Ins & Outs of Trinidad & Tobago 2024

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The opportunity and excitement offered by Trinidad & Tobago never ends, in fact it only grows year upon year. 2024 continues that trend, offering new experiences, novel developments in culture, art, sport, business, tourism, while retaining the traditional events and sites that make this nation unequivocally unique.

The combination results in that ‘T&T Feeling’ which we have depicted in these pages and on our website. Of course, the Ins & Outs of Trinidad and Tobago is a tourist guide (for both locals and foreigners), the best way to experience the festivals, restaurants, markets, hotels, natural wonders and hidden treasures, is to take all that appears in these pages and use it to create your own memories and experiences. With real-time updates on our e-book and website, everything that you require is a click away. We’ve given you the information, now go forth and enjoy!

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Joanna Aldred is celebrated for her magnificent oil paintings which depict the diversity and richness of life in Trinidad and Tobago. Her colourful, vibrant work captures the drama and beauty of the islands’ scenery including rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, beaches, and colonial buildings.

Joanna is the daughter of John Humphrey, architect and politician and his wife Helen née De Sousa, community activist and Carnival Queen. After attending Bishop’s Centenary College in Trinidad, Joanna was formally trained at the Laguna Beach School of Arts in California. Her artistic influences include Michael Jean Cazabon, Van Gogh, and the French impressionists. Inspired by the life and culture of her motherland, Joanna’s work is a callaloo of colour and energy. Although Joanna’s artistic style is rooted in Realism, over time it has become more expressive, with use of bolder brush strokes and colours. Her art has travelled the world and can be found on the walls of collectors in America, Europe and the Caribbean. Her 2023 exhibition ‘Requiem’ is in honor of her late mother Helen Humphrey, who passed away on January 18th 2023.

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Public Holidays 2024

Jan 01 New Year’s Day

Feb 12* Carnival Monday

Feb 13* Carnival Tuesday

Mar 29 Good Friday

Mar 30 Spiritual Baptist Day

Mar 31 Easter

Apr 01 Easter Monday

Apr 10 Eid-ul-Fitr

May 30 Indian Arrival Day

May 30 Corpus Christi

Jun 19 Labour Day

Aug 01 Emancipation Day

Aug 31 Independence Day

Sep 24 Republic Day

Oct 31 Divali

Dec 25 Christmas Day

Dec 26 Boxing Day

*Carnival Monday and Tuesday are not official public holidays

Contents 10 Festivals 26 Lifestyles 40 Explore 60 Accommodation 72 Entertainment 80 Restaurants Features 6 That T&T Feeling 11 Trinidad Carnival 15 Sweet Pan, T&T’s Melody for the Globe 18 A Year of Multicultural Festivals 24 Tobago Festivals 2024 28 The Best Marketplace 30 Literature Lifestyles 32 Normal Normal 41 Trinidad Sites 52 A Birdwatcher’s Paradise 58 Exploring Toco 74 Anticipation, Participation & Excitement 78 T&T’s Cinematic and Literary Extravaganza 79 Harmony in the Caribbean
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That T&T Feeling

Nylon Pool, Tobago Photo: Chris Anderson
Don’t try to capture it, for it cannot be bottled. Describing it will only leave you frustrated because the words do not exist to encapsulate what you mean . . . it must be felt. It is the combination of its environment, personality, and cultures that provide that ‘sweet’ T&T feeling.

It’s the stresses of the working day already being alleviated by the proximity to the lush green Queen’s Park Savannah on one side and the Emperor Valley Zoo on the other. Suddenly a 12-foot tall Moko Jumbie holds up traffic as he uses the pedestrian crossing. Every person present thinks the same thing as they break into a smile “Only in T&T.”

It’s the unexplainable that makes perfect sense, the knowledge that something that is uniquely Trinbagonian will make your day, every day. And it’s never the same thing because the myriad of offerings in this land are endless.

The simplicity of beginning each day with several compulsory ‘good mornings’ delivered with a smile; the reminder that however fast-paced society becomes, neighbourliness remains a cornerstone of the society, that where other nations have 6 degrees of separation, T&T has 2 and is all the better for it. Where everyone knows your name, including all the nicknames.

It’s looking forward to the daily habit of lining up mid-morning for doubles or pies where it’s not just the deliciousness that’s the attraction but the conversation that is an integral part of the process. Topical, debate or jest, talk is everywhere in T&T. Strangers converse as lifelong friends because there is an ease to the language with eventual common ground. Food is indeed the great common dominator, regardless of origin because each dish has a dash of Trini ‘Sweet Hand’. It tastes too good to be mere sustenance, providing a type of bliss that is an integral part of the feeling.

Photos: Ziad Joseph

The sounds in the distance, birds that blend into the background noise but maintain their soothing effect, the cooling wind blowing through the trees or parrots squawking loudly on their daily commute. These things are not taken for granted but they form part of the feeling without trying too hard.

The sounds closer to home, uncontrolled laughter coming from deep within, partially from the body partially from the soul, because feelings and expressions are deep. The great expression that is our music - steelpan, calypso, soca, chutney –bouncing on the airwaves emanating from cars, bars and homes, keeping the rhythm of the nation and dictating the mood. It’s a ‘niceness’ carried along on a tune and it always brings a smile. Reminding all of Carnival, which itself is built from all the aspects of T&T culture or perhaps it’s the other way around!

A dip in the salt (sea) or the freshness of a river bath, it’s incomparable. It could be the serenity of Store Bay or the expanse of Maracas, it’s the magic of the water and the knowledge albeit subliminal, that this is your country.

A country that swells with patriotic pride at its global achievements in business, entertainment, sport and culture, that also welcomes the world to its shores and wants to share everything that contributes to that T&T feeling because its sweetness is unlimited. Just like the Moko Jumbie crossing the road, it is not to be questioned, simply accepted. “Only in T&T”.

Duvone Stewart, pannist, arranger/composer Photo: Andrea De Silva Brian Lara, Trinidadian former international cricketer and friends Photo: Roger Lewis Etienne Charles, musician Photo: Roger Lewis Vaughnette Bigford, musician Photo: Roger Lewis Alexi Costa-Ramirez, road racing cyclist Photo: Richard Lyder



Trinidad Carnival

No idle boast, the variety offered by the Carnival season satisfies all tastes, from soul-soothing steelpan to heart-thumping rave and everything in-between.

Come Wednesday 14th February, while the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, T&T will be in a different type of rapture, buoyed by the love of another completed Carnival season, where an impossible number of events were crammed into a 6-week period.

The Carnival season is like a pot of food bubbling over: slowly coming to the boil then impossible to contain because the heat cannot be turned down; it’s welcomed by everyone, after getting a whiff of the sweetness that reaches everywhere. There is no mere sample tasting, it must be wholly digested, the nature of it will not allow for anything else. When Ash Wednesday arrives, the nation once again has been imbued with the vibes that carries it through the coming year and beyond.

The first fêtes take place on the 1st January; there is no sense waiting, the bacchanal has begun! Elaborate stages with lasers and light shows exist alongside casual cooler fêtes. Both are driven by thumping soca music, as wild performances (by both the artistes and the fans) reflect the boundless energy, across a myriad of venues. Boat fêtes that take place day or night, fêtes upon a hilltop with views of the island, fêtes near the waterfront with views of the horizon. Fête lovers can be glammed up or bareback, dependent on the occasion. The former is an all-inclusive affair where luxury is on par with the best red-carpet events in the world. The latter is a rave powered by water cannons, colourful powder and paint, that blows apart any notion of a global music festival. Unique and outstanding, it must be experienced to be believed.


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Photo: Roger Lewis

The bands have been practising long before the season began, the considerable task of getting numerous musicians to play in unison resulting in the sweetest sounding orchestra. As ever, steelpan maintains its pivotal role for the season and the pan yards attract their faithful and the curious.

The pan yard lime is almost a daily occurrence, sipping a cold drink while taking in the tunes. It revs up on judging night – the coveted ticket to the Panorama semi-finals (28th January) – before the clash of steel on Carnival Saturday that is the Panorama finals. Smaller battles take place at the Iron Park event (19th January), where bands ‘answer’ each other’s songs, as well as the traditional Neville Jules Bomb Competition on Carnival Monday.

Music is everywhere, some songs become instant favourites, others surprisingly grow on you, by the end all of them are making you move. Soca, calypso, chutney and extempo do not compete against each other -

this being Carnival - they complement one another. However, winners must still be crowned, with the Extempo final on 8th February, the Chutney Soca final on 9th February, followed by the Calypso Monarch final two days later, all at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Carnival Friday’s early morning reenactment of the Canboulay Riots provides the reminder of the hurdles that were overcome for today’s festivity to exist. Later, Port of Spain’s Ole Mas celebrates the folklore of the nation. Everything builds towards the masquerade, in all its varieties.

Kiddies Carnival ( reinforces that this is indeed a season for all ages, with their revelry and abandon, a precursor of what’s to come. The splendour of the Kings and Queens final is Carnival’s fashion show with a story. Elaborate designs, some defying gravity, take centre stage, for this is the most creative aspect of the season.

Carnival Sunday

Photos: Roger Lewis

The Carnival season is like a pot of food bubbling over; impossible to contain because the heat cannot be turned down.

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After the monarchs are crowned and the glitz subsides, it is time to take to the streets, beginning with Jouvert. The madcap and the macabre meet in the darkness of a predawn Carnival Monday. There are characters everywhere, showcasing local and international topical issues, or traditional characters such as Dame Lorraine and the Jab Jab Devils. Mud, paint and cocoa offer further disguise as well as liberation; Jouvert is the great release.

A few hours later, the opposite occurs. The sun hits the sequins and glitter, enhancing the kaleidoscope of colours that have already come alive from the masquerader that it adorns. For countless hours and into the next day, the movement will not stop. Mas has taken over the nation, a moving juggernaut of controlled mayhem powered by an unseen force derived from the Trinbagonian culture. Unexplainable and totally enjoyable at the same time.

While the world celebrates Valentine’s Day, T&T will be in a different type of rapture, buoyed by the love of another completed Carnival season.
Unique andOutstanding, it must be experienced to be believed.
Shynel Brizan, from the band Moko Somõkõw
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Photo: Andrea De Silva

Sweet Pan T&T’s Melody for the Globe

The world already knows the unique beauty of the instrument, now it will celebrate that beauty annually, following the United Nations (UN) declaring the 11th of August World Steelpan Day.

The declaration - made in July 2023 - recognises the contribution that steelpan makes to well-being, empowerment and of course, creativity, for all societies.

Celebrating one of T&T’s musical gifts to the world (see, we have not forgotten you, calypso, chutney, soca) in August is perfect timing, as that is when Pan Trinbago celebrates Pan Month, with a series of events offering numerous opportunities to learn more about the instrument, its history but most of all, to hear it. Pan Month includes stalwart bands such as Massy All Stars, Shell Invaders and Newtown Playboys, hosting events open to the public, from open air

concerts to the popular and informative Conversation with the Pioneers. On 31st August, Independence Day, it all culminates with the Pan On d’Avenue parade through Woodbrook, with all the top bands taking part, and thousands swaying to the mobile melody. www.

The pan yards remain open to the public year-round but it’s in the lead up to Panorama, just after New Year’s Day, that generates the most patronage. With good reason too, for the Carnival season is incomplete without a few visits to the pan yard. Faithful followers, casual listeners and even spies (pan competition is a serious business) gather to hear the progress being made as bands perfect their chosen song for the season, aiming to get to the ‘Big Yard’, the Queen’s Park Savannah. Notes don’t disappear into the night air, instead they enter the soul of all present, creating the attentive silence as the rehearsals begin.

As early as 6th January 2024 the battle begins with national small conventional band Panorama competition, with the following weeks incorporating the junior Panorama (14th January), the huge party that is the Panorama semifinals (28th January), with the national large band champions crowned on Carnival Saturday, 10th February.

Jouvert morning will see many a masquerader, the same pan yard faithful, pushing the bands along the roads of T&T, chipping to the rhythm and emphasising the steelpan’s versatility. On stage, on the road, in the yard, on ‘d Avenue’, pan fits in everywhere. Which makes it apt that as the 2nd World Steelpan Day approaches, the glass case at the entrance of the UN displays two chromed tenor pans; a gift to the world.

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Photo: Chris Anderson

island's vibrant culture. Among the most enticing are the food festivals, notably the upcoming Trinidad Culinary and Cocoa Festival. Here, culinary enthusiasts will embark on a sensory journey, savouring the island's culinary treasures, from aromatic spices to mouthwatering street foods and seafood delights. There will also be a showcase of the island’s world-renowned cocoa and the delights that can be crafted from it.

Yet, Trinidad's festivals are not just about gastronomy; they're an explosion of music, fashion, and cultural expression. Carnival exempli es this, with its almost endless parades, pulsating rhythms of calypso and soca music, and the elaborate costumes that transform the streets into a vibrant canvas of jubilation, colour, and creativity.

Beyond its cultural allure, Trinidad presents a unique opportunity for locals to engage with cruise ship visitors. The meet and greet with these travellers is not merely a transactional exchange but a chance for local entrepreneurs to showcase their crafts, cuisine, and warm hospitality. From artisanal crafts to authentic culinary experiences, businesses capitalize on this interaction to leave a lasting impression, fostering connections that transcend geographical boundaries.

EMBRACING TRINIDAD'S CULTURAL MELANGE: Where Festivals, Business, and Heritage Converge

Welcome to Trinidad, where a kaleidoscope of avours, rhythms, and heritage paints a vivid portrait of this captivating island. As the heart of the Caribbean, Trinidad pulsates with life,

National Trust stands as a beacon in this endeavour. The Trust's commitment to conserving heritage sites and offering National Heritage Tours caters to a niche market of culturally inclined tourists. These tours unravel the island's history, from ancient Amerindian sites to colonial architecture and verdant botanical gardens, offering immersive experiences that resonate with history enthusiasts.

Trinidad's diversity is its cornerstone, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in a melting pot lled with tradition and modernity. Whether indulging in festivals, engaging in business encounters, or embarking on heritage tours, Trinidad promises an enriching journey that celebrates the essence of cultural fusion and historical preservation. Discover Trinidad—a captivating gem in the Caribbean that beckons with open arms to all who seek to explore its vibrant soul.

A Year of Multicultural Festivals

With its lively diversity and rich history, Trinidad & Tobago is home to a multitude of cultures religions, and ethnicities that converge to celebrate a variety of multicultural festivals. Here is a glimpse of a packed cultural calendar in T&T.


Carnival Monday – 12th

Carnival Tuesday – 13th



Timefor Mas!

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a sacred time when Muslims observe fasting, engage in acts of charity, and prayer, all while emphasizing self-sacrifices. Following the conclusion of this month, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated.

DATE: Starts: Monday 11th March, 2024

CONTACT: Mosques and Islamic bodies in T&T including ASJA - 671-8250, 652-6061; Ahmadiyya Muslim Community33 Polo Ground Road Extension, Preysal.

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Photo: Lisa Fernandez /Lifepyx
First Peoples Heritage Celebrations Photo: Lisa Fernandez/Lifepyx Divali Celebrations Photo: Edison Boodoosingh Phagwa Photo: Chris Anderson



Phagwa is among the most vibrant festivals within Hinduism, introduced to T&T by indentured labourers from Bihar, India. During Phagwa, participants come together in open fields, where they apply colourful liquids and powders called ‘abeer.’ Accompanied by the traditional Chowtal singing, it is a time of great celebration and merriment.

DATE: Monday 25th March, 2024

CONTACT: SDMS - 645-3240

La Divina Pastora (Soparee K Mai)

La Divina Pastora, also known as The Holy Shepherdess, is a dark statue of a female situated within the La Divina Pastora Roman Catholic Church in Siparia. This sacred icon is renowned for its remarkable ability to bring together individuals from two major religions, Christians and Hindus. La Divina Pastora draws numerous visitors each year, including foreigners, who make a special pilgrimage to the church, typically timed to coincide with Good Friday. Several weeks later, the Holy Shepherdess is adorned in magnificent attire and paraded through the streets, leading an impressive procession known as the Feast of La Divina Pastora.

DATE: Friday 29th March, 2024 (Good Friday)

CONTACT: La Divina Pastora Roman Catholic Church - 649-2204

Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day

For many years, the Spiritual Shouter Baptists were subjected to a ban on practising their faith, enforced by the Colonial government, compelling them to hold their religious gatherings in secrecy. During the 1920s and 1930s, the momentum behind their pursuit of religious freedom began to surge. Then, on March 30th, 1951, Elton George Griffith, a native of Grenada, wholeheartedly committed his time and energy to champion the repeal of the Prohibition Ordinance. Their unwavering determination yielded results, culminating in the official establishment, in 1996, of an annual public holiday to honour the Spiritual Shouter Baptists and their resolute struggle for religious freedom. This momentous day is celebrated annually on March 30th.

DATE: Saturday 30th March, 2024

CONTACT: All Spiritual Shouter Baptist Churches in T&T



Following the conclusion of Ramadan, Muslims across the country come together for prayers at mosques. They engage in visiting one another, and non-Muslims also visit their Muslim friends and relatives. Additionally, acts of charity, such as giving alms to the poor, are observed on this day.

DATE: Wednesday 10th April, 2024

CONTACT: Same as those mentioned under Ramadan

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Osun Festival Photo: Roger Lewis


Corpus Christi – 30th Indian Arrival Day – 30th


The Annual Ganga Dhaaraa River Festival – 12th July

St. Peter’s Day holds great significance among Roman Catholics. In seaside villages like Chaguaramas, Cedros, and Moruga, an annual procession is a cherished tradition. In Carenage, the community together with the Carenage RC Church, organises this event. It involves a procession to the seaside, accompanied by the melodic tunes of steel pan music, culminating in the blessing of fishermen’s boats by a priest.

DATE: Tuesday 2nd July, 2024

CONTACT: Carenage RC Church - 637-8309


Emancipation Day

On this momentous day in T&T’s history, a multitude of people assemble for the Canboulay procession, in Port-ofSpain. In 1985, T&T achieved the distinction of being the world’s first country to commemorate the abolition of slavery. It’s prominent and popular Emancipation Day celebrations include an array of lectures, workshops, and concerts, with much of the activity centred around the vibrant LidjYasu Omowale Emancipation Village located in Queen’s Park Savannah.

DATE: Thursday 1st August, 2024

CONTACT: Emancipation Support Committee - 628-5008/628-9526


Ganesh Utsav

Ganesh Utsav, a festivity dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha, traditionally takes place in the months of August and September. This celebratory event includes the intricate creation of clay models of Lord Ganesh which are adorned with eco-friendly materials. These beautifully crafted murtis are then exuberantly paraded to temples in grand processions. The pinnacle of this 10-day festival is marked by the reverent procession of the murti to a river, where it undergoes a ceremonial immersion.

DATE: Saturday 7th September, 2024

CONTACT: SDMS - 645-3240

Orisha Festival Photo: Lisa Fernandez /Lifepyx Hosay
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Photo: Lisa Fernandez/ Lifepyx




With great jubilation, the re-enactment of the divine saga of Lord Rama, the Hindu God of the Universe, is brought to life during this 10-day extravaganza which unfolds during the sacred Hindu period known as 'Nowraatam' (Navratri) in the month of Ashwin (September-October). The culmination of these festivities is marked by the grand conflagration of a colossal effigy of Raavan, the vanquished antagonist.

DATE: Celebrated in the month of Ashwin (September-October)

CONTACT: National Ramleela Council


First Peoples Heritage Celebrations

This dedicated week of festivities pays homage to the First Peoples of T&T. In Arima, the Amerindians honour their ancestors and the earth with a harmonious blend of prayers and song. The event commences with a majestic procession led through the streets by Amerindian royalty, resplendent in their traditional attire. The celebrations continue with vibrant feasting and exuberant merriment.

DATE: Held for one week culminating on October 14th

CONTACT: Santa Rosa First Peoples: 664-1897

Divali (or Diwali)

Divali, a Hindu festival, radiates with the worship of Mother Lakshmi. In alignment with the Hindu calendar, this luminous celebration takes place on the 15th day of Kartika, which falls during the transition of October to November. The festival is marked by the enchanting spectacle of thousands of deyas (clay lamps).

DATE: Thursday 31st October, 2024

CONTACT: SDMS - 645-3240

In T&T, Christmas assumes a unique and delightful character, marked by the presence of pastelles, parang, and ponche-de-creme. Midnight Mass reverberates through numerous churches across both islands, adding to the magical ambiance of the season.

DATE: Wednesday 25th December, 2024


Hosay, originally an observance practised solely by the Shiites, a specific Muslim sect, has evolved to include participation from many Trinidadians. However, it’s important to note that some Muslims abstain from celebrating due to the infusion of non-Muslim customs into the event. This vibrant festival, celebrated in locations such as St. James, Cedros, and Tunapuna, is a kaleidoscope of music and colour. Across various nights, you will find tassa drumming, resplendent flags, and intricate tadjahs, which resemble mosque-like structures. On the day following the grand Big Tadjah night, the tadjahs are ritually cast into the sea or river while prayers are recited, completing this distinctive and vivid tradition.

DATE: July 28th, 2023 Date TBC*

CONTACT: St James/Cocorite Hosay Association on Facebook

Odun Egungun

The Orisha Faith, after centuries of enduring the hardships of African enslavement and religious persecution, proudly commemorates this significant event. The Ile Ijosin Otura Meji Awon Osun spearheads the annual festival, which is a time of profound reverence and sacred rituals. As the spirits of the ancestors are believed to manifest through the Egungun, participants adorn themselves in elaborate robes and masks, creating a mesmerising visual spectacle. The event culminates in a spirited and vibrant street procession, a testament to the resilience and enduring spirit of this faith.

DATE: TBC *some dates may vary

Spiritual Baptist Celebrations
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Photo: Lisa Fernandez/Lifepyx


Experience the Hindu Wedding

If ever you can attend a Hindu wedding, be sure not to miss out. It is an experience that can span several days, involving weeks of preparation and culminating in days of wondrous celebration.

The most common format for a Hindu wedding ceremony is the three-day affair. Typically, it begins on a Friday evening and concludes on a Sunday. These three days are known as the ‘Mathikoor’ or ‘Hardi’ night on Friday, followed by the ‘Farewell’ or ‘Cooking’ night on Saturday, and the ‘Shaadi’ or wedding ceremony on Sunday.

The celebration kicks off on a Friday night with the rhythmic beats of Tassa drums, leading a procession on foot as women gather at the village water source. Soil is collected and later used in the ritual or ‘pooja.’ Elderly women oversee the ‘pooja’ ceremony, singing relevant songs and engaging in good-natured banter during a ceremony centred around applying Hardi (turmeric) paste to the bride and groom.

Saturday night is when the party truly begins, with music, a grand feast and a farewell celebration for the soon-to-be married couple. The only

ritual on this night is the parching of rice to be used in the wedding ceremony. Sunday morning heralds the arrival of the groom, accompanied by the lively sounds of Tassa drums and music trucks. The family is welcomed into the marriage tent, known as the ‘marrow’. Various rituals are performed by the pundit, and the newlyweds, known as the Dulaha and Dulahin, then depart for the groom’s home, where the festivities continue.

There are additional practises that can extend the celebrations, such as the Mehindi night and the Second Sunday, still observed to this day.

Photo: GhanShyam Photography

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Tobago Jazz Experience

What could be more sublime than experiencing the world’s top jazz, calypso, reggae and R&B musicians performing live, as the balmy sea breeze ruffles your hair and the stars smile down on you?

The Tobago Jazz Experience takes place over three nights and includes Gospel Night, Speyside Jazz and International Night. The stage has been graced by top notch performers like Gladys Knight; Sting; Diana Ross; Boyz II Men; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Elton John. Not to mention a constellation of local and Caribbean stars such as Heather Headley, Koffee, Vaughnette Bigford, and Machel Montano.

Enjoy companion events such as tours of the island’s most glorious nature spots, good food and drink, and a boss ‘lime’. As the tagline says, it’s much more than music.

July to August

Tobago Heritage

Between the Dutch, French and English, Tobago has changed hands more times than a rugby ball in a scrum, resulting in an incredibly rich culture. The Tobago Heritage Festival is an ode to the food, drink, music, dance, and art bequeathed by our ancestors over the centuries.

Take part in the re-enactment of an old-time Tobago Wedding, complete with lavishly garbed bride, groom and wedding party, as they do the heel-and-toe down the street alongside a live band. Appreciate the grace of Bélé dancers as they float like blossoms to the beat of African drums. Amateur griots recount their stories while dramatists take to the stage to make you laugh or weep.

Watch foods being prepared the old way; crunchy loaves baked in clay ovens, and sugar cane pressed of sweet juices while you wait.

Photo: Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation
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Blue Food Festival

When you go to an event in Tobago, “Walk with your belly in your hand.” That means “Come hungry!” Sage advice for the Blue Food Festival, because the array of traditional dishes is a challenge.

Is the food really blue? Well, yes and no. We refer to root vegetables such as dasheen, tannia, eddoes, yams and sweet potatoes as “blue food”, when in fact, it’s only the dasheen that turns blue when cooked. But humour us, okay?

Sample creamy “oil down”, made from assorted root vegetables, dasheen leaves and coconut milk, often with pickled pigs’ tails thrown in for flavour. Add a fillet of steamed red fish, a herbed marlin steak, curried crabs or a heap of “fry dry” … sardines so crunchy it’s like munching on seasoned fries. Cooks vie for top honors, but the real winner will be you.

Tobago Carnival

The island explodes with revelry as its own Carnival takes over for two fun filled days, held on a Saturday and Sunday, it’s the ultimate weekend party.

There are fêtes and parades, competitions and “limes”, where you’ll find masqueraders dressed in everything from a thick coating of mud, paint or axle grease to spectacular, shimmering costumes.

There are opportunities galore for posing for colorful social media posts! If you’re early enough you can visit the mas camps across the island to choose a costume, to play “pretty mas”. If you’re brave enough, join a mud or grease paint band. If you aren’t terribly daring, chocolate body paint is also an option!

DATE: October 25th - 27th 2024


Watch foods being prepared the old way; crunchy loaves baked in clay ovens, and sugar cane pressed of sweet juices.
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Photos: Tobago Festivals


Horticultural Society of T&T Photo: Chris Anderson

Let your senses be your tour guide. T&T life beckons both locals and tourists with a myriad of opportunities for an unforgettable experience. From vibrant markets and rich historical sites to a thriving arts scene and a culinary explosion, the twin islands cater to diverse tastes.

Explore the enchanting Green Market Santa Cruz or the kaleidoscopic NAMDEVCO Market for a market trip that transforms into a lifetime memory. T&T turns every outing into a cool lime, whether it’s a leisurely stroll along Chaguaramas Boardwalk, an afternoon tea at the Angelo Bissessarsingh House, or a visit to one of the oldest religious buildings. Ensure your vacation itinerary has room for a variety of activities because cultural gems are waiting to be unearthed.

The ideal T&T getaway seamlessly blends natural wonders like the enchanting Gasparee Caves and the blue-green seas of Down the Islands. Embrace Trinbagonians’ pride in their culture by supporting local artists, designers, and craftspeople at popup events like UpMarket and South Market. Unique Trini Christmas gifts await at BITS and Pieces in November.

No trip to T&T is complete without indulging in its exquisite cuisine. From the popular Doubles at the Doubles Strip in Debe to Syrian-spiced gyros and traditional corn soup, the culinary journey is a treat for all palates. Explore street food spots along Ariapita Avenue, Eddie Hart Food Village and D’Cross in San Fernando or even embark on a Brasso Seco Chocolate Tour to taste your way through the chocolatemaking process.

In T&T, life is guided by the senses. Let them lead you through the Horticultural Society of T&T (HSTT), a haven for gardening enthusiasts. From fresh-cut flowers to a variety of plants, soil, and more, the HSTT offers a diverse selection. Purchase a floral arrangement from HSTT, known for over a century for dominating international flower exhibitions, earning yet another gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society 2023 Chelsea Flower Show. Visit their headquarters on Lady Chancellor Road in St. Clair, open Thursday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and witness the Garden of Eden come to life.

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The Best Marketplace

Best Eco-Friendly Market

Green Market Santa Cruz  For over 11 years, Green Market Santa Cruz’s openair hub has built a thriving community. Get fruit and produce from local farmers, handcrafted items, as well as food and drinks amidst a scenic backdrop. Pro-tip: Bring your reusable bags and containers to minimise waste.

Saturdays: 6:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

FB & IG: @GreenMarketSantaCruz

Best For Musical Vibes

Rootsyardd This family-friendly artisan night market will take you higher with good food, organic juices, and local artwork. Listen to organic roots music played on vinyl or live artists performing on stage on special nights.

Saturdays: 4:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

FB & IG: @Rootsyardd

Best For Art Lovers

The Fine Art Market TT An outdoor art sale with dozens of local artists exhibiting and selling their work.

FB: @TheFineArtMarketTT

Best for Street Food Cravings

• Ariapita Avenue, St. James and the Savannah for a diverse variety of dishes to satisfy your inner foodie.

• Eddie Hart Food Village, Tacarigua Dine on fresh burgers, fusion dishes, and more.

• D’Cross, San Fernando Arrive hungry to one of the most popular food strips in Trinidad, and devour local corn soup, gyros, and everything in between.

• Doubles Strip, Debe Located on S.S. Erin Road in Debe, discover well-stocked food sheds dishing out Indian delicacies like saheenas, phoulourie, and freshly wrapped doubles. Save some room for the delicious Indian sweets!

Keeping it fresh, keeping it local, Trinidad’s markets are a hub of exploration, activity and enjoyment

Best Celebration of Cocoa & Chocolate

(Best for Chocolate Lovers) World Cocoa and Chocolate Day Expo Enjoy cocoa and chocolate from bean to bar at The University of the West Indies Cocoa and Research Centre two-day expo. Innovative artisans and chocolatiers showcase their gourmet creations. Also, check out the display of cocoa-inspired arts & crafts. Held annually on World Cocoa & Chocolate Day (7th July)

FB & IG: @cocoacentre

Best Totally Local Farmers’ Markets

NAMDEVCO Experience a true Trini market experience filled with vibrant colour and Choose from fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, eggs, and more. Visit any of the nine locations: Macoya, Couva, Diego Martin, Chaguanas, Point Fortin, Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS), La Horquetta, San Fernando, and Arima Farmers’ Markets.

Saturdays: 6:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Bonus: You can bring the popular QPS NAMDEVCO Farmers’ Market to your door by ordering on Unqueue the day before.

Best For Unique Finds & More

• UpMarket Uncover curated offerings from skincare to designer clothes and accessories, at this monthly festival of fabulous foods and family fun!

FB: @UpMarket | IG @upmarkettt

• South Market A dynamic marketplace that brings together diverse South artisans, craft makers, and merchants alike.

FB & IG: @southmarket868

• BITS and Pieces This Christmasthemed market is perfect for getting Trini-style holiday gifts and more.

FB: @BITSandPieces | IG: @bitsandpiecestt

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Food, Fashion, Music, Art, Accessories, Stalls, Cafés. Put the fun into shopping.

Experience & Enjoy Our Culture!

Literature Lifestyles

Celebrating the Caribbean Author

Trinidad & Tobago’s imprint on global literature is undeniable. As the birthplace of two Nobel Prizes in Literature winners, there’s a thriving literary scene. Successful authors like Lawrence Scott, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, and Ingrid Persaud have emerged from T&T, and you can find their works at Paper Based Bookshop, “a unique bookshop crammed full of all things Caribbean.”

A pioneer of Caribbean literature and a haven for book lovers, for over three decades, it’s been home to awardwinning and upcoming Caribbean authors. Bookshop founder, now semiretired Joan Dayal, has been a tireless

Caribbean literature champion and is proud of her legacy. “We opened our doors in 1987, and it’s been an amazing three and a half decades of serving you, book lovers. Thank you for every book bought, every Tea & Reading event attended, and every warm, engaging conversation about what you’re reading. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and we look forward to what the future holds in your company.”

The Bookshop is a true reader’s paradise filled with a variety of titles from Caribbean authors in memoir, fiction, poetry, and acclaimed international bestsellers. If you’re

attending the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the country’s premier annual literary festival, a Paper Based Bookshop table will be nearby.

They’ve collaborated with Bocas on the popular Tea & Reading Series—a launch pad and celebration of Trinidadian writers including the Bookshop’s resident blogger, Shivanee Ramlochan, and several others. Bibliophiles do NOT miss this!

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. FB & IG: @paperbasedbookshop

Visit Paper Based Bookshop at their new expanded location, The Writers Centre on Alcazar Street, St. Clair.
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The Book of Trinidad

A perennial favourite with Trinidadians all over the world, is an eclectic mix of travelogues, recipes, newspaper reports, official records, the seminal work of historians and, perhaps more importantly, the oral traditions of the very old whose memories link back to the turn of the century.

The Railways of Trinidad

The product of many years of research by the authors, Glen Beadon & Roger Darsley, The Railways of Trinidad is a well-illustrated, in-depth book documenting the development of the industrial and passenger rail transport on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Our National Instrument, the Evolution of Pan Through 17 Works of Art

Designed to redefine the storytelling about the instrument and arouse artistic curiosity. It takes the reader through the journey where the need to make music overcame all the hurdles. The ideology is using works of art to tell the tale of our work of art, the steelpan

Journey Trinidad & Tobago

‘A thoughtful tribute to the natural beauty, rich culture, architecture and nostalgic scenes of a country. Chris, through a deliberate and patient approach, offers us his unique perspective. We see the familiar through his lens. Fleeting moments are preserved as a treat for the eyes.’ Anthony Scully, Photographer

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IYAH LOVE Illustration by Jean Benoit ‘Normal Normal’

When psychedelia meets surrealism, influenced by T&T folklore and culture but given a global tone, the results are anything but ‘normal’.

These works of art are not to be looked at; they are to immerse oneself within. Artist and filmmaker Normal Normal – real name Jean Benoit –creates pieces with an uncanny depth, the illusion of movement and continuous intertwining themes, leaving no viewer in doubt that his inspiration comes from deep within.

It’s the type of art that reveals something new each time that it’s viewed, with intricacy that knows no bounds, it’s that overload of attention to quality that shines through.

Benoit’s professional history began in video editing and videography, before he branched off into graphic design, animation and latterly, AI (Artificial Intelligence) models. This combination has seen his work gaining traction at a rapid rate, establishing Normal Normal at the forefront of digital art in T&T.

“I’m a big proponent of using AI technology, not just for art but anything in the creative fields. I believe I am the first artist down here (T&T) to have a fully AI art exhibition and to do a virtual reality exhibition.”

There is that beckoning to experience the artwork in a myriad of ways. “I had Virtual Reality stations at the exhibition, with headsets so

that viewers could take in the art in different types of form. I also displayed the art in a film format, on a huge projector, the show was called ‘Transcendental Imaginations’.”

It is certainly unique, providing a new take on the iconography of T&T folklore characters such as Mama de L’eau (Mother of the River) and stunning reimagination of traditional Carnival characters (The Midnight Robber) as well as modern Mas themes. “The art is not necessarily subjective in the way that it requires emotional explanation, the way I express my style of, at least, psychedelic artwork, is just showing realms of the unconscious. I try to convey it based on visionary experiences, like dreams.”

His redefinition of what Mas costumes could evolve into could have far-reaching implications, with bands taking notice. “In the creation process I was just doing what I wanted to see, an anthropomorphic meshing of the origins of the character with an animalistic approach to the expression, creating mythical creatures that you could also see on the road.”

But Benoit’s scope is global, with his art also exploring worldwide issues such as post-apocalyptic imagery derived from climate change and pollution. With such uninhibited appeal, there is little surprise that he sees his art as the spark for other local

artists to follow - “I tell people at my shows ‘let me come to your exhibition the next time we meet’” – by wholly embracing the technology which he believes provides the opportunity to show the world the stunning art that can be created in the T&T. “We need to rethink our processes for the future of creatives in the Caribbean. If we can look past our internal biases, then we can create a global product of a standard that is accepted anywhere in the world. We no longer need to use references from anywhere else when it comes to expressing ourselves for who we are.”

Which leaves us with the oxymoron, that ‘Normal Normal’ creates supernormal artwork. Benoit explains “I am not one of those people that needs to be the representation of my artwork, I let it speak for itself, to be about the content and not the artist. I want to inspire people not to focus on consuming culture but on creating culture. I don’t believe that would be possible if I market myself a cultural icon.”

“I try to create my art as natural as a sunset, we don’t critique sunsets we just look at it and marvel at its natural order.”

Normal Normal’s art can be viewed and purchased on Instagram @normalnormalfilms

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Photo: Chris Anderson

Trinidad Sites

It doesn’t matter where in Trinidad you begin your exploration, or in what direction you go: you’ll always wind up somewhere that will fascinate, relax and enchant you.

Port of Spain

Downtown Port of Spain has tales to tell, and many of its stories are visible in the architecture, its colonial columns, charming gingerbread houses, and towers of steel. Stroll along the Brian Lara promenade or shop in the varied stores and boutiques. The waterfront is often a hive of activity, with good food to be had at the Femmes du Chalet breakfast shed.

A few blocks east of the main thoroughfare, Frederick Street, Chinatown awaits, lined with street vendors and traditional Chinese ‘parlours’ where you can buy spices, salves and sweets, among other surprises.

Visit the National Museum and Art Gallery, which houses 10,000 historical artefacts including paintings from some of our most famous artists.

Head north to the Queen’s Park Savannah Stretch your legs along the paved running track and pause for refreshment at the coconut vendors, food trucks and tents, while viewing the splendour of the Magnificent Seven buildings

The Emperor Valley Zoo is sure to delight the children, with both indigenous and imported animals, birds, reptiles and fishes. Immediately adjacent—and completely free—is the 200-year-old Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll along shaded paths into a magical past.

The stately President’s House overlooks wide-open picnic areas, but don’t worry, Her Excellency is happy to have you visit the gardens, relax on a park bench and sip on a refreshing sno-cone as the sun goes down.

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North Sites

Out of the city and into the hills is the village of Paramin, settled by the Spanish more than 500 years ago. It’s famous for parang music and fresh seasonings grown in the rich, fertile terrain.

But there’s one more good reason to visit: the La Vigie Paramin Lookout, accessible via a short drive. From there you can enjoy scenic views down into the green valley and inhale the fresh air, as your spirit begins to self-soothe.

East Sites

In the hills overlooking St. Augustine, the Abbey of our Lady of Exile, known as the Mount St. Benedict monastery, attracts hundreds of visitors daily, regardless of religious affiliation. Like them, you’ll be drawn to the pervasive aura of calm, and the view stretches across the centre of the island to the south.

Still in the mood to inhale nature? Visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge near Arima, a worldrenowned protected nature reserve where birds and other wildlife abound.

Further east is the Tamana Bat Caves, home to huge colonies of bats. (Relax; their meal of choice is fruit!) They’re something to see, flowing along like living rivers as they leave to feed and return to snooze. The entire area was once sacred to native indigenous populations and as you walk through the caves, the deep silence that surrounds you will help you understand why.

Pounded by the fierce Atlantic Ocean, the east coast is wilder and rockier than the north, but there are still safe spots to pause and splash. The twentyfive-kilometre-long drive along the Manzanilla coast is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

The east coast is also the location of the 60-square-kilometre Nariva Swamp, where you can book a boat tour and witness the biodiversity of this protected natural heritage site.

Her Excellency is happy to have you visit the gardens, relax on a park bench and sip on a refreshing sno-cone as the sun goes down.
Gasparee Caves Photo: Nicholas Bhajan La Vigie Paramin Lookout Photo: Richard Lyder Caroni Swamp, tours provided by Nanan’s Eco Tours Photo: Richard Lyder The Red House Bamboo Cathedral Photo: Chris Anderson

Central Sites

If you enjoy street shopping, find your way to the Chaguanas shopping district in central Trinidad, where the bargains are unbeatable. The hustle and flow of the sidewalk stalls complements the bartering that is part of the fun.

But if inner peace is what you seek, head to the sleepy village of Carapichaima, to the Dattatreya Yoga Centre and Mandir. There you’ll see the 85-foot-tall statue (or murti) of the Hindu deity Hanuman, the monkeyfaced god. It’s the largest statue of Hanuman outside of India, and an expert example of the craft of statuary.

Since you’re already in central, why not continue to Waterloo, just five kilometres away, and visit the Siewdass Sadhu Temple in the Sea, a stunning feat of religious architecture built by hand by one devout Hindu labourer on a man-made island, over the course of his lifetime. Every stone laid is testimony of this man’s devotion to God, and perhaps this is why this site is considered a national treasure.

Book a tour with a trusty operator, clamber into a roomy flat-bottomed boat and relax as you skim along the tributaries of the Caroni River, winding through majestic mangrove

trees. The Swamp is home to skittering crabs, copious populations of fish, shellfish, birds, snakes and monkeys.

The highlight comes at sunset, when boats are moored a respectful distance from a small island, where white egrets and brilliant scarlet ibises flap home after the day’s foraging, some returning from as far as Venezuela. A hush falls upon the crowd as you sit in serene reflection, feeling truly close to nature and heaven.

At a time when cocoa was king, areas like Gran Couva were lush with cocoa plantations, including the verdant La Vega Estate, which is now open to visitors eager to explore the park and gardening centre while enjoying the lakes and panoramic views.

Southern Sites

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust is a nature reserve that welcomes visitors who appreciate the scenery while espying a variety of wild birds, especially waterfowl, and other protected species.

The deep south is energy country, where most of the nation’s fossil fuel deposits lie. The majority of the oil and gas facilities are offshore, but the La Brea Pitch Lake is easily accessible

on land. This 2,000-year-old, 250-footdeep deposit contains 100 million tons of pitch and has been supplying material for caulking ships and paving roads for centuries.

Splash in the naturally warm, sulphurinfused springs that locals swear are good for everything from arthritis to acne and stoop low to photograph white and purple waterlilies that float like ballerinas across the surface.

Trinidad’s second city of San Fernando is also a great place to shop, either on the streets, or in the many modern malls. There’s often something going on at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, so be sure to check which plays or concerts are on.

A hush falls upon the crowd as you sit in serene reflection, feeling truly close to nature.
Dattatreya Yoga Centre and Mandir
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Asa Wright Nature Centre

Nestled within the verdant hills of Trinidad’s Northern Range is the enchanting Asa Wright Nature Centre. Renowned the world over as a birding paradise, it is a sanctuary for the preservation and protection of our local flora and fauna. Since its winning bid in 2021, HADCO Experiences has been involved in the renovation and management of the ecolodge, while the Asa Wright Nature Centre’s Trust continues its work in education and preservation of the habitat. Time spent at HADCO Experiences at Asa Wright Nature Centre is truly a special experience. It is the epitome of relaxation in a world where diverse ecosystems co-exist, creating an unparalleled escape for nature enthusiasts and tranquillity-seekers alike.


We also offer an ideal destination for events and gatherings. Our Mango Room and Jade Vine Terrace are versatile conferencing spaces, where the refreshing ambience of nature complements the focus of your meetings, conferences, weddings and private celebrations.


Engage in the art of birdwatching as our tour guides take you on a journey through the rainforest, introducing you to the colourful inhabitants of the canopy and leading you to discover treasures such as the oilbird cave. With over 200 species of birds found here, it is indeed a birdwatcher’s paradise. 10 miles of hiking trails also offer a captivating exploration of the forested terrain.


Retreat to the comfort of one of our 29 thoughtfully-designed, comfortable rooms with modern amenities that complement the natural surroundings. Call us today to book your stay for a day pass or retreat, or to plan your celebration, and embark on a journey of creating unforgettable memories.


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Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel

In the rural village of Grande Riviere lies Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel - a serene beachside ecolodge on the north coast of Trinidad. Having been acquired by HADCO in 2021, the hotel is the second property in HADCO Experiences’ portfolio and was reopened to the public in December 2023. Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel, once an old cocoa estate, was transformed into Grande Riviere’s first hotel in 1993 by Piero Guerrini, an Italian photojournalist who had travelled to Trinidad to photograph Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Derek Walcott. He fell in love with the magical aura of Grande Riviere and stayed in Trinidad, working to transform the cocoa estate into Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel.


Today, the property has been newly renovated, where modern amenities seamlessly blend with the rustic beauty of the coastal landscape. The 21 meticulously designed rooms offer a tranquil retreat, each providing a private sanctuary with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. A pool has been added, with an adjacent bar and restaurant, each offering a feast for the senses.


The hotel sits on a beautiful bay, mere steps away from a special beach that is renowned as a sanctuary for the endangered Leatherback turtles. This pristine 1km stretch of beach boasts the highest concentration of nesting Leatherback turtles in the world. These majestic creatures make their way to the shoreline to deposit their eggs in the sand.


Guests can feel free to indulge in relaxation by our pool and unwind under the Caribbean sun. While relaxing, savour delectable culinary delights crafted from locally sourced ingredients, perfectly complemented by refreshing beverages. More adventurous guests can also enjoy guided hiking and birdwatching tours in the nearby forests.



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Superb Sites

Things To See

Minor Basilica of The Cathedral of The

Immaculate Conception

One of the country’s oldest religious buildings, the Cathedral, was built in the shape of the Latin cross using blue metal from the Laventille quarries. Beneath the church lies a crypt that hosts the remains of Catholic clergy, as well as Bishops and archbishops of the early 21st century.


Memorial Park

Amidst the bustling traffic of the capital city there is a solemn reminder of the Trinidad and Tobago nationals who lost their lives in World Wars I and II. At the centre of the public urban Memorial Park, is a majestic cenotaph ripe with symbolism and beauty from all angles. A wreathlaying ceremony is held annually on Remembrance Day.




Get ready to “lime” or chill anywhere along the scenic 1,400-foot beachfront walkway. It’s a laid-back spot for locals and visitors alike to hang out, swim or do light exercise like yoga or meditation under the beautiful sunset.

Pro-tip: Stop by the newly opened Carenage Fish Fry before your afternoon stroll to enjoy the best of seafood and Trini vibes.


Carnival Museum

Immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of the “Greatest Show on Earth at the “Home of Carnival”—the Carnival Museum. Learn about the history of mas, pan, calypso, and soca music through analogue and digital interactive exhibitions. The museum’s location, at East Port of Spain, is also noteworthy as it is near the ‘birthplace’ of the Canboulay riots, a.k.a. the site where Trinidad Carnival originated.


Gasparee Caves

Transport to another dimension on a guided tour to the underground caves off the island of Gaspar Grande. Descend 100 feet to witness majestic limestone caverns, stalactite and stalagmite formations, and celestial pools of aquamarine water shimmering under the rays of sunlight. Visitors can walk further along to discover a hidden tidal pool.



Angelo Bissessarsingh House

Named after the beloved late local historian, this heritage site is a love letter to historical preservation. Behind the gorgeous fretwork of the Gingerbread house, visitors can travel back in time to 1906 and watch history come to life. Book a tour to admire arts and artefacts up close or indulge in the customary tradition of British Afternoon Tea.


Mille Fleurs

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The restoration of the Mille Fleurs Heritage House by the National Trust resulted in its bloom in popularity. As one of the stately “Magnificent Seven” mansions located at Queen’s Park Savannah, the residence is best known for its French Provincial architecture, which is both museumworthy and family-friendly. It’s home to themed events, exhibitions, and workshops. The National Trust also hosts tours and events year-round.


House of Angostura

Awaken your senses at the House of Angostura’s tour of their state-ofthe-art distillery and bottling plant. Travel through time to uncover the history of Trinidad’s world-renowned products, like Angostura® aromatic bitters. Discover how Angostura products are manufactured and how their rum barrels are made. Visitors will get the chance to purchase their internationally acclaimed rums on site and check out their Barcant Butterfly Collection and Museum.


Down the Islands

Go on a private getaway to the Bocas Islands between Trinidad and Venezuela, commonly known as “Down D Islands” or “DDI.” These small islands off of Trinidad’s northwest peninsula are rich in history and a popular destination spot. They’re only reachable by boat, and passengers can relax or live it up at sea, then stop and swim or snorkel in the blue-green Caribbean waters. There’s also a private beach and tours year-round.

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9 Discoveries

Discover the past and present, the amazing and the sublime. It’s all just a short journey away.

Tobago Island Adventures

Bioluminescent Tours

Spectacular yet eerie, creating an otherworldly eco-adventure. The blue glow of bioluminescent plankton lighting up the beach at night is indeed a natural wonder. Travel near the mangroves and coastline by kayak or stand-up paddle boards and observe some of nature’s tiniest creatures putting on a light show. The tours are non-motorised, therefore there is no harm to this precious environment.

Forts and battlements

Tobago was ferociously fought over by European nations including the English, Dutch and French, who ensured that her coasts were well protected by majestic stone forts, that still look out onto those blue wates more than 200 years later. These seven popular sites are Fort King George, Fort Bennett, Fort Milford, Betsy’s Hope, Fort James, Fort Granby and the Cambleton Battery.

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Main Ridge Forest Reserve

The Main Ridge mountain range spans two thirds of the length of Tobago and is covered by evergreen forest. It’s a richly populated environment, home to innumerable species of flora and fauna, some of which are rarely seen elsewhere on the island. Refreshments such as coconut water, can be found at numerous locations along the Ridge, all with stunning views. Tours can be booked through several local operators, and groups are kept small to respect this delicate environmental gem.

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Boat tours at No Man’s Land
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Boat Tours

With varied locations within short distances of one another, the glassbottomed boat tours are another reminder of Tobago’s remarkable natural wonders. From the uncanny warm and shallow waters in the middle of the ocean that is the Nylon Pool, to the splendour of tropical fish in their coral habitat, or the serenity of the Bon Accord Lagoon.

Little Tobago Island

Off the wild Atlantic cast, in view of the village of Speyside, lies Little Tobago, also known as Bird of Paradise Island. A protected sanctuary, it’s a favourite of bird watchers, as native species nest, breed and live there unthreatened. Across the way is the even smaller Goat Island, a great site for diving and reef exploration. /sites/trinidad-and-tobago/tobago/little-tobago/

Tobago Cocoa Estate

Displaying the island’s agricultural history and emphasizing its capacity to produce some of the world’s best cocoa, is all part of this tasty tour. Learn about the production process – past and present –that transforms those beans into delicious chocolate, with the bonus of panoramic views of the island from the estate’s Roxborough perch.

Fort James Photo: Nicholas Bhajan Fort King George Photo: Shutterstock Photo: Rachid Zeaher Courtesy: Healing with Horses

A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

T&T boasts of lush landscapes and diverse ecosystems, standing as a captivating haven for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Birdwatcher/photographer Wendell SJ Reyes highlights the elusive Trinidad Piping Guan, an endemic species drawing birders worldwide. Other rarities include the Blue-capped Tanager, Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Rufous-shafted Woodstar, and the rarely spotted Striped Owl in Tobago. “The Ruby Topaz, Tufted Coquette, Collared Trogon, Purple and Red-legged Honeycreeper, Trinidad Motmot, Scaled Doves, Golden-headed Manakin, Bearded Bellbird are a few of the true beauties of the avian world that can be enjoyed right here in sweet T&T” Reyes shared.

For birdwatching enthusiasts, Reyes recommended the best times of the year, emphasising late December to June for optimal sightings of forest birds in their prime plumage. He stressed the importance of local guides for serious birdwatchers.

Caroni Bird Sanctuary in the Caroni Swamp

A designated Ramsar site (a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, also known as “The Convention on Wetlands”), this is home to a vast population of Scarlet Ibis, herons, egrets, and Flamingoes at certain times of the year. Declared a prohibited area in 1953 under the Forests Act, Chapter 66:01. Visitors should adhere to the guidelines of tour operators and maintain a respectful distance from the birds.


Asa Wright Nature Centre

A renowned eco-resort in a rainforest habitat with hummingbirds, trogons, and motmots.


Melissa Narine, an experienced tour guide of Palance 868 Adventures

Limited, shared details of some birdwatching sites across both islands

Nariva Swamp and the Bush Bush Wildlife Sanctuary in Nariva

Protected area with diverse habitats and species, including the secretive Agami Heron. A permit is required to visit the Swamp which can be obtained from the Forestry Department at St Joseph.



Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust

Home to various waterfowl species, including ducks and waders.



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Photos: Stephen Jay Photography

Pax Guest House

Offers guided birding tours in the Northern Range.



A hummingbird sanctuary where visitors can observe several species up close.



A former airbase with open grasslands, excellent for grassland and raptor species.


Roxborough Dam

A tranquil setting amidst lush landscapes and pristine waters, the dam serves as a habitat for various species, including Shorebirds, Ducks, and Anhingas. Along the wires leading to the dam, you can spot Caribbean Martins. You may observe a diverse array of birds, including Rufoustailed Jacamars, Collared Trogons, Flycatchers, Motmots, Hummingbirds, and Tanagers in surrounding forests. NEAR ROXBOROUGH, ACCESSIBLE BY CAR FROM SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO

Gilpin Trace Bird Watching Site


Buccoo Swamp

A Ramsar site with waterfowl, herons, and the iconic Scarlet Ibis.


Little Tobago Island

A seabird sanctuary home to Red-billed Tropicbirds and other species such as Audubon’s Shearwaters, Brown Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Brown Noddies, Laughing Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds, and Sooty Terns.


Miss Mills Trace

Bird Watching Site

Boasts of native avian species such as the Trinidad motmot, the streak flycatcher, the blue-backed manakin, and more.



A haven for bird enthusiasts in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. The Main Ridge Forest Reserve was declared a Crown Reserve in 1776 making it the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere established for conservation. Respect the reserve’s guidelines.



Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve

One of the premier destinations for witnessing the vibrant hummingbirds such as the Ruby Topaz and diverse avian life of the Caribbean.



Flagstaff Hill Bird Watching Site

Provides panoramic views and opportunities to spot raptors.



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T&T Beaches

T&T Beaches serve as the nation’s signature, drawing people instinctively to the coastlines for a therapeutic immersion in stress-relieving saltwater. Whether riding waves, relishing the sand between toes, or succumbing to the sea’s lullabies, the beach offers an all-day sanctuary. The journey to chosen bays is equally captivating, often winding through rainforests that amplify the sense of escape, transitioning from nature’s greenery to welcoming waters. Trinidad’s beaches possess distinct character, embraced by mountain ridges or sheltered by ancient coconut tree avenues. Popular and well-equipped, the beaches and their surroundings offer diverse amenities. Tobago’s beaches captivate with crystal-clear emerald waters and golden sands, providing abundant choices—sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, or kiteboarding. In this coastal haven, there’s something for everyone, making it impossible not to revel in the beauty and variety of Tobago’s exquisite beaches.



Family Friendly TRINIDAD

Chagville Beach

Maracas Beach

Las Cuevas Beach

Mayaro, Macqueripe Bay

Quinam Beach, Vessigny Beach


Pigeon Point

Nylon Pool

Stonehaven Bay

Pirates Bay

Great Courland Bay

Blue Haven Beach

Parlatuvier Beach

Bloody Bay Beach

Batteaux Bay

Great Snorkelling


Buccoo Reef, Castara Bay


Englishman’s Bay

Pirate’s Bay, Store Bay


Surfing Hotspots


Balandra, Salybia

Sans Souci, Toco

Blanchisseuse, Grand Riviere

Las Cuevas, Manzanilla



Bacolet Beach

Hermitage Bay

Mt. Irvine

In this coastal haven, there’s something for everyone, making it impossible not to revel in the beauty and variety of Tobago’s exquisite beaches.
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Waterfalls of Trinidad Tobago

The waterfalls of Trinidad are a contradiction: powerful cascades of water capable of wearing down rock over time, while also looking like wisps of frothy white lace curtains fluttering in the wind. Most of them are accessible on foot, along forested pathways populated by flora and fauna so glorious to behold, that the journey itself is as rewarding as the destination.


Edith Falls EASY

Located off Macqueripe, the trail to Edith falls is so close to the Chaguaramas Gold Club that you can literally hear the golfers yell “Fore!” as you begin your ascent. It’s a wide, easy-going trail, children from 6 years old and up, and even older hikers can cover the distance. You can make it to the falls in half an hour, have a light picnic, and be back down in time to practise your swing.

Paria Falls MODERATE

Just off the rocky north coast, Paria Waterfall is a popular hike … as long as you’re up for the four hours it takes to complete, each way. It’s worth the effort, as the stunning cascade is not only a great splashing spot but a gorgeous photo op.

Rio Seco Waterfall MODERATE

This reasonably easy trail is located off Sangre Grande in the east and covers less than 2 km each way. It’s a favourite of hiking clubs, so you’re likely to meet fellow wanderers. The plunge pool is quite deep, so it’s better suited to strong swimmers.

Rincon Waterfall CHALLENGING

If you’ve got a few hours to spare and are prepared to climb uphill for at least half the journey, Rincon might be for you. It starts off with a gentle slope, and then you become grateful for the hours you put in at the gym. Expect to be distracted by the scenery, as the path is lined by fruit trees and populated by songbirds, insects, and small forest animals.

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Argyle Waterfall EASY

Located in Roxborough, Argyle Waterfall is arguably one of the most popular sites to visit. It’s an easy 30-minute hike with the reward of a delightful swim at the end, in a lagoon that’s almost 20 feet deep and surrounded by greenery.

Castara Waterfall EASY

It’s a short, fun hike to Castara Waterfall, suitable for the whole family. As with all of Tobago’s nature sites, you’re sure to enjoy the scenery, the birds overhead, and maybe some forest life scurrying through the bushes. What’s more, Castara Bay, located on the northern coast, is great for swimming, lounging … and sampling goodies from small eateries on the beach!

Rainbow Falls EASY

You’ll find Rainbow Falls in Goldsborough, off the south-east coast near Goodwood. It’s a short distance inland, so you’ll need transport. The charming Rainbow Nature Resort is there to welcome you and offer a place to relax.

King’s Bay Waterfall MODERATE

King’s Bay Waterfall is located halfway between Delaford and Roxborough. The trail can be difficult to find, but once you’re on it, it’s quick and flat. Soon you’ll be enjoying the powerful gush of this three-tiered waterfall that offers a powerful and invigorating massage if you stand beneath it.

Highland Waterfall EASY

Highland Waterfall lies near the village of Moriah, off the Northside Road. It’s another popular one that takes about an hour to complete, suitable for newbies to intermediate hikers. The scenic, canopied trek leads to a deep pool where you can float and forget the rest of the world exists.

As with most nature trails, it’s best to go with a guide to ensure your safety and remain on the marked path. Pack light, with a change off clothes in a waterproof bag, plus water, sunscreen and a snack.

Comfy shoes are a must!

Hiking Tip

Argyle Waterfall, Tobago
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Photo: Chris Anderson

Exploring TOCO

Trinidad’s Hidden Gem of Diverse Experiences

Toco, locally known as the ‘M to M network’, encompasses a stretch of villages from Matura to Matelot along Trinidad’s enchanting northeast coast. Tevin Mills, the Destination Coordinator of Totally Toco, says it “is a unique tourism destination because it provides everything from eco, agro and food tourism, to both soft and hard adventure tourism.” The region was once a food basket for the nation, providing everything from nutmeg and cocoa, to fish, plantain, banana and a variety of ground provisions.

He explains that the Toco fringing reef is captivating for leatherback turtle watching in Matura and Grande Riviere and each year conservation efforts for protecting the leather back turtles can be supported. Rewarding bird watching experiences in Salybia and Grande Riviere, can also be enjoyed.

The heart of Toco lies in the Matura National Park ESA, bordered by the communities that make up this vibrant region. Home to diverse wildlife, such as the Ocelot, Pawii, and Bearded Bell birds, the park is a testament to Toco’s commitment to conservation. Mills urges visitors to explore this ecological gem, which can be accessed via the park’s official website https://sta.uwi. edu/ fst/maturaNP/index.asp

For those seeking sun and sand, Mills insists that Toco boasts some of the best and most accessible beaches, including Balandra Bay, Saline Bay (Toco beach), Patience beach, and Almond Bay. Kayaking along the serene Salybia River is a peaceful treat, while surfing enthusiasts can enjoy spots like Balandra, Saline Bay, San Souci, and Matelot.

Toco also boasts historical landmarks. The iconic Toco Lighthouse at Galera point is a must-visit, along with one of the last operating cocoa houses in Grande Riviere.

When it comes to cuisine, Toco offers a tantalising array of must-try foods, including crab or crayfish and dumpling, pacro (a saltwater mollusk), wild meat and provision, and breadfruit oil down.

Photo: Nicholas Bhajan
Photo Courtesy: Totally Toco

For adventure enthusiasts, Toco provides ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 off-roading, surfing, camping, and more. Mills recommends reaching out for guided experiences and emphasises the importance of trained local guides for hiking trails like Rio Seco, Rampanalgas, and Matelot waterfalls.

“For bird watching, Bajnath’s Estate and Grande Riviere Nature tour guides offer this activity in some of the best birding spots,” said Mills.

Mills highlights the friendliness of Toco’s people and the plethora of accommodation which ranges from multi-room hotels to private villas and beach houses. He suggests using maxis from Sangre Grande or private vehicles. Additionally, he highlights the significance of checking the weather and tide before planning a visit, accentuating that Toco’s weather can greatly impact the experience.

“The majority of places you’d go to in Toco will not be prepared to deal with Foreign Currency,” said Mills, “so be sure to have local money on hand. If you’re driving in on your own, fill up before coming to Toco, there’s only one gas station to service the entire north-east coast. The pipe borne water is also 100% drinkable!”

Totally Toco is a tour and destination management company, founded in 2020, with the aim of promoting the North East region of Toco as a tourism destination, as well as to create employment via tours and business development.


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Photo Courtesy: Totally Toco


Photo courtesy: Pint-Size Paradise Realty

Immerse yourself in a mosaic of accommodations that intricately weaves into the fabric of your travel experience. Whether your journey is business-driven or leisure-inspired, our islands extend a welcoming canvas, guaranteeing your stay becomes an indelible part of the memories crafted.

T&T boasts a variety of accommodation, ranging from luxurious hotels to locallyrun boutique establishments, catering to diverse preferences. Many hotels offer stunning views complemented by wellappointed rooms, delicious dining options, and world-class amenities.

For those craving a more intimate experience, guest houses and inns provide a cosy and personalised touch. This type of accommodation often showcases T&T’s rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, offering guests a chance to immerse themselves in the local lifestyle.

If you prefer a home-away-fromhome experience, consider renting an apartment or villa. Several companies on the islands specialise in providing fully equipped apartments and luxurious villas, ideal for both short and long-term stays. This option is particularly attractive for business travellers seeking a more private and flexible lodging solution.

In addition to traditional accommodation, Trinidad and Tobago have embraced the global sharing economy. Airbnb listings abound, providing visitors with a chance to stay in unique and often culturally-rich spaces. From cosy apartments in the heart of Port-of-Spain to beachfront villas in Tobago, the options are diverse, allowing travellers to tailor their experience to their preferences.

What sets accommodations apart here is not just the comfortable beds and scenic views but the overall experience. Both islands are known for their delectable cuisine, and many accommodation take pride in offering a taste of local flavours. Friendly and attentive staff further enhance the experience, ensuring guests feel welcomed and cared for throughout their stay. Many properties also go the extra mile to provide secure environments for their guests.

Whether exploring the bustling markets, relaxing on pristine beaches, or participating in vibrant cultural festivals, visitors will find a plethora of activities to engage in during their stay.

When it comes to accommodation in T&T, there is an option to suit every taste and budget.

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Tradewinds Hotel

(868) 652-9463

36–38 London Street, St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Trinidad |

Situated in the breezy residential area of St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Tradewinds Hotel has been owned and operated by the Laing family since 1990. The 41-room “Home Away From Home” boasts friendly, helpful and courteous staff and an efficient management team. Rooms are spacious and fully equipped with minibar, cable TV, air-conditioning, safes and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other facilities include the newly opened Trellis Restaurant, Bottles & Bites Sushi & Tapas Restaurant, conferencing, minimart, gym with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors on site and swimming pool. Only 800 metres away from Caribbean Cinemas 10/South Park Shopping Plaza.

Royal Hotel

Tel (868) 652-4881

46–54 Royal Road, San Fernando, Trinidad

Royal Hotel has the charm of a bygone era, with the conveniences of the modern world. We are known for our warm southern charm, an oasis conveniently located within the city of San Fernando.

We invite you to relax in any of our 62 spacious rooms, equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning, safes and free Wi-Fi, along with a complimentary continental breakfast. Visit our Landmark Bar or Pavilion Restaurant for a taste of an eclectic mix of local and international cuisine. Our conference and meeting rooms are ideal for hosting business events, cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Hoping to see you soon!

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Tel: (868) 669-6209

No. 1 Exposition Drive, Trincity, Trinidad. W.I.

Ideally located just 2km from The Piarco International Airport with complimentary shuttle service. Our newly renovated rooms and suites provide all the comfort needed to work, just minutes from the city of Port of Spain, Eteck Tamana Park and Trincity Industrial Estate. Staying at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Trincity Trinidad Airport Hotel is convenient for access to the island’s top Universities, and many sporting facilities such as the National Aquatic Center and Racquet Center. During your leisure time, browse the shops at the expansive shopping Mall or head to the beautiful Maracas Bay Beach. For a great start every day, go for a morning workout at the Fitness Center followed by a complimentary hot breakfast.

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Acajou Hotel

(868) 670-3771; (868) 270-8465 Grande Rivière, Trinidad, W.I. |

Acajou is a small, eco-friendly, family-operated hotel situated on the beautiful and dramatic northern coast of Trinidad in a small fishing village called Grande Rivière. The hotel is built as a group of traditional cottages nestled between the beach, a crystal clear river and lush rainforest-covered mountains.

What makes Grande Rivière unique is the hundreds of endangered leatherback turtles that nest here every year, from March until August. Please visit for unbiased reviews about Acajou Hotel.

Le Grand Almandier

(868) 670-1013; (868) 740-3959

2 Hosang Street, Grande Rivière, Trinidad

Located 88 km from Piarco International Airport, Le Grand Almandier lies nestled between the almond trees and the beach. Here, the forested headlands border the magnificent coastline to the north and the majestic Grande Rivière River, from which the village gets its name, to the northeast. The perfect retreat to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer: the birds, the wildlife, the nesting leatherback turtles, fishing, boat tours and waterfall tours. The ten tastefully decorated rooms and suites sleep two to six persons. The ideal choice for anyone in search of peace and serenity in completely natural surroundings.

Inna Citi Place Bed & Breakfast

(868) 622-0415, WhatsApp (868) 683-6132

15 Gaston Johnson Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain |

At Inna Citi Place Bed & Breakfast, we offer a warm and friendly experience in a secure and comfortable environment. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen cable TVs, wireless Internet, ceiling fans, small refrigerators and en-suite bathroom. Comfort, service and great value characterize our offerings. We are located just minutes away from some of the best-known entertainment centres of Port of Spain, One Woodbrook Place, St James, Ariapita Avenue and MovieTowne. We are a mere six minutes’ drive from the historic Queen’s Park Savannah and within walking distance of the Queen’s Park Oval, banks, shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, churches and panyards..

Kiskadee Korner

Kiskadee Korner Boutique Hotel

Tel: (868) 221-1546 I 381-9241 WhatsApp

9 Rapsey Street, St. Clair Port of Spain, Trinidad

Kiskadee Korner Vacations

Tel: (868) 381-9241

83 Begonia Drive Buccoo, Tobago

At Kiskadee Korner we offer affordable stays without compromising on quality. Our Boutique Hotel is walking distance from the Queen’s Park Savannah. Here we have a variety of rooms and suites that are ideal for business travellers, couples and solo travellers with Kiskatea Kafé on-site for breakfast. While our Kiskadee Korner Vacations is near to Buccoo Bay and has fully-equipped apartments for that next family trip. Both locations have rooms with cable TV, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary parking and access to a refreshing salt water pool.

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Crown Point Beach Hotel

(868) 639-8781/3 | Fax (868) 639-8731 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago I

Set on seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with views and access to Store Bay, one of Tobago’s most beautiful beaches. Within walking distance of the airport and the well-known Pigeon Point beach. Accommodation comprises studios, cabanas and one-bedroom apartments. All rooms have an ocean view, kitchenette, bathroom, hair dryer, cable television and telephone. The poolside restaurant and bar caters for all your food and beverage requirements. Recreational amenities include a pool, tennis courts, table tennis, and shuffleboard, as well as free Internet access. From our grounds you can walk down steps that lead to Store Bay beach.

Johnston Apartments

(868) 639-8915, 631-5160 (TOBAGO) I (868) 627-1927 (POS) Store Bay, Tobago, West Indies |

The Johnston Apartments in Tobago are magnificently located on Store Bay Beach, moments away from Crown Point International Airport, nightclubs, shopping and the island’s best food. This vacation destination is ideal in every way. You can relax and unwind in our spacious one-bedroom apartments overlooking the sea. Each room is fully air-conditioned and self-contained, complete with a modern kitchen. Cleaning services are provided daily. Whilst staying at Johnston Apartments, you have the use of Crown Point Beach Hotel’s pool, restaurant, tennis court and conference facilities. The natural and man-made wonders will make your stay unforgettable.

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T&T packs a lot into its calendar, across both islands and covering a myriad of interests and activities. It’s the place where various cultures mesh almost seamlessly, hobbies overlap, new attractions spring up and trends –global & local - are appreciated.

It is almost oxymoronic; Trinbagonians can be laid back like the best Caribbean stereotype but at the same time they cannot sit still. Their minds are wondering when the next event is taking place because they also know that besides the genuine interest of the event, there will always be the added Trini flavour of the lime at the center, creating a unique twist and a continually evolving happy place.

Whether it’s the Tobago Jazz Festival with international artistes performing alongside local legends, or the razzmatazz of watching Caribbean Premier League Cricket in full party mode, entertainment is at the center of the T&T psyche.

Red carpet occasions such as the T&T Film Festival and literary events such as the Bocas Lit Fest echo the creativity born of a Carnival nation. A nation that not only appreciates the arts but also excels within it, while providing its own slant, as evidenced by the likes of the Paul Keens-Douglas Talk Tent, a celebration of our dialect, humour and folklore.

Food, of course, plays a major role, enhanced through Tobago’s Blue Food Festival, or Trinidad’s artisan Mango Melee. Both follow the same concept of creating unusual dishes with local fruit and vegetables. Where else in the world would you attend an annual Curry Duck & Cocktails affair that incorporates a street party? Only in T&T.

Festivity abounds too for the recognition of a region. Borough Days bring together the best offerings of delicacies, goods, music and personalities for specific areas, the large crowds at the Arima and Port Fortin Borough Days are made up of residents and visitors in equal measure, enjoying the all-day affairs that must end in revelry on the streets.

If you’re sensing a common theme, you’re not mistaken, whatever your interests, there is a varied and packed calendar of entertainment that all feeds into that T&T feeling.

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Anticipation, Participation & Excitement

By Sheldon Waithe Photo: Roger Lewis Photo: Nicholas Bhajan Photo: Richard Lyder
A World Cup on home soil and the Olympics, adds to the exciting sports events to look forward to in 2024, at home and abroad

Looming large on the 2024 sports calendar are the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad (26th July – 11th August)

For T&T athletes and expectant fans, the Paris Olympics offer the chance to get back on track, to win medals once again after the drought of Tokyo 2020; the first time since 1992 that the country failed to earn an Olympic medal of any color. Which is a remarkable record for such a small nation, but the twin-island Republic is accustomed to punching above its weight and its people are accustomed to the patriotic pride that comes with victory.

Track cyclist Nicholas Paul represents the best chance of Olympic success. A medal would complete his set, having won gold at the Commonwealth, Pan Am and CAC Games. The 200-meter world record holder has unfinished business with the Olympics, having been disqualified in the 2020 quarterfinals. Since then, he has been on scintillating form, knowing that in his own words he “is reppin’ the red, white & black” on his journey to the greatest stage of all.

Swimmer Dylan Carter has also been in sparkling form, winning the 2022 Swimming World Cup with unbeatable performances in the 50 meters Freestyle. Remarkably, the 28-year-old is already a veteran of two Olympic Games and will be hoping to put that expertise to use and bring home a second Olympic swimming medal for T&T.

As ever, the track & field athletes will be expected to shine, with

Commonwealth double gold medalist Jereem ‘The Dream’ Richards leading the way. The Point Fortin runner was a finalist in Tokyo in his pet event the 200 meters and has blossomed since then, running the 4x400m Relay with his national teammates Machel Cedenio, Asa Guevara and Dwight St Hillaire. T&T’s proud legacy in relay events – including being crowned world champions – means that there is a certain expectation; hopefully for the runners ‘The Dream’ will become a reality in Paris.

The excitement of the men’s T20 Cricket World Cup (4th-30th June) will also have sports fans salivating and where better to play the most festive format of the sport than one of the most festive places on the planet? The Brian Lara Cricket Academy will explode with noise as the world’s best cricketers gather to challenge for honours and after last year’s hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games , the World Cup represents another major global event taking place on these shores. At the time of writing, the fixtures were yet to be confirmed, with the T&T venue hopeful of hosting the semi-finals and final. A mere two months after the T20 World Cup, the Caribbean Premier League takes up its customary September slot in T&T, where it will again live up to its moniker ‘The biggest party in sport’.

The year’s sporting calendar begins with the demanding 26.2 miles from Freeport to Port of Spain at the T&T International Marathon (21st

January) while fitness enthusiasts will again test their form at the 18th Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (8th June) with categories available for everyone, competing in Tobago’s unmatchable scenery.

Tobago is also the destination of the annual Great Race (17th August), where man and machine take on the sea once again, while fans ponder “Which boats will survive the Great Race? Who will win?”

There will be all the thrill and action that makes up the Annual Chinese Arrival Dragon Boat Festival (19-20 October). Now in its 17th year, the event truly lives up to the ‘festival’ name, with two days of camaraderie and teamwork built around intense competition.

The greens of T&T’s many golf courses are calling every week, but the standout competitions are January’s Brechin Castle Open, the Tobago Open (July), the Junior Open (April) and the big one, the T&T Open held at the height of the dry season in March.

For horse race fans the Sport of Kings builds its calendar around the Trinidad Derby (24th September) with numerous race-day Saturdays giving the horses time to hone their form and punters time to make their choices and perhaps, excuses.

Finally, endurance and speed combine for the weeklong Tobago International Cycling Classic (1st - 6th October) combining liming and partying after the racing is over, which really is the blueprint for sport in T&T. Enjoy.

Photo: Nicholas Bhajan Photo: Nicholas Bhajan


Centre of Excellence

17A Macoya Rd, Tunapuna

Tel: (868) 299-0646

FB: coetnt

IG: centreofexcellencetnt

Central Bank Auditorium

Eric Williams Financial Complex, Independence Square N, Port of Spain

Tel: (868) 621-2288

ext: 2155/2142/2248

FB: cbttauditorium /cbtt_auditorium

CLR James Auditorium

Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies

Valsayn Campus, Churchill Roosevelt Hoghway, valsayn

FB: cclcs / IG: cclcstt

Queen’s Hall

1-3 St Ann’s Rd, Port of Spain

Tel: (868) 376-5699

FB: queens.hall.3 / IG: queenshalltt

Naparima Bowl

19 Paradise Pasture, San Fernando

Tel: (868)652-4704

FB: NaparimaBowl

IG: naparimabowl

National Academy for the Performing Arts - NAPA

Frederick Street, Port of Spain

Tel: (868) 223-1210

FB: NAPALKARA / IG: napa_tnt

Southern Academy for the Performing Arts - SAPA

Todd Street, San Fernando

Tel: (868) 219-7272

FB: SouthernAcademyForThePerformingArts


The Little Carib Theatre and Folk House

Cor. White and Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain

Tel: 622-4644

FB: TheLittleCaribTheatre

IG: thelittlecarib

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Brian MacFarlane’s Christmas Concert Photos: Andrea De Silva

The Central Bank Auditorium and the Central Bank Museum

The Central Bank Auditorium and the Central Bank Museum are your gateways to the arts in the capital

city of Port of Spain. These two cultural hubs are located in the Central Bank tower on Independence Square. The Auditorium, with its state-of-the-art facilities, provides a space for performing artists to showcase local content. The Museum offers a modern design with interactive displays, as well as exhibitions featuring the Bank’s fine art collection.


The Central Bank Museum is a space where history and art come alive through informative exhibits in a modern museum environment. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy our displays, explore our collections and learn about the history and role of the Central Bank within the context of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider region. The Museum displays are interactive and engaging and aim to inspire and educate!

Check out our virtual self-guided tour of the Museum on the Central Bank’s website: Central Bank Museum Tour (net-fs. com) or book a virtual tour meet-up and interact directly with us!

Instagram - @cbttmuseum Tel: 621-2288 ext. 2151/2120/2400


The Central Bank Auditorium remains one of Trinidad and Tobago’s premier performing spaces and is renowned for its intimacy and ambience. Designed to serve as a civic contribution to the local performing arts, this state-of-the-art facility offers an array of worldclass services and amenities, which include:

• Digital Lighting and Sound

• Dressing Room and Green Room Facilities

• Box Office and Concession services

• Audio and video recording

• Live streaming and virtual events

For more information about the Auditorium, visit the Central Bank’s Website at or Facebook page at Tel: 621-2288 ext. 2155/2142/2248

T&T’s Cinematic and Literary Extravaganza

Our film festivals promise an immersive and enriching experience. Here’s a glimpse into the cinematic odyssey awaiting you:

In its 18th year (2023), the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), as Denise A Deonarine puts it, “is the pinnacle of any movie lover’s calendar in the Caribbean, because it is their chance to see new movies developed by the Caribbean or with the Caribbean in mind.” Deonarine, is the General Manager of the Filmmakers Collaborative of Trinidad and Tobago, organisers of the TTFF.

The festival, founded to foster innovation in the Caribbean film industry, supports local filmmakers and embraces global cinema, earning its role as a cinematic hub. The TTFF fosters diversity, showcases notable films, impacts global filmmaking trends, rewards filmmakers, engages audiences with new experiences, and supports local film industry growth. In 2024, patrons can look forward to another unique and exciting cinematic journey with lots of premieres and screen gems they can enjoy. The theme is usually launched each year in August and the festival is usually held in September.

The Green Screen Film Festival, which usually occurs in November, is the only annual sustainability themed film festival in the Caribbean. Carver Bacchus, Founder and Director of Green Screen Environmental Film Festival explained, “It was created to educate our audience on environmental and sustainability issues, illustrate what we have to lose to climate impacts and motivate people to action. The festival started in 2011 with a community screening and has offered workshops, competitions, seminars, and virtual film presentations since then.”

In 2023, there were film screenings on television, virtual screenings and in-person activities and in 2024 more community activities and collaborations will be done.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is the Anglophone Caribbean’s biggest annual celebration of writers and books. It is a festival of words, stories, and ideas, with an international scope and a deliberately Caribbean focus. Nicholas Laughlin, Festival and Programme Director, Bocas Lit Fest, discloses that once again the festival will be headquartered at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, with satellite events at other locations.

He said, “Audiences can expect, as always, to meet and hear authors of some of the most acclaimed Caribbean books of the past year — novels, books of poetry, memoirs, and more — alongside up-andcoming writers in all genres.

In the lead-up to the festival, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest will host an NGC Bocas Children’s Caravan beginning the first weekend in March. It will culminate with the NGC Bocas Children’s Festival, which coincides with the adult festival in April. The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is on! Semifinal rounds are to be held in the Central Bank Auditorium on March 23 and 24, with the Grand Slam taking place at the Queen’s Hall on April 28 as the closing event of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

Other Film Festivals in T&T include the European Film Festival, The Film and Folklore Festival and many others. Photo: Shaun Rambaran Courtesy: trinidad+tobago film festival Photo courtesy: Bocas Lit Fest

Harmony in the Caribbean

The I Am Jazz Festival pulsates with the vibrant spirit of jazz music and culture, offering a dynamic celebration. It also unfolds into an array of activities and attractions like art exhibits and culinary offerings. Usually occurs early April.

The North Coast Jazz & Heritage Festival is rooted in the desire to empower the residents of Blanchisseuse and the North Coast. This event places a spotlight on local talents while also playing a role in community development. By fostering the creation of a Bed & Breakfast industry, the festival contributes to the sustainability of domestic tourism offerings, adding a meaningful dimension to the local cultural and economic landscape. Usually occurs in May.

Jazz Artists on the Greens, is a sprawling jazz concert with a festival vibe. Inspired by Caribbean Jazz, it

features world-class regional and international talent within a laidback picnic atmosphere, crafting the quintessential Caribbean jazz experience. Since its inception, the event has consistently expanded, attracting a growing array of regional performers and an expanding audience. Usually takes place between late March and April.

The Tobago Jazz Experience is a yearly, three-day music extravaganza which guarantees a remarkable experience, blending the melodious tunes of both local and globally acclaimed artists. Usually occurs in April.

Held in Tobago, Jazz on the Beach is a signature event of Mount Irvine Bay Resort and features some of the best performances. Usually takes place mid to late April.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Jazz festivals are not merely events; they are cultural celebrations that resonate with the soulful rhythms of the Caribbean.
North Coast Jazz
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Please forgive the obvious meltingpot pun, there are few other ways to describe the fusion of cultures that gives rise to T&T’s food, which is not only reflected in the unique taste of our home-grown delicacies, but also allows us to give that ‘Trini’ twist to some of the world’s favourite dishes.

This is also reflected in the thousands of restaurants that appear all over the country; you are never more than a short journey away from deliciousness.

Trinbagonians love their food. Full stop. Any restaurant, bar, food vendor must pass the test of the Trinidadian or Tobagonian palate, which is considerable when one considers that this is a land where the term “sweet hand” is part and parcel of its daily culinary expectations.

The choices are vast, with local and international cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, through to chic bistros that serve up the perfect business lunch, or street stalls that see hundreds flock from far and wide because their reputation alone gets the taste buds going.

Globalization is alive and well on the culinary landscape, authentic Indian and authentic Chinese food, together with authentic Italian, Thai and Malaysian dishes, bring the world to the islands, supported by all the required cookware such as stone ovens.

As with everything in T&T, there is the social aspect. Mealtime is meet time, with all situations catered for, be it an intimate setting for two overlooking the city or hearing the waves a few feet away, the corporate buzz of the business meal, or a tablelong celebration with an evening ignited by fresh, unique cocktails and eagerly awaited appetizers.

Entire streets are dedicated to food, such as the Eddie Hart Food Village in Tacarigua or Port of Spain’s Ariapita Avenue. Regional food markets too, offer localized flavour to popular dishes, further increasing the adaptation of ingredients for a signature taste.

New dishes appear as chefs take their training and exposure to foreign recipes, add their own flair, producing mouthwatering specialties presented in world class style within an amazing ambience.

It leaves you with the conundrum of picking which restaurant to go to and what delicious dish to order.

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Waterfront Restaurant

(868) 821-6550 Hyatt Regency Trinidad

1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. I

Waterfront Restaurant invites you to enjoy local and international cuisine with a contemporary flair.

Sample Menu: Chicken Croquettes -Braised Chicken / Rustic Cream Cheese Mashed Potato/ Cabbage and Apple Slaw/ Dijon Mustard Gastrique. Chef Specialties: Citrus Lamb - Grilled Lamb / Charred Corn Polenta/ Sauteed Asparagus/ Mint Au Jus.

Comfort food: BBQ Short Ribs / Slow Roasted Ribs/ Creamy Mashed Potatoes/ Charred Corn. Dessert: Brookie A La ModeWarm Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with Brownie, Vanilla Ice-Cream, Chocolate Sauce, and Chocolate Shards.

Soong’s Great Wall

(868) 652-Wall (9255) / 657-5050 /652-2583

97 Circular Rd., San Fernando

Nestled at the base of the iconic San Fernando Hill, join us at Soong’s Great Wall for a dining experience just as awe-inspiring as its majestic namesake. Step into our newly renovated dining room or our breathtaking outdoor deck ... relax and be pampered by our highly trained staff. Our skilled chefs will not disappoint, preparing the finest Chinese cuisine for you to enjoy.

Sample Menu: Phoenix Basket Sizzling Tenderloin Beef , Sesame Shrimp, Lobster Cantonese, Dasheen Pork, Great Wall Chicken, Pepper Squid, Lemon Fish.

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Island Beer Chill and Grill

(868) 235 – BEER (2337) I

One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain

Island Beer Chill and Grill offers a unique a gastropub experience. Enjoy sporting and entertainment events with a wide range of local and international beers. Our eclectic menu as well as 2 for 1 drinks specials are available daily.

Sample Menu

Starters: Garlic Chorizo, Culantro and Soy Glazed Chicarron

Mains: Honey Habanero Pulled Pork, Devil May Cry Burger (charcoal bun), Smoked BBQ Ribs, Trini Scorpion Chicken Sandwich

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(868) 357-9447

One Woodbrook Place

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Originally specialized in decadent desserts, ‘Whipped’ has now extended to a full restaurant and bar, as well as a hookah station with a variety of infused flavours.

Menu includes:

Salads: Farro Salad, Caprese Salad and Classic Caesar Salad

Pasta Dishes: Penne Arrabbiata, Spaghetti Carbonara and Truffle

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese

Pizza: Breakfast Style, Buffalo

Chicken and Shrimply Delicious

Paninis: Chicken a La Vodka, Meatball Sub and Lobster Grilled Cheese

Mains: Rack of Lamb, Lobster

Thermidor and Sea Bass

Tapas: Ceviche, Fried Calamari and Pepper Pork

Sliders: Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Fish Sliders and Beyond Meat Burger.

Taryn’s The Panyol Place

(868) 622-3989 I

23 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Offering a cosy and friendly environment characterized by original traditions of Venezuela, Taryn’s, The Panyol Place, brings an authentic and typical Venezuelan and Latin American cuisine to its clients. Come and enjoy a wide variety of arepas, empanadas, cachapas, hallacas and much more, with various fillings, including white cheese. Enjoy fresh fruit juices.

Also, Taryn’s offers a variety of dishes for lunch on a daily basis, all with a Venezuelan flavour, such as Pabellón Criollo, Cachapa Venezolana, Tequeños. Try our special soups on Saturdays. Spanish spoken.

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Nichossa Restaurant

(868) 652-8912 I

Rainbow Plaza, Gulf View Link Road, Gulf View, San Fernando

Celebrating 21 years in business at this location, we invite you to our café-styled restaurant and specialty bakery, which offer diners a comfortable yet classy dining experience of Americanstyled breakfasts with unique teas and coffees, followed by a wide selection of light to full meals for lunch and dinner.

Sample Menu – Mexican omelette, Belgian waffle; Alfredo; Salads; Grilled Chicken & Bacon Paninis; Maracas Shark, Tandoori Chicken Wraps; Beef, Turkey, Salmon or Vegetarian Burgers.

Specialty Bakery, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Catering for Functions

Nexgen Brewing

(868) 630-2665

(868) 781-3445 WhatsApp I

#3 Guayaguayare Road, Mayaro, Trinidad, W.I.

FB: @nexgenbookshop I IG: nexgenbookshop

Won’t you take a drive to the seaside? Our delightful Coffeeshop is nestled in-store at our Bookshop in the heart of the seaside town of Mayaro, Trinidad. We specialize in gourmet coffee & fine French pastries & have a curated selection selection of books for every reader – from literary fiction to the best children’s books available, along with a well stock of stationery & school supplies. We are known for Bestsellers & Classics, also multicultural, diverse & representative titles – you not only lose yourself in these pages but find yourselves in them as well. Open Mon-Sat: 8:30am -5pm.

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Salt n’ Pepper

Classical Indian Cuisine

(868) 622-3938 / 339-4949

Shoppes of Maraval, Saddle Road, Maraval, Trinidad

You will find the best of subcontinental Indian cuisine at Salt N’ Pepper. Our food is much more than just roti and curry – as anyone who has tasted our naan or tandoori might testify.

Starter: Samosas, Kerala Fried Chicken.

Chicken: Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken Masala. Lamb: Rogan Josh and Vindaloo. Seafood: Fish Curry, Shrimp Kurma.

Tandoori Specials: Chicken, Fish, Shrimp

Naan: Garlic, Butter, Peshwari. Vegetarian: Mutter Mushroom, Aloo Gobi. Rice: Basmati, Bbiriyani, Pulao.

More Vino / More Sushi

(868) 622-VINO (8466) | 610-6673 Port of Spain - 23 O’Connor St., Woodbrook | (868) 609-8466 | 610-8257 Valpark Plaza (868) 652-8466 | 610-8466 San Fernando - 33 Scott St. (868) 609-7798 | 610-7798 Brentwood Mall, Chaguanas

More Vino is one of the most popular restaurants on the island, best known for their sushi. They combine traditional Asian and Caribbean flavours for an undeniable explosion of taste and excitement. Hot Kitchen: Shrimp Tempura, Edamame, Crispy Chicken Bombs, Golden Dumplings, Sriracha Wings, Asian Bowls. Sushi Bar: Sriracha Lobster, Double Crunchy, Angry Crab, Iron Chef, Volcano, Tempura, Crunchy Ninja, Scorpion Pepper. Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway, Catering. Event Space Rental and Delivery.

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Flamingle Cafe and Bodega

(868) 3240972

Valpark Shopping Plaza, Valsayn Trinidad

Escape to flavour paradise at Flamingle Cafe! Experience chef-inspired classical dishes with a modern Caribbean twist.

Indulge in breakfast delights such as Chicken & Waffles, Decadent French Toast, or Crepes. Whether you dine in for lunch or dinner, savour our Espresso Ribeye Steak, Palang Snapper, or Minty Lamb. Don’t miss out on trying our unique cocktails and mocktails list. Your culinary adventure begins at Flamingle, where taste meets tranquillity. Unwind, Dine, and Let your taste buds Flamingle!

Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant

(868) 658-6557 I 1660 (Reservations)

212 Southern Main Road, Marabella, Trinidad

For over 25 years, Golden Palace has been a Marabella landmark. Our chefs, trained in China, cook authentic Cantonese dishes. The Golden Palace Food & Grill Canteen, downstairs fastfood, offers dining or takeaway, with a varied local breakfast. For lunch, enjoy a wide choice of local, Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Appetizers - Crab Back; Mini Spring Roll; Spicy Fried Calamari. Main Course - Tao Chicken; Roast Duck in Thai Curry Sauce; Fish in Sichuan Spicy Sauce; Beef Sautéed in Maggi Sauce. We cater for functions, weddings and all occasions.

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Lime Inn

(868) 670-3771; (868) 270-8465

Acajou Hotel, Grande Rivière, Trinidad

Reflecting our mix of international and local cuisine our menu is a marriage of international and local herbs and spices and mouth watering ingredients.

Sample Menu: Creamy Seafood Melee, Pumpkin Bisque. Acajou Chicken Salad, Tuna Fish Salad. Sliders - Spicy Chicken/Beef Sliders. Main - Pesto Linguine, Grilled Catch Of The Day in lemon butter or poached in coconut milk. Dessert - Chocolate Eruption, Hand churned Coconut Ice Cream.

Available for Functions, Lunch and Dinner

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(868) 639-0686 I

Grafton Beach Road, Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock, Tobago I IG: @theseahorsetobago

FB: The Seahorse Inn, Restaurant and Bar

Intimate al fresco beach-side dining under the stars. Awardwinning food and service, an exceptional wine list, extensive bar selection, in a romantic tropical setting. Regarded as Tobago’s premier dining experience and a “must do”. Sample Menu: Spiced Fried Calamari, Tuna Ceviche, Duck Rillets, Lobster Thermidor, Crab-stuffed Grouper Fillet, Pineapple-glazed Duck Breast, Tenderloin & Rib Eye Steaks, Shrimps Mornay, Rack of Lamb.

The Seahorse Inn Restaurant & Bar
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Trinidad & Tobago Fast Facts

A destination that reflects the modernity derived from its decades as an industrialised, energy-export driven economy, while retaining the natural wonders of the Caribbean, the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago is an attractive, exciting nation. Located at the southern end of the Caribbean archipelago, ‘T&T’ is a vibrant society, fed by the multi-ethnic makeup of its 1.3 million population, with shared traditions that mesh to create a unique culture. The home of Carnival, steelpan and limbo, its diversity extends to all sectors as it forges forward in the 21st century.

Geography and Location

Trinidad – Once part of the South American mainland, Trinidad is situated 12 km (7 miles) northeast of the coast of Venezuela, and is separated from it by the Gulf of Paria. Trinidad has three mountain ranges: the Northern Range, the Central Range and the Southern Range. The highest point, El Cerro del Aripo, is 940 metres (3,084 ft) above sea level. About 40% of all land is undeveloped forest and woodlands, although the island is experiencing rapid development. Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is the largest natural reservoir of asphalt.

Total Area: 4,828 sq km (1,864 sq miles)

81.25 km long by 57-73 km wide (50 miles by 35-45 miles)

Location: Lat. 10.5° N / Long. 61.5° W

Tobago – Tobago lies 34 km (21 miles) northeast of Trinidad. Of volcanic origin, the island is a single mountain mass, although the southwest is flat or undulating and coralline. The highest peak, the Main Ridge, reaches an elevation of about 576 metres (1,890 ft). The coastline is broken by inlets and sheltered beaches, and there are several uninhabited islets.

Total Area: 300 sq km (116 sq miles)

Location: Lat. 11.5° N / Long. 60.5° W


Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures average 31°C (87°F) and are moderated by the northeast trade winds, while nights are a cool 21°C (69°F). The islands have two distinct seasons: dry, from January to May, and wet, from June to December. There is a short dry period around mid-September called Petit Carême. Trinidad and Tobago are just outside the usual path of hurricanes

and other tropical storms, but Tobago can experience inclement weather as a result of such weather systems.

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time: Minus four hours

In US Winter: Eastern Standard Time plus one hour (EST +1) In US Summer: Eastern Standard Time (EST) There is no daylight savings time.


Trinidad and Tobago follows the Westminster model of government and upholds the traditions of parliamentary democracy it inherited from Britain. The Government is stable. The Head of State is the President, who is elected by an Electoral College of members of the Senate and House of Representatives for a five-year renewable term. Executive power, however, is vested in the Prime Minister and Government, following elections at least every five years. The next general election will become due in 2025.

Tobago has its own elected House of Assembly and its seat is in the capital city, Scarborough.


The financial system consists of commercial banks, trust and mortgage finance companies, finance houses and merchant banks.

Number of Commercial Banks 8

Number of Branches 123

Number of Automatic Banking Machines 254 ATMs

Standard Bank Hours of Operation City Centres:

Monday to Thursday – 8 am to 2 pm

Friday – 8 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 5 pm

RBC and Scotiabank (not mall branches) 8 am to 5 pm

Shopping Centres (Daily): 10 am to 5 pm

Exchange Rate: TT$6.83: US$1 (Dec. 2023)

Meeting Places and Conference Centres

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the top five Caribbean meeting and conference destinations. Many hotels have facilities for conferences, including international brands such as the Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, Hyatt Regency Trinidad and The BRIX, Autograph Collection. In addition, the state-of-the-art National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), South Academy for the Performing Arts, award-winning spots like Coco Reef, Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort and Mount Irvine Bay Resort in Tobago are ideal for corporate meetings and team-building retreats.

Business Hours

Offices: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Government Offices:

Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (City Centres):

Monday to Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Retail (Shopping Centres):

Monday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Providers of landline and mobile telephone services are prevalent on both islands, and cable television and internet services are readily available. The more prominent agencies are Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT), Digicel (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited, Amplia Communications and Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited (Flow). With wide coverage throughout the islands, communication is generally easy and wireless internet services are commonplace at hotels, restaurants and many other establishments.

International Access Code: 1 Country Code: 868


There is a well-established network covering television, radio, print, electronic billboards and an increasingly strong digital presence. The three daily newspapers are Trinidad Express, Trinidad Guardian and Newsday.

Top News and Media Websites:

• Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

• Trinidad Express

• Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

• Loop TT News

• Wired868

• Breaking News T&T (FB)

• C.C.N. Television Limited - CCNTV6

• Guardian Media Limited - CNC3

• TTT Limited

• Online Radio Stations

Immigration, Work Permits and Visas

COVID-19 PCR or lab acquired antigen test results are no longer required for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. Mask wearing is voluntary in public space including private and public hospitals and other health care facilities. However, care and caution are recommended.

For updated guidelines for travel to or from Trinidad and Tobago, visit the following websites: and

Work permits are required for business stays beyond 30 days. Visa extensions can be obtained from the Immigration Office at 3-9 Richmond Street, Port of Spain, while work permits can be obtained from the Ministry of National Security, Temple Court II, 52-60 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.


Airports – Piarco International Airport is a vital hub for international air traffic in the Caribbean. It is located about 45 minutes from the capital city, Port of Spain and there are non-stop daily scheduled flights to and from major international cities.

Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL), the national airline, offers routes that include direct flights to major cities like Toronto, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. CAL also flies regionally with regular flights to Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Suriname, to name a few destinations.

International flights are also available direct from Tobago’s ANR Robinson International Airport. Airlines that fly directly to Tobago include Caribbean Airlines, British Airways and Condor (by the end of 2023). International and regional airlines that fly to Trinidad and Tobago include American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, United Airlines, West Jet, JetBlue, and several charter flight companies.

Major Airlines

Piarco Airport

American Airlines 1 (868) 821-6000

Caribbean Airlines 1 (868) 625-7200

British Airways 1 (800) 247-9297

Copa Airlines 1 (868) 669-5189

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 1 (868) 669-4880

Surinam Airways 1 (868) 627-0102

United Airlines 1 (800) 864-8331

WestJet Airlines 1 (888) 937-8538 1 (888) WESTJET

JetBlue 1 (800) 538-2583

Rutaca 1 (868) 625-4324

ANR Robinson Airport

Caribbean Airlines 1 (868) 625-7200

British Airways 1 (800) 247-9297

Condor (service anticipated end of 2023)

Approximate Flying Times

to Trinidad and Tobago

London 8.2 hours

New York 4.5 hours

Miami 3.3 hours

Houston 5.3 hours

Toronto 5.5 hours


Inter-Island Ferry

A ferry connects Port of Spain and Scarborough, Tobago. Scheduled sailing times are Monday to Sunday, and public holidays. The first passenger vessel departs Scarborough at 6:30 a.m., and the last passenger vessel departs Port of Spain at 4:00 p.m. (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). Except on Wednesdays, when only one passenger vessel departs Scarborough at 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Port of Spain.

For information, call:

Port of Spain: 625-3055/623-9353

Extensions 215, 211 or 212

Scarborough: 639-2668/639-2417

Water Taxi Service

A water taxi ferry connects Port of Spain and San Fernando. Scheduled sailing times are Monday to Friday. Tickets cost TT$15 oneway and can be purchased at the Water Taxi Terminal located at Wrightson Road, Port of Spain or Flat Rock, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando. Free parking is available at both ports.

Departures from San Fernando:

AM - 6:00 / 6:30 / 8:30 • PM - 3:30

Tel: 226-7900 Ext: 212, 211, 206

Departures from Port of Spain:

AM - 7:15 • PM - 2:30 / 3:30 / 4:45

Tel: 226-7900, Ext: 102, 111

Emergency Contacts Police/Rapid Response 999 Fire .......................................................................... 990 Ambulance 811 Global Medical Response of Trinidad & Tobago (GMRTT) 811 / 628-2337 Coast Guard................................................. 800-0707
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)
Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) 211 Port of Spain General Hospital
San Fernando General Hospital 225-4325 Scarborough General Hospital .....660-4SGH
Roxborough Health Centre and Hyperbaric Facility, Tobago
.................................... 511 800-ODPM / 800-6376
................... 623-2951
........................ 660-4392
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