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When to go to Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's climate

Trinidad and Tobago sit just off the coast of Venezuela and receive warm, sunny weather for the majority of the year. These charming Caribbean islands have two distinct seasons - wet and dry. The former runs from June to November and is also when it feels the hottest due to the high humidity.

Between December and May is the dry season, when temperatures still sit in the high 20s, but the lower humidity makes the heat much more pleasant to bear when you're out and about. One of the big things working in Trinidad and Tobago's favour is that the islands sit just outside the hurricane belt, which means they rarely experience strong storms like some other Caribbean destinations.

Naturally, you should expect to see some rain during the wet season, but there will still be plenty if sunshine in between the downpours, with much of the rain typically falling overnight while daytime showers are often short in duration and leave clear blue skies right after.

Temperatures rarely ever drop below 26 degrees Celsius and rise up to around 34 degrees Celsius at the peak of summer. Sea temperatures are also warm all year round, falling to 26 degrees Celsius at their coldest and reaching 29 degrees Celsius towards the end of the summer.

When is it best to travel?

The main tourist season in Tobago is from January to March, when temperatures are at their most comfortable and the risk of rain is lowest. While this is the best time to visit Tobago weather-wise, it is the busiest and most expensive period for holidays on the island, so this will have an effect on both your budget and the amount of people you'll find at your chosen resort or hotel.

Travelling either side of the peak season (October to December or April to June) is a good option if you want to save some money on the cost of your holiday to Tobago, but you should be prepared for the possibility of rain during these months.

Regardless of when you decide to go on holiday in Tobago, you can expect to see verdant green landscapes and beautiful blooms, as the rainy season ensures the island's scenery remains vibrant and lush throughout the year.

Best time for water sports

Tobago has developed a reputation for being a world-class scuba diving destination, with numerous stunning reefs around the island and plenty of dive sites to explore on a holiday here. Although you can dive around Tobago at any time of the year, visibility is generally better during the dry season and reaches up to 36 m at its best.

Scuba diving isn't the only water sport you can have a go at on a holiday in Tobago, with many other options also open to you. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are two of the sports you can try all year round, with the warm waters of the Caribbean being always as inviting no matter when you travel.

Wind and kite surfing are other popular choices, along with sailing, and these are all best practiced between December and June, when the winds are at their strongest and most consistent. There are also a few surf breaks around the island, although these rarely see large waves - but this does make them brilliant for learners.

Carnival season in Tobago

Tobago's carnival is typically held at the end of February or start of March, and it runs for two days each year in an explosion of colour and sound. The dates vary from year to year, as they are dependent on the start of Lent (the 40 days before Easter in th Christian calendar), so check online or with the island's tourist board before you book if you'd like to be on the island for the festivities.

Generally, Tobago's carnival is considered to be a little less frenetic and more laidback than the celebrations on neighbouring Trinidad, but it's still a feast for the senses. The main events are centred on Tobago's capital Scarborough, where there is a big parade to mark the beginning of the carnival.

On the following morning, the masquerade bands will take to the streets, with vibrant, sequined costumes being the order of the day. Even if you can't make it to Tobago for the carnival itself, you can still get a sense of the festivities in the weeks leading up to the event thanks to the various calypso and steelband competitions that are hosted ahead of the carnival.

Meterological information

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Minimum °C 222121222324242323232323
Maximum °C 323131323333323233333332
Sunshine (hours) 788887667766
Rain (cm) 12743510233028231720

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