23 Amazing Trinidad and Tobago Facts: From Steel Pans to Breathtaking Nature

Trinidad and Tobago is not your typical Caribbean vacation location. This fantastic twin island destination offers an outstanding combination of natural beauties and a distinct cultural legacy, making a visit to the islands an unforgettable experience. These are a few crucial factors to keep in mind when visiting:

  1. The steel pan originated in Trinidad
The steel pan originated in Trinidad

Steel Pan, Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument, is the sole acoustic musical instrument invented in the twentieth century.

Peter Minshall, a world-renowned artist and Carnival Designer collaborated on the opening ceremonies for the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 1994 Football World Cup, and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

  1. They have the largest and greatest carnival

The World’s Biggest Show – Undoubtedly, there are Carnivals throughout the Caribbean, but none are as huge, stunning, or enticing as ours.

The “Greatest Show on the Planet!” Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago celebrates history, culture, fashion, and art, all of which combine to generate amazing music, sweet sounds of the steel pan, and brilliant, colorful costumes. 

  1. Trinidad & Tobago holds the largest Diwali celebration in the Western Hemisphere

This Hindu religious festival, known as the “Festival of Lights,” is enjoyed by the entire population of Trinidad and Tobago, who participate in prayer, reenactments, and the lighting of diyas (clay lamps) to symbolize the victory of light over darkness and the return of Rama from his exile in the forests of Ayodhya. Deyas Divali

  1. Tobago boasts the World’s Biggest Brain Coral 
Brain Coral in Tobago

A magnificent world can be found with just a breath and a dive. Divers in the waters of Tobago can uncover the world’s largest single-brain coral colony spanning 10ft (3M) high and 16ft (5.3M) across among the fish of all kinds and colors, stingrays, turtles, eels, plants, and sponges!

The world’s largest brain coral is found at Kelleston Drain, off the coast of Little Tobago in Trinidad.

  1. Pitch Lake in La Brea is the natural deposit of asphalt
Trinidad And Tobago's Pitch Lake

Pitch Lake, a site of wonder and mystery, is the world’s largest natural deposit of asphalt. It is the world’s largest commercial deposit of natural asphalt, one of only three known to exist, and contains around 10 million tonnes of asphalt. 

  1. Trinidad has the World’s Biggest Roundabout 
Trinidad has World’s Biggest Roundabout

The Queen’s Park Savannah is the center stage for Trinidad’s Carnival, cultural competitions and exhibitions, sports, local food, and other forms of entertainment, and is surrounded by numerous famous sights such as the Hollows, the Botanic Gardens, and the Magnificent Seven.

  1. First Caribbean Olympic 100-meter champion was from Trinidad

Before Usain Bolt (a long time ago), Hasely Crawford of Trinidad and Tobago startled the world by winning the Olympic 100m gold medal and becoming the first Caribbean national to do so in 1976.

  1. A Utopia for Eco-Adventurers

Trinidad & Tobago is the Greatest Caribbean Nature Vacation Destination – With over 470 bird species, 600 tropical butterflies, including the stunning Emperor, hundreds of rivers and waterfalls, and an abundance of eco-adventures.

it’s little surprise Trinidad & Tobago received the 2015 UK Telegraph Caribbean Travel Award for Best Nature Holiday Destination. 

  1. It is the finest Caribbean destination to watch Leatherback Turtles 
Leatherback Turtles in Trinidad And Tobago

Every year, about 10,000 enormous Leatherback turtles come to nest on our beaches. In 2015, Time magazine named Trinidad and Tobago the finest spot in the world to watch Leatherback Turtle hatchlings. Turtle Egg Laying Tobago’s Turtle Beach

  1. Tourists swim in the crystal-clear waters of Nylon Pool
Nylon Pool in Trinidad And Tobago

The Nylon Pool is a natural, one-meter-deep crystal clear swimming pool with a sandy bottom in the middle of the sea produced by an offshore sandbar and a quiet lagoon in Tobago. Swim in the deep ocean on one side and the palm-fringed beaches on the other.

  1. The people here are a fun-loving group 

Trinidad and Tobago is the Caribbean’s Happiest Country – In 2015 (and 2013), the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network named Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean’s Happiest Country.

  1. Trinidad and Tobago invented the limbo dance

Over 100 Carnival Fetes (parties) take place from early night into the wee hours of the morning during the Carnival season (January to early March). The Trinis are said to be the inventor of the famous limbo dance. This is now well known in the world.

  1. Trinidad and Tobago is full of lovely people

Miss Trinidad and Tobago is the first black Miss Universe winner. Throughout the Miss Universe Competition’s history, Janelle Penny Commissiong was the first black contender to be elected Miss Universe in 1977.

Wendy Fitzwilliam became the second Miss Universe from Trinidad and Tobago in history and the third lady of African descent to win the title. 

  1. Where can you find the world’s hottest pepper?
Hottest Pepper in Trinidad And Tobago

While many people believe the ghost pepper is the hottest pepper in the world, a new champion has emerged in the last six months or so: Trinidad’s Moruga Scorpion Pepper.

The pepper was evaluated by New Mexico State University, the only international, non-profit scientific organization dedicated to Capsicum or chile pepper education and research. It ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale.

  1. Trinidad and Tobago are not the same

While many people refer to Trinidad and Tobago as if they are the same island, they are actually the same country (The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) but two distinct islands.

Tobago is a tourist destination, offering white sand beaches, water sports, huge golf courses, and an overall old-world Caribbean ambiance.

Conversely, Trinidad is a popular business travel destination thanks to its thriving oil and natural gas industry. It has a more urban atmosphere, with more outdoor activities available as you leave Port of Spain.

  1. There is no better place in the world to see scarlet ibis
Scarlet Ibis in Trinidad And Tobago

The Scarlet Ibis is Trinidad’s national bird, and the island is the best spot in the world to see them. Aside from Trinidad, they are only found in a few spots in South America.

About 15,000 of them are here, with the most viewing location being the Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary. Their brilliant red feathers contrast beautifully with the green mangroves, blue sky, and grey mountains.

Interesting fact: Their vibrant color comes from their food, which includes insects, prawns, crabs, and small fish. 

  1. The location of the book “Robinson Crusoe” is believed to be Tobago.

Composed by Daniel Defoe, it is also thought to be the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”

  1. Trinidad and Tobago is the home of many types of music

The Caribbean location not only gave birth to soca and calypso music but also gave life to the steel pan drum, the sole musical instrument invented in the twentieth century.

At the many clubs in St. James and Port of Spain, you may experience “winning,” a type of grinding that is less about trying to grab someone’s phone number and more about just dancing and feeling the beat of soca music. 

Visiting a panyard might also introduce you to the wonders of the steel pan orchestra. While these instruments may appear basic at first glance, they are capable of forming a whole orchestra. 

  1. It has the world’s largest natural asphalt deposit
Asphalt Deposit in Trinidad And Tobago

Pitch Lake in Trinidad is the world’s largest natural asphalt deposit, measuring around 99 acres in size and 246 feet deep. The natural wonder resembles something out of a horror film, with “feelers” that spread for miles and the ability to ingest and spew out items.

The asphalt lake is home to sulfur springs, which people can soak to treat practically any condition.

  1. Tobago has the world’s largest recorded brain coral

The world’s largest piece of brain coral, measuring ten by 16 feet, can be found in Speyside, a popular diving and snorkeling destination.

Trinidad and Tobago, surprisingly, is home to 300 distinct species of coral, with Tobago having over 45 licensed diving spots.

  1. Tobago has the western hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest 

The western hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest is Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Preserve. It was established on April 17, 1776, and covers 9,780 acres of rainforest.

It’s a great spot for bird watching and hiking – the Gulpin Trail is the most popular because it’s slow and gorgeous.

Rent the well-known Newton George can assist you in spotting some of the rarest birds among the 220 to 270 species found in the forest.

  1. Trinidad has the largest hanuman Murti statue outside India

The red and pink statue of the Hindu deity stands 85 feet tall and represents wisdom, righteousness, and strength. It can be found at the magnificent Temple in the Sea in Waterloo, Trinidad.

  1. Tobago is the place for goat racing

Goat racing is a popular yet unique sport on the island in which riders gallop alongside goats while guiding them with a nine-foot leash and whip.

The sport has been played in Tobago since 1925, with Buccoo as the activity’s focus. This is the location of a massive Goat Racing Stadium and Complex.

Although the official Goat Racing Day in Tobago is the Tuesday after Easter, with thousands of spectators, races take place throughout the year.

In this article, we have discussed about the amazing facts about Trinidad and Tobago. To know more about such interesting facts, keep following this website.

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