• Glenda-Rose Nassoma Layne

Come Discover Both of Us

The Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island in the Caribbean archipelago. Located just off the north-eastern coast of the South America mainland, the twin island Republic is home to international greats such as the first Black Miss Universe Janelle Penny Commisiong who won the coveted crown in 1977, Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam; Cricket Legend, Brian Charles Lara; Carnival, the Greatest Show on Earth and the only musical instrument invented in the twentieth century the steel pan which owes its genesis to the carnival festivals of that era. Created in the 1930’s, the steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is the larger of the two islands, and has a boot-like shape, measures 37 miles (80km) by 50 miles (60 km), and is noted for having an ecological and geographical diversity that is unmatched in the region.

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The sister island of Tobago is, much smaller, with an area of about 115 square miles (300 square km), lies 20 miles (30 km) to the northeast of Trinidad, and is a stark contrast to Trinidad. Tobago is well-known for its Indigenous and Traditional Artistic Expressions, coral reefs, pristine blue waters, and white sandy beaches. It is home to the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere, the Tobago Heritage Festival, Tobago Jazz Festival, the International Dragon Boat Festival, The International Cycling Classic, The Blue Food Festival, the phenomenal Easter Goat and Crab Races and many other authentic festive experiences.

Both Islands however are home to a number of other celebrations which include, its renowned Carnival celebration and is known as the mecca of Carnival, Phagwa/Holi, Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, Indian Arrival Day, Hosay, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Divali.

Tobago possesses a rich natural environment combining the diversity of the South American continental flora and fauna with the individuality of the Caribbean island. There are many colorful species of birds and butterflies, a profusion of tropical flowers and fruits, and a variety of natural habitats ranging from mangroves to a rainforest.

Tobago is surrounded by a series of fine coral reefs, including the popular Buccoo Reef and the richer but less accessible reefs in the Speyside area, which are much loved by serious divers. The sandy beaches are the site of a specials attraction during the month of April to July. This is the season when the huge female leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs at night. The Turtle Beach area is particularly well known for Turtle watching.

The main ridge is the range of the hills, which runs along the centre of Tobago and supports a largely undisturbed area of tropical rainforest.

Join us each week as we showcase our Islands rich Flora, Fauna, History, Cuisines, Heritage Festivals and much more.


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