Trinidadian Creole and Tobagonian Creole are generally recognized.
- Due to its large reserves of oil and gas, the country is one of the richest. It is also more industrial than its Caribbean peers.
- Trinidad and Tobago is synonymous with carnival. In this respect, the country is the birthplace of calypso, soca, limbo, steelpan, and chutney.
- The Amerindian name for the islands is 'Lere'. This is translated to mean 'Land of the Humming Bird'.
- Being more close to South America than Caribbean, its biodiversity is more similar to that of South America. Its ecosystems echo those of Venezuela.
- To get to the country, you can use Piarco International Airport which is graced by 19 airlines from different corners of the world.