Visit during Carnival Time in Trinidad

Carnival, two days before Ash Wednesday in either February or March, is the best reason to go to Trinidad. However, accommodation is steeply discounted and crowds almost nonexistent in the shoulder seasons – October to December and April to June – though you should do a little dance to keep the rain lords from weeping on your beach blanket.

Tobago and its big sister, Trinidad, are the Caribbean’s odd couple. Tiny Tobago is relaxed, slow-paced and largely undeveloped. Trinidad is a densely populated, thriving island with a cosmopolitan population and strong regional influences.