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10 Reasons Why Trinidad & Tobago Won Best Caribbean Destination for Nature Holidays

On Thursday 25 June 2015, Trinidad and Tobago won the 2015 UK Telegraph Caribbean Travel Award for Best Destination for Nature Holidays. Thousands of Telegraph Travel readers voted for their favourite destinations and hotels in the inaugural travel awards that is organised in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Trinidad and Tobago topped the Nature Holidays category.

Trinidad and Tobago continues to be recognized as the premiere eco-tourist and nature destination in the Caribbean.  The awards aim to highlight the diversity of holiday experiences on offer across the region, here’s why:

Caroni Swamp and the Bird Sanctuary

caroni-swamp-and-bird-sanctuary-Caroni-4Caroni Swamp and the Bird Sanctuary is a one of the best eco-destinations in Trinidad.  This 12,000-acre swamp is the home of the national bird – the Scarlet Ibis – along with 100 plus species of other birds, caimans, swamp boas and crabs.

Argyle Waterfall

Argyle Waterfall - the tallest in TobagoAt 175 feet (54 meters), Argyle, Tobago’s highest waterfall attracts locals and foreigners to its cascade of cool, crisp water that flows down from three dramatic levels.


See also: Top Ten Attractions in Tobago



Being with the Leatherback Turtles

fs_nature-seekers-059u1741Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most important marine turtle nesting grounds in the Western Hemisphere.  The Turtle Nesting Season runs from March 1st to August 31st annually. These critically endangered marine reptiles, visit our shores by the thousands each year and lay nightly along various shores.

fs_nylon-pool-4876683891_5ab6b18c43_oThe Nylon Pool is a natural, metre-deep crystal clear swimming pool with a sandy bottom in the middle of the sea created by an offshore sandbar and a still lagoon. Take a rejuvenating swim with the deep ocean on one side and palm fringed beaches on the other.

Ziplining through the forest

fs_zip-itt-adventure-tours-IMG_20150102_154546 The internationally certified ziplining adventure park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad offers a thrill of a lifetime with 7 lines and 5 canopy walks/net bridges through the trees of the beautiful Tucker Valley. Safe, thrilling adventure!!!

Gasparee Caves

Descend 100 feet underground and walk through a magnificent system of natural limestone caverns and caves on island of Gaspar Grande.

See also: 10 Astounding Attractions in Trinidad and Tobago you won’t find anywhere else in the Caribbean

fs_bush-bush-wildlife-sanctuary-8239659190_3971b31793_h This nature reserve is a sandy, forested island covered with evergreen hardwood trees inhabited by seven species of amphibian, 27 of reptile, 171 of bird and 59 species of mammal, including 32 species of bat.

fs_wild-fowl-IMG_6168Point-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust is a wetland habitat that is home to locally endangered wetland birds. Interestingly, the Trust is located on the compound of a major petrochemical and oil refinery in south Trinidad.

fs_nariva-swamp-8239672646_b54b26c4b7_hThe Nariva Swamp is the largest freshwater wetland in Trinidad and Tobago (over 60 sq. Km). Designated a Wetland of International Importance, the swamp is home to 58 different species of mammals including the West Indian Manatee and Red Howler monkeys.

Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve

fs_main-ridge-forest-reserve-forest-reserve-2These 14,000 acres of forest in central Tobago which stretch for more than one-half the length of the island of Tobago, is the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere dating back to 13 April 1776.  It is home to a number of flora and fauna and is estimated to provide habitats for twelve to sixteen species of mammals out of the nearly ninety mammal species in the Caribbean region.

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