8 surprising facts you never knew about Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago can satisfy the discerning tastes of every visitor. From nature enthusiasts, party lovers and foodies to those wanting to sit back and relax, everyone who visits will experience something new. Here are a few things you didn’t know

By Trinidad and Tobago Tourism
Published 8 Apr 2019, 23:40 BST
Blue chinned sapphire hummingbird
Blue chinned sapphire hummingbird
Photograph by Trinidad and Tobago

1) Trinidad and Tobago is home to the Moruga Scorpion, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s hottest peppers. The heat is potent. It was first grown in the historical village of Moruga in the south of the island, a place also credited with being the landing place of Christopher Columbus and home of the Merikins; a colony of African slaves who fought in the War of 1812 for the Americans against the British.

2) The largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world is located in Trinidad and Tobago. The La Brea Pitch Lake is located in the south of the island and was discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh after being shown to him by the native Indians living there.  The amazing thing about this lake is that it continues to replenish itself, despite being emptied again and again to pave roads in the United States and across Europe.  Often labelled the eighth wonder of the world, this lake is one of the more popular attractions across both islands and visitors can also bathe in its sulphur pools that are said to have amazing healing properties.

3) Where can you find the best quality cocoa in the world?  In Trinidad and Tobago. The world-renowned Trinitario brand has been the main ingredient in high-quality chocolates around the world.  Destination Trinidad and Tobago has seen a resurgence in popularity with tours that tap into the historical part of running a cocoa plantation and that also use the cocoa in the unique cuisine that has come to define the twin islands.

4) The ever-popular limbo dance was created in Trinidad. It emanated from the island nation’s African heritage and has become a mainstay of many cultural events, with some dancers crossing under a stick at a height of just 8.5 inches.  Others have made the dance even more adventurous by setting the stick on fire. 

5) If you’re interested in animals, then turtle watching should be on your bucket list. Trinidad’s Grande Riviere beach is home to the second largest leatherback turtle nesting site in the world.  From 1 March -30 September, these creatures come to the island to lay their eggs, before the hatchlings emerge to make their way to the ocean.

6) Trinidad and Tobago has the highest number of bird species per square mile. While tiny in comparison to Brazil and Venezuela, countries with high levels of biodiversity, it boasts a similar number of species. The islands have a total of 482 species of birds, with 17 kinds of hummingbird.

7) Trinidad and Tobago invented the only new acoustic instrument of the 20th century.  The Steelpan is considered the islands’ national instrument and was born out of the oil industry; the first ones were made out of oil drums.  It’s hard to believe that these oil drums can be the source of such sweet sounds.

8) CNN declared that the island’s inhabitants had one of the top 10 sexiest accents in the world. The destination according to the United Nations is the happiest country in the Caribbean.   

Why not put these beautiful twin islands at the top of your list of the places to visit?


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