Trinidad and Tobago are one nation, but each island is relatively far apart for the Caribbean and they are usually visited separately. Trinidad is heavily populated and highly industrialized (for the Caribbean) while Tobago is sparsely populated and mostly unspoiled.
English is the official language on both islands, but locals come from many different backgrounds and they’ll often be speaking something else among themselves. The island of Trinidad is especially known for its huge and important Carnival celebration each winter, and Tobago is the better choice for visitors looking for nature and a low-key visit.
Where to stay
Trinidad is much larger and has a far larger population, but it lags Tobago a bit when it comes to tourist resorts and hotels. Prices are similar on both island and they are treated separately in most travel searches.
Trinidad has a large airport and Tobago has a smaller one. Since the islands aren’t too close and ferry service is slow and a bit expensive you are advised to fly directly to the island where you’ll be staying.
Trinidad has Piarco International Airport, which is a large facility with many long-haul nonstop flights coming in plus extensive service between Caribbean islands.
Tobago has Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport, which is smaller, but still large enough for wide-body jets from far away.
Nonstop flights from:
Trinidad: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New York, Newark, Houston, Toronto, London
Tobago: New York-JFK, London-Gatwick, Frankfurt