One of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean, Trinidad is often referred to as a “living museum”. Founded by Diego Velázquez in 1514, Trinidad grew wealthy on sugar in the 18th century, thus its museum-piece architecture dates mainly from this era. With its rich history, sprawling plazas, grandiose churches and stately mansions, Trinidad was granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
In addition to its pretty gardens, colourful buildings and cobbled streets, Trinidad boasts an outstanding live music scene and a surprisingly rich nightlife. Wedged between the towering Escambray range and shimmering coast, the colonial town is also surrounded by picture-perfect natural wonders, making for some worthwhile excursions and daytrips.