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Top 5 things to do in Trinidad and Tobago

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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.

 

 Culture

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.

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Food

Popular foods are: Bake & Shark, Doubles, Roti, Callaloo, Souse and KFC.

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Maracas Bay, Trinidad
Best time to visit
Typically, the best time to visit is for carnival which is either late February or early March every year. At this time of the year foreigners trek experience a taste of our culture.
Trinidad and Tobago is a popular tourist destination (ranking #6 in the top 10 travel destinations in 2017 according to Vogue). Read article here.

Carnival

You may wish to go to the Queens Park Savannah which is the main judging point for all mas bands. If you want to get a good spot, be sure to arrive early. A lot of the streets are blocked off starting from Carnival Sunday.
Carry your sunblock and umbrellas if necessary. Sufficient water, food items and a cooler packed with drinks.

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.

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This picture was taken at the Maracas Lookout which is approximately 15 minutes away from the beach.
A lot of people make a pit stop to catch some fresh air and take pictures. They also indulge in the sweets on sale from the Vendors.
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Sweets Vendor, Maracas Lookout
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Bake & Shark Vendors at Maracas Bay
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Bake & Shark

 Bake & Shark

Bake & Shark is a sandwich that can be dressed in lettuce, cucumber, shadon beni (eryngium) sauce, mustard, ketchup, cabbage, tomatoes, pepper sauce or whatever your heart desires. There are at least 10 different condiments to choose from.
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Doubles Vendor in Curepe
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Doubles
Doubles
It is usual to see persons standing near the Vendors Stall eating on the spot.
They taste better when eaten hot.
It is common for Trinidadians living abroad to have them frozen and taken back with them when travelling.
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Trincity Mall, Trincity
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Fishing Boats at Pigeon Point Bay, Tobago

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.

Buccoo Reef

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.

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Pigeon Point Bay, Tobago
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KFC Restaurant, Trincity Mall, Trincity
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Having a coconut water
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Coco Reef, Tobago
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Glass bottom boat at Nyloon Pool, Tobago | Photo source: google.com

 

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO WHILE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:

  1. Go to Maracas Bay.
  2. 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.
  3. Visit the sister isleTobago and stay at least 1 night. Spend the day at the beach.
  4. Go toBuccoo Reef while in Tobago.
  5. Sample the foods mentioned above.
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  • I really enjoyed looking in these pictures such a wonderful place….

    • Shevy

      Thank you Ance! 🙂

  • Ola

    I’ve never been to Trinidad and Tobago but this list certainly makes me want to go soon.

    • Shevy

      Hello Ola. You will love it. 🙂

  • These pictures look so beautiful! Now adding this to my wanderlust list, I have to visit one day! xx

    cocobellablog.com

    • Thank you Demilade! That's great to know that you are thinking about going. Have fun if you do.

  • It's been too long since I've visited the Caribbean, these photos make me wanna visit T+T! x
    Maya Not Mya

    • Hello Maya! I don't see any reasons why you shouldn't. If you decide to go then have fun.

  • What a lovely trip…looks like you had a great time!

    x
    Mindy

    http://www.kindofluxe.com

    • Thank you Mindy! I had a wonderful time. xo

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