21 ways of doing it right in trinidad and tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is a leeward coralline twin island nation in the Caribbean Sea originally inhabited by Amerindians when Christopher Columbus discovered the dual islands and named it as the Island of the Trinity. Trinidad is called as the “land of the Humming bird” and the cigar shaped Tobago derived its name from Tobago. Trinidad is 60 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide and Tobogo is around 30 kilometers and is ideally a part of the islands called Lesser Antilles. The currency of dual island Caribbean nation Trinidad and Tobago is Trinidad and Tobago dollar. Beaches at St. Giles, Little Tobago Island, Parlatuvier bay, Scarborough, Castara, Bloody Bay and Speyside are must visits. 21 ways of doing it right in trinidad and tobago
Trinidadians and Tobagonians enjoy liming which they refer to as hanging out any time. Trinidad and Tobago is the “culture capital of the Caribbean” and hosts one of the most prevalent and animated Carnival Celebrations around the world and is paraphernalia in the ball party cum parade of the masqueraders. The indigenous musical forms of Soca and Calypso and the musical instrument of Premier steel pan is its unique selling point. The Creole culinary traditions as it present a new world of cooking and artistry in the fest is beyond all praises showcasing its culinary legacy. Sea baths is another attraction.
1) Paria seascape includes bay and waterfall and features the Cathedral rock also called the Paria Arch with magnificent view of the Caribbean Coastline.
2) Originally inhabited by Buccaneers, the dirt track of Pirates bay is the colony of frigates birds in Charlotteville is ideal for snorkeling.
3) Scarborough Botanical gardens is a retreat for nature lovers with the variety of flora.
4) Tobago Forest reserve is the oldest protected forest reserve of the twin island popular for its marked hiking trails.
5) Galera Point lighthouse also called as Toco lighthouse is the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea which features lighthouses and watch towers.
6) Argyle Falls are the highest waterfalls of Tobago at 175 feet is a triple tiered fall to Bloody Bay and Caribbean Coast.
7) Fort Milford, Crown Point is the haven of Milford located on the Old Store Bay Road is a place of cultural heritage with remnants of British canons.
8) Woodford Square, Port of Spain in the Downtown is the oldest district of the city formerly known as Brunswick square houses a late Victorian fountain on the Christopher Columbus Square.
9) Killarney Stollmeyer’s castle is located on the western side of Queen’s Park Savannah this is a turreted house turned castle is in Scottish Baronial architectural style with brick and limestone façade is a Scottish styled castle is first of the Magnificent seven.
10) Fort George which is the fortification is a colonial establishment of complex style with views of Port of Spain and Gulf of Paria nearing St. James with cannons and dungeons and quaint signal station.
11) San Fernando Hill which initially with protruding petaloid Celtic carvings and constructed by quarrying and gravel mining this summit provides an exclusive view of the suburbs and the Gulf of Paria.
12) Store bay Tobago is a scenic beach is the most popular beach of Tobago and Trinidad in the Crown Point area with full-time lifeguards on duty as you go around Buccoo Reef, Pigeon Point and Nylon Pool on a boat ride amidst the coral reef or snorkelling. Pelau which is a meat and rice dish, bake and shark and crab and dumplings are must eats.
13) Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge – This nature resort is a bird watching spot with natural history tours located in Spring Hill Estate with a tropical rainforest and climax forests against the backdrop of Northern Range Mountains with the sights of tropical species of humming birds, manakins, trogons, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers and bearded bells.
14) La Brea Pitch lake attracts visitors for its natural sulphur properties which happen to have therapeutic qualities and has in it the “fountain of the youth”.
15) The Emperor Valley Zoo – This zoo got its name from the Emperor Butterfly in the north of Queen’s Park Savannah and West of Botanic Gardens in the Port of Spain is the main zoo of the island of the Caribbean.
16) Yerette humming bird Sanctuary is the home of the Hummingbird as Yerette is the Amerindian for hummingbird.
17) Pigeon Point Beach is the heritage park is a 125 acre nature reserve and has a world famous thatch-roofed jetty with unspoiled powdery white sand, protected turquoise blue waters called the Nylon Pool with coral reef and tranquil aquamarine waters is the signature description of this island. Pigeon Point road is lined with fishing huts, cabanas and with kiosks selling calabashes trinkets.
18) National Museum and Art Gallery formerly known as “Royal Victoria Institute” is the classic national Dutch styled museum of Trinidad and Tobago on Frederick Street with the collection, preservation and interpretation material culture of human and natural heritage with over 10,000 depictions, exhibits, pieces and artefacts. Cazabon’s collection requires a special mention.
19) Englishman’s Bay is a secluded crescent shaped golden sand beach with marine life nestled in emerald waters. Snorkelling in the coral reef and in the midst of tropical fish is the main attraction of this off beat virtually deserted tropical beach with large breakers. It is a parking bay and a spot for anchorage for yachts and nesting ground for leatherback turtles and is surely spoilt for choice for laid back travelers.
20) Maracas Beach is protected by a Bay and is the home to bake and shark huts which is basically a native flat baked bun dish with deep fried shark filets with pepper, tamarind and garlic sauces and cow heel soup. Maracas Bay and the lookout point in the Port of Spain stretching from Northern Range gives an entire view of Trinidad’s all the popular beaches from the top. Prunes and red julienned mangoes is a must eat. Buss-up shut is local bread torn in small bits.
21) Queen Park’s Savannah is a park commonly known as the Savannah or the Paradise estate and the natural heritage site of the island is the largest open space and the most exclusive and highly cherished residential area of townsfolk in Port of Spain with surrounding Queen’s Hall and Royal Botanic Gardens being the main headquarters hosting horse races, Carnival, Calypso Monarch, Steelpan competition for the pannists all around the world in the Grand Stand. Alongside it is the location of Magnificent Seven houses. It is the largest “troundabout” in the world.
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