Trinidad & Tobago is an island country of the southeastern West Indies. It consists of two main islands of the countries name and several smaller islands.
The capital is Port of Spain, located on the northwestern coast of Trinidad.
The Carnival is an annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The event is well known for participants’ colourful costumes and exuberant celebrations. (Above)
Trinidad, by far the larger of the two main islands, has an area of about 1,850 square miles (4,800 square km). It is 7 miles (11 km) from the Venezuelan coast at its nearest point and is separated from it by the Gulf of Paria and two narrow channels, where there are several small islands and rocks.
Tobago, much smaller, with an area of about 115 square miles (300 square km), lies 20 miles (30 km) to the northeast of Trinidad. Extending diagonally from southwest to northeast, Tobago is about 30 miles (50 km) long and more than 10 miles (16 km) across at its widest point.
Little Tobago lies about a mile off Tobago’s northeastern coast. Also called Bird of Paradise Island, Little Tobago was once noted as the only wild habitat of the greater bird of paradise outside of New Guinea; however, the bird is no longer found there.