When you visit these historic islands you'll enjoy a multicultural feast prepared by descendants of settlers from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Arawak and Carib Indians prospered here at the southeastern end of the Caribbean chain until 1498, when Columbus spotted the island he named for the Holy Trinity. Nearly a century would pass before Spain established Trinidad's first European community, San Jose de Oruna (St. Joseph) just east of the modern capital of Port of Spain. But Spain's lack of commitment to develop the area made it easy prey for England's Sir Walter Raleigh, who sacked the town in 1595. Although it lacks the precious metals Spain coveted, Trinidad nonetheless is rich in natural resources. Oil and natural gas production generates huge revenues and now visitors from around the world flock to the islands each year to enjoy spectacular reefs, abundant wildlife and unique patchwork of festivals celebrating a variety of religious and secular traditions.
Documents Needed For Travel
To find out the travel documents needed, check with the nearest embassy, and for U.S. residents, visit http://travel.state.gov/.
The local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar. US dollars are widely accepted.
Trinidad and Tobago has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average daytime temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius.
The islands have two main seasons, the Dry Season, from January to May and the Rainy Season, from June to December. In the Rainy Season, mornings are usually sunny, followed by rainy afternoons and fair nights. During this time, our general rainfall pattern is interrupted by days of brilliant sunshine.
These islands boast beautiful white-sand beaches perfect for relaxing and activities. The sandy beaches along Trinidad's North Coast are the perfect places for relaxation and recreation. Tobago also has desserted, pristine beaches which offer complete seclusion and intimacy.
Trinidad & Tobago boast a range of exciting activities to suit all interests. Trinidad offers plenty of sports, including cricket, golf and volleyball. Trinidad is also a great destination for festivals, fishing and fabulous dining. Tobago offers a rich history and culture you'll surely want to explore. A large part of the island's culture involves dance and folklore. If you're looking for a prime location for snorkeling and scuba diving, Tobago is the place to be. Tobago is also a great place for hiking, bird watching, drift diving, mountain biking and kayaking.
The party doesn't stop when the sun goes down in Trinidad and Tobago. There are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to keep the party going.
The amended Marriage Act of 1996 makes it possible for non-resident couples to get married in as little as three days with a Special Marriage Licence. To acquire a special license you must meet the following requirements.
- Both parties must be non-residents of Trinidad and Tobago.
- They must reside in this country three days before getting married.
- If divorced, the original or notarized copy of decree absolute must be presented.
- If widowed, please bring the original death certificate.
- Proof of name change where name differs of documents.
- Persons under the age of 18 must have documented consent from a parent or legal guardian.
- Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
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