Trinidad and Tobago: Overview

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Updated: 2017-03-15.

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a nation in the southern Caribbean Sea made up of two large islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and several smaller ones. It is south of Barbados and Grenada in the Caribbean, and east and north of Venezuela; the Gulf of Paria separates the western shores of Trinidad with northeast Venezuela (at its nearest, it is only 11 km {6.8 mi} from the coast of Venezuela). Other small islands include Chacachacare, Huevos, and Little Tobago.

The country of Trinidad and Tobago, geographically speaking, should be considered as part of South America, as it lies on that continental shelf. However, as with much of the Caribbean and West Indies, it is often considered to be part of North America, especially when the language and culture of the country are more similar to other English-speaking Caribbean nations.
For nature enthusiasts, Trinidad and Tobago offer much to see and explore. The island is quite biodiverse compared with the rest of the Caribbean, because of its proximity to South America. The beaches will leave you speechless, while the drive there through the thick and lush jungles will spark that childlike sense of wonder.

Despite the natural beauty, to really appreciate a trip to this island-nation is to dance the night away. Limbo (yes, the one where you shimmy under an ever-lowering pole) is the national dance, as well as being native to Trinidad and Tobago. Steelpan drummers may hold the cadence as you test your ability against the locals. Afro-Caribbean Calypso music also has its roots in this country, along with soca and chutney.

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