Situated off the tip of Venezuela in the Caribbean, the tiny twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors an exuberant mix of carnival, calypso, Creole culture, and world-class eco-tourism. Small and full of contrasts, famous for its beautiful beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests, the islands also have large deposits of oil and gas, making Trinidad and Tobago one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean. Trinidad is the larger and livelier of the two islands and is home to the modern capital, Port of Spain, a city that certainly knows how to party and the setting for a boisterous carnival held every year, just before Lent. By contrast, Tobago is a paradise island surrounded by azure seas, with coral reefs, and pristine white beaches fringed with palms trees. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve on Tobago is a protected habitat for hummingbirds. Warm all year round, the average daytime temperature is a sultry 28ºC.