Located off the coast of Venezuela and made up of two small islands, Trinidad and Tobago are an assault on the senses; soca, calypso and steel pan music provide the permanent beat that the islands pulse to.
Trinidad holidays are centred on the capital Port of Spain, a vibrant, lively city that truly comes alive during carnival. Weeks are spent preparing for this inclusive, riotous affair, when steel bands perform, parades dazzle and joining in is definitely encouraged. Spot birds as colourful as carnival costumes at the Asa Wright Nature Centre and explore the island's northern coastal mountain range on foot or by bike.
Holidays to Tobago, the quieter and smaller sibling, are just as appealing. Home to vast stretches of beaches such as Turtle Bay, you can watch seabirds dive for fish as you sunbathe. The volcanic eastern area has gorgeous, verdant rainforests as well as botanical gardens and some wildlife; the Forest Reserve, the oldest in the Caribbean, provides excellent bird watching and hiking, underlining the islands excellent eco-tourist credentials.