The island isn’t big and you can explore much of it on foot, but getting around in a rental car or taxi will probably be necessary if you’re doing more than just catching rays at the beach.

If you’re renting a car you should know that the roads in Trinidad and Tobago are English style, meaning the steering wheel is on the right side and you drive on the left side of the road. It is the law that you wear your seatbelt, and you should watch for the road conditions. While normally good in the towns, they can be more rugged in the open country. Unlike in the United States it is also common for drivers to rely on hand signals when turning or stopping.

Getting a taxicab is generally easy enough. Cabs can be called in advance, and are available at many major destinations. The drivers are generally courteous, but you be sure to use an accredited and licensed taxi. Check with details on accreditation and license at the airport’s information booth, or ask at your hotel. As with many cities you’re bound to be offered a ride from an unlicensed driver, who may lack insurance or even try to try you a higher than normal fare. For licensed taxis there are no set pick-up or drop-off points, and cabs can be hailed on the streets.