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Vital Statistics The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, southernmost in the chain of sun-soaked Caribbean islands, is nestled close to the coast of South America. The islands are 21 miles apart and linked by daily air services, yet retain distinct identities. The larger island of Trinidad (1,864 square miles) is lively and cosmopolitan, while the smaller Tobago (116 square miles) is an eco-paradise with relaxed lifestyles. Trinidad and Tobago enjoy a tropical climate, with average year-round temperatures of 84 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 74 degrees at night. Piarco Inter-national Airport in Trinidad is 17 miles from the city center and is served from the U.S. by American Airlines and British West Indian Airways. Trinidad and Tobago dollars are legal tender, and English is the official language. There are 889 first-class hotel rooms on the islands. Total tax on hotel rooms is 20 percent. Peak seasons are December to April 15, July, and August. Low seasons are May, June, September, and November.

Recent Developments Recently opened hotels on Tobago include Le Grand Courlan Resort and Spa, Coco Reef Resort and Spa, and Rovanel's. New to Trinidad are the Ambassador Hotel and Maracas Bay Hotel.

Meeting Venues Hotels with facilities for meeting and incentive groups include the Trinidad Hilton International Hotel and Conference Center, Trinidad Holiday Inn Corporate Hotel, Valley Vue Hotel (Trinidad), Grafton Beach Resorts (Tobago), and Coco Reef Resort and Spa (Tobago). These hotels have approximately 50 meeting rooms and up to 8,263 square feet of space in the largest hall.

Sights to See Trinidad is alive with carnivals, calypso rhythms, limbo dancing, and steelpan music. Port of Spain, the capital city, offers great shopping, theaters, art galleries, and a national museum. Maracas Beach is a panoramic, 40-minute drive from the city. Visitors to the islands can also explore the Caroni Swamp and Bird Sanctuary, the Asa Wright Nature Center, the Botanical Gardens, Pitch Lake, and the Wild Fowl Trust.

Special Events & Theme Parties Special events and theme parties play off the islands' unique history and culture. These include Carnival Parties, inspired by Trinidad's famous carnival, and cultural events that reflect the islands' melting pot of religions.

Recreation Recreational options include golf, fishing, sailing, diving, horse racing, kayaking, and bird watching at one of the islands' 13 official wildlife sanctuaries. *