Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
1708 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Wednesday, Friday
10:00am - 2:30pm
Passports may be collected from Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm.
About Trinidad & Tobago
About Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is the economic powerhouse of the Caribbean. We have been blessed with hydrocarbon resources and have become the world’s number one exporter of methanol and ammonia from a single site. Additionally, we export approximately 60% of the Eastern United States’ demand for Liquefied Natural Gas.
Located just 7 miles off the coast of South America, with a multi-ethnic population of 1.4 million, the twin island nation has a liberalized communications network, the largest energy and manufacturing sectors in the English –speaking Caribbean, a rapidly emerging financial services sector and a very stable political system.
When visitors come to the Caribbean, they may expect to find a laid-back paradise of piña coladas and pool sides. Trinidad challenges that mold – and ultimately breaks it! We have a unique mix of the laid-back and adrenaline-generating activities.
Our bustling capital city, Port-of-Spain, is filled with an enchanting myriad of art galleries and restaurants. At the National Museum you can delve into the culture of our country and its diverse people.
The country’s North Coast is home to a plethora of gorgeous, sandy beaches that provide the perfect atmosphere for seclusion, rest and recreation. In fact, the northern interior offers excellent hiking trails framed by canopies of lush, indigenous rain forest.
Protected wetlands and miles of beach frontage lined by groves of coconut palm frame the East Coast of Trinidad. Picturesque fishing villages and modern oil towns combine to make the country’s East Coast a must-see.
A perfect complement to bustling Trinidad, Tobago is home to the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. Once you behold her beauty you will understand why Tobago was Robinson Crusoe’s isle and why our European settlers fought over her ownership more than any other Caribbean island.
The South Coast is washed by the dark green, wave-whipped Atlantic and is lined with vibrant fishing villages, while the North Coast provides Tobago with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Although our official language is English, we do have other segments of the population which, mostly through culture and heritage, speak other languages, including “patois” a slang version of French that provides a window into our island’s former French days. Additionally, due to our proximity to South America and our robust trading relationship with Latin America there is currently a thrust to introduce Spanish as the country’s first official foreign language.
Nevertheless, every Trinbagonian speaks English and you will find our charming accent one of the easiest to understand – its singsong like and full of flavor – just like our people.
Our People and Ethnicity
Trinidad and Tobago’s population figures now stand at about 1.4 million. Most Trinbagonians are of African or East Indian descent, compromising 40% of the population each, while the rest of the ethnic mix trace their history back to European, Chinese or Middle Eastern ancestry. This diversity is reflected in the religious mix as well – Christianity is the largest faith, followed by Hinduism, Islam and the traditional African faiths.
Latest Developments in Trinidad and Tobago
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