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5 Reasons These Beautiful Caribbean Islands Are Surging In Popularity Right Now 

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There’s never been a better time to visit the Caribbean.

Idyllic spots such as Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas are attracting travelers in droves.  

Maracas Beach, Maracas Bay , Trinidad & Tobago

But if you don’t want to follow the herd, then there are other incredible Caribbean destinations that are off the radar and that you might not have heard of until now.  

Here are 5 reasons why these beautiful Caribbean islands are surging in popularity right now:  

A Hidden Gem: Trinidad and Tobago

caribbean beach with palms Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a hidden gem that welcomes less than half a million tourists each year. Despite this, visitor numbers are soaring.  

Tobago welcomed 26,672 visitors in February, which is the highest number of visitors for the month since 2017.  

Despite sharing a name and a government, the two islands of Trinidad and Tobago have very different vibes.  

Trinidad is the exuberant and boisterous big brother with high-octane entertainment and glamorous resorts.

Tobago is the understated younger brother and has a more laid-back feel.

This island boasts traditional Caribbean island vibes, which means a relaxed feel. It is also the island with the best nature tours and natural beauty.  

Beautiful Beaches  

Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago

Tobago is an incredible destination that boasts unspoiled beaches.

In fact, it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.  

In addition to being postcard-perfect relaxation spots, the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago are also the second-largest nesting ground for enormous leatherback turtles.

Visit between May and July to marvel at the migration of these incredible creatures.  

Away from the beaches, the waters surrounding Trinidad and Tobago are famous for offering world-class diving.

Beginners should try the waters of Crown Point, Buccoo, and Black Rock while experienced divers will be delighted with the MV Maverick Wreck site. There is an abundance of unique species here.  

Trinidad and Tobago are popular stops for Caribbean cruise passengers, and the beaches of the islands are the biggest draw for transient visitors who want to experience as much of the island as possible in a relatively short period of time.  

A Cultural Melting Pot  

An overhead view of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a part of the West Indies and was under British rule until 1962.

It remains a full member of the British Commonwealth and English is still the official language of the island which is great news for American travelers.  

What makes Trinidad and Tobago so fascinating is that the country is a melting pot of different cultures. You’ll find evidence of both Spanish and British colonial rule as well as influences from Africa and India here.  

You can explore the fascinating history of Trinidad and Tobago by visiting the island’s museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Tobago History, the National Cocoa and Chocolate Museum, and the National Museum & Art Gallery.  

If you visit at the right time of year then you can also enjoy Trinidad and Tobago’s incredible carnival.

This takes place in February or March every year and is so vibrant and colorful that it even rivals the more famous carnival in Rio.  

Outstanding Natural Beauty 

Argyle waterfalls Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most fascinating and outstandingly beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.

Both islands are known for their verdant forests, breathtaking waterfalls, and hiking trails.  

The waterfalls of the islands are particularly unique and worthy of note.

And you’ll be amazed by how many of them there are to explore! Avocat Falls, 3 Pools, Angel Falls, Turure Water Steps, Rio Seco, and Covigne Gorge are some of the best and biggest named waterfalls on the island. 

Both islands are criss-crossed by stunning hiking and walking trails. If you’re an outdoorsy type looking for an adventure in outstanding natural beauty, then Tobago is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean.  

A Safe Destination  

A boat on the beach in Trinidad and Tobago

Tobago is a relatively safe travel destination to visit right now.

In fact, according to the island’s tourist board, it is so safe that between November 11 and today, not a single serious crime has been reported against a tourist on the island.  

Although Trinidad and Tobago has been awarded a ‘level 3: Reconsider travel’ travel advisory rating by the U.S. Department of State due to crime this figure shows that crime on the island is on a downward trend.  

Travelers should also exercise caution due to terrorism and kidnapping, but this is rarely a concern, provided you take all the normal precautions you would when traveling overseas.  

This includes using caution when walking or driving at night, remaining aware of your surroundings, and not displaying any obvious signs of wealth, such as expensive watches and jewelry.  

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