The two Islands of Trinidad and Tobago are only 21 miles apart and just
off the coast of Venezuela. These two islands make up one nation but are two
completely different islands. On Trinidad, residents live in the fast lane
and the country is filled with wealth and oil-rich land. Tobago is much
different. It was the last island destination uncovered in the Caribbean, and
is a complete tropical getaway. The islands small towns and fine colonial
architecture offers wonderful little pleasures for the interested traveler.
On the islands east side, you will find little fishing villages and
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The islands came under British control in the 19th century; independence was granted in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing.
Trinidad and Tobago, the leading Caribbean producer of oil and gas, has earned a reputation as an excellent investment site for international businesses. Tourism is a growing sector, although not proportionately as important as in many other Caribbean islands. The economy benefits from low inflation and a growing trade surplus. Prospects for growth in 2004 are good as prices for oil, petrochemicals, and liquified natural gas are expected to remain high, and foreign direct investment continues to grow to support expanded capacity in the energy sector. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime.