Six Top Tips For a Great Trinidad and Tobago Vacation
Trinidad is a great holiday destination, but there are certainly some things you shouldn’t waste time with, and others that you should make time to see and do.
In the 1940s and 50s, Trinidad and Tobago’s most actively marketed tourist attractions included: carnival watching, limbo, calypso, going to Maracas Beach and visiting the Pitch Lake and Buccoo Reef. Side trips include things like visiting the Botanical Gardens and seeing the Magnificent Seven. Today, while these attractions are still there and remain quite interesting, I think you’ll agree that active people of this decade are likely to have different ideas of what they considered fun things to do on vacation than they were in the 1940s and 50s. Unfortunately, Trinidad is still marketed in much the same way, which gives you a great opportunity as it is relatively undiscovered.
Holiday tip 1
The only reason you should visit the Botanical Gardens these days is if you have nothing better to do, and there is a lot to see and do in Port of Spain. The same goes for Pitch Lake if that’s all you plan to see and do in the south and center of Trinidad, be prepared for a long drive and a fairly tame tour at your destination, even if new one’s facilities are built in La Brea. But then maybe you get excited from trees, grass, and tar?
So, what to do in Port of Spain and Trinidad that will stimulate you and make your vacation an unforgettable one?
Here are a few favorites:
Holiday tip 2
Don’t plan on sitting on the beach every day. Of course, Trinidad and Tobago have many interesting beaches and great water sports, especially in Tobago. But Trinidad and Tobago’s best attractions – after being the Caribbean’s No. 1 carnival destination and arguably the world’s best carnival destination, comparable to Rio and New Orleans – are their excellent biodiversity and exciting eco-tours.
Holiday tip 3
Pack good sneakers or hiking boots, as there are waterfalls tucked away in the Trinidad and Tobago rainforest that are fun to explore, excellent world-class birdwatching opportunities in interesting locations, and exciting trekking adventures to lost worlds on the highest peaks of Trinidad.
Holiday tip 4
Plan to visit the Nariva and Bush-Bush nature reserves while in Trinidad. You will enjoy this Caribbean kayak safari and probably encounters West Indian manatee, macaws, Amazon parrots and other great birds, monkeys, Cayman, boas, anteaters, sloths and the like. You will see that Trinidad is a lost enclave of the great South American jungle, providing an easily accessible view of the continent’s excellent birds and animals.
Holiday tip 5
Spend a day in India. That’s right 40% of the population of Trinidad is of East Indian origin, and Central Trinidad is interrupted by sights, sounds, and flavors that transport you to India. Coupled with a trip to Pitch Lake in La Brea and the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, where herds of Scarlet Ibis and Snowy Egrets come home to sleep at sunset, your friends at home won’t believe this was just another day in Trinidad.
Holiday tip 6
Make sure your taste buds are in order. Why? Because Trinidad’s diverse ethnic heritage offers you the most exciting food scene in the Caribbean. Trinidadians and Tobagonians were making and eating fusion dishes before world-renowned chefs invented the concept. Make sure not to leave Trinidad without trying Trinidad doubles first, unique street food that you will definitely love and still crave.
Come escape with us to Trinidad and Tobago where, if you follow all our tips, we can guarantee that you will have a great Caribbean vacation.
Edwin Johnson is the editor of Amazing-Trinidad-Vacations, an independent travel guide to Trinidad and Tobago full of exciting personal experiences and local insight.