The Main Ridge and Little Tobago Island reserves are home to dozens of species of birds and other wild life. Bird watching is something of an island specialty and before you head out be sure to read up on the subject. To get you started on your own list of birds to see there is the “10-Day Checklist of the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago,” by William L. Murphy. Richard Ffrench’s “A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago” is a must-read for anyone traveling to see the unique feathered wildlife of the islands, while his follow up with Roger Neckles, “Birds of Trindad and Tobago (Pocket Natural History)” is something you won’t want to leave at home.

If instead of birds you’d care to take in the underwater creatures, then Lawson Wood will help you get ready for your trip under the sea with “Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling Trinidad & Tobago (Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Guides.” And John C. Murphy’s guide “Amphibians and Reptiles of Trinidad and Tobago,” will offer sight on even more of the two islands’ diverse wildlife.

After seeing so many animals you’re bound to get hungry, and if you enjoy the food you can prepare your own dishes. “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad And Tobago (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)” by Ramin Ganeshram and Jean-Paul Vellotti, will have you cooking dishes just like the locals!