Destination Review By Cox & Kings: Republic Of Trinidad & Tobago
Destination Review By Cox & Kings: Republic Of Trinidad & Tobago
Cox & Kings Reviews Republic Of Trinidad & Tobago and tells you about destinations to visit, places to eat, where to stay and things to do!
Article Credit: Reshma Rohra
Population: 1,223,916 (established in July 2014)
People: East Indian35.4%, African34.2%, mixed-other 15.3%, mixed East Indian/African 7.7%, other 1.3%, unspecified6.2% (established in 2011)
Religious Groups: Protestant 32.1%, Roman Catholic 21.6%, Hindu 18.2%, Muslim 5%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.5%, other 8.4%, none 2.2%, unspecified 11.1%
Languages: English (official), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), French, Spanish, Chinese
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Capital: Port of Spain
Time difference: GMT -4 (9:30 hours behind India)
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar
Voltage: 115V, 60Hz, 2 parallel flatprong(Type A/B) sockets are standard here
Telephone Country Code: +1
Internet Country Code: .tt
Geography & Location
Trinidad and Tobago are two islands situated at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Located to the northeast of Venezuela, South-most point of Trinidad lies just 11 kms off the Venezuelan coastline. While Tobago rests 30 kms from the northeast of Trinidad.
The Weather In Trinidad & Tobago
The tropical location of Trinidad and Tobago causes the weather to remain consistent all around the year. The daily average temperature is 27°C (80°F). January to May being the dry season, is the best time to visit. January and February particularly experience a lot of tourist activity. June to December is the wet season, and is less preferred by the tourists. Tobago has a slightly cooler temperature as compared to Trinidad.
The History Of Trinidad & Tobago
In 1948, Christopher Columbus set sail on his third voyage and discovered the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Initially Trinidad was colonized by Spanish people until 1797, yet was majorly inhabited by the French. Tobago was claimed by the Spanish, Dutch, French, English and Courtlanders. Both the islands later came under the British Empire. It was in 1889 that they were first administered collectively. Trinidad and Tobago obtained independence in 1962 from the British rule.
Experience Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad is known for its exciting nightlife and various entertainment avenues. It boasts of umpteen exotic restaurants and lively shopping arenas. Apart from the party animals, Trinidad also attracts nature lovers from all over the world due its remarkable eco-tourism sites.
Smaller in size than Trinidad, Tobago on the other hand is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. Spectacular beaches, picturesque sights and luscious rainforests draw numerous leisure-seekers and peace-hunters to this gorgeous island.
Food In Trinidad & Tobago
The mix of cultures that inhabits this nation has resulted in an unusually scrumptious cuisine. There is a never-ending list of culinary delights that will send your taste buds on an enchanting journey.Countless food options are available for vegetarians as that for non-vegetarians.
Delicacies that you cannot miss out on include Roti, a roasted flour bread wrap with meat or vegetables cooked in Indian style; Doubles, which is an unofficial breakfast of Trinidad, and consists of chickpeas and split peas; and Callaloo, which is made with okra and dasheen, and can be cooked in various ways.
Few other local dishes that you must try are the infamous Shark and Bake, pastelles, crab n’ dumpling, pelau and souse.
The People Of Trinidad & Tobago
People of Trinidad and Tobago are called Trinidadians and Tobagonians. The population of this twin-island nation is constituted of diverse ethnicity. Therefore you will find a blend of people with different value systems, ideas and mannerisms.
Cricket is a sport cherished by all here. It’s one of the strongest bonds that bring together all the citizens of this country. And Carnival, the national festival is a kaleidoscope of colors, art, music, pageantry and a lot more.The entire nation celebrates it with delight.Known as ‘the greatest show on earth’, it is one of the major tourist attractions here.
Getting Around Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago boast a well-connected road network. Most destinations are linked with each other through roadways. Government-run bus service, private taxis, shared taxis, mini-taxis and car rentals are the vehicle options available for commuting.
Apart from this, there is also a ferry service from Port of Spain (Trinidad) to Scarborough (Tobago). Alternatively, you can take the air bridge and reach from one island to another within 20 minutes by flight.
Where To Stay In Trinidad & Tobago
From ultra-luxurious hotel chains to budget hotels and guest houses, accommodation is easily available here. Depending on your holiday budget, you can book your accommodation. Port of Spain offers maximum luxury living options. There are hotels and guest houses in other towns as well and also in some of the rural areas.
Where to go and what to do
Port of Spain
Looking at the Gulf of Paria, nestled at the foothills of the Northern Range, Port of Spain enjoys a scenic location. This capital city consists of enormous business arcades, soaring skyscrapers, lively nightspots, multi-cuisine restaurants and various other entertainment options. Trinidad’s Carnival is held here, which makes this cosmopolitan city a must-visit. Furthermore, Queen’s Park Savannah and massive gingerbread houses inspired from Hansel and Gretelare the favorite tourist destinations here.
For those looking for an adrenaline rush, a visit to the Aripo Caves is where your quest ends. Located on the north-most point of Trinidad, the caves are set amidst lush greenery. Hike through the dense forest trails. Explore the mysteries lurking in these limestone caves. Meet a rare species of nocturnal birds called oilbirds and many more astonishing beings. Satiate the adventure junkie within you.
Asa Wright Nature Center
Asa Wright Nature Center fosters umpteen species of birds, reptiles, butterflies and amphibians. Also, a rich variety of flora thrives here. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise, but you don’t necessarily have to be a master at this art. Even a novice can gain a wonderful experience with the birds.This park offers accommodation for those who would love spend a few days in Mother Nature’s lap. But make sure you have a good budget for it.
Buccoo is a tiny fishing village where you relax and unwind for a couple of days. Located in the southwest of Tobago, Buccoo is most admired for its breathtakingly gorgeous coral reef. Several marine activities like diving and glass bottom boat tours attract a lot of tourists here. Furthermore, the renowned Sunday School Street Party, a weekly cultural event with steelpan music, dance and delicious traditional delicacies, is also held here along with several other cultural affairs.
Situated on the southwest tip of Tobago, Crown Point is a tourist hotspot. It features numerous accommodation options, easy connectivity to the airport, marvelous beaches, tantalizing night life and mouthwatering food. It is as convenient as an island can get; an ideal destination for family holidays.
Speyside and Little Tobago
Looking for an ultimate diving experience? This is where you should be heading. Speyside is a little fishing village boasting a diverse and plentiful marine population. Experience the best that the sea has to offer. Then take a boat to the island of Little Tobago. And enjoy splendid bird sightings at the sanctuary here.
Home to the very famous Maracas beach that offers a wide variety of the delicious Shark & Bake, Maracas Bay is one place you should be incorporating in your itinerary. Relish the beautiful ride to the beach. Soak in the pleasant Caribbean sun. Lose yourself to the serenity that lies.