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Leisure, Entertainment and Sport

Trinidad and Tobago - Leisure, Entertainment and Sport

If there is one thing that the residents of Trinidad and Tobago take very seriously, it is their sporting events. The islanders take the opportunity to socialise as well as watch whichever game it is. And no matter which sport you are interested in, the islands have the facility for you to watch or take part.

Athletics is a popular past time and there are over 45 clubs spread over the two islands. Basketball is becoming increasingly popular, with local leagues for amateur players as well as professional games. Cricket was brought to the islands by the British in the nineteenth century and is now one of the most played and watched sports on the islands. Football is very close behind cricket in the popularity stakes.

Water sports bring a large number of people to Trinidad and Tobago each year. Diving enthusiasts are regularly seen in the waters around Tobago and people come from all over the world to fish in the waters around Trinidad, particularly during the wet season. There is several fishing tournaments held every year. Sailing and yachting have a large following and there are several marinas and clubs for those who are lucky enough to own a boat.

Other sports which take place on the island include golf, with several courses on Trinidad itself, horse racing for those who like a wager and keep fit enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the variety of gyms on offer.

Sports are not the only past times available though, and there are several attractions which should be of interest to those who want to learn about the history of the islands. Tobago has Richmond Great House, the oldest surviving plantation house on the islands. There is also the First Historical Café, which is packed with items of historical interest, so visitors can learn about Tobago's history while they are having their meal.

Both islands have several nature reserves and are working hard to protect both animals and plants. The Botanical Gardens attract a large number of visitors each year and there are often concerts and carnivals if you are looking for something a little more lively.

People are no longer allowed to smoke in enclosed places on the islands. This includes workplaces, restaurants, shops and public transport. This is a recent ruling and also prohibits the advertising of tobacco products. Shops are no longer allowed to display cigarettes for sale and if you are a smoker you will need to ask shopkeepers if they sell them if you cannot see them on display.

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