Stay and Play!
If you like the sporting life, you’ll love Trinidad & Tobago
Active vacationers will find plenty of opportunities for excitement in Trinidad and Tobago. The islands are a sports lover’s dream, packed with fun-in-the-sun activities, on land and below the waves.
Take the Plunge
Tobago’s magnificent underwater playground is renowned the world over. Diver’s Dream, Diver’s Thirst, Flying Reef and Cove Reef are just some of the spectacular sites in Columbus Passage, one of the Caribbean’s top drift-diving areas. Turtles, eagle rays and reef sharks thrive amid undulating sea fans and giant barrel sponges, and manta rays, barracudas and tarpons abound off the island’s north-eastern coast at sites such as Japanese Gardens, Black Jack Hole, Bookend and St. Giles. Snorkelers, meanwhile, enjoy close encounters with colourful damselfish, angelfish, butterfly fish and parrotfish.
The Surfing Association of Trinidad and Tobago can point you to beaches that offer the perfect combination of winds and waves. Best bets are Trinidad’s north-eastern coast and Mount Irvine Beach in Tobago where various competitions and surfing events are held throughout the year.
In July and August visitors can take in the power boat race from the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club to Store Bay, Tobago. In addition, the island of Tobago celebrates sailing with races, parties and events for a week every year in May.
Want to explore a solitary bay or take a more ambitious excursion along the coast? Then why not rent a kayak or go stand up paddle boarding Trinidad offers some wonderful places for kayaking including the Bush Bush Island in the Nariva Swamp, Chaguaramas, along the North Coast or through Caroni Swamp. In Tobago, Pigeon Point Beach offers the perfect setting for stand up paddle boarding. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
Land a Big One
Anglers often choose Trinidad & Tobago for their next big catch. The islands’ nutrient-rich
Provide the perfect habitat for some of the Caribbean’s most prized catches, including kingfish, barracudas sailfish, African pompanos, groupers, snapper and billfish. The Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA) hosts several tournaments and events throughout the year including the Marlin Madness Tournament, the Wahoo Tournament, Kingfish Tournament and the Tarpon Thunder Tournament many of which attract fishing enthusiasts from near and far.
With a selection of international standard golf courses at one’s disposal, Trinidad and Tobago is a golfer’s paradise. From the 9-hole Chaguaramas Golf Club to the 18-hole courses at St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Maraval, Millenium Lakes in Trincity, the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort and the Mount Irvine Bay Resort, both in Tobago, spectacular scenery and well-designed challenges suit swingers to a tee. Throughout the year these courses are home to the many golf tournaments that are held on the island including the Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Tournament, the Caribbean Golf Classic and the RBL Caribbean Junior Open.
You’ll find pro-quality courts, some lit for night play, at many hotels throughout the islands. In Trinidad, public courts await players at the Nelson Mandela Park in Port of Spain and the Arima Public Courts. In Tobago, the Shaw Park facility offers eight (8) hard tennis courts for the enjoyment of tennis enthusiasts.
Cricket is extremely popular in Trinidad, thanks to the island’s British heritage. Teams go bat to bat at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, the main playing field for cricket matches, where major tournaments such as the Caribbean Premier League T20 have drawn fans by the thousands in support of their favourite teams. From September to October the Community Cricket League (CCL) hosts the T10 CCL, in which various community cricket clubs battle to be named the T10 CCL Champions. Horse racing takes the lead at Santa Rosa Park in Arima and in September//October the Tobago International Cycling Classic is an exciting showcase of cycling at its best.