History of Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island country with a population of just over 1.3 million. It is located in the Caribbean, off the northern edge of the South American mainland. The country used to be governed by the British Colony until it gained Independence in 1962 and subsequently became a Republic in 1976. It comprises of two small islands which is governed by one Government body, headed by a President.
Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, limbo, and the music styles of calypso, soca, parang, chutney, chutney soca, soca parang, rapso etc.
Popular foods are: Bake & Shark, Doubles, Roti, Callaloo, Souse and KFC.
|Maracas Bay, Trinidad|
On Carnival Monday the Bands gather so that masqueraders and truck drivers can learn the route. On Tuesday the Bands compete and are judged based on style, design, and originality of the costumes.
|Sweets Vendor, Maracas Lookout|
|Bake & Shark Vendors at Maracas Bay|
|Bake & Shark|
Bake & Shark
|Doubles Vendor in Curepe|
|Trincity Mall, Trincity|
|Fishing Boats at Pigeon Point Bay, Tobago|
The fastest way to get to Tobago is by plane which takes approximately 30 minutes. You would get a plane from the Piarco International Airport.
Alternatively, you could take a Ferry from the dock of Port of Spain but this takes about 3 hours one-way.
Things to do in Tobago
Be sure to taste a meal of Curry Crab and Dumplings! A favourite dish from Tobago.
Go to Club Shade, the most popular Club in Tobago. The best time to go is either Friday or Saturday night.
Hotel accommodation would also have to be made prior to your arrival. Stay at Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort.
Before departing the airport purchase some sweets such as Bene Ball, Fudge, Preserved Mango and Plum.
There are glass bottom boats at Pigeon Point Bay which takes to to the Reef. Arrange with one of the boat operators to take you. They will then inform you of the cost and times the boat would be leaving and returning to shore.
All boats usually have a tour guide to guide you along the journey.
When you arrive at Nylon Pool, (a shallow area in the middle of the ocean), you would have the opportunity to snorkel or go for a swim.
|Pigeon Point Bay, Tobago|
|KFC Restaurant, Trincity Mall, Trincity|
|Having a coconut water|
|Coco Reef, Tobago|
|Glass bottom boat at Nyloon Pool, Tobago | Photo source: google.com|
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO WHILE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:
- Go to Maracas Bay.
- Take part in Carnival. Ideally, the best option is to register play mas with a recognized Band such as Tribe. Most Bands offer bookings online so that you can book prior to your trip.
- Visit the sister isleTobago and stay at least 1 night. Spend the day at the beach.
- Go toBuccoo Reef while in Tobago.
- Sample the foods mentioned above.