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Located at 10º 30′N latitude, and 61º 30′W longitude, Trinidad is the most southerly island in the Caribbean Sea, lying just 11km (6.8 miles) east of the South American country of Venezuela. Its smaller sister isle, Tobago is situated approximately 32km (19.9 miles) northeast of Trinidad, roughly on the 11º latitude line.
Together the two islands form the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T for short). Though referred to as the twin-island republic, the two islands are in fact vastly different in size and composition. Trinidad, the larger is 4828 sq. km (1864 sq. miles) in size, and well-developed with large reserves of oil and natural gas being the mainstay of the economy. Tobago, on the other hand, is the perfect idyllic Caribbean paradise. Just 300 sq. km. (116 sq. miles) in size, the island is a combination of tropical rainforest on the interior, and beautiful beaches and coral reefs along the coasts.
The two major days of Carnival - Carnival Monday and Tuesday - are the two days before Ash Wednesday on the Christian religious calendar. The word “Carnival” derives from the Latin words “carne vale”, meaning “farewell to the flesh”, after the Lenten practice of abstinence.
These are the dates set for Carnival from 2009 to 2020 (plan early!):
However the modern-day Carnival Season starts almost immediately after the beginning of the New Year, with fetes (large, raucous, usually open-air parties) increasing in frequency and intensity as Carnival draws closer.
Contact your travel agent, direct flights are available from several American and European cities including Miami, New York and London. And visit T&T's tourism organisation, TIDCO for more information.