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Full country name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Area: 5,128 sq km
Population: 1,23 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Port-of-Spain
Language: English (official), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), French, Spanish, Chinese
Religion: Roman Catholic 26%, Hindu 22.5%, Anglican 7.8%, Baptist 7.2%, Pentecostal 6.8%, Muslim 5.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 4%, other Christian 5.8%, other 10.8%, unspecified 1.4%, none 1.9%
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Time Zone: UTC-4
Dialing Code: 1 868
Electricity: 115V 60 Hz
Weights & measures: The metric system is official, but some imperial weights and measures are still used.

Money & Costs:
Currency:
Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
Average Yearly Salary: USD 21,300

Meals:
Budget: USD3-10
Mid-range: USD10-30
High: USD50+
Accommodation:
Budget: USD10-40
Mid-range: USD50-100
High: USD100+

Geography: The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelago in the Caribbean, as well as the southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles. The country shares maritime borders with Barbados, Guyana, and Venezuela. Trinidad and Tobago are the two main islands, with numerous smaller islands around them. The islands consist of a mixture of mountains and plains, as well as various rocks.

Climate: Trinidad and Tobago enjoy a tropical climate, with two annual seasons: the dry season (January - May) and the wet season (June - December). The average yearly temperature is around 32 C (89 F). Generally, the climate of Trinidad and Tobago is pleasant throughout the year.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight cotton or linen clothes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended when traveling to Trinidad and Tobago. Sun-block lotion should be used at all times. Comfortable walking shoes are required when visiting the mountainous areas, and a waterproof jacket is advised during the wet season.

Social conventions: Hospitality is very important to the local people of Trinidad and Tobago. Entertaining is usually done at home, as well as eating. Beachwear should be worn only on beaches or by the pools. Casual wear is widely acceptable.

Health: Since medical facilities are quite limited, proof of ability to pay is often required before treatment. Travel health insurance is strongly advised. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers >1 year of age arriving from any infected area. Insect protection is advised, since there is a risk of dengue fever. There is also a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Food & Drink: The Cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago is a mixture of Indian, European, African, Chinese, Creole and Lebanese gastronomic influences. It is an interesting fusion, with considerable use of local produce, herbs and spices. The strongest influence, apart from Africa, is India, as there is a huge Indian population in Trinidad. The most common dishes of Trinidad and Tobago are: curry chicken and roti, callaloo (a creamy and spicy side dish made of dasheen leaves, ochro or okra, crab, pigtails, thyme, coconut milk and shado beni or bhandhanya, or cilantro), and Pelau (a rice-based dish). Other popular dishes include: stewed chicken, macaroni pie, breadfruit oil down, pepperpot, ox-tails, and many other. An array of fish can be bought at local merchants throughout Trinidad and Tobago, such as: king fish, flying fish, carite, red fish, sapatay, bonito, conch and crab, lobster, tilapia and seasonal cascadura. There is a variety of popular beverages in Trinidad. These include: various sodas (Chubby, Solo, Peardrax), Malta, Shandy, Smalta, ginger beer, Guinness Beer, sorrel, Peanut punch, seamoss punch, soursop punch, and barbadine punch. Coconut water can be found throughout the island and is widely used for cooking and drinking. Rum shops can be also found throughout the islands.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
Mar 29 Spiritual Baptist Shouters' Liberation Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Good Friday
May 30 Indian Arrival Day
Jun 3 Corpus Christi
Jun 19 Labour Day
Aug 1 Emancipation Day
Aug 31 Independence Day
Sep 11 Eid ul Fitr
Sep 24 Republic Day
Nov 5 Divali
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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