THE INS & OUTS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 2016 The Exclusively Recommended In-Room Guide of The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association and the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association.
Project Co-ordinators Patricia Lewis Soraya Gonsalves Advertising Sales Patricia Lewis Marie Gurley Betti Gillezeau Sonja Rudder Editor Anna Walcott-Hardy Layout Shayam Karim Patricia Lewis Sally Miller Design Tao Howard - Miller Publishing
The Ins and Outs is widely distributed locally to visitors through hotel rooms, villas, guesthouses and restaurants. It reaches residents through select merchants, conferences, seminars and business organisations. T&T’s overseas diplomatic missions and World Travel Market form part of the international distribution.
Production Patrice Letren
Trinidad Cover Artist
Photographers Christopher Anderson Troy Andrews Aujourd’hui Studio Nicholas Bhajan Edison Boodoosingh Stephen Broadbridge Derek Chung Allan V. Crane Capt. Jonathan de la Rosa Laura Ferreira Studios Marcus Gomez Ryan Jagessar Carnival Central Inken Janning Gary Jordan Joshua Joseph The Noel Norton Collection Maria Nunes Robert Ramkissoon Peter Sheppard Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes Video Aerial & Ground Solutions Ayanna Young
Ramon Navarro Ramon Navarro was born in the heart of Port of Spain, in St. Vincent St., near to the culturally diverse Green Corner, on the 1st November 1945. He came from a bi-lingual family and would travel frequently throughout his life. At an early age he migrated with his mother to her homeland of Venezuela, and returned to Trinidad when he was just seven. On their return, the family moved to Mallick Village, Barataria, a place that would strongly influence his pastoral images and themes. When he was 21, Navarro travelled to Paris, France, and was inspired by the many Masters he got to see firsthand at the Louvre. Similarly, during his travels to Venezuela, he frequented El Museo De Bellas Artes; and in the 1970s he travelled to New York, where the artists on show at the Metropolitan Museum and the Art Students League (School of Art) also left a deep impression. On returning home, he moved his studio to the mountain village of Paramin, known for its Parang, blue-devils, patois-speaking community and stunning views of the sea on one side of the ridge and valley on the other. He spent over two decades there, painting regularly. Today, his studio is in Newtown, St. James. Contact: The Savanna Gallery 1-868-678-9113 or Juliana110@hotmail.com
Production Assistants Nichele West-Broome Jennifer Gittens
Writers Roslyn Carrington Elspeth Duncan Derek Chung Undersea Tobago Dawn Glaisher Seajade Investments Paul Hadden Skye Hernandez Bekim Rauseo Bavina Sookdeo Anna Walcott-Hardy Sheldon Waithe Marissa Williams Katy Young Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
Tobago Cover Artist
Martin Superville Self-taught, Martin Superville began painting professionally in 1988. His medium of choice is oils but he is well versed in charcoal, pencil, ink, water-colours and air-brushing. Martin’s paintings are in the realism tradition. He records and celebrates his Trinbago culture in cricket scenes, steel bands, dance, carnival and the beauty of his island and its women. His work also includes a wide variety of commissioned portraits. Martin draws inspiration from artists of the late 18th century. Martin Superville has had exhibitions in Washington, Anguilla and Barbados. Visitors from all over the world tour The Tobago Art Gallery, so it’s not surprising that Martin’s work can be found gracing walls in many countries.
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Contents 38 TRINIDAD 6-135 Feature Calendar Festivals
8 12 22
Arts and Craft
Health and Beauty
Business Accommodation Entertainment
78 86 98
138 170 Contents 173 TOBAGO 138-198
Festivals Heritage Festival
Shopping Property Entertainment
152 156 160
Tobago Jazz Experience
Tobago Fashion Week
Accommodation Restaurants Hotels and Guesthouses Fast Facts
174 184 193 196
Port of Spain
by Anna Walcott-Hardy
Boissiere House Photo: Robert Ramkissoon
t’s been said that a culture is made by its cities. If so, then Port of Spain is at the heart of Trinidadian culture, a new world Athens. How many places in the world can boast of inspiring so many? Its schools have educated intellectuals from the country’s first Prime Minister, Dr. Eric Williams to CLR James and Nobel Prize winning author, V.S. Naipaul; all three attended the prestigious Queen’s Royal College (QRC).
Port of Spain continued to grow in size and prominence during the 19th and early 20th centuries, peaking after Independence from the British in 1962, to about 100,000 people.
Queen’s Royal College Photo: Christopher Anderson
Peter Minshall - Land of the Hummingbird, 1974 Photo: The Noel Norton Collection
The fusion of cultures has ensured that every corner boasts amazing cuisine, art and architecture. It’s a city of contrasts, full of grit and grandeur.
orld renowned painters like Peter Doig, master watercolourist Jackie Hinkson and award-winning genius Peter Minshall, have been drawn to the city’s history and eccentricities; and their works are on display at the National Museum and art galleries located in and around Port of Spain. “Perhaps because I grew up in a typically fine example of an early 20th century wooden, gabledroof, fretwork ornate house, and perhaps because the humble wooden homes, the shops and barrack yards of Port of Spain and the rural and plantation architecture of Trinidad had left such an indelible mark on me, I devoted a large number of years to capturing the traditional and disappearing architecture of the island,” Jackie Hinkson explained in an interview with ‘Architecture Caribbean’. It’s a city that has been heralded as a “writer’s heaven” by Nobel Prize winning poet, Derek Walcott - “a city ideal in its commercial and human proportions”. It’s not surprising then that it hosts one of the Caribbean’s most dynamic literary festivals, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest at the National Library in April/May. Port of Spain is a polyglot of cultures, filled with the descendants of Syrian, Lebanese, Chinese, African, American, Amerindian, Indian, European and Latin American migrants. It’s the birthplace of the steel pan and every year the typically busy city streets are quiet, traffic- free, for a few hours until J’Ouvert signals the opening of the two-day, preLenten Carnival. The fusion of cultures has ensured that every corner boasts amazing cuisine, art and architecture. It’s a city of contrasts, full of grit and grandeur, where a jalousied, century-old, wooden colonial home is sandwiched between a skyscraper and gilded Mosque, all just a few miles away from the mustard-coloured walls of the Royal Jail. A busy shipping hub because of its key location, P.O.S. is home to many of the largest banks in the Caribbean region. The city is located snugly in the north-west coast of the island. Its northern border is the beloved Queen’s Park Savannah (a former estate owned by the Peschier family) with its dramatic backdrop of the hills. Laventille, where in 1560 a Spanish garrison was founded, makes up the eastern boundary, with Brian Lara Promenade (formerly Marine Square) in the south. Downtown, you can enjoy the shops and restaurants along the Promenade at Independence Square, named after the world renowned cricketer, or stroll along the boardwalk and take-in the beauty of the Gulf of Paria. On a clear day you can see the Caroni Swamp to the south, remnants of the city’s past.
In fact, founded near the site of an Amerindian fishing village of Cumucurapo (place of the silk cotton trees), Puerto de España was actually a series of mudflats, an extension of the mangrove swamp that protected the coast for many miles. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the first Spanish houses were Amerindian- styled ‘ajoupas’, cleverly built to adapt to the hot and humid conditions and often bordered by magnificent silk cotton trees. The original inhabitants, the Caribs, were transient, travelling to Venezuela often. By 1757, St Joseph (San José de Oruna) the first capital city of the Spanish, was in a state of neglect, so Governor Don Pedro de la Moneda moved the capital to Port of Spain. The last Spanish Governor of Trinidad, Don José María Chacón, prioritised the development of the city. The 1783 Cedula of Population, which encouraged the settlement of French Catholics, led to a rapid increase in the town’s population and French became widely spoken and taught in many schools. Trade and commerce flourished and reformation of the city began with the Rio Santa Ana (Dry River) being redirected. Governor Chacón even had the streets covered with macadam (burnt earth), with an open drain running in the middle. During this time, dance halls and night clubs sprung up all over the town. Historian Gérard Besson explained that the British brought with them great austerity after Sir Ralph Abercromby invaded the island in 1797. “The first thing that the new governor, Sir Thomas Picton, did was to install a gallows in front of Government House at the corner of Marine Square and Charlotte Street. At that time, the capital was very overcrowded with approximately
10,000 inhabitants. Picton decided to have a land reclamation scheme implemented, which would turn the tidal mud flats into habitable lots. Starting in 1803, land fill was carted with mules from the Laventille hills, and over the next two decades all the land south of Marine Square was reclaimed from the Gulf.” The “Great Fire of 1808”, destroyed many of the wood-built houses; undaunted, the merchants rebuilt them with stone from the Laventille quarry. Many churches were also constructed including the new Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1832, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in 1823, Hanover Methodist in 1826, the recently demolished Greyfriars in 1837 and All Saints Church in 1846. Many citizens of African descent migrated to the urban areas, post 1833, joined over time by immigrants who came from India (initially on the ‘Fatel Rozak’) and those from China (on the ‘Fortune’) in the 1800s, along with many more from across the region. Over the years, many entrepreneurs like Wilfred and George Alston, Cyril Duprey, W.H. Scott, M.P. Maillard, as well as the Bhagwansingh, Stollmeyer, Janoura and Bermudez families, defied the odds and helped develop a new world of opportunity. Port of Spain continued to grow in size and prominence during the 19th and early 20th centuries, peaking after Independence from the British in 1962, to about 100,000 people. Since then, many families have moved to the suburbs with the increased commercialisation of the city. Today, the city flourishes in the spirit of those iconic settlers and entrepreneurs. Explore and enjoy, but be mindful of your surroundings and safety in the busy city.
Steelpan on the road Photo: Maria Nunes
Calendar Kiddies Carnival Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
January 2016 New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)
‘Tobago Love the Xperience’, Bishop’s High School, Tobago 1-868-788-1010 1
‘Yorke Inc New Year’s Day Dutch Backyard Lime’, Diego Martin
‘Soca in 16 Fete’ All Inclusive, Trinity Courts, Moka, Maraval
‘TRIBE ICE’, Cipriani Blvd., POS, www.facebook.com/ TRIBECarnival
‘Pembroke Harvest’, Anglican St Mary’s Church, Tobago, 1-868-639-9132
‘Evolve’ Central’s All Inclusive Fete 1-868-788-2537 9
‘Chutney Soca Monarch Semis’, 1-868-653-2908
‘Fire Fete’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS
‘ONE Fete All Inclusive’ Queen’s Park Oval, POS
‘Resurgence’ All Inclusive 1-868-685-8331
‘Stumped’ Cooler Fete Queen’s Park Oval, POS
9 National Single Pan Prelims www.pantrinbago.co.tt 10
‘I Love Soca Series’, Bar Code, Tobago 1-868-635-2633
8 National Single Pan Prelims www.pantrinbago.co.tt
‘Bishop’s All Inclusive Fete’, 1-868-625-5844
‘Spring Garden Harvest’, Moravian Church, Tobago 1-868-639-4647
Juniors Calypso Monarch, East Zone Prelims www.tucott.com Juniors Calypso Monarch, Tobago Zone Prelims www.tucott.com
10-11 National Single Pan Prelims www.pantrinbago.co.tt ‘I Love Soca Series’, Bar Code, Tobago 1-868-635-2633
Juniors Calypso Monarch, South Central Zone Prelims, www.tucott.com
‘Nikkiland’ The Children’s All Inclusive, Hasely Crawford Stadium
‘Bmobile Soca Spree’, Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago 1-868-681-8676 15
‘TSTT Blink/bmobile Enterprise Invitational Golf Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 15
National Conventional Prelims (Small & Medium Bands) www.pantrinbago.co.tt
National Conventional Prelims (Small & Medium Bands) www.pantrinbago.co.tt 18-20 T&T Energy Conference & Tradeshow 2016 www.ttenergy conference.org 18
‘Carnival Village’, Launch Queen’s Park Savannah, www.ncctt.org
‘Fete with the Saints’ All Inclusive Fete www.cicpsu.org
National Conventional Prelims (Small & Medium Bands) www.pantrinbago.co.tt
National Conventional Prelims (Small & Medium Bands), www.pantrinbago.co.tt
‘I Love Soca Series’, Bar Code, Tobago 1-868-635– 2633
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‘National Stick Fighting Competition’, Debe www.ncctt.org
‘Soca Under the Samaan Tree’, Old Market Square, Tobago, 1-868-639-3437
‘Central Bank All Inclusive’ 1-868-625–2601
‘Chutney Soca Monarch’ Final, 1-868-653-2908
‘The Savannah Party’ National Panorama Semi Finals (Medium & Large) Queen’s Park Savannah www.pantrinbago.co.tt
13th Annual ‘Ladies Night Out’, 1-868-628-9158 www.randyglasgow productions.info 23
National Single Pan & Small Conventional Semi Finals, Queen’s Park Savannah www.pantrinbago.co.tt 23 23
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Preliminary Round, POS www.tucott.com QRC ‘Fete Royal’ All Inclusive, St Clair, POS
Junior Calypso Monarch, City Hall, POS www.tucott.com
23-24 TTGA‘TATIL Open Golf’ www.golftrinidad.com
30-31 ‘Svelty Trinidad & Tobago Ladies Open’ www.golftrinidad.com
UWI Annual All Inclusive Carnival Fete 1-868- 662-2002 ext 82326, www.uwifetett.com
‘Young Kings Calypso Competition’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, www.ncctt.org
‘I Love Soca Series’, Bar Code, Tobago 1-868-635-2633
30 ‘SIS Chutney Brass’ www.randyglasgow productions.info
‘Corona Ladies’ Stableford Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com
Preliminary Round, Palms Club, San Fernando www.tucott.com
‘National Extempo Preliminary’ Calypso Tent, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, www.tucott.com
‘National Stick Fighting Competition’ Semi Finals, Couva, www.ncctt.org
Queens and Kings Preliminaries (Seniors), Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, www.ncbatt.com
Parade of Traditional Carnival Characters, Woodford Square www.ncctt.org
‘Army Fete’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS 1-868-627-2781 / 2 ‘Battle of the Sexes’, Vikings vs Divas, Jean Pierre Complex, POS, 1-868-628-8700
‘Calypso Fiesta’, National Calypso Monarch Semi Final, San Fernando www.tucott.com 30
‘Addiction’ All inclusive Breakfast Party, www.shurwayne winchester.com 31
‘Mai Tai’ Carnival All Inclusive, 1-868-707-7663 www.caesarsarmy.com
Junior Queens & Kings, Individuals Categories, (Adam Smith Square, POS www.ncbatt.com 31
‘National Junior Panorama’ Finals, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.pantrinbago.co.tt TBA ‘Scarborough Cup Tournament’, Tobago 1-868-660-8740
‘Red Cross Kiddies Carnival’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS
Fancy Dame Lorraine Photo: Maria Nunes
‘A.M.BUSH TT Alternative J’ouvert Concept’ www.caesarsarmy.com
6 ‘Sunbern Festival’ www.randyglasgow productions.info
Junior Roving Tent, Brian Lara Promenade, POS
‘Rapso Explosion’, NALIS Amphitheatre, POS www.tucott.com
‘National Stick Fighting Final’, Skinner Park, San Fernando ‘Fall Out Fete’, Queen’s Park Oval, 1-868-766-5078
‘Brian Lara All Inclusive Fete’, Chancellor Hill, Queen’s Park West, POS
‘Dimanche Gras’, National Calypso Monarch Final, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS, www.tucott.com
‘Bakanal Wednesday’, Destra in Concert, www.mydestra.com 3
‘Iwer Wednesday’, Iwer in Concert, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS
Traditional Individuals (Seniors), Victoria Square, POS, www.ncbatt.com
6th Annual Hyatt ‘Lime’ All Inclusive, 1-868-821-6443 www.ultimatelime.com
‘National Panorama Finals Small & Single Pan’, San Fernando www.pantrinbago.co.tt 4
Conventional Individuals, Victoria Square, POS www.ncbatt.com 4
‘Kaisorama – Terrific Thursday’, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.tucott.com
‘Moka Sunday Carnival Fete’ www.golftrinidad.com ‘Fall Out Breakfast Party’ Naparima, 1-868-766-5078 7 ‘SOAKA Street Festival’, O2 Park, Chaguaramas www.soakatt.com 8 ‘Jouvert’, 4:00 am Nationwide www.ncbatt.com 8
Carnival Monday, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide www.ncc.co.tt www.ncbatt.com 9
Carnival Tuesday, Parade of the Bands, Nationwide www.ncc.co.tt www.ncbatt.com 9
‘A.M. BEACH TT Breakfast Beach Party’ www.caesarsarmy.com
‘Pan On the Road, Mas & Las Lap’, Nationwide www.pantrinbago.co.tt
Re–enactment of ‘Canboulay Riot’, Duke Street, POS 4 am
The International Soca Monarch ‘Fantastic Friday’, 1-868-627-0947, www.socamonarch.net Moko Jumbie
‘Machel Monday’ Machel in Concert www.machelmontano.com
‘Tuesday on the Rocks’, Kes in Concert www.kestheband.com
National ‘Junior Calypso Monarch’ Final, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.tucott.com
National School Soca Monarch Finals www.soacmonarch.net 1 ‘Arima Panorama’ www.pantrinbago.co.tt
Photo: Maria Nunes
‘Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Pan Champs Finals’ www.pantrinbago.co.tt Queens & Kings Senior Semi Finals, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.ncbatt.com
‘BIG FRIDAY’, Kings & Queens Finals (Juniors & Seniors), Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.ncbatt.com 5
‘Dragon Festival’, cor George & Prince Sts, POS
Republic Bank ‘Junior Parade of the Bands’, Kiddies Carnival, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.ncbatt.com
‘National Panaroma’ Finals, Medium & Large Bands, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS www.pantrinbago.co.tt
‘Alternative Comedy Festival’, www.randyglasgow productions.info 13
‘Champs of Steel Plus’, Queen’s Park Savannah, www.pantrinbago.co.tt
‘SOAKA cooler Fete’, O2 Park, Chaguaramas www.soakatt.com 20
21st – ‘TTGFA Wahoo Fishing Tournament’, T &T Yacht Club www.ttgfa.com 21 Car Rally www.rallytrinidad.com 27-28 SAGC Coca Cola Club Championships Tournament www.golftrinidad.com
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Leather Back Turtle watching season begins. Ends August 31st
‘Ajoma Ltd. Charity Golf Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 13
Mason Hall Harvest Tobago, 1-868-639-2476
The 14th Annual ‘Jazz Artists on the Greens’ www.productionltd.com www.jaotg.org
17-20 TTGA ‘Trinidad & Tobago Open Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 23
‘Phagwa Celebrations’, Aranguez, Tunapuna, Carlsen Field Good Friday (Public Holiday)
25-27 ‘Sonfest 2016’, Gospel Programme, Tobago 1-868-639-1241 26
‘Darren Ganga Foundation Charity Tournament’ www.millenniumlakes.com
‘Missionary Love Fest’ Tobago, 1-868-639-5503
Radio 90.5fm, Easter Kite Flying, Queen’s Park Savannah, POS
‘H.U.S.H Breakfast Party’, Tobago 1-868-721-1992
Mt Pleasant Family Day/ Goat Races, Tobago
Easter Sunday (Public Holiday)
Easter Monday (Public Holiday)
‘Tobago Easter Crab and Goat Races’, Buccoo, 1-868-709-9084
31-2 ‘RT16’ Car Rally www.rallytrinidad.com 30
Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (Public Holiday)
TBA ‘Shurwayne Winchester’s Easter Children’s Show’, Tobago, 1-868 788-1010, www.shurwayne winchester.com
April 4-7 TTGA/CGA ‘RBL Junior Caribbean Open Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 5-9
TTGFA ‘Marlin Madness Tournament’, Tobago www.ttgfa.com
‘POS West Rotary Club Charity Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 13
‘Sports & Tourism Golf Challenge’ www.golftrinidad.com 16-24 ‘Tobago Jazz Experience’, Pigeon Point, Tobago 1-868-639-2284 http:/tobagojazz experience.com/ 17
Missionary Love Feast, Tobago, 1-868-639-5503
18-22 ‘Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament’ www.tgft.com
23-24 ‘Sagicor St Andrew’s Invitational’ www.golftrinidad.com 23-24 ‘Jazz on the Beach’, Tobago, 1-868-639-8871 24
Goodwood Harvest, Tobago, 1-868-639-2476
28 Decibel Entertainment April - Conference & Expos, 1 May Queen’s Hall, POS, www.decibelexpo.com 28-1 ‘National Senior Team Trials’, 1-868-640-8337 www.millenniumlakes.com 29-30 Point Fortin Borough 1-7 Celebrations May 1-868-648-2124, www.pointfortinborough. com TBA ‘San Fernando Fashion Week’, 1-868-722-6059, www.sanfernandofashion week.webs.com
Capt. Jonathan de la Rosa @ Monsta Tarpon Sport Fishing
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Events Trinidad Horticultural Society at the Chelsea flower show in London As part of their 100th Anniversary celebrations in 2015 the Trinidad Horticultural Society exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. They were awarded a Silver Gilt by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) takes place in Port of Spain annually in September, promoting films made in and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, attracting a cross-section of film-makers. The Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database were launched at the 10th Film Festival in 2015. www.ttfilmfestival.com
Pan on D’Avenue The Woodbrook St James Community Association held its 4th Pan on D’Avenue in 2015. This event takes place on the 3rd weekend in August and with a growing number of sponsors and steelbands participating, has attracted a large following. Each year tribute is made to a stalwart of T&T’s culture. www.pantrinbago.co.tt
Best Village Competition
Trinidad Exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in London Photo: Sally Miller
The Prime Minister’s Best Village Competition seeks to empower communities to perform the indigenous art forms, retaining Folk Art, cuisine and culture and to work together as communities in a competitive environment. Events take place throughout the country, culminating in the finals around August of each year. www.community.gov.tt
Echoes of Life Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
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‘SAGC Corporate Tournament’ St Andrew’s Golf Club’ www.golftrinidad.com 7
‘Feast of La Divina Pastora’, Siparia
Pan on the Move
Dragon Boat Regatta
Point Fortin Borough Day 1-868-648-2124, www. pointfortinborough.com
‘Mother’s Day Comedy Festival’, Tobago 1-868-622-0834, 628-9158 Dragon Dance
‘Annual Mother Day Orchid Show’ www.ttorchids.net 20-22 ‘Tobago Fashion Weekend’, 1-868-759-3035
Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
3-11 ‘We Beat Festival’, St James, 1-868-622-7622, www.webeat.org
‘Scotiabank Against Breast Cancer’ www.golftrinidad.com ‘Maraval Rotary Club Charity Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com ‘Cotton Tree Foundation Charity Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com
26 Salsa Fiesta TnT’ &29 1-868-471-5898 www.salsafiestatnt.com 26
Corpus Christi (Public Holiday)
27-28 ‘Salsa Fiesta TnT’ 1-868-471-5898 www.salsafiestatnt.com 27-29 ‘Sugar & Energy Festival’ at Gilbert Park, California 28
‘Southern Sales Golf Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 28-1 ‘National Senior Team Trials’ www.millenniumlakescom 30
Indian Arrival Day (Public Holiday)
‘Tobago Maypole Festival’, Tobago, 1-868-639-4441
‘We Can Cook’, Signal Hill Secondary School, Tobago, 1-868-639-3407, 639-6255
‘Tobago Culinary Festival’, 1-868-639- 2125/4636, www.visittobago.gov.tt
TTGFA, ‘The Kingfish Tournament’, T&T Yacht Club, www.ttgfa.com
July - November – ‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, various villages, Tobago, 1-868-639-5016/ 4441, www.tobagoheritage festival.com
10 ‘We Beat Boatride’, www.webeat.org
‘Speyside Fisherman Fete’, Tobago, 1-868-660-4819
Rally Trinidad www.rallytrinidad.com
‘8th Trinidad & Tobago Mango Festival’, Macoya, www.nrwptt.net
‘Trade and Investment Convention (TIC)’, Centre of Excellence, Macoya, www.tic–tt.com
‘Gentlemen Seniors’ Classic Tournament’, www.golftrinidad.com 11
‘Massy Rainbow Cup’ International Triathlon, Tobago, www.rainbow cuptobago.com 12
18-19 ‘Tobago Dragon Boat Festival’, 1-868-639-2125, www.lanternfestivaltt.com 19
Labour Day (Public Holiday)
Labour Day Celebrations Fyzabad
24-26 ‘Charlottesville Fisherman Festival’, 1-868-660-5521 25
‘Laughlin & de Gannes Lucas Bowl Tournament’, www.golftrinidad.com
TBA ‘Chief Secretary’s Charity Golf Tournament’, Tobago, 1-868-660-8740
‘TTMCO Charity Golf Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 17
‘Roxborough Seafood Festival’, Fish Market
Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship
‘Great Fete Weekend’, ‘Wet Fete Saturday’ ‘Welcome Wednesday’ ‘Reggae Thursday’ ‘Soca Glow Friday’ ‘Family Day & Jump up Sunday’ Tobago, 1-868-788-6409, email@example.com
‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, www.tobagoheritage festival.com
1 Emancipation Day (Public Holiday) www.panafricanfestival.org 7
‘Laventille Steelband Festival’
12-14 TTGFA, ‘Tarpon Thunder Fishing Tournament’ www.ttgfa.com 27 ‘Carib Great Race’ www.ttpba.net 27 ‘Pan on d’Avenue V’, Ariapita Ave, Woodbrook, 1-868-689-6518, firstname.lastname@example.org 27
‘Reggae on the Beach’, Pigeon Point, Tobago
Independence Day (Public Holiday)
Independence Day Military Parade, National Awards, Fireworks
31 ‘Independence Cup Tournament’, www.golftrinidad.com 31
‘Carib Woodbrook Playboyz Steelband Parade’, POS
Tobago Mutahdi Int. Drumming Festival www.visittobago.gov.tt TBA Eid–Ul–Fitr (Public Holiday)
Leather Back Turtle watching season begins. Ends August 31st
‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, www.tobagoheritage festival.com
11th Chinese Arrival Dragon Boat Festival, www.lanternfestivaltt.com
‘Tobago Heritage Festival’, www.tobagoheritage festival.com
11 Car Rally www.rallytrinidad.com 10-11 ‘Agostini Insurance Brokers Ladies Open Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 18
‘TTGA Corporate Tournament’, Andrew’s Golf Club www.golftrinidad.com 24
Republic Day (Public Holiday)
‘Republic Day Cycling Classic’, St Clair, POS
World Tourism Day
‘Tobago Blue Food Festival’, Tobago, 1-868-639-4636 www.visittobago.gov.tt
19-20 Celebrating ‘World Food Day’, Tobago 1-868-639-4356 ‘Immortelle Children Centre Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 23
TBA ‘Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival’ www.ttfilmfestival.com
‘One Night Stand, Jazz’ www.productionltd.com www.jaotg.org
Trinidad and Tobago Steelpan & Jazz Workshops www.steelpanjazzfestival. com
TBA Annual ‘Pan, Parang & Pork’, Liz Namsoo, Invader Steel Orchestra (PRO), 1-868-3453442
‘QRC’s October Affair’, Queen’s Royal College, 1-868-486-5999
Calypso History Month’ www.tucott.com
‘Tobago Gospel Fest’, 1-868-333-7723, tobagogospelfest@gmail.
‘Brasso Seco Cook– Out Festival’ www.brasso secoparia.com
‘Carib Tobago International Rugby 7’s Tournament’, Tobago, 1-868-639-2424
‘Junior Christmas Hamper Tournament’ Parang & Party www.golftrinidad.com
Car Rally, www. rallytrinidad.com
‘Men’s Christmas Hamper Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com
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TBA ‘La Reine Rive’, Miss Best Village Competition www.community.gov.tt
TBA 16th year of Santa Rosa First People Heritage Week’, www.santa rosafirstpeoples.org
‘Tobago Scarborough Cup Golf Tournament’, Tobago 1-868-660-8740
Sept – Nov – ‘NGC SANFEST 2016’, www.sanfernado artscounc.wix.com
‘Fatima Food Fest’, 1-868-628-4735, email@example.com
‘Charlett & Gatcliffe Caddie Championship Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com TBA Magdalena Grand Invitational Golf Tournament’, Tobago, 1-868-660-8740
Opening of the Parang Season by the National Parang Association 1-868-667-3348/748-3533
‘South Caribbean Open Golf Tournament’, 1-868-660-8740
27-2 ‘Tobago International Cycling Classic’, www. trinbagowheelers.com
‘Living Waters Community Charity Golf Tournament’, www.golftrinidad.com
Divali Celebrations (Public Holiday) National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) 1-868-671- 6242 www.ncictt.com
Beacon’s Cycling on the Avenue, Woodbrook, POS
T&T Orchid Society www.ttorchids.net
‘White Hat Auction Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 10
Annual PCS Silver Stars Parang and Steel, Tragarete Rd. Woodbrook 1-868-293-0709 1-868-629-2241
‘Ladies Christmas Hamper Tournament’ www.golftrinidad.com 12 ‘Caddies Christmas Hamper’ www.golftrinidad.com 13
‘M.E.S.H.’ Malick Folk Performers, Exodus Steel Orchestra & Signal Hill Alumni Choir, Tobago 1-868-355-1809 20
7th Annual ‘PIGOUT’, Barcode, Tobago 1-868-678-7171 25
Christmas Day (Public Holiday)
Boxing Day (Public Holiday)
‘Tobago Flying Colours’ Annual Kite Flying Competition 1-868-639-5428 31
‘Barefoot on the Beach All Inclusive Fete’, Mt Irvine Beach Hotel, Mt Irvine, Tobago
Parang Photo: Maria Nunes
New Year/Old Year’s Celebrations The Lydian Singers, Steel Orchestra Christmas Concert 1-868-338-0624 www.thelydianstt.com
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January 14- 24 NAGICO Regional Super 50 Cricket competition (Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad & Shaw Park,Tobago)
Super Ten Basketball Tournament (through to December)
UCI Tobago Cycling Classic
Cycling on D’ Avenue (Woodbrook, Trinidad)
Dragon Boat Festival (Chaguaramas, Trinidad)
19-21 Sailing Regatta (Pigeon Point, Tobago)
National Surfing Championships (Mt. Irvine, Tobago)
20-21 TTGA Wahoo Fishing Tournament Trinidad Yacht Club www.ttgfa.com
Trinidad International Marathon
Photo: Allan V. Crane
11-14 Trinidad & Tobago Open (golf) 19-20 Southern Games (Guaracara Park, Trinidad) 25-28 Easter Grand Prix Cycling 28
Easter Guineas (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex, Trinidad)
2018 World Cup Qualifier T&T vs Guatemala (Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad)
FA Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad)
TTGFA Marlin Madness Fishing Tournament, Tobago www.ttgfa.com
Cotton Tree Charity Golf Tournament
TBC Visiting Test Cricket Nation (Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad)
Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Grafton Beach, Tobago)
28-29 Hampton International Games (Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad) 30
Midsummer Classic (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex, Trinidad)
June 11-25 National Open Tennis Championships (Eddie Taylor Public Courts, Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair, Trinidad) 24-26 National Athletic Championships & Olympic Trials (Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad)
(Various dates several matches) Caribbean Premier League T20 Cricket
7-11 Tobago Motor Rally
First Citizen’s League Cup Final (Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad)
Bago Beach Football International
Clubs Teams Championships Golf
December TBA Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee Sports Awards
9-10 Tobago Invitational Golf Tournament
August 12-14 TTGFA Tarpon Fishing Tournament, www.ttgfa.com 27
Carib Great Race Chaguaramas, Trinidad to Crown Point, Tobago
September 10-11 South Caribbean Open Golf (Plantations Tobago) 17
Trinidad Derby (Santa Rosa Horseracing Complex, Trinidad)
Maracas Open Water Swim (Maracas Beach, Trinidad)
Photo: Allan V. Crane
24-25 Tobago Tennis Open (Shaw Park, Tobago)
Total Monster - Winner of the Great Race 2015 Photo: Marcus Gomez
UWI Half Marathon (St Augustine, Trinidad)
Republic Day Cycling Classic
27-2 Tobago International Cycling Classic. www trinbagowheelers.com
Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Harts Carnival Band Photo: Ryan Jagessar Carnival Central
hat is it about Trinidadâ€™s many celebrations that are so intriguing? There is a wide range of festivals that blend old world traditions with bold, new world charm. From the annual Carnival, where the fetes, pan competitions and parades climax in the most amazing street party in the world, to the dancing of the two moons on the streets of St. James for Hosay, and the colourful celebrations of Emancipation Day, itâ€™s all there for the taking. So enjoy! Indian Dancers Photo: Christopher Anderson
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Carnival Experience the heart and soul
Erzulie The La Diablesse Photo: Maria Nunes
of a celebration of a lifetime by Sheldon Waithe
f the multi-faceted culture of Trinidad & Tobago could be defined by a single event, then it would be Carnival. This in itself is both a contradiction of the description as well as an apt representation, because the annual festival is a myriad of factors that makes up the heritage of the people. Confused? That’s okay because perplexity is also part of the magical mix that is Carnival! It’s our expression of the way we live, our practices and customs; it’s the visible and intangible links of our past to our present and our path to the future. Most importantly, it is simply ‘ours’. Carnival is vibrancy and the heartbeat of a nation; never more alive with anticipation and excitement than in the lead up to the main event: Carnival Monday and Tuesday and the preceding weekend. The lead in time varies each year, dependent upon the proximity of Easter (Carnival is
Harts Carnival Band Photo: Ryan Jagessar Carnival Central
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Carnival Queen Show Photo: Maria Nunes
the last hurrah before the Lenten period, 40 days prior to Easter). Regardless, whether a five week blast or a two month gallop, the action commences as the New Year begins: costumes are already booked, Mas’ Camps are in full swing and finely tuned steel pans ring out with the sonorous music of daily practice sessions. Calypsonians and Soca artists have their faithful declaring ‘my song’ for the season, the one that will have them in hysterics or dancing through the streets. Inevitably, it is to the long standing legacy of the panyard to which most flock to first of all, as steelbands get ready for the major competition of Panorama. The Panorama Semifinal Competition lasts a full day, attracting thousands to the Queen’s Park Savannah, there for the long haul to enjoy one of the true wonders of our heritage, derived from our main industry - a musical instrument made from an oil drum. The winners are crowned three weeks later at Panorama Finals on Carnival Saturday. (www.pantrinbago.co.tt). Traditions evolve and with the rise of soca within Carnival, so has the fete culture. Yet they still encompass a wide spectrum to suit all tastes (and availability). From conventional night parties to new-fangled breakfast fetes, from a cooler bash to all-inclusive gala
gatherings, from dancing at some of the best known global hotel brands, to ‘wet fetes’ where the water soaks the revellers as the music rings-out dockside. The one staple is that there will be one almost every night in the last two weeks of the season (www.trinidadcarnivaldiary. com). Compared to the age old existence of calypso, soca music’s heritage is relatively new, but the concept of novelty is reserved for the stage performances. The crowning moment is at the beginning of Carnival weekend, Fantastic Friday! Though T&T is a sovereign nation without a monarchy, it has many kings and queens that accompany Carnival. The first of the rulers is crowned at the International Soca Monarch competition, a show eagerly awaited by locals and foreigners tuning in from abroad (www. socamonarch.net/). Re-enactments are part of the preservation of heritage and culture; given the importance of the recognition of the past and how it forms the present, it’s apt that the performance marking the Canboulay Riots is the event that kick starts the Carnival weekend. In downtown Port of Spain, at a typically Carnival-esque 5 a.m. start time, the drums and tamboo bamboo begin. This is a history pageantry of the highest importance, for the very roots of the music and masquerade is embedded in the aftermath of Canboulay. The
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re-enactment may celebrate the history but it is a new concept, only integrated into Carnival after finding favour and following as Emancipation Day groups recognised the importance of re-telling the tale in dance format. And so the culture of telling our tales in street theatre begins... Soon, those same streets of the capital city will give way to the early afternoon macabre celebration of Ole Mas’. The emphasis is on the tradition of the devilish side to masquerading, given release onto the world before the Lenten period. The mix of Blue Devils, stilt walking Moko Jumbies and fire eaters, draws a big crowd and the age of the performers is a key indication of the importance of passing on the tradition of Mas’ through this medium. As long as there is Carnival, there will be Ole Mas’. Similarly, it ties in with the early evening tradition of Viey La Cou, a tribute to the folklore of T&T, that keeps the likes of ‘Papa Bois’ and ‘La Diablesse’ alive in modern society, with strong imagery developed from the influence of French, British colonisation and African tales. The Mas’ ritual is all encompassing, the tentacles of its addiction reaches children eager for their own chance to perform, to have their time on stage and feel the release of Carnival, the emotion which is one of the cornerstones of T&T society. Kiddies Carnival on Saturday is the culmination of many smaller children’s events that take place on prior weekends, the perfect forerunner to the adult event on the same stage in the Savannah and under the blazing dry season sun (www.carnivalineducation.com). Dimanche Gras is where the T&T society looks upon itself with its culture of ‘picong’ and satire. The former is the friendly heckling that requires thick skin to deflect the verbal blows and laugh at oneself, a trait very much in evidence in the Trinbagonian society and one that provides our unique perspective on life. Calypsonians vie for the title of Monarch and few are spared in their commentary of current events, borne of the history of annotations in the calypso tents. This is contrasted by the sheer glamour that showcases another side of our culture; pretty Mas’ is about the beauty of the land and its people, the inspiration for the works of art that are the Kings and Queen of the Bands, is drawn from the heritage bestowed upon T&T. Every sequin, every flow of the costume is a nod to the flamboyance of yesteryear and the bravado of tomorrow.
J’Ouvert Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
Kiddies Carnival Photo: Maria Nunes
Photo: Maria Nunes
The Canboulay Riots by Sheldon Waithe
Friday, the re-enactment of a major event takes place in Port-of-Spain, the details of which are never forgotten, but the impact of the commemoration somewhat diminished from that of the original incident. The significance of the Canboulay Riots is crucial to Trinidad & Tobago, both in its occurrence in 1881 and in the nation’s contemporary Carnival culture. Without Canboulay there would be none of the sweet steelpan that now exists, none of the calypso and kaiso that drives Mas’ and certainly not Carnival as we know it today. The irony is that modern Carnival represents a confluence of people united in dance, freedom, street theatre and the love of music; due to Canboulay, the roots of the festival were based in resentment, restriction and physical violence. In the 1880s, plantation owners on the island held elaborate masquerade balls that were the first seedlings of Mas’, and forged a pattern copied by newly freed slaves. They mimicked their previous owners and took the infant Carnival festivity further, adding drums, stick fighting (calinda) and carrying burning cane stalks, initially called “cannes brulées” (burnt cane) which evolved into “canboulay.” Given the freedom it represented after years of enslavement, the festival became very important to the ex-slaves and their immediate descendants. The ribald dancing on display, meant that the whites and by extension the police, frowned upon Canboulay and quickly quashed its original celebration on 1st August, the anniversary of Emancipation. The determined masses moved their Canboulay celebration to the pre-Lenten Carnival season, citing their right to take part in the festivities like the rest of the population. As part of the build up, the ex-slaves would also gather in tents to listen and be entertained by a ‘chantwell’ singer who lead them in songs about their frustrations and their former “masters”. Thus the kaiso tent was born. It all came to a head in 1881, the Captain of the police force, Arthur Baker, made it his mission to eradicate Canboulay and attacked the revellers in Port of Spain. The Governor of the island, Sir Sanford Freeling, sought to calm matters by restricting the police to their barracks. He was ‘rewarded’ with being recalled to England, leaving Baker free to stamp out the celebration, which he duly attempted in 1884, this time in Princes Town and San Fernando. An elaborate network of spies provided the information and the police prepared to stop the revellers who were in an equally defiant mood and rushed the police station. In the ensuing battle, a boy was shot and killed by police, causing the people to flee. Despite the defiance of their drumming and horns, the police heavily outnumbered the revellers on the Carnival Sunday night. The police ordered them to stop; the Canboulay flames were extinguished but not the spirit of the people. As drumming and stick-fighting were outlawed, they were replaced by the tamboo bamboo (instruments cut from bamboo) and the inevitable rise of the steel pan. The chantwell continued to lead with song, soon to be drowned out by the melodies emanating from the pan. In the face of constraint, the pathway to modern Carnival had begun. Every year, in the week preceding Carnival, the historic event is re-enacted in the capital of Port of Spain.
Blue Devils Photo: Maria Nunes
Maria Nunes Photographer by Skye Hernandez Maria Nunes’s photographic exploration of Trinidad culture started with a bang; or more specifically, the loud, dry crack of a Jab Jab’s whip. She had been with friends at a Carnival Monday lime in Woodbrook, around the corner from the Adam Smith Square judging point, when suddenly this startling sound shattered the revelry around her. She was intrigued. Drawn outside into the road, she came upon a Jab Jab fight in full swing, as the whipmasters warmed up before taking the stage. That was in 2007; she was 30 years old and it was the first time she had gone to the carnival with a camera. She had never seen the terrifying curl of the whips as the Jabs lashed the pitch — and one another: “I immediately saw the dance of the whip and thought it would be a wonderful challenge to capture this art form.” What followed this experience was a walk, with camera, over a few city blocks. There Nunes encountered many traditional carnival characters, each with their own stories, dances, movements, ways of making music, or noise, including bands of different kinds of devils and Tribal Connections, a “fancy Indian” band. Nunes recalls this as one of two events that triggered her interest in chronicling traditional Mas’; the other was
an invitation the following year from photographer Abigail Hadeed to join her as she went about her own masterful capturing of carnival. With Hadeed she saw for the first time the infamous Paramin blue devils in their hilly hometown and then at the Adam Smith Square, during the traditional Mas’ competition. “This is where I saw for the first time a man transform from an ordinary person into a Blue Devil — all the stages.” The photos, she says, were “beautiful, contemplative even … Those early photos … some of them remain my best. I was transfixed.” Nunes, who first came to national attention as a junior golf champion — worlds away from downtown carnival — has become an astute and sensitive narrator and recorder of traditional carnival customs and characters, as well as of many aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural life, whether performance, music or the arts. “I didn’t set out with a mission to preserve traditional carnival or record carnival imagery. It was a journey of discovery for me, fuelled by my love of music, especially the pan, and discovering the few steelbands who still play Mas’ in town.”
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The Steelpan Connection by Paul Hadden
International Steelband Competition Photo: Allan V. Crane
t was the 1940s, Trinidad and Tobago was still under British rule, and World War II continued to ravage the globe. As a wartime security measure, the British colonial government had decided to ban the local Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and forbid all manners of merrymaking. The streets, once filled with the rhythms of the tamboo bamboo drums, were now eerily silent. Now, confined to make music in their yards, and banned from using the traditional drums, young men from underprivileged areas in Port of Spain continued to experiment with different forms of percussion instruments, one of these was the discarded oil drum. It is widely accepted that the steel pan made its first public appearance at the 1940 Carnival celebration, thanks to the ingenuity of many contributors. This crude drum, capable of producing no more than two or three notes at most, was the predecessor of the modern day steelpan; an instrument whose sound has become the symbolic musical heartbeat of this nation’s festivities. But despite its humble beginnings, pan was not to be confined to this small corner of the globe. Not only are steelpan groups, schools, and festivals flourishing abroad, but every year the island’s Carnival celebrations and Panorama steelpan competition attract thousands of visitors. One country which boasts scores of pan enthusiasts is Japan, and they are not only coming here to observe, they are here to perform. “The first time I visited Trinidad was in 2010,” says Mrs. Hiroko Ueda, a member of the Sonics Tokyo Steelpan Orchestra,“I went to a pan yard to hear Renegades rehearse. I was shocked,” she says, “tears came out from my eyes. I felt strong vibes there, strong power from their music and performance. Now, I visit Trinidad every year at Carnival to perform with them.” Mrs. Ueda is one of several Japanese pannists that make the annual pilgrimage to Trinidad for Panorama. Her group, the Sonics Tokyo Steelpan Orchestra, founded in 1999 by Trinidadian Michael ‘Manish’ Robinson, is just one of several dynamic steelpan groups found throughout Japan. Her colleague, Mr. Jun Haruhara, explains the popularity of pan in Japan, “It began in the 90s when the Renegades Steel Orchestra first visited and toured Japan. Japanese interest in steelpan has gradually been growing since then; there have been documentaries about the instrument, and television programmes where popular Japanese celebrities visit Trinidad to learn about the culture, and try to learn to play pan.” When asked what attracts so many Japanese to the steelpan, Mr. Haruhara says, “pan has a great power to make people happy. The Trinidadian rhythms, notes, and vibes fill us with happiness when we play, and this happiness is then transferred to the audience. It’s kind of like an infection, but a happy infection.” Mr. Haruhara notes, “Beating drums together is part of both of our cultures. In Trinidad, there is the steelpan, and in Japan there is the traditional wa-daiko drum. It’s something that we both have in common, and one of the reasons why we are attracted to the steelpan.” He goes on to show me a photograph of his pan group at one of the largest drum festivals in Japan, the Narita Taiko Matsuri. In the picture, taken at the grounds of a shinto temple, there is a sea of hundreds of Japanese taiko drums. These drums will all be played together for the thunderous opening act of the festival. Behind these drums, right at the back of the group, is a small silver line of steelpans glistening in the sun, some of them with Trinidad and Tobago flags draped over them; which will be part of the performance. It is a telling photo. It demonstrates the extent of the intercultural bond which is being created through music, and the extent of the steelpan’s travels.
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T&T’s Panyards by Sheldon Waithe
hank the British for lending a hand in the development of steelpan; by banning the Tamboo Bamboo bands in the 1930s, the young men of T&T had to be resourceful. Just as the banning of Canboulay gave rise to Bamboo based instruments, so too did the prohibition of the latter force musicians to derive melody from what was available in their environment. Discarded oil drums were the answer, turned into an instrument upon which an eight-note scale could be played. Legend tells the tale that Winston Simon Spree cracked the tuning code, then played the notes using sticks wrapped with rubber at the ends. As word spread, crowds gathered, collaboration grew, and thus the first pan yard was born... They have been through a chaotic history - from gang fighting to initially being shunned by society - but the music is so magnificent that the pan musicians eventually won the hearts (and ears) of everyone. The panyard has always been the centre of a community and remains an unforgettable staple of the Carnival season and beyond. Port of Spain and its environs has the most panyards, some hidden away and only found by following the music, but the
larger and more popular yards are: Silver Stars, Playboyz and Invaders all on Tragarete Road, Renegades on Charlotte Street, All Stars of Duke St, Phase II Pan Groove at Hamilton Street, Starlift of Mucurapo Road and Desperadoes in Laventille (which recently moved to a yard off of the Queen’s Park Savannah). East Trinidad is home to large panyards steeped in history, such as Exodus in St. Augustine, Birdsong in Tunupana and nearby Pamberi of Santa Cruz Old Road in San Juan. Harmonites of the Eastern Main Road, Barataria, round off the list. The sounds of the South emanate from the yards of Siparia Deltones on Railway Road, as well as the ever popular Skiffle Bunch on San Fernando’s famous Coffee Street. Equally loved is the neighbouring panyard at Dottin Street, where Fonclaire ply their melodious trade. The sister isle is home to two main large panyards, the first located on Montgomery Road at Bethel, home to the Redemption Soundsetters. Our Boys are located in the capital Scarborough, on Kirk Street. www. pantrinbago.co.tt will provide further details of all these panyards plus many more for the ultimate musical experience!
WITCO Desperadoes Photo: Maria Nunes
Multi-cultural Multi-cultural Festivals of Sweet T&T by Bavina Sookdeo
HINDU FESTIVALS Ramleela Ramleela is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Lord Rama, the Hindu God of the Universe, and his mission to restore righteousness during his time on earth. The festival has become increasingly popular over the years, with more than 35 groups registered with the National Ramleela Council. Celebrated during the Hindu period known as ‘Nowraatam’ in the month of Ashwin (SeptemberOctober), Ramleela lasts 10 days and normally begins on the first Friday in Nowraatam. The festival culminates with the burning of the monumental effigy of Raavan, a defeated villain.
Divali (Diwali) This five-day celebration which is known as the festival of lights, represents good overcoming evil and light overcoming darkness. The Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Mother Lakshmi, is celebrated. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika (October/November). Puja (Hindu prayer ceremony) is held at 6 p.m. on Divali day. Thousands of deyas (clay lamps lit with oil and a wick made of cotton) are lit and homes are beautifully decorated with the lights.
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Kartik Nahan Festival Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
The beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago are known for their unique ethnic, religious and cultural mix. There are many more festivals, but here are some of the more popular ones which are celebrated:
Also growing in popularity locally, is the celebration of Ganesh Utsav, Lord Ganesha’s birthday. Ganesh (the God with the elephant’s head) is the Hindu God commonly known as the remover of obstacles. He is also the Lord of success and destroyer of evils. His birthday is celebrated in the Hindu month of Bhado– usually between the months of August and September (depending on the moon). A great deal of preparation is done for the occasion: two weeks before the birthday, dirt is removed from the river and used to make a murti (a clay model) of the Hindu God. Painted, the murti is then covered with a cloth until it is ready to make its journey to a temple. On the chowth, or the fourth day of the new moon, the murti is revealed and the Ganesh Utsav begins. A large, jubilant procession follows the Ganesh murti to the temple. At the temple, puja is done three times a day, as well as nightly scriptural readings. At the end of the period, on the final day of Ganesh Utsav, the murti is taken to the river, again followed by a jubilant procession, where it is re-immersed at the same place from where it came.
Phagwa Celebrations Photo: Christopher Anderson
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Purnima)
In Trinidad, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in recognition of the bond between brothers and sisters. However, historically, the Hindu festival, which solely celebrates such a bond, is known as Bhai Dooj, usually celebrated on the last day of Divali. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated amongst siblings and those who are considered to be siblings. Held in August, on Raksha Bandhan, a rakhi (sacred thread) is tied around the right wrist of the brother (by the sister) to remind and inspire him to show love and care for his sister. It symbolises the promise by the brother to protect and defend the sisterâ€™s honour at all times. On this day, upon tying the rakhi, the sister performs aarti for the brother, by placing a lit deya in a brass plate (thali) and moving it in a circular motion in front of him. After this, an Indian sweet is then fed to him. Brothers usually present their sisters with a gift.
The Ganga (Ganges), Indiaâ€™s largest river, is sacred to all Hindus. The Ganga Dashahara celebrates the descent of the Ganga to earth. Held over the first 10 days of the month of Jyeshtha (in June), the festival takes place at the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse. Over the years, the river has been consecrated by water and dust from over 2,000 holy rivers and places in India. It is at this river that devotees in Trinidad and Tobago have gathered for the past 20 years. For the festival, devotees wear white and yellow, perform pujas, offerings and other rituals which take place along the riverâ€™s course, before immersing the Ganga murti.
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Hosay Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
Phagwa (Holi) A colourful festival, Phagwa is also referred to as Holi. During Phagwa, colourful liquids and powder called ‘abeer’ are placed on participants in open fields. Phagwa was brought to our shores from Bihar, India, by Hindus who worked as indentured labourers on local plantations around 1845. It is celebrated with Chowtal singing in the latter part of the month of Phalgun and early Chaitra (around March-April).
INTER-RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL La Divina Pastora (Soparee K Mai) Standing majestically in the La Divina Pastora Roman Catholic Church in Siparia, the La Divina Pastora (The Holy Shepherdess) statue attracts many locals and foreigners. To Christians, she is a representation of the Virgin Mary and to Hindus, she is a portrayal of Mother Kali (the one who removes the ego and liberates the soul from the cycle of birth and death). Many believe that the Holy Shepherdess grants wishes and performs miracles. On Good Friday, devotees take offerings of jewellery, olive oil, money and other items, as a form of thanksgiving. Lining the way to the church, are the less fortunate who receive alms from visitors. A few weeks later, the Holy Shepherdess is dressed beautifully and paraded through the streets, followed by a procession that is known as the feast of La Divina Pastora.
Ten days after the appearance of the new moon in the Muhurram month of the Muslim calendar, Hosay is celebrated; particularly in communities such as St. James, Cedros and Tunapuna. The annual event honours the brothers Hosein and Hassan (the grandsons of Prophet Muhammad) who were murdered. Hosay begins with Flag Night, which is marked by loud Tassa drumming and floats with colourful flags (symbolising banners of war) being pushed through the streets. Small Tadjah Night is marked by devotees pushing models of a tadjah (model mausoleums or mosques). The most climatic event is Big Tadjah Night, when massive versions of the tadjahs, some almost 15 feet high, are carried through the streets. Two men (one with a green crescent moon on his shoulders and one with a red crescent), dance toward each other in time to the Tassa drumming. The red is said to represent Hussain’s shed blood and the green represents the poison that killed Hassan. The moons meet briefly where they “kiss.” The day after, the tadjahs are cast into the sea or river while prayers are recited.
Eid Ul Adha (Eid al Adha) Muslims commemorate trials and the sacrifice made by Father Abraham, who was commanded by Allah to kill his first born on Eid-ul-Adha. Abraham was ready to make the sacrifice, but Allah revealed to him that by showing his love for his Lord, just by being willing to submit to Allah’s will, the sacrifice was already made. By slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats, Muslims commemorate this day. The animal’s meat is shared with the poor, as well as with family and friends.
ISLAMIC FESTIVALS Ramadan and Eid Ul Fitr Eid Ul Fitr is celebrated after Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that the first verses of the Qur’an (holy book) were revealed to Muhammed (whom Muslims refer to as a Prophet) around this time in the holy place of Mecca. During this holy month, Muslims fast, give charity and pray, while they focus on self-sacrifice. On Eid Ul Fitr, Muslims pray at mosques throughout the country. They visit friends and family, enjoy sweets such as sawine (made from vermicelli mixed with milk, spices, fruits and almonds) and Malida (made of wheat flour, semolina, butter and milk) and give alms to the poor.
Hosay Photo: Peter Sheppard
Emancipation Celebrations Photos: Abraham Diaz
by Bavina Sookdeo
Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday (on August 1, 1985) in commemoration of the abolition of slavery.
lavery brought with it suffering, scars, sacrifice and a slow death to many kidnapped Africans. For years, they laboured on sugar cane plantations working under horrific and inhumane conditions. With the Haitian Revolution acting as a catalyst, after years of resistance by enslaved communities throughout the Caribbean and Americas, the economic, socio-political and humanitarian realities led to its collapse. The word that they so longed to hear ‘Emancipation’ came, but it came many years later after Africans endured years of being enslaved. In 1833, a man named Thomas Buxton introduced the Emancipation Bill to the British Parliament and on August 1st, 1834, the bill was passed and came into effect. Only slaves under six years old were freed immediately and those over six years were to serve an “apprenticeship period of four to six years”. During this time they
were to work 40 ½ hours per week for free. Confusion was created since the act did not state how the 40 ½ hours were to be divided. Such confusion, among other issues, resulted in the abandonment of the period and on August 1st 1838, the announcement came that all British slaves must be freed. On hearing the news of their long awaited freedom, many freed slaves instantly moved off the plantations, setting up villages of their own and putting the pieces of their lives together. Today, their descendants have left an indelible mark on the culture, financial development and governance of the Caribbean, especially in Trinidad and Tobago; from leading world renowned intellectuals, to artists, entrepreneurs, Presidents and Prime Ministers. Each year, Emancipation Day is celebrated with several cultural events as Trinidadians and Tobagonians of every ethnicity dress in traditional clothes and enjoy the festivities.
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Paramin Village Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Patois, Sa Sa Ye?
by Paul Hadden
t first glance, Trinidad and Tobago may appear to be a monolingual country. English is our official language after all, and it is
a language which all Trinis are capable of fluently speaking and understanding. Yet, if you dig a bit beneath the surface, you will find that there is more to our linguistic situation than first meets the eye. If you head out of the bustling city of Port of Spain, full of Trinis chatting away in an English peppered with our colourful local dialect, and journey up to the village of Paramin, nestled high in the stunningly beautiful hills of the Northern Range, you will find people communicating in a very surprising way. Here, in this close-knit, charming village, you are likely come across Trinis speaking not only English, but the mellifluous local French creole language known as “Patois”. It is a language originally brought to these shores in the late 17th century, and one which has played a key role in shaping the cultural and linguistic history of Trinidad.
Patwa, sa sa yé? – Patois, what is that?
Patois is a language that was formed out of contact between the enslaved Africans, speaking various West African languages, and the French speaking plantation owners of the 17th century. Though its beginning was rooted in a time of great suffering, Patois was to grow and develop into a rich, expressive, melodious language and would come to be one of the most culturally influential tongues on the island. Even our beloved Calypso music was originally sung not in English, but in Patois. If you want a taste of Patois’ sweet sound, be sure to check-out some old- time calypsos by the Mighty Sparrow, one of Trinidad’s greatest musical talents. Songs such as “Sa Sa Yea” and “Mangé”, masterfully mix lyrics in both English and Patois. Just be careful if you decide to get a Patois speaker to translate the lyrics for you. Sparrow’s Patois songs are full of what locals like to call rudeness!
Ki moun té ka ‘y? – Who spoke it?
In multilingual colonial Trinidad, it was Patois, and not English, which served as the lingua franca between the many ethnic and linguistic groups on the island. Trinidadian historian and anthropologist Lewis Osborne Inniss once called Patois “the almost universal language,” and one which “no one could get
on without knowing”. It is a language which was once described by local poet Sylvester Devenish as the “sweetest” language that he knew. Sadly, Patois’ use declined tremendously after the Anglicisation policy of governor Charles William Warner in the late 1800s, as he strived to make Trinidad as English as possible. But languages, like people, are resilient things and proof of this can be found in villages such as Paramin, where the language still lives. As the residents of the village will proudly tell you - “Patwa ka viv ankò” – Patois is still alive!
Es ou vlé apwann palé patwa?
So you want to learn to speak some Patois?
Thanks to the efforts of several local linguists, language enthusiasts, and cultural activists, there are now several books, CDs, and online resources available for those who which to learn Patois. Be sure to check out stores such as the Paper Based Bookshop in the Normandie Hotel for various educational Patois books.
Alé annou palé patwa!
- Come on let’s learn Patois!
hopping in Trinidad is an adventure. You’re sure to find sophisticated ready-to-wear selections from renowned designers at West Mall or competitively priced, one of a kind Indian silks from House of Jaipur. Whether it’s a painting, sculpture or a mini steelpan from Bambu Gift Shop or Rainy Days, or delicious local artisan chocolates, coffees or condiments from Malabar Farms, you won’t leave empty handed. Sarah Jane Waddell, Trinidad & Tobago Miss World 2014 Representative Photo: Laura Ferreira Studios
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Of shops, malls - and
other wonderous finds...
by Roslyn Carrington
Ready to shop Finally, here I am in Trinidad, a shopper’s paradise, they tell me. I’ve heard it’s got some of the most varied and eclectic shopping spots in the Caribbean ... and I’m ready to put that claim to the test. Most stores accept major credit cards or US cash, but in case I run short, ATMs are available almost everywhere. I can also visit an exchange trader to get some local currency for more “rustic” shopping.
Day 1 Downtown Port of Spain Today, I’m plunging in at the deep end. I’m heading straight “downtown”. At the Parkade car park on the western end, I leave the car I rented from Alamo/National Car Rental. The first thing I notice is how busy it is. Where is everyone hurrying to? Everywhere there is music, laughter, and colour. I stroll along some of Trinidad’s oldest urban roads, enjoying 100-year-old architecture, like the balustrades and columns on Frederick Street. I promise myself to have a browse at the modern National Library on Abercromby Street - one day. Somebody, hold me back! Luxury items kept calling my name. Linens, china, crystal, perfumes, watches, cameras....ah, bliss. I inhaled the scents of handmade soaps and lotions (and bought a few to take home as gifts). The selections in the jewellery stores are exquisite. I could hardly drag myself away. Prices may
be a little higher, but there is great quality and variety. I love “liming” along the arcade malls, from Frederick Street to Henry and Charlotte Streets, browsing through jewellery outlets, bookstores, clothing and shoe shops, and textile stores. I can get excellent prices on brilliant batiks and exotic sari silks, upholstery and drapery fabrics, bridal and evening fabrics, men’s suiting and linens. If you want to get a good price from the sidewalk vendors as they jostle on the pavement, you’ve just got to haggle. I stopped for lunch at Boomerang Fast Foods and then ambled down to the Brian Lara Promenade in the lovely morning sunshine, to see what the local craftsmen had on sale. I wasn’t disappointed! Leather goods such as belts and sandals and wood carvings. On the eastern end of town, Charlotte Street was buzzing, with rickety tables laden with Chinese preserves, kitchen-ware, fruit and vegetables, even bargains from the backs of pick-up trucks. Still “downtown”, I pop into Excellent City Centre, a landmark mall housing over 60 shops. Excellent Stores has a vast selection of items, from household objects to children’s clothing and seasonal decorations. If I miss anything there, I can always visit the branches at MovieTowne, Price Plaza and Trincity Mall, Monday to Sunday. I had a quick stop in Woodbrook at one of my favourite shops, House of Jaipur, and feasted my eyes on the fine selection of jewellery, clothing, and home interior accessories. Finally, I dragged myself back to my hotel, exhausted but happy. My shopping craving is satisfied ... for now.
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Day 2 Mall crawling in the West Trinidadian malls are modern, comfortable, and easy to access from the major highways. There are banks and ATMs, food courts and restaurants, and all the sophisticated retail stores my heart desires, such as jewellery, fashion, art, books, leather goods, home furnishings, and flower shops. I went for one of the biggest, naturally: The Falls at Westmall, in the north-west. It’s got 130 stores, two major banks, cellular phone centres, a food court, and a choice of cosy cafés. I had a blast! Then I headed over to the loud and lively St. James shopping area, via the Western Main Road, a quick stop for a hot “doubles” on the street, and I turned north to Long Circular Mall, with three levels of retailers, food court, gym and supermarket. While there, I indulged myself at Stechers Ltd., where I was dazzled by Swarovski crystals, fine jewellery and watches, perfumes and skincare products. Still in the West, I visited the Mediterranean-themed MovieTowne complex, located at Invaders Bay (one of T&T’s earliest Amerindian settlements). MovieTowne has over 40 premier shops, an outdoor festival area (free concerts on Saturday nights), restaurants, and a ten-screen multiplex cinema. Time to head back to my hotel, to get ready for a concert at Queen’s Hall, but I’ll certainly return to the West to try Starlite Shopping Plaza in Diego Martin, Highland Plaza in Glencoe, Shoppes of Maraval, and the elegant Ellerslie Plaza.
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Day 3 A drive out East... and then a visit to the Southland
Day 4 Planning for more shopping
After trying on my new outfits, I fell asleep and dreamed of more shopping. Today, I’m eastward bound. At the interchange between the Churchill-Roosevelt and Uriah Butler/Solomon Hochoy Highways, I turned into the exotic City of Grand Bazaar where I enjoyed shopping outdoors, and dining in style. Valpark Shopping Plaza is just a few kilometres away, with 115 shops. A little further east is Trincity Mall, one of the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean with over 5 million visits each year. It offers a mix of fashion retail, entertainment, two food courts and top-class restaurants, a large supermarket, and three major banks either in-house or adjacent. I hope I have time to see a movie at Caribbean Cinemas 8. I wasn’t ready to go home yet, so I headed south to Chaguanas, to the Centre Pointe Mall and Centre City Mall. It seems the pottery wheels never stop spinning in “Central”: I found a fantastic array of useful and decorative clay items. Further along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, in La Romaine, I rounded my day off at Gulf City Mall, enjoying their distinctive boutiques. My nieces would have loved the designated section for children’s shopping, centred around a fun play area.
I spent the morning at my in-hotel spa (including a pedi for my poor, aching feet) and made a list of items I still needed, which I’ll share with you; we shopaholics are generous that way!
Modern and traditional furniture and fittings I can choose from West Indian designs and Asian and North American pieces from outlets of Signature Collection and Mi Casa. Fen’s of Marabella sounds great, too.
Mobile Phones and Computers I can pick one up at any of the malls, plazas and cell phone outlets. Top-up cards and direct credit transfers are easy to find at supermarkets, drugstores and other distributors.
African Art African Trophies in Port of Spain is a good place to find beautiful baskets, and crafts in wood, stone and copper, from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
Clothing and Accessories I can’t leave without picking up some sweet new outfits from one of the many designers and fashion houses, like Avenue Montaigne in Maraval. Many are
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internationally recognised, such as Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, Meiling, Millhouse, Radical Designs and The Cloth. I can quickly pop in to stores like Fusion in Valpark for stylish ready-to-wear outfits, Wet on Ariapita Avenue, or Tropical Wear at Westmall, for another swimsuit. And I hear Desigual in MovieTowne is really different! For the guys, there’s Bradford, with outlets in many malls.
Grassroots Shopping I’m definitely going to interact with the quirky and interesting local roadside vendors, who I can see on every corner, from Port of Spain to Chaguanas and along the East-West Corridor. I heard about the craft markets, like UpMarket or the Green Market, and I’m certainly going to visit one this weekend.
Indian Wear Great timing! One of the many Indian Trade Fairs and Expos will be open while I’m here! I’m going to look for something exotic and colourful, maybe even Indian jewellery, furniture, brass, or bedding. I’ll also try House of Jaipur on O’Connor Street, Woodbrook.
Jewellery They’re a lightweight, easy-to-carry gift to take home ... or to add to my private collection. Why not? The workmanship is excellent, with natural materials, gemstones, copper and beads, silver and precious gold; Kaur Collections in Gulf City and several Chaguanas locations sounds like a good bet.
Eyewear I think I’ll stop at one of the many mall outlets of Ray Cool in Long Circular Mall or Social Eyes, for stylish sunglasses to protect my eyes from the tropical sun.
Toiletries Mustn’t forget to pick up sunscreen - an easy find with pharmacies and drug stores conveniently open, some even 24 hours. I can get over-the-counter and prescription medications, toiletries and beauty products whenever I need them. SuperPharm has seven locations, which are also open on Sundays and holidays.
Books For reading on the beach, and on the flight home. I’m taking back, for the in-laws, some of those stunning coffee-table books on Trinidad’s natural history, culture and architecture from Nigel R. Khan, (outlets located in various malls). And maybe I’ll discover one of the many new Caribbean writers that have blossomed lately.
Souvenirs I’ve browsed through souvenir shops such as Bambu Gift Shop (West Mall) and Rainy Days (Ellerslie Plaza) as well as Caboodle Gifts (Maraval) in the malls and plazas, and at Piarco International Airport. I think I’ll get some T&T flags, pottery, or knick-knacks in the national colours of red, white and black. Maybe some painted shirts, and a doll dressed in a Carnival costume. If the music bug bites me, I’ll take a piece of music history home with my very own
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steelpan and accessories from The Selection House in downtown Port of Spain, or Panland Trinidad & Tobago.
Art I need a painting for the living room, and the art galleries and framing businesses in the malls, plazas and artsy areas like Woodbrook and St. Clair are the best places to look. Maybe a sculpture, a print or original work from artists Beverley Thomas, Katrina Inglis and Jason Gour; or something unusual, like wrought iron. If I feel like trying my hand, I’ll pick up art supplies at On Location in Westmall, Okazions Card & Gift Store or Caribbean Contemporary Arts, off the Eastern Main Road.
Gourmet Goods Edible gifts for the boss, or a chance to cultivate my own “sweet hand” (the culinary equivalent of a green thumb) with local condiments and preserves from supermarkets and airports. Enjoy pepper sauces and jellies, preserved local fruit, chutney or kuchela made with tamarind, mango or other local fruits, and authentic spices and herbs that make my mouth water. My hotel offers fine local coffee, blended by the Hong Wing family since 1921. It’s on sale everywhere, so I’ll pick up a pound. But I’m not telling how many sinfully exquisite local chocolate delicacies, made with very best of Trinidad’s own superb cocoa beans, I’m buying ... that will be my secret!
Natural Foods I guess I’ll balance my chocolate indulgence with some healthy food from the Natural Store at Shoppes of Maraval, Yummy Mummy in Chaguanas, or Health Food Specialist Ltd. in Cocoyea Village, San Fernando. The many health food stores meet the rising demand for dietetic and specialty foods. When I’m missing the tastes of home, gourmet shops
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like Peppercorns in Ellerslie Plaza and Westmall, and Petit Gourmet in St. Clair, import fresh fruit and vegetables, among other delicacies, as does Malabar Farms in Long Circular, with stocks of top quality steak and meats, seafood, cheeses, deli meats, breads and specialty platters. They even make baskets on order.
Alcohol I’m impressed by the range of alcoholic beverages, spirits, wines and specialty drinks, including fine local rums and world-famous Angostura aromatic bitters. I’ll find them at Vintage Imports (Woodbrook) and Fernandes Fine Wines (Westmall), or the Liquor Station’s Wine Department. They’ll also be available in supermarkets and groceries. Maybe I’ll take advantage of the excellent duty-free prices at the airport.
Flowers I can sum up the flora here with one word: opulent. I’ll cheer myself up every few days with an armload of the local flowers that I see cascading from roadside vans, or one of the many florists like Flowerline in Chaguanas, or La Tropicale Flower Shop in St. James, or Flowers to Treasure in Trincity.
Weddings Not to let the cat out of the bag, but if I were planning a local wedding, Naipaul’s Bridal is where I’d go to shop. Perhaps Emerald Designs and Event Services can plan it for me.
Duty Free Shopping I’m saving some money to shop duty-free at Piarco International Airport, because I can shop both inbound and outbound at the stores on the ground floor (after exiting Immigration) and the first-floor-level shops (accessible via the stairs or escalator). The temptations are endless: gold and silver jewellery; Swarovski crystals; tobacco and perfumes; designer eyewear by Channel, Prada, Oakley, Maui Jim and Ray Ban, leather goods, books and local T-shirts and craft, cosmetics, chocolates and confectionery ... It’s enough to make you dizzy. Choose from a wide selection of Champagne, Port, aged Caribbean Rum, Scotch or other spirits; and the legendary performer Machel Montano’s M Store is a must for CDs and music. I can have everything ready to be collected just before I board my plane, but I have to get there early, as shopping closes an hour before departure. And by the way, my friends arriving in Trinidad by sea can feed their duty free cravings at Apadoca’s, at Crews Inn, Chaguaramas, or simply choose from the duty-paid selection. So there you go, from one shopaholic to another, here’s my last bit of advice: experience as much as you can, and keep your holiday memories alive by savouring the treasure chest of purchases from this melting pot of cultures that is Trinidad & Tobago.
Photos: Sonya Sanchez
Arts & Craft Sonya Sanchez’ reclaimed vision by Skye Hernandez
eople living in certain areas of Boca Raton, Florida, must be totally perplexed when they look from their windows to see a glamorous red-haired woman rummaging around the area, picking up bits of discarded material. The woman with the flame hair and magpie eye is Trinidad-born Sonya Sanchez Arias, photographer and designer, and she’s looking for anything that catches her fancy, whether natural or human-made, to incorporate into her work. There’s her regular work – running a successful photographic business with her husband and fellow photographer, Fernando Arias – which pays the bills. A brilliant commercial career, however, just doesn’t quite do enough for the artist in Sanchez, and this is where her other, more personal creative passion comes in. She makes
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jewellery and accessories from materials she has recycled: plastic spoons, bottles, grocery bags, rubber tubing, electrical wires, anything that her imagination can turn around and transform organically into an object of beauty. “My husband and I spend so much time creating lovely settings for our photography but it all gets thrown away,” says Sanchez, whose stunning pieces of wearable art bear no resemblance to their source material. Sanchez inherited some of her talent, as well as foraging habits – and so much inspiration – from her late mother, Judy Sanchez. Judy’s accessories embellished many a model in fashion designer Meiling’s shows, and she was also one of the creative giants who worked with Peter Minshall on his legendary carnival bands. Judy Sanchez’ talent for turning ordinary materials into works of art lives on in Sonya: “You couldn’t go anywhere with Judy without a ziploc bag,” she says. “She was always collecting seeds, leaves, anything.” Sanchez heats the plastic (after much experimentation she knows just how much heat is needed), bends and twists spoons and forks, straws and plastic bags, and to some adds stones, cloth, cardboard to create statement rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings. Many of the pieces look like precious metals, but touch them and they are unimaginably light – and very comfortable to wear. Her current collection has evocative themes like “All That Glitters”, “Stoned”, “House of Straws”, “Rubber Dub”, “Carded” and “Wrapped Up”. She uses the term “reclaimed” more than “recycled” to describe her work: “I’m just scratching the surface here. Everything is useful and can be used and reused. We can take things that are thrown in the trash and reuse it ... make beautiful things. That’s what I want to show people.” Sanchez is planning an exhibition in her native land, which she visits every two years. The exhibition will feature jewellery, lampshades, room dividers and maybe even one or two of her intriguing recycled paper dresses. Two of her pieces were included in a recent contemporary jewellery exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. “Everything that I am is of Trinidad,” she says. “All my role models, all the people I think are brilliant are from Trinidad. You can’t help but be inspired. It has to rub off on you.” www.SonyaSanchezArias.com
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Beverly Thomas, Trinidadian-born, has been painting professionally for the past 20 years. Basically self taught but attended workshops for continued growth and new experiences. “I am best known for my big, vibrant colourful tropical pieces using acrylics. Inspired by all the color and beauty that surrounds me everyday, I paint what I like most--the banana plant...coconuts...flowers and the beautiful women of the Caribbean. My passion and love for art is like an addiction and I thank the Lord everyday that it comes from the talent He gave to me. I would like my art to be in everyone’s home to enjoy all over the world.” Mobile (868) 683-8580; firstname.lastname@example.org
KATRINA INGLIS Katrina is a Trinidadian artist and an Art Teacher for many years. She has also taught in India. Throughout her career she has worked with different media and enjoys her explorations. The subjects of her works have revolved around the theme of different forms of water. Her true artistic expression will always be inspired by her diverse rich culture and aimed to capture the essence of the “Trinbagonian”. She has exhibited her work at Horizons Art Gallery and is an active member of the T&T Art Society. Mobile (868) 740-3434; email@example.com www.kinglisart.com
Gingerbread house by Artist Ryan Williams
On Location Art Galleries JASON GOUR – ARTIST, METAL SCULPTOR For over twenty years Jason Gour has been creating art out of metal, moulding the unmalleable into flowing forms of dynamic and unforgettable expressions. Jason has exhibited his work at Fine Art Gallery, Port-of-Spain and The Art Gallery, Tobago. His craftsmanship is reflected in the distinctive signature and dynamism of his original and customised sculptured pieces, which include large and miniature sculptures, clocks, coffee tables, wall art, mirror frames, gates and commissioned pieces. Jason’s work can be found at Artistic Visions, Arouca, Trinidad. T: (868) 466-6807 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com | Facebook: Artistic Visionstt
• Exhibitions • Original Art • Prints • Framing • Art Design • Consulting • Valuations • Prints on Canvas. We harness over 30 years of experience in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and Trinidad to provide premium picture framing, local art works and prints to Trinidad and Tobago. We have a wide variety of artwork by both established and top emerging artists. Two convenient locations; give us a call or come in today! Tel (868) 622-3403 Address 42 De Verteuil St., Woodbrook Tel (868) 633-3404 Address Unit #205, The Falls at West Mall Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook www.facebook.com/onlocationartgalleries www.onlocationartgallery.com
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Local Markets with a twist! by Paul Hadden
trip to one of Trinidad and Tobago’s bustling markets is the perfect way to sample some of the island’s best fruits, vegetables, and culinary creations. Bunches of pungent “chadon beni” seasoning, mounds of ripe, blushing Julie mangoes, plump avocados, sweet plantains, bags of aromatic curries and spices, and hearty ground provisions are just some of many delicious products on sale. Local markets, such as the ever popular Central Market on the outskirts of downtown Port of Spain, and the San Fernando Market in south Trinidad, are chock full of fresh meats, fish, delicious local produce, and tasty condiments. Aside from these major markets, there are several smaller farmers’ markets dotted throughout the island. These markets, first created by the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation back in 2006, were established to help create a direct link between farmers and consumers. Fruits and veggies purchased at these markets promise to be affordable and fresh. These markets can be found all over the island, with branches currently in operation in Diego Martin, Chaguanas, Valencia, Point Fortin, Debe, and Macoya. In fact, the Chaguanas market was recently ranked in the Top 10 Markets in the Caribbean by USA Today, where “visitors will be in awe of the stacks of fresh fish, mountains of spices, and bounty of fruits and vegetables.”
UpMarket The UpMarket is the brainchild of local entrepreneur, Janet Bloom-Fabres. Drawing inspiration from her visits to the famous outdoor markets in London, the UpMarket is a space where budding culinary and artistic talents throughout the island come together to share their creations. At the UpMarket you can expect to find gourmet products with a local twist. Christmas time is an especially exciting season as patrons are treated to live music performances, and children can look forward to visits from Santa, Christmas story telling sessions, face painting and of course it is a great place for Christmas gift hunting. The market is held monthly and the venue is likely to change, so be sure to check out their website for updated information.
Green Market Santa Cruz Nestled in the lush and mostly untouched valley of Santa Cruz in Northern Trinidad, the San Antonio Green Market is deeply rooted in a philosophy of environmental harmony, community living, and eco-conscious behaviour. Every weekend, a community of environmentally minded farmers and artisans come together to
offer their fresh organic produce, artisanal food creations, and handicrafts. From old fashioned Trinidadian hot chocolate, known locally as cocoa-tea, to hand-crafted jewelry and hot Venezuelan empañadas, there is something for everybody at the Green Market. Special event: Once a year, in conjunction with the observance of International Chocolate Day, the Green Market hosts a wonderful celebration of local cocoa, with its Destination Chocolate event. On this day, local chocolatiers from all corners of the island gather at the Green Market to offer samples of their products and share their knowledge of local cocoa farming. There are several interactive events such as chocolate tastings, chocolate making demonstrations, and reenactments of the cocoa dance - a traditional method of drying the cocoa beans by walking, or dancing on them.
Tobago Market If you find yourself on the more serene side of this twin-island republic, you could always pop down to Market Deh’ which is held on the last Sunday of every month at The Shade night club in Bon Accord, Tobago. Market Deh’ provides a space to browse, sample, and purchase the very best of local Tobagonian food, drink, and artisanal creations. This can easily turn into a full day outing as the market boasts a fully stocked bar, live music, and an environment conducive to that ever-popular Trinbagonian pastime – liming.
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Health & Beauty by Roslyn Carrington
Hand-made Soaps As interest in hand-made and artisanal luxury items continues to rise, Trinidadians are exploring their creativity. One particularly delightful trend is the proliferation of hand-made soaps, which you can find in any craft market, including UpMarket in Woodbrook or the Green Market in Santa Cruz, as well as at several souvenir shops, vendors’ booths and hotel boutiques. The soaps are limited only by the imagination of the soapmaker: you’ll find them scented or unscented, infused with uplifting essential oils or voluptuous perfumes; with subtle hues or tinted with bright, splashy swirls of colour. Many have add-ins that can only make your bath more enjoyable: oatmeal, flower petals, or ground seeds for an added exfoliating scrub. Do you have sensitive skin? Most soapmakers have several products to suit you; and if you find chocolate soap, made with our celebrated local cocoa, we definitely recommend you give it a try. But as pretty as they are, don’t let them sit on your shelf once you get home. With every shower, let their glorious bubbles remind you of the time you spent in Trinidad.
Coconut Oil As scientific knowledge increases, the pendulum has swung from the concept of coconut oil being a dietary no-no to the recognition that it is one of the best oils for frying and other culinary preparations. But did you know that coconut oil has been used in the tropics for hundreds of years as a cosmetic product for skin, hair, and even lips? It’s an excellent hair tonic, neither gummy nor sticky, and its fatty acids are antibiotic and antifungal. It’s also loaded with Vitamin E, and that subtle scent will bring back memories of your Caribbean holiday. Toiletries containing coconut oil are popular for their antiaging properties, and contain proteins that boost cellular and tissue repair. They are also used to reduce the appearance of minor scars. You’ll find coconut oil in many local preparations, including soaps, lip balms, suntan oils, massage oils, makeup removers, and foot and body lotions.
Reiki Trinidadians have a long tradition of massage, from an Indianinfluenced healing practice known as “jharay” to the luxury spa experience. Even our world-famous athletes understand the benefits of massage, and ensure they get their regular therapy to keep their minds and muscles ready for the game. You’ll find many spas and massage centres in Trinidad, offering anything from Swedish to Deep Tissue. One experience you should try is a Reiki massage. It’s not only tremendously soothing, but practitioners are trained to identify and rectify areas of stress, while also helping to channel positive energy. Many clients become so relaxed that they even fall asleep during the treatment, and wake feeling energised, positive, and recharged. A quick search on the Web, the phone book, or even this guide, will help you locate the right kind of therapist for you. Enjoy!
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or some Trinis, a good workout is limited to two days of non-stop partying on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, and perhaps a leisurely swim in the shallows at any of our glorious beaches on weekends. But for many more, fitness is serious business … or at least, serious fun. Over the past few years, 5K runs have become more and more popular, and people are discovering just how enjoyable they are - for everyone. Far from being the hard-core competitive event you imagine when you hear the term ‘road race’, these runs are for everyone, regardless of your age or fitness level. You’ll see toddlers being pushed along in strollers, young children gamely trotting, keeping up with their parents, and older folks leisurely bringing up the rear, enjoying the scenery. Think of it as a big ‘lime’. Most 5K fun runs take place around the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, although some are held down south or out east, along major arteries. They’re usually very health-oriented, so at their point of origin you will often find informative health fairs, filled with booths where you can have quick and easy tests done: eyes, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose. Recently, organisers have added elements of whimsy: maybe you’d enjoy running at night, with glowsticks to light your way, or perhaps running in white, and being sprayed with coloured paint by gleeful bystanders with water guns. Think you can run 5K while tethered to another runner with a bungee cord? Try it and see.
A new fun run takes place every few weeks, so there’s a pretty good chance that there will be one scheduled while you’re here. A great place to find a comprehensive list is ttroadrunners.org. They’re a large and popular running club that meets regularly. Registration fees for races are nominal; most are around US $10 or less, and it is a rare event that costs more than US $20. Since they’re often organised by charitable bodies, be assured that your fees will go to a good cause, such as diabetes, breast cancer, or autism. But you won’t leave empty handed; many of the larger runs offer free T-shirts to participants, as well as bandanas, bracelets, even goodie bags filled with gifts from sponsors. If you’re fast enough to make it to the winner’s circle, you can walk away with trophies, hampers, and cash prizes. But most runners are content with finishers’ medals strung on brightly coloured ribbons; everyone who crosses the finish line gets one. Trini fun run fans display them with pride on hooks on the wall, or hoard them in biscuit tins, to be taken out and admired from time to time. So how about it? Why not join in the fun and earn a medal of your own? Think of the pride you’ll feel when you return home, show it to your family and friends and say. “I won this in Trinidad!”
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Gasparee Caves Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
lthough Trinidad is a developing country with great shopping and stellar hotels, there are still many verdant valleys and bays that remain virtually untouched. You can zip line through the forest in Chaguaramas, watch Howler and Capuchin Monkeys while you kayak through Bush Bush island, marvel at the beauty of the Scarlet Ibis in the Caroni Swamp at dusk, see nesting leather back turtles in Grande RiviĂ¨re or sail to Scotland Bay in the company of a dolphin pod. The choice is yours.
Zip lining in Macqueripe Bay Photo: Marcus Gomez
Beaches Discover the rare and varied beauty
The beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago are known for the colourful festivals, the vibrant people who live everyday the words of their National Anthem – “…here every creed and race find an equal place.” It’s a land where people with an unique ethnic, by Sheldon Waithe religious and cultural mix live together and celebrate their festivals. The festivals are many but here are some of the more popular ones which are celebrated:
of Trinidad’s lush coast
rinidad’s landscape, like its people, is a smorgasbord of contrasts, all blending seamlessly into one another. The metaphor is maintained with the variety on offer, even within each sector of the landscape, diversity abounds. There are few places on the planet where lush rainforests suddenly give way to pristine sandy beaches; fewer places exist where secluded horseshoe shaped bays are just a short drive or boat ride away from the antithesis of a bustling major city. Trinidad is that rare place and its beaches are symptomatic of the nation’s heritage and culture. The North Coast takes the bragging rights for some of the best beaches on the island and as a consequence, they are also the most popular. The long stretch that is Maracas Bay ably accommodates the crowd that it draws on a daily basis, but particularly on weekends. With a limitless horizon out to sea and breathtaking mountain ridges behind it, this is postcard stuff, while the plethora of amenities caters everything for the perfect beach lime. For those with preference of some isolation, Tyrico Bay, within sight of Maracas, offers a great alternative a mere fiveminute drive away. Las Cuevas Beach, a further 15 minutes along on our journey, offers the best bathing waters of these three, with a length and width that ensures privacy even on a busy day and the benefit of a vegetated cliff-side to the rear, the ideal natural shelter from a blazing sun. Finally, to Blanchisseuse, the popular weekend getaway offering the soothing sounds of waves, combined with the relaxation borne of its spectacular views from its cliff. Simple hiking takes you down to its beaches, while the wide Marianne River at one end of the bay, is popular with kayakers. Nearer to Port of Spain, Macqueripe Bay in Chaguaramas, is another beach bordered by rainforest, but with the added bonus of a zip lining facility overhead! The multiple steps downward open up onto
Blanchisseuse Photo: Video Aerial and Ground Solutions
Fishing Photo: Christopher Anderson
waters so fresh that one forgets it’s actually the sea; a favourite for after-work swimmers during the working week. Scotland Bay is only accessible by boat, but that does not diminish its popularity. The overgrown trees that encircle it are home to Howler monkeys often heard while bathers soak in its calm waters, which offer some of the best snorkelling available. The surfers love the Eastern tip of Trinidad, with its rolling waves, great beachside facilities. These are the same reasons beachgoers also head east, with the naturalist having the spectacular opportunity to view the nesting of the leatherback sea turtles. Balandra Bay is a curved beach sheltered by trees, calm for swimming with enough waves at one end for boogie boarding and bodysurfing. On the outskirts of Toco, Sans Souci is a real surfer’s mecca, with the shallower waters offering good bathing; you can complete the oneness with Mother Nature by camping on the lands overlooking the sea. Pay attention now: Salybia Bay is not to be confused with nearby Sally Bay, which is also known as Saline Bay! Both are equally beautiful, though Salybia is more popular with surfers (many competitions are held there), while the clear waters of Saline/Sally are stereotypical Caribbean. Grande Rivière and Matura are littered with guesthouses, most awaiting keen nature watchers for the leatherback nesting season (March to August), for this is where the giants of the sea come to lay their eggs. It’s just as well then that they are big bays, Grande Rivière is the second largest nesting ground in the world and as the name suggests, it’s not only big but also has a river for kayaking,
Maracas Bay Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
Maracas Beach Photo: Ayanna Young
Blanchisseuse Beach Photo: Ayanna Young
camping and swimming. Matura’s waters are rough, but its serenity is derived from its open spaces, non-stop breeze and hidden trails. Heading south, the expanse of beaches increases greatly, Mayaro is by far the longest in the island. The amazing corridor of giant coconut trees welcomes all and is as never-ending as the coastline, with its wide sandy strand populated by ‘chip chip’, a type of smaller clam. During the day, Mayaro is perfect for long walks, beach sports and liming; at night it takes on a magical characteristic with the only light emanating from the moon and stars, and the midnight blue water dotted by the flicker of the distant oil rigs. Neighbouring Manzanilla is also a favourite holiday destination, evidenced by the guesthouses; its distinctive grassy areas are perfect for beach picnics. Moruga Beach on the south coast is primarily a fishing village with unique inlets of sandy dunes in the water that form large pools of seawater. Tree trunks provide natural benches along grassy banks and there’s even a football pitch on one of the sandy plateaus. A truly exceptional beach! With a mile of fine, brown sand and clear, calm water, Quinam Beach is rated as the south’s best beach with good reason. ‘Tranquillity’ does not come any better than this... The spectacular Cedros Beach is the island’s widest shore, home to long jetties that welcome home fishing boats and extremely popular with the residents of southern Trinidad. Small bays combine to make a pristine expanse of sandy beauty with clear views of Venezuela. For each of the beaches highlighted there are countless more; individual in their characteristic but synonymous in that beauty that makes them uniquely Trinidadian. Please be mindful of your surroundings and safety, especially at the less popular beaches on the islands.
Leatherback Turtle Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
The North Coast takes the bragging rights for some of the best beaches on the island and as a consequence, they are also the most popular. The long stretch that is Maracas Bay ably accommodates the crowd that it draws on a daily basis, but particularly on weekends.
Paria Photo: Video Aerial and Ground Solutions
Waterfalls Splendour & Enchantment
Paria Waterfall Photo: Ayanna Young
by Sheldon Waithe
lready blessed with lush flora and fauna, a great climate and beautiful beaches, Trinidad takes the paradise dynamic further, with the many waterfalls hidden across the island. From massive and powerful cliff-side giants with torrential falls, to quiet bathing pools at the mouth of a cascading stream, the attraction is not just in the falls, the journey, often hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, is part of the escape from reality. Paria remains the most popular waterfall on the island, with good reason. Starting in Blanchisseuse Village, the eight-mile hike takes you along the north coast, with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. As you go past Paria Bay, the undulating trail ramps up towards the falls, where the natural freshwater pool welcomes you. Finished off with a tunnel of lilies and heliconias that guide the water’s flow, this is nature’s magic at its very best. Along the same mountain range, Rincon is the giant of Trinidad’s waterfalls. Its 250-foot vertical drop creates a powerful run of water, perfect for a massage courtesy of Mother Nature after the two-hour hike. The track is easy to follow, along the river that takes the falls as its source. It’s a testing journey from Las Cuevas for inexperienced hikers but the grandeur of Rincon is worth the trek. The Jewel of Brasso signifies the best of a number of falls in the Brasso Seco area. Its crowning glory is the 70 foot drop that turns into a wide spray that’s the perfect shower for bathers in the small pool below. Getting there entails an easy journey off the E1 Brasso Road, past some of the Jewel’s lesser relations - the smaller waterfalls where you can warm up, or rather cool down, before the main event! The aptly named Angel Falls entails a hike that takes one to the heavens; an hour of uphill hiking that requires safety ropes on some sections. These falls are fed by one of Trinidad’s highest mountains, El Tucuche, and arrival at its pool, with the natural amphitheatre derived from the surrounding rocks, is ample reward for the expedition through the beautiful rainforest. If El Tucuche’s journey seems arduous, then Matura falls may make some balk at first. It’s more the journey time than the difficulty, but three hours later is a waterfall unlike any other. The shallow pool has a wide stream of clear water cascading over various colours of limestone, with the effect of a natural infinity pool. The falls are the meeting point of the Manuelot and Matura rivers in north-eastern Trinidad, and ‘enchantment’ is the best description of the feeling conjured up by such a matchless axis of a place. We conclude with an easy one: Edith Falls in Chaguaramas. The trip goes along the wide open spaces of an old cocoa estate on Trinidad’s north-western peninsula, with nary a difficult portion in sight. But bear in mind that the journey is through a rainforest and the other sights are a beauty to behold, including Howler monkeys and the local parrot pageantry. Edith is a 250foot fall, broken up into three levels, with the best bathing at the first plateau, where the waterfall meets the river bed. In the rainy season the top of the falls can be seen from miles away, gushing down to the tree line below.
Avocat Waterfall Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Maracas Waterfall Photo: Joshua Joseph
Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
Eco-trails Initiative Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Photo: Nicholas Bhajan
Trinidad and Tobago continues to blaze a pioneering trail in eco-tourism development with the recent launch of Phase 1 of the Eco-Adventure Trails Project. Launched on Saturday, August 22nd, by Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Tourism, the first phase of the national eco-adventure trails development project comprises nine (9) kilometres of scenic trails stretching from Grande Rivière to Sans Souci. Shaded by forest canopy, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, and bordered by lush foliage and cool springs, the Grande Rivière to Sans Souci trail is part of a wider project to rehabilitate 1,000 kilometres of existing trails throughout Trinidad and Tobago over a five-year period. These rehabilitated trails follow ancient pathways that were once traversed by Trinidad and Tobago’s First Peoples. In addition to a walk through the island’s history, the trails project will also offer locals and visitors an extensive range of eco-adventure and leisure experiences including hiking, zip lining, biking, bird watching, sea bathing and nature photography. Managed by the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC), the project is being implemented by the Trinidad and Tobago In-Coming Tour Operators’ Association. The nature trails project is just one of several initiatives being undertaken to improve the quality of Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism product and attract international visitors who crave novel eco-experiences. The dual island nation is ranked as the third most competitive tourism economy in the Caribbean according to the 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
About Trinidad & Tobago Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
southernmost Caribbean nation, located seven
miles east, off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean’. Sister island Tobago, offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe, with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral as well as the oldest protected reserve in the Western Hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago – the true Caribbean! For more information on Trinidad & Tobago, visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt. Follow Trinidad and Tobago on Facebook www.facebook.com/islandsoftrinidadandtobago Media Contact: Corporate Communications Tourism Development Company Limited Phone: 868.675.7034 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.tdc.co.tt
Rainforest for Families The Asa Wright Nature Centre
has almost 1000 acres of Trinidad’s Northern Range forests under conservation. The protected habitat of mountain streams, tall trees and native wildlife offers unique opportunities for birdwatching, research studies, and invites families to explore the natural environment. Johanne Ryan, conservation officer, explains.
Between Blanchisseuse on the coast and Arima, home of Trinidad’s First Peoples, lies the Asa Wright Nature Centre. The Arima-Blanchisseuse Road runs through the reserve so it’s easy to get here. The nature centre is on high ground approximately 1200 feet above sea level. The lodge at its heart in Spring Hill nestles in a fold of the mountain and is built around the plantation house that was occupied by Asa Wright. Young and old will be fascinated by the history of Spring Hill Estate, from the cocoa and coffee plantation run by the Icelandic woman Asa Gudmundsdottir Wright and her British husband Henry Newcombe Wright, to its transformation to a nature reserve in 1967. Find out how the couple ended up at Spring Hill Estate. The drawing room of what was once Asa’s home features many photos of its residents and visitors. These include Asa Wright and her friends; Charles William Meyer, builder of the estate house; Prince Charles, a visitor to the Centre in 2008, and other distinguished guests. Step out on the verandah, and you look clear down the Arima valley, a view of verdant hills as far as you can see. Birders often sit here from sun up to sunset. From the verandah, you can observe hummingbirds, honeycreepers and tanagers at our feeders. Friendly naturalist guides will help you to spot different birds: toucans over there; oropendolas returning to hanging nests, hawks and hummingbirds. You might even see the Tufted Coquette, Trinidad’s smallest hummingbird. The guides will introduce you to the wonders of the forest as you trek along Discovery Trail. Deep in the forest, listen for the sound of the Bearded Bellbird, the mascot on the Asa Wright logo. If you can follow your ears, you may even spot this charmer high up in the forest canopy. For overnight visitors, there are other trails – at different levels of difficulty - to be explored. Asa Wright is home to The Dunston Cave – named in
honour of one of the earlier managers of the centre. If you are here for three nights, you’ll have the privilege of visiting one of the most easily accessible caves of Oilbirds on the island. The trail winds down to a stream flowing through a gorge or cave, which houses this protected colony of the only nocturnal fruit-eating bird in the world. The birds in this colony have been monitored for decades since Dunston. All tours through the forest can be tailored to visiting children, who may also join special activities that take place during July and August for day campers. At night, after watching the sun set in the Arima Valley, enjoy a sumptuous “Trini” dinner. Then, a night walk will introduce you to a variety of other creatures. Weekends provide an ideal opportunity for family visits – Saturday, Sunday or a long weekend! Our lodge provides simple amenities in the bedrooms, bathrooms en suite. Meals are available in a communal dining room: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have tea on the verandah! Don’t expect television at Asa Wright; nor air-conditioning. There is a wifi connection but iffy at best. Bring your cameras and choose the outdoors. Rest and relax. Remember your swimsuits. Enjoy mountain cool and refreshing water of the Clearwater Pool, on hot afternoons, while listening to the birds. The Asa Wright Nature Centre was established “to preserve a part of the Arima Valley in its natural state; and to create a conservation and study area for the protection of wildlife and for the enjoyment of all.” So families come, unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. Like us on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ AsaWrightNatureCentre Check our website: http://asawright.org/ Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (868) 667-4655
Exploring Bengal Tigers The Emperor Valley Zoo,
one of the premium tourist destinations in Trinidad and Tobago, is home to many local and exotic species. Its collection includes tigers, lions, giraffes, flamingos, spectacled caimans, crab-eating raccoons, otters, tapirs, ocelots, a variety of macaws and parrots and several species of fish and snakes. The Zoo is well known for its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation programme, animal education and outreach programmes and ongoing collaborative conservation work, which involves the protection of the endangered West Indian manatee and leatherback sea turtles in their natural habitats. Nestled in the heart of Port of Spain and adjacent to the Botanical Gardens, its exhibits are spread over a 7.2 acreage, with much of the flora of the original site retained, thus enhancing the overall landscape. Enclosures, pathways, fences and buildings have been incorporated into the natural topography, creating a wilderness atmosphere and a feeling of relaxation for the many 300,000+ guests who visit each year. The Zoo is named after the Emperor or Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides insularis) that once frequented the valley in which the Zoo is situated. Its gates were opened to the public on 8th November, 1952. As part of its current upgrade, the Emperor Valley Zoo welcomed into its collection three Bengal tigers in 2014, two of which are white tigers. These two majestic white Bengal tigers, named Rajasi (female) and Shere Khan are the first white tigers in the Caribbean region. The third is an orange Bengal tiger named Destiny. On Januray 10th, 2015, Rajasi gave birth to two white cubs, Rani (female) and Raja. The playful cubs are on display and continue to progress very well. Not only can one observe and learn about the many fascinating animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo, but can feed the Zoo’s two giraffes, Melman and Mandela, go on a fun and exciting guided zoo tour, or encounter friendly macaws and snakes during a visit! Guests are sure to have a Zoo-tastic time during your next trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo! For Zoo information and Zoo Tour bookings, call: 1-868-622-3530/ 1-868-622-3530 or visit the website www.zstt.org.
Photo: Peter Sheppard
Sights From plains to peninsulas,
Pink Poui tree in Queenâ€™s Park Savannah Photo: Christopher Anderson
tour the cosmopolitan wonders of the island by Sheldon Waithe
Northern Sights From upon high in Trinidad’s Northern Range, the Mount St. Benedict Monastery surveys the plains of central Trinidad and beyond. Apart from the spectacular views, there are nature walks in the nearby forest, as well as one of the prettiest sports grounds around. It’s worth dining at Pax Guest House to enhance an already magical experience. Fort George in St. James offers similar panoramic views of the north of the island and the Gulf of Paria. The windy hilltop stronghold was built in the 1700s and is open daily to the public. The life of the island’s indigenous people is reflected at The Amerindian Museum, Cleaver Woods, on the Eastern Main Road. Inside the works of the Caribs and Arawaks are on display together with insight from their few remaining descendants, all from the local area. On a grander scale, The National Museum & Art Gallery in Port of Spain dates back to 1892 and will educate and entertain in equal measure, as visitors soak up the colourful history and culture of the nation. The art galleries carry work from the nineteenth century through to the present day; it all forms part of the 10,000 items on display. The history of the nation is evident upon setting foot in Woodford Square. The park has been an integral part of the country’s history, given its position in the middle of the capital city. Buildings old and new converge to surround Woodford Square: the Hall of Justice, Trinity Cathedral, City Hall and Red House (home to Parliament, but currently undergoing repairs) creates the hub that drives Port of Spain forward. The ‘world’s largest roundabout’ the Queen’s Park Savannah is iconic to T&T but so are the surrounding buildings and parks. The Emperor Valley Zoo and the adjoining Botanical Gardens are beautifully landscaped oases of calm amongst the storm of city life, while the Magnificent Seven are historical works of architecture that dot the southern and western sides of the Savannah. From Queen’s Royal College to Killarney, these buildings create a window into yesteryear’s iconic designs and offer great photo opportunities. The Eric Williams Memorial Collection can be viewed at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus. It is a collection of the library and archives of the late Prime Minister, scholar, historian and educator, who
Knowsley Photo: Christopher Anderson
Police Headquarters, San Fernando Photo: Christopher Anderson
The ‘world’s largest roundabout’ the Queen’s Park Savannah is iconic to T&T but so are the surrounding buildings and parks.
Trevini Temple Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Hidden away in the Central Range is Our Lady of Montserrat R.C. Church. Designed by a French priest but named by the Spanish after the Montserrat Hill upon which it stands.
Moruga RC Church Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
led T&T to independence in 1962 and later, to becoming a Republic in 1976. The collection’s themes are Family, Scholarship, Statesmanship, Education, Industrial Development, Politics, and Private Study. This compilation is open to the public on the last two Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For reservations and further information, contact The UWI Alma Jordan Library at (868) 662-2002 or 645-3232/4 Exts. 82132, 83506 or 83361. For a different experience, a visit to the Angostura Museum in Laventille is a must. Take a walk through the age old processes that produces the world’s most sought after rum and the globally renowned bitters, which also incorporates the history of T&T. Of course there is the coup de grace of a tasting segment to end the tour, whether you’re a connoisseur or not! (www.angostura.com/contactus). The Asa Wright Centre is a wonder of tropical conservation. A favourite of global birdwatchers, the forested valley is home to hundreds of mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. Tours through the Arima Valley run daily and guest rooms are available for visitors that want to view nature’s nocturnal activities in this unique gem of ecotourism (asawright.org). Though technically off the western peninsula of Trinidad, the five islands Chacachacare, Huevos, Gasparillo (or Centipede Island), Monos, and Gaspar Grande (aka Gasparee) offer serenity and beauty beyond compare. ‘Down d islands’ is a popular destination for island homeowners and boating visitors alike, with the caves on Gasparee a particular and haunting highlight. Fishing, waterskiing and boat ‘limes’ are but some of the daily activities. Tours are available via the Chaguaramas Development Authority (http://www. chaguaramas.com/index.php/contact-us). Chaguaramas is also home to the Military & Aerospace Museum, appropriately located, as the western peninsula was home to the American Base during World War II. Inside there is over 500 years of wartime history displayed through artefacts, vehicles and artillery. You cannot miss the museum, given that the huge Lockheed Tri-Star sits at the entrance. A few short miles away is the zip lining centre. Qualified staff take you through the process and offer previews of the areas that you will soon be suspended above: the rainforest and Macqueripe Beach. High enough for the thrill factor, but low enough
for first timers and the entire family, the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) can provide details on bookings at http://www. chaguaramas.com/index.php/contact-us A true sight to behold is the nesting of the leatherback sea turtles. The annual pilgrimage of these giants of the ocean takes place on the north-eastern beaches of Matura and Grande Rivière from April through to July. Given the rarity of nesting grounds worldwide, guidelines are strict and a permit to view this protected species is required from one of the Forestry Division offices at San Fernando (call 868-6579450), Sangre Grande (call 868-668-2518) or Port of Spain (call 868-622-3217).
The Dattareya Temple along with the 85 foot statue Hanuman Murti, is in the Central Trinidad heartland of Carapichaima. The statue is reputed to be the largest of Hanuman outside of India, while the pinkish hue of the temple, together with the other statues and the detailed architecture, was built according to the Darvidian style of south India. At nearby Waterloo, the vast collection of the region’s Indian heritage can be seen at The Indian Caribbean Museum of T&T (T: (868) 673 -7007 or email@example.com ). Books and documents over a century old, chronicle the arrival of indentured labourers, while the tales are supported by artefacts, religious items, tools
Tortuga Church Photo: Christopher Anderson
Scarlet Ibis Photo: Christopher Anderson
and photographs. The Museum leads onto the famous Temple in the Sea. The structure is made even more splendid given the story of its inception. Siewdass Sadhu initially built a temple on land belonging to a sugar cane company, thus it was promptly destroyed. Undeterred, he reclaimed the land - by hand, with a bucket - for twenty-five years. The beautiful temple was eventually completed and stands as an example of devotion and persistence by one human being. Sunsets in T&T are always beautiful, but seen from the Temple in the Sea, they take on a mystical allure as Sol descends into the Gulf of Paria. La Vega Estate in Gran Couva is a nature park and garden centre that offers swimming, picnicking and paddle boating on its lake. Perfect for a relaxing day, there is something for all family members across the vast expanse of land. There is also a shrine dedicated to the Divine Mercy of Jesus which is open to all faiths (www.lavegaestate.com).
Are you ready to enter another world? The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is Trinidadâ€™s equivalent to a safari; enabling viewing of animals in their natural habitat. Through the mangrove are snakes, all manner of fish and caiman, while the trip along the water is tranquillity itself. A real highlight is to go in the afternoon to see the Scarlet Ibis turn the sky crimson as they return home. Guides are available at the entrance on Felicity Road, while kayaks are available to the more adventurous. Hidden away in the Central Range is Our Lady of Montserrat R.C. Church. Designed by a French priest, but named by the Spanish after the Montserrat Hill upon which it stands, the building retains its original 1878 structure, with stained glass windows. Lovingly restored after the threat of termite infestation, the reason for its protection becomes clear the minute you set foot on its lawn and even more when you step inside. The church administration can be contacted on (868) 650-0082 or 636-0769.
The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is Trinidadâ€™s equivalent to a safari; enabling viewing of animals in their natural habitat. Through the mangrove are snakes, all manner of fish and caiman, while the trip along the water is tranquillity itself.
The Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust is an important conservation centre near the oil capital of the island. Masked cardinal, Osprey, yellow-headed Caracara, yellow-blackbird, Wattled Jacana, black-crowned night-Heron, streak-headed Woodcreeper, purple and common Gallinules are but some of the many species that attract bird watchers from across the globe. A series of trails and ponds complement the flora and fauna and there is a picnic area near the entrance. Knowledgeable guides are also available (868) 658-4200 ext. 2512, please book two days in advance (www.papwildfowltrust.org). Another of T&T’s natural wonders is the La Brea Pitch Lake, the largest natural asphalt lake in the world. From its seemingly never ending depths, asphalt is exported to the world. The ride there along bumpy roads,is the first indication of the rich resources
underneath, while the adjoining sulphur lakes are used by many for their supposed healing properties or just as a natural hot bath. For further information, call (868) 651-1232 and please use official guides only indicated by red jerseys with the La Brea logo and ‘Official Tour Guide’ on the back. A geologist’s dream and intriguing fun for the kids, the Devil’s Woodyard near Princes Town is a collection of mud volcanoes which erupt constantly. A small picnic area and sports ground caters for visitors. San Fernando is the south’s main city, steeped in history and steep also describes the sides of the San Fernando Hill. A hike to the top is worth the panoramic views across the sea, as well as of the bustling city below; the southern and western peninsulas that can be seen on a clear day. The San Fernando Office of the Forestry Division at (868) 653-9563 will provide details on getting to the trails that lead to the summit.
Another of T&T’s natural wonders is the La Brea Pitch Lake, the largest natural asphalt lake in the world. From its seemingly never ending depths, asphalt is exported to the world.
Dattatreya Temple Photo: Aujourd’hui Studio
Dr. Victor Clement Quesnel
King of the Swamp
The Adventurous Biologist
He was a self-taught ornithologist, wildlife photographer, cinematographer, lecturer, expedition leader/tour guide and environmentalist. Many visitors to the Caroni Swamp have heard of Winston Nanan, the owner of Nanan’s Bird Sanctuary Tours. At the age of 11, he was taken out of school to help his father with the tour business, which started in the 1930s. Nanan’s father, Simon Oudit Nanan, whose livelihood came from agriculture, and conducting hunting and fishing tours into the Swamp, was very concerned about the survival of the Scarlet Ibis and lobbied for its protection. He mounted a petition and gained over 200 signatures which were sent to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Division. In 1948, the first sanctuary for the Caroni Swamp was established. Following in his father’s footsteps, Nanan remained committed to researching the wetlands flora and fauna throughout his life; his concern for the Caroni Swamp became a priority. In 1998, Nanan explained that he “registered the Trust with the Government” which gave birth to the Caroni Wetlands Scientific Trust. At the age of 16, an article (with his photographs) was published in National Geographic, followed by several others in the Smithsonian Institution and the Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Nanan spent many years researching and documenting individual bird species, their life cycles and behaviour. On April 22nd 2015, Winston Nanan died at the age of 74. During a post Cabinet conference on 9th July 2015, the decision to rename the Caroni Bird Sanctuary as the Winston Nanan Caroni Bird Sanctuary, was announced at the Office of the Prime Minister. Recently, QCPTV based in London, announced that Nanan would be featured in the T&T “On the Rise” programme, to be broadcast on British Airways flights soon.
After his death in 2015, Dr. Victor Clement Quesnel, a man who was deemed an environmental icon, was posthumously honoured with the Public Service Medal of Merit (Silver). An adventurous plant biologist, Dr. Quesnel truly made a significant mark on Trinidad and Tobago’s history. Colleague Kris Sookdeo recalled that, “In 1984, he studied the effects on the poisonous manchineel tree by systematically exposing his skin to and then consuming small quantities of this tree. A similar investigation into the toxicity of mora seeds led him to consume small quantities of cooked seeds.” As well as gaining a doctorate in plant physiology and biochemistry, the explorer published 12 papers relating to the physiology and biochemistry of fermentation in cocoa beans and according to Professor Chris Starr, “he was happy doing original research in topics far from his thesis, topics in which he had no more formal qualifications than any of us”. The ever-curious Dr. Quesnel was the one who would recognise the things many of us overlooked. He was the first to recognise the phenomenon of cyclorotating eyes in tadpoles, which led to an internationally influential paper published in 1956. He also had the honour of having the Inca clathrata quesneli, found in Trinidad, named after him (a subspecies of the Inca beetle). In 1953, upon his return to Trinidad, he revived the declining Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ (TTFN) Club and its Natural History Journal – the Living World (LW). In the Eulogy delivered by Yasmin S. Baksh–Comeau, she stated that Dr. Quesnel had “served on the management committee of the TTFN Club as Honorary Secretary in 1954 until 1959 and again in 1980 – 1981, as President from 1986 – 1988 and periodically on the editorial committee of the Living World journal for over 24 years.” To many, Dr. Quesnel was a true friend and colleague, who was dedicated to a field that he loved.
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Port of Spain waterfront Photo: Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes
he capital of Port of Spain is well known for its ideal location as a gateway to the Americas. The city has hosted international forums and can boast of accommodating renowned visitors from Nelson Mandela to Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama. As the financial centre of the Caribbean, banks abound and the harbour is a busy shipping hub. There are a range of elegant, stellar hotels with conference facilities, translation services and a wide range of restaurants. When you need to relax, spas and tours of the island are also available. Downtown Port of Spain Photo: Aujourdâ€™hui Studio
Marlon James, 2015 Man Booker Prize winner
Writers from Chile, Scotland, Jamaica and England share the stage at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest
Photo: Maria Nunes
Photo: Marlon James
Bocas Lit Fest Bocas isn’t a stuffy bookish banquet, quite the opposite: this annual festival of books, words and ideas is committed to bridging that gap between writer and reader...
f you’ve ever had a massive literary crush on a favourite poet or novelist, then you’ll know how daunting it feels to bridge the celebrity gap between yourself and your wordsmith extraordinaire. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, now entering its sixth year, puts paid to that distancing treatment. Bocas isn’t a stuffy bookish banquet, quite the opposite: this annual festival of books, words and ideas is committed to bridging that gap between writer and reader, showing T&T, the region and indeed the global literary landscape that, in human connections, our best truths – book-based and otherwise – are allowed to flourish. Founded in 2010 by Marina Salandy-Brown and her organising team, Bocas claims its moniker from the Bocas del Dragón, Trinidad’s tempestuous maritime straits. Once upon a time, they were our sole gateway to the Caribbean and beyond – so the name’s stuck, to honour the portal for stories, myths and magic that the Bocas represents. Just as crucially, “las bocas” is Spanish for “mouths”, in recognition of our strong traditions in oral storytelling. Held in the heart of Port of Spain, the five-day festival is a veritable smorgasbord of book-based interaction. Over the years, writers such as Irvine Welsh, Olive Senior, Kei Miller, Marlon James and Lorna Goodison have, by their own joyful declarations, made some of their best memories at the Bocas podium. The stage, set for readings, panel discussions and performances, is just where it begins. After readings, you can interact as animatedly as you like with your writer of choice, posing them gripping questions, and pouring out your heart with no censoring strings attached. Book signing tables flank each of the reading venues at the National Library of Port of Spain, so ample opportunities abound for you to have copies dedicated with personal inscriptions. During Bocas, the ampitheatre and central lobby of the National Library are transformed into a buzzing, kinetic festival village, replete with booksellers, publishing representatives, literary NGOs and multicultural exhibits. Arriving at the festival, gathering up an armful of brand-new hardcovers and paperbacks, and staying for a packed day of readings and performances – that’s all in a day’s diversion at Bocas. Come the nights of the main festival, there are satellite evening events, readings, presentations or jam sessions. Diverse and popular soirée venues such as Medulla Gallery, De Nu Pub, Alice Yard and Big Black Box have borne witness to stunning concerts, open mic soundclashes and spirited debates, replete with rum punch and scintillating conversation that trickles into the wee hours. Bocas 2016 launches on April 27th and runs through May 1st. The frequently updated official site, bocaslitfest.com, as well as Bocas Lit Fest’s social media on Facebook and Twitter, will feed you a series of literary amuse-bouches before the full, fantastic feast.
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Calendar of Events 2016
April 28 – May 1 Decibel Entertainment Conference & Expos www.decibelexpo.com
February 6 Republic Bank Junior Parade of the Bands UWI World of Work Baal Vikaas Vihaar Chow Taal Sameelan
Dyslexia Association of T&T - Special Needs Workshop
April 1 Launch of Autism Month Autism Fair and Walk - Date TBD YMCA - International Children’s Book Day - Week of Activities
Baal Vikaas Vihaar Competition begins Tassa Taal Celebrations
June 5 Celebration of World Earth Day Baal Vikaas Vihaar Finals Family Business succession Planning Seminar
Republic Bank National Youth Football League
October 2016 Cancer Awareness Month Cancer Edufest Cancer Mobile Screenings
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exceed the needs and expectations of members by relentlessly implementing critical initiatives in areas such as innovation, marketing, self sustainability, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), and The Mas Academy in partnership with all stakeholders; especially in sustenance of traditional mas while achieving its vision in support of the national quest for Carnival – the Industry.
Reaching Out to the Masses
The NCBA Moving Mas Forward Managing one of the Caribbean’s largest and most popular festive street parades is no simple task, yet each year the National Carnival Bands of Association of Trinidad and Tobago NCBA handles this mammoth undertaking with great success. From the seamless computerised registration of participating Carnival Bands, Kings, Queens and Individuals for all national competitions, to the coordination of road marshals who triumphantly manage the flow of tens of thousands of costumed masqueraders along the 10.5 km parade route, the NCBA is Moving Mas Forward. Started in 1958 as the Carnival Bandleaders Association (CBA), the organisation was first launched by a group of carnival bandleaders who were concerned with the conditions, facilities and prize monies afforded to Carnival mas bands. After thirty (30) years of lobbying on behalf of its membership for their rights as well as for the protection and advancement of their creative contribution and remuneration, the CBA evolved into the National Carnival Bands Association of Trinidad and Tobago NCBA, which it remains today. In addition to the Kings, Queens and Individuals the NCBA has expanded its focus to include other Carnival stakeholders such as designers, wire benders, craftsmen and masqueraders amongst others. Its mission is quite profound: to meet and
Fuelled by this mission, the NCBA has developed numerous initiatives geared toward the development of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Over the past five (5) years in particular, it has made significant strides in establishing successful sustainable development programmes such as the Republic Bank Limited sponsored Mas Academy Outreach Programme. Conceptualised by the NCBA’s current President Mr. David Lopez, the Mas Academy Outreach Programme is a roving educational initiative that trains participants throughout the country in the various aspects of the mas industry. From the teaching of traditional mas-making skills such as wire bending, moulding and papier maché by veteran mas artisans, to understanding the basics of entrepreneurship and Carnival business management, participants are given a truly holistic educational experience. The overall goal is to empower locals with the tools needed to hone their crafts and expand their skill-sets through a wide spectrum of courses covered within 40 contact hours. The programme has been extended to primary schools and now offers the next generation of Mas Makers the opportunity to learn more about the art form and create carnival bands that will participate at National Competitions.
Marrying Mas, Communication & Technology Through an integrated approach with Information and Communication Technology systems, the NCBA has taken mas into the 21st century technological age. The organisation’s recent accomplishments in this realm include the successful implementation of: an online registration system for participating bands, kings, queens, and individuals throughout the country, an independently managed computerised adjudication and scoring system for all national competitions, live HD video streaming of Carnival related events via the website www.ncbatt.com, and the maintenance of continuous real-time interaction and updates via social media. In fact, the website has become the online home for all things carnival and allows visitors to enjoy the Caribbean’s largest street party from anywhere in the world. The site offers the history of carnival, outlines the rules for carnival competitions, provides information on the season’s schedule of events and even has a portal that facilitates ticket purchases. Through these recent initiatives and the growing popularity of the Parade of the Bands, it’s clear to see that the NCBA is definitely moving mas in the right direction.
rinidad offers diverse experiences to all visitors. From shopping, events and conferences to culinary adventures, Trinidad exceeds expectations. Our varied accommodation options are available for every type of guest. Internationally branded hotels, locally owned boutique hotels with all modern conveniences and amenities are available. Port of Spain, the islandâ€™s capital, has traditionally been the destination of most visitors to Trinidad, and is the location of the majority of large branded properties. A large portion of these hotels can be categorised as competitive business oriented hotels which are capable of hosting meetings, events and conferences of all sizes. We recognise that some business travellers prefer a local flavour, so there are locally owned and operated facilities in a range of sizes which can compete quite readily with the internationally branded hotels. Our properties are located throughout the island, so if you need to be close to the oil and energy based sector there are a number of excellent options in Pointe-Ă -Pierre and San Fernando, or if you would rather be closer to the business city centre, there are a number of hotels, guest houses and host home options in and around Port of Spain. There are more intimate and budget friendly options available in Maraval, Cascade, St. Annâ€™s and St. Clair, which are all minutes away from the central business district. Trinidad is not only about business, we also have very diverse eco-tourism offerings, our accommodation include beach front hotels ideal for turtle watching, as well as eco-lodges nestled in the forest, which provide the perfect spot for bird watching. Our western peninsula is ideal for boating, fishing and nature watching. Whatever your needs may be while in Trinidad there is an ideal option available, explore and discover some of these unique elements of Trinidad on your next visit.
By The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) Kapok Hotel, copperwork by Ken Morris Photo: Patricia Lewis
Situated in the breezy residential area of St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Tradewinds Hotel has been owned and operated by the Laing Family since 1994. The 41-room “Home Away From Home” boasts friendly, helpful and courteous staff and an efficient management team, making it the first choice among the business sector. Rooms are spacious and fully equipped with minibar, cable TV, air-conditioning, safes and complimentary wireless Internet access. Other facilities include: Driftwood Restaurant, On Deck Pub, conferencing, mini-mart, gym with state-of-the-art equipment and instructors on site, swimming pool, massage therapist and hair salon. Only 400 metres away from Caribbean Cinemas 10/South Park Shopping Plaza.
Tel (868) 652-9463 Address 36-38 London Street, St. Joseph Village, San Fernando, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.tradewindshotel.com
Refresh your travel experience at the Courtyard by Marriott, Port of Spain. This contemporary hotel features a re-designed lobby, restaurant, library and business centre. The 119 spacious guest rooms and suites offer plush beds, large work desks with ergonomic task chairs, and free Internet access. The hotel is conveniently located 40 minutes from the international airport, just 10 minutes away from the city centre, and within walking distance of the MovieTowne Entertainment Complex and the Hasley Crawford National Stadium. Host a memorable meeting or business event in any of our versatile conference rooms; the perfect setting for a small business dinner or social gathering.
Courtyard By Marriott
Tel (868) 627-5555 Fax (868) 627-6317 Address Invaders Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain, Trinidad www.courtyardportofspain.com
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 are the hundreds of endangered leatherback turtles that nest here every year, from March until August. Please visit www.tripadvisor.com for unbiased reviews about ACAJOU Hotel.
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Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email email@example.com www.acajoutrinidad.com
Hyatt Regency Trinidad, a luxurious high-rise hotel of contemporary design located in downtown Port of Spain, presents an unrivalled level of comfort, service and convenience among Trinidad hotels. This 428-room hotel, catering to business, convention and leisure travelers, boasts spacious suites and guestrooms with spectacular gulf and city views, flat-screen televisions, wired and wireless internet and the signature Hyatt Grand BedTM. Also featured is a 16,000-square-foot Regency Ballroom, a 10,000-square-foot Port of Spain Ballroom; a fullservice restaurant; lobby bar and lounge; sushi bar; a 9,000 square-foot spa; state-of-the-art fitness center and rooftop infinity pool with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf.
Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Tel (868) 623-2222 Fax (868) 821 6401 Address 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Reservations firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook facebook.com/hyattregencytrinidad Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad www.trinidad.hyatt.com
The Normandie is a boutique hotel designed by one of Trinidad’s most acclaimed architects, John Newel Lewis, known as a platform for culture, art and music. The spirit of its local warmth, is nothing but charming. Within its façade it houses, conference centre, restaurant, 40 poolside rooms, 29 corporate suites all carrying modern commodities and a Market Place offering fashion, skin care, and bespoke local products. Strategically situated in the heart of St Ann’s, minutes away from the Queen’s Park Savannah and Port of Spain. Capture charisma, revisit the values of history… stay at the Normandie.
The Normandie Hotel
Tel (868) 624-1181-4 (868) 387-1244 Address 10 Nook Avenue, St Ann’s, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies Email email@example.com www.normandiett.com
At Inna Citi Place Bed and Breakfast we offer a warm and friendly experience in a secure and comfortable environment. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, wireless Internet, ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. Comfort, service and great value characterise our offerings. Inna Citi Place bed and breakfast is located just minutes away from two of the best known entertainment centres of Port of Spain: St. James and Ariapita Avenue. It is six minutes drive from the historic Queen’s Park Savannah, and is within walking distance of the Queen’s Park Oval, banks, shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants and churches.
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Tel (868) 622-0415 Mobile (868) 683-6132 Address 15 Gaston Johnson Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.inna-citi-place.com
This attractive hotel is conveniently located five minutes from Piarco International Airport and thirty-five minutes from Port of Spain. It is situated within a growing urban development, close to the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club and Trincity Mall, and features a combination of eighty-two beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Take advantage of our complimentary airport shuttle, and enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Internet access, outdoor swimming pool, Fitness and Business Centres. We also cater for small meetings. So whether you are travelling for business or recreation, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Trincity is the ideal place to STAY SMART.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES
Tel (868) 669-6209 Fax (868) 692-4557 Address 1 Exposition Drive, Trincity Email email@example.com www.hiexpress.com/trincitytt
Ideally located, minutes away from Port of Spain, Banks, Embassies, Medical Institutions, Malls, the Queenâ€™s Park Savannah and Oval. Our boutique hotel features a range of rooms, including balcony suites with separate living areas and cosy studio rooms with kitchenettes. Amenities include room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry services, gym, pool and two full service restaurants. Visit KAVA, located lobby level, and enjoy an eclectic menu featuring artisan brick oven pizzas and classic cocktails or experience an evening of fine dining at our Asian restaurant, Tiki Village, on the 8th floor, and witness one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the capital city.
Tel (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook facebook.com/kapokhoteltrinidad Instagram @kapokhotel www.kapokhotel.com
Gasparee Island Rental (Home Away from Home) Situated 40 minutes from Piarco International Airport, just off the coast of Chaguaramas, a ten-minute boat ride to Bombshell Bay Resort on Gasparee Island! Enjoy luxury villas overlooking the Gulf of Paria, breathtaking views with beautiful scenery; each villa is self-contained and features a private terrace overlooking the beach. The villas are also fully air-conditioned and have an open-plan living area with a lounge, dining area, kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen is complete with all the amenities. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool and tennis court; fishing and rental kayak boats are available, as well as tours of the Gasparee Caves. We offer international cuisine with influences, at the restaurant.
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Tel (868) 672-6549 | Mobile (868) 777-2785, 788-1098 Address Gasparee Island, Chaguaramas Facebook Bombshell Bay Villas email@example.com | www.bombshellbayvillas.com
Come discover this unique, upside down hotel, Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre, Trinidad. Situated in an ideal location, the hotel boasts breathtaking views of the city, Queenâ€™s Park Savannah, and Northern Range. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, in a beautiful Caribbean setting, guests can enjoy spacious accommodations in our 418 rooms, all with private balconies. Our hotel also offers flexible meetings and event spaces that can accommodate up to 800 persons. This Hilton Hotel has everything you need for work and play, with a variety of on-site amenities including outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre with saunas, and LUCE Sushi Bar & Lounge.
Hilton Hotel & Conference centre
Tel (868) 624 3211 Fax (868) 624 4485 Address 1B Lady Young Road, Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I Email firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/hiltontrinidad I twitter.com/hiltontrinidad www.trinidad.hilton.com
Royal Hotel is located in the city of San Fernando, under the Samaan trees majestic canopy. We invite you to come and experience our warm southern hospitality. Visit the Landmark Bar for after work drinks or cocktails with friends. Dine at the Pavilion Restaurant to taste our eclectic mix of local and international cuisine. The hotel has conference facilities that are ideal for hosting business meetings small or large, cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Relax in any of our 62 spacious rooms equipped with cable TV, air-conditioning, safes, complimentary WiFi along with a free continental breakfast to get your day started.
Tel (868) 652-4881 Address 46-54 Royal Road, San Fernando, Trinidad Email email@example.com www.royalhoteltt.com
Situated at the foothills of the northern range, Valencia Eco Resort is just half hour drive from our International airport. Designed for your complete relaxation and enjoyment, you can walk among our thousands of fruit trees, play basketball, cricket, volleyball, football, table tennis and billiards, do aerobics to our local soca music, work out in our universal gym, practice your archery skills, fish for tilapia in our half acre pond, play with and feed our birds, cook in our outdoor carrat sheds or bathe in our river and swimming pool. Our cabanas are fully furnished with kitchen and deck that overlooks our trees and facilities.
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Tel (868) 731 6774, (868) 394 5041 Address Cumaca Rd, Valencia, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Valencia Eco Resort www.valenciaecoresort.com
Try our Superior Executive Ocean or Garden View Rooms All our non-smoking Superior Executive Rooms include: full buffet breakfast; king-sized bed with pillow-top mattress & comforter; high speed Internet access; in-room safe; 32-inch flat-screen high definition television with cable; air conditioning; work desk & chair; stocked minibar with complimentary water; iPod docking station/clock radio; reading chair with ottoman; directdial telephone; ceiling fan; microwave; hospitality tray; hair dryer; iron & ironing board, and complimentary daily newspaper.
CARA SUITES HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Tel (868) 659-2271 Fax (868) 659-2202 Address Pointe-a-Pierre, Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, Trinidad Email email@example.com www.carahotels.com
Located 88km 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 north-east. 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.
Le Grand Almandier
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Tel (868) 670-1013/2294 Fax (868) 670-2294 Address 2 Hosang Street, Grande Rivière, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.legrandalmandier.com
If you are visiting Trinidad, Mariposa Gardens is a must! Spend three days and two nights at Café Mariposa. The Café and Gardens set in the Northern Range in the lush, green Lopinot Valley offer award-winning cuisine, very comfortable en-suites, with balconies overlooking the garden, and dining with at least 13 varieties of hummingbirds. We are conveniently located within walking distance of the Lopinot historical site, river, caves, market, playing field and hiking trails, where we will make you feel right at home. Our food is unique and outstanding, from continuous cuisine innovation – offering gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian food. Restrictions in your diet do not curb the taste. Very close proximity to the Piarco International Airport and other birding sites such as Asa Wright Nature Centre. This is truly Trinidad’s best kept secret. Tel (868) 669-8647 Address 58 Lopinot Settlement, Lopinot, Trinidad Facebook Mariposa Gardens email@example.com | www.mariposalopinot.com
“Building the Rhythm” Festival Photo: Maria Nunes
he land of calypso and soca, Trinidad is known as the land of fete (party) and liming (hanging-out), from classical to contemporary you can enjoy concerts, dance and theatre at the world-class Queen’s Hall in St. Ann’s. During the Christmas Season there is Parang in the village of Paramin, for Carnival the panyards will leave you in awe and you can’t miss the booming Tassa Drummers during the Hosay celebrations in October/November. From Port of Spain to San Fernando, there are a range of restaurants, nightclubs and ‘all inclusive’ parties that will have you dancing ‘till dawn.
Etienne Charles Photo: Maria Nunes
Fiesta Plaza, Movietowne Fiesta Plaza is Caribbean nightlife at its best. The ambience is reminiscent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, with an eclectic mix of cuisine and entertainment that makes this venue one of the most popular spots in T&T, always buzzing with activity and excitement. A variety of dining choices await, like Texas De Brazil, Rizzoni’s, Trader Jack’s, Zanzibar, Kaizan Sushi, Howdy Dan’s and there’s a Casino for the fortune-seekers. Dining guests are entertained with live shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays on The Bandstand from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. You can always find a great lime and lively crowd enjoying an evening of entertainment and dining in this sophisticated venue. Tel (868) 627-2002 Address MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.movietowne.com
Harry’s Water Park At Harry’s Water Park we offer a variety of fun activities for people of different age groups. Special attractions include: Paddle and peddle boats, adults and children kayaking, fishing, wild life, nature trail, swimming pools complete with water slide, sheds for liming and outdoor cooking, cabins and conference area, kids play park, a wellstocked bar and food court, guest rooms and many more funfilled activities. HARRY’S WATER PARK… The number one place that brings family and friends closer together! Tel/Fax (868) 798-0049 / (868) 466-9748 Address 160 Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro, Trinidad, W.I. Email email@example.com Facebook Harry’s Water Park Website www.harryswaterparktt.com
‘Stumblin’ On The Avenue Stumblin has earned its reputation as one of the hottest spots for partying on the Avenue. In less than five years it has become a landmark. The dance floor is always full of patrons enjoying the vibes. The deck is the right mix of intimate and open. One can boast about the low prices of drinks, the free drink giveaways and the best local DJs. Also, it’s a perfect venue for your office parties, personal parties, Christmas parties and Carnival events. Make Stumblin your choice for a great night on the town!!
Tel/Fax (868) 223 5017 Address 42A Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Stumblin-On-The-Avenue www.stumblintt.com
KC SPORTS BAR & LOUNGE If you’re looking for the hottest place to lime in the east, K.C Sports Bar & Lounge is the place to be. Situated just 1 mile from the town of Sangre Grande, K.C Sports Bar & Lounge can be found on the Toco Main Road en route to the beaches of East Trinidad. We have friendly staff, secured parking, a live DJ, and a 100” HD Projector for the sports fans. When you’re here try one of our signature dishes like geera chicken or curried channa (chick pea). We have a great cocktails menu and our beers are always “beastly” cold. So if you just want to relax and have a few drinks or party all night long, come to K.C. Sports & Lounge.
Tel (868) 668-0147 Address 1 mm Toco Road, Paharry Village, Sangre Grande Email email@example.com
Rumors Sports Bar And Lounge Located in the heart of San Fernando, in the Empire Cinema building, just a few buildings away from the Mayor’s office, Rumors Sports Bar is where the ‘lime’ starts as early as 10:30 a.m. Come and play a game of pool or watch all the major sporting games on the TVs or the 100 inch screen projector and have a ‘cold one’ while seated at our 30 foot-long bar or ‘lime’ on the outside deck; perfect for small birthday parties or private events. Rumors is a must, so stop-in when you’re in San Fernando. Tel/Fax (868) 684 3098 Address 10 Penitence St., Empire Cinema Building, San Fernando Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Rumors Sports Bar and Lounge
UNWINED Unwined is the first Wine Bar in East Trinidad and as its name suggests, we expect our patrons to do just that! Become ‘unwound’, relax and enjoy a good ‘lime’. We’re centrally located on the Eastern Main Road, in Arouca, two minutes from Trincity Mall and five minutes from Piarco Airport. Serving up budget-friendly and awesome wines, beers, desserts and other tasty treats ... where we Unwined.
Tel (868) 769-4080 Address 80 Eastern Main Road, Arouca, Trinidad (East from Trincity Central Road) Email email@example.com Unwined
Special Events Make your event unforgettable
by Anna Walcott-Hardy
If you’re looking for the perfect location to host your special event, whether it’s an international conference, seminar, artistic performance, sophisticated dinner party or corporate retreat, then Trinidad and Tobago is the place for you.
Location, location, location
A la cuisine!
There are a vast array of hotels, conference centres, theatres and restaurants that offer the perfect setting. Choose from conference centres with full multi-media and catering services, like the elegant Banquet and Conference Centre which is conveniently located at Movie Towne, or the neighbouring Courtyard Marriott, there is also the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, with its stunning view of the Gulf of Paria, as well as the Hilton Hotel, which overlooks the lush Queen’s Park Savannah. Most of the hotels also have pools, spas and gyms for guests to enjoy during their stay. If you prefer to host the occasion seaside, then you can select from several island homes or resorts along the north and south coasts of Trinidad, or one of the many seaside villas or hotels in Tobago; of course you can go all out and book a catamaran or luxurious yacht for an unforgettable day or night cruise.
The fusion of Arabic, Asian, African, European, American and South American cuisine has made Trinidadian food absolutely ambrosial. Caterers like Boomerang, offer an assortment of meals delivered right to your door. Many of the hotels boast top-rated restaurants and banquet halls where they serve world class cuisine, from tapas to sushi, creole pelau to curries of every variety; order Roti, Shark and Bake or Doubles to add that local flavor to your menu. And of course, for dessert, don’t forget the array of local fruits, gourmet ice creams, French pastries and chocolates, hand-made by our world class chocolatiers from fine, home-grown cocoa.
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It’s all about the décor Majestic tropical floral arrangements are key to any event, Flowers to Treasure and La Tropicale Flower Shop offer stunning bouquets that truly elevate every occasion. Emerald Designs can help with planning your event down to the last detail, including providing linens, settings and décor. Trinidadians and Tobagonians have made event planning an absolute artform and there are several companies that can help take the headache out of planning for those monumental conferences and seminars.
Lights, camera, action! Trinidad and Tobago has some of the best entertainers in the world: musicians, actors, dancers and artists often grace the stage of the Queen’s Hall theatre. It’s the premier performing art space in the country with professionally equipped facilities and staff. None other than the Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House Chamber Ensemble complimented the acoustics of the Hall, saying it was one of the best spaces they’ve ever performed – the perfect choice for your award dinner or conference. Recently, the popular TEDx Talks, Port of Spain, were hosted there and the country’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, was officially sworn - in at the renowned Hall. Don’t forget that your events can be documented by professional photographers and videographers, to ensure that you capture every moment.
The After Party After work it’s time to play: you can tour the islands and enjoy the splendour of the beaches and rain forests during the day. After dark - Trinidad and Tobago boasts a hectic nightlife like no other island in the Caribbean, from nightclubs to panyards; complexes like MovieTowne and Fiesta Plaza offer the latest movies in HD and host shows featuring popular soca, jazz and chutney artists up close and personal. You can also visit hot spots like Ariapita Avenue or St. James where the lime lasts until dawn. It’s your choice, but if you want all the makings of a perfect place for work and play, the twin-island Republic is the right choice.
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• Wedding Planning and Coordination • Floral Artistry • Destination and Outdoor Weddings Infused with Authentic Creativity • Food and Beverage – and Unparalleled Service Menu Creation • Décor and Thematic Tel (868) 487-7981 Concepts Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Soundwaves by Bekim Rauseo
Big Black Box Photo: Maria Nunes
he island is quickly becoming the epicentre for international music enjoyed in the Caribbean. And we aren’t just talking about Soca or Calypso, but music spanning a multitude of genres. To see an unforgettable show, look no further than Trinidad’s theatres. One in particular to visit is the Big Black Box at 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook. It’s a nouveau type back yard space, established by the musical trio 3Canal. Kaiso and performance run deep in the blood of each of its founding members and it flows red, white, and black. They have taken on what very few dare to: blending socio-political commentary with a good time. Each of their tracks, from “Blue” to “Happy Song”, offer a splice of history and discovery of what it means to be a Trini. On other nights when the fellas are not on stage, The Big Black Box hosts other creative gatherings. Bass Yard, which happens every other Friday, sees alternative DJs at the turntables. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, that’s where they post all their event updates. Don’t miss out!
Forget Ibiza. If you’re looking to pump your fist to that techno beat, we just happen to know a space that’s a lot closer to home than Spain. A stone’s throw away from any of our island hotels is Chaguaramas - a locale where many EDM parties are thrown. Heard of Major Lazer? Yeah, that Major Lazer! They are the same team behind the electric beats of “All My Love” (featuring Machel Montano with Arianna Grande), and Justin Beiber’s “Where Are You Now”. Its frontman, Diplo, along with his musically gifted team who have taken up temporary residence at O2 Park (an event space in Chaguaramas) with their Momentum concert that’s held every year around Carnival time. And it is executed flawlessly, much to the delight of many millennials and Gen-X music buffs. Life In Color - the world’s largest paint party (as its website lifeincolor.com purports) - has also found a temporary home on our shores. Be it on the beach, at the foothills of the mainland, or within the city’s limits, there will always be plenty of action here.
by Sheldon Waithe
Photo: Allan V. Crane
2015 Sports Round Up
ith an Olympics on the horizon, 2015 represented a stepping stone for many of our athletes and they did not disappoint. Representing the nation’s sports with customary aplomb and highlighting the abundance of talent within the twin islands, great strides continue to be made in on and off the field.
In football, the Soca Warriors exceeded expectations in the CONCACF Gold Cup. Stephen Hart’s men looked shaky in the build up, losing or drawing against teams ranked below them, but come tournament time in the USA, the team found their fluidity and the goals flowed, including a fantastic last minute shot to draw 4-4 with Mexico. A resolute Panama proved too much for a tired T&T and they were eliminated on penalties in the quarter-finals. The team now takes on the task of World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Domestically, Central FC took the TT Pro League and the Digicel Pro Bowl, while North East Stars won their first ever FA Cup . The big cricket news was Trinidad hosting the Caribbean Premier League T20 semis and finals. The bigger news was the T&T Red Steel winning the title, with every night sold-out as thousands flocked to see great matches of scintillating cricket. Red Steel looked down and out with a week left, but Dwayne Bravo led his men on a winning streak to secure a berth in the final and set off Carnival-like celebrations when they defeated the Barbados Tridents. In local cricket, Queen’s Park won the
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National League and 50 Over competitions, while Merry Boys prevented the triple, by winning the national T20 trophy. On the water, Total Monster roared to an emphatic third victory in the annual Carib Great Race between Port of Spain and Scarborough. 2012 Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis sealed participation in Rio’s Olympics with consistent performances at the sport’s World Cup. That’s motor powered and wind assisted covered, now to human powered boats, where T&T’s Dragon Boat racers decorated themselves in medals of every hue at the Pan Am Regatta in Canada. Aquaholics, Queen’s Royal College, Aquaforce, South East and St. Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain), all medalled as T&T gets set to host the event in 2019. T&T’s cyclists,especially their young ones, are blazing a trail for the future. Kollyn St. George came away with two golds at the Junior Pan American Championships in Mexico, the second medal was won with Keiana Lester in the Team Sprint. Sei Daniel and Tyler Cole rode to bronze medals. On the road, the Junior team dominated the Caribbean Championships with golds for Teniel Campbell and Tyler Cole. The Tobago Cycling Classic held each October, continues to be a standard bearer of international competition in the region.
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The Pan Am and ParaPan Games were the major event for T&T and they responded with a record haul of medals. Akeem Stewart doubled-up in the javelin and discus to secure the nation’s first ParaPan medals - two golds. Cleopatra Borel finally secured shot put gold after many years on the lower podium steps, while Keshorn Walcott fulfilled his ‘favourite’ tag by grabbing the javelin title. On the track, the men’s 4x400m. relay squad came from behind on the last stretch to snatch gold on the line. Machel Cedenio belied his 19 years with silver in the individual 400m, as Mikel Thomas hurdled his way to a 110m silver. Evergreen George Bovell III added to his vast medal collection with bronze in the 50m Freestyle, while Njisane Phillip blitzed round the velodrome to claim silver in the Sprint. The World Athletic Championships followed mere weeks later, where the 4x440m. relay team again excelled with a silver medal. But it was the T&T women, claiming a first-ever female team medal in the 4x100m. relay that proved the real sign of progression. For 2016, there is real reason to believe that the progress can net further success on the biggest stage of all.
Party inRio! by Sheldon Waithe
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as it really been four years since the red, white and black was proudly displayed on a damp summer’s evening in London? As Keshorn Walcott sung along to the anthem and the nation celebrated its second ever gold medal, it represented the culmination of a grand two weeks of competition for the Trinidad & Tobago team; a best ever Olympics with one gold and three bronze medals were testament to the country of 1.3 million people punching above its weight. Put into context, based on the medals to population ratio, the host nation Great Britain, would have had to win 224 medals to be the T&T equivalent. But such comparisons are lost in the hunt for precious metal and our athletes and fans are hungry for more. So how will our team fare in the familiar Carnival atmosphere of Rio 2016? Gold at 19 years old, before he has reached his athletic peak, means that Keshorn Walcott is expected to once again bring home the goods in the javelin. But it’s been an injury filled period for the Toco youngster, though he has battled through the pain to secure silver and gold at the Commonwealth and Pan Ams, respectively. He also threw the world’s second best distance in 2015, proving that if he gets it right, he could be singing again atop the podium in Brazil. Cleopatra Borel is a dark horse in the shot put; she finally landed Pan Am gold in 2015, only to be injured at the World Championships. There would be few more popular winners if the long serving stalwart were to become T&T’s first female Olympic medallist. Hot on her heels for that honour are the women sprinters, who have been burning up the track and emulating their male counterparts. Michelle Lee-Ahye, Kelly Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett and Reyare Thomas have served notice with a Worlds relay bronze in 2015, the perfect warm up for Rio? Baptiste and Lee-Ahye also have strong chances in the individual women’s 100m. The men’s 4x100m. relay squad have been medalling at major Games for the last 10 years and will rise to the occasion again this year, anchored by triple Olympic silver medallist Richard ‘Torpedo’ Thompson and infused by Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Rondell Sorillo. The 4x400m. relay men’s team are providing the kind of headache that coaches love: many contenders vying for limited spots. For 2016, there are at least six world class athletes - such as Machel Cedenio and London double bronze winner, Lalonde Gordon, who will line up in the individual one lap race, then seek to better the relay third place of four years ago. This team represents one of the best hopes for gold. George Bovell III will take part in his fifth and final Olympics come July 2016, a second medal will be a fantastic send-off for one of the most dedicated athletes of a generation. His new pet event, the 50m. Freestyle saw him get a bronze at the 2015 Pan Ams and set the path to Rio. Njisane Phillip excited crowds in London, but was curtailed by kidney failure in 2014, the long road back to the top tier of track cycling has been tough, but he now stands poised to fulfil his potential in the Sprints. At the Paralympics, Akeem Stewart will seek to repeat his double gold performance at the ParaPan Games, in the Javelin and Discus. The slogan for XXXI Olympiad is “Live your passion”; in 2016 the T&T athletes will be driven by it in their quest to maintain our proud sporting tradition.
Machel Cedenio Trinidadian sprinter by Sheldon Waithe Based on his accomplishments thus far, Machel Cedenio’s trajectory should land him a title at the highest level World & Olympic - very soon. Trinidad & Tobago is currently enjoying a plethora of world class 400 metre runners, some experienced and resurgent, like Renny Quow, others like Lalonde Gordon and Jarrin Solomon are relatively new, but have started, and are intent on winning medals. Cedenio is the youngest of the lot, with perhaps the brightest future based on potential. The 20-year-old has the classic rangy build of one-lap runners, with an uncanny ability to find speed in the last quarter of the race, just as lactic acid burns the legs of his competitors. It was this capacity to turn on the afterburners on the home straight that secured T&T’s final gold in the Pan Am Games 2015 (Toronto); the team looked to be out of the medals in the last lap of the 4x400m. relay until Cedenio ate up the distance between the Cubans and Americans, just nipping ahead on the finish line. It was the most exciting finish of the athletics programme and put the icing on the cake for the then 19- year-old who had earlier secured silver in the individual 400m. A few weeks later, at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing, Cedenio was part of the fastest 400m. race of all time, finishing 7th as his learning experience amongst the world’s best continued apace. In the relay, he anchored T&T to a silver medal behind the USA, to set up a rematch
on the grandest stage of all, the Rio Olympics. That’s three major Games medals in 2015, plus a host of other fine performances including winning the 400m. at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. Cedenio’s growing collection of medals is not so surprising, given the titles that he amassed at the Junior level. He recognises the need to develop his natural talent. His spark began - as it does for most Caribbean athletes - at the Carifta Games in 2012, it gathered pace at the CAC Games, then exploded in 2014, when he became Junior World Champion in Oregon. Junior athletes normally take a while to adjust to the senior ranks; Cedenio does not seem to have time for that. The Presentation College alumnus speaks glowingly of his support network, “After secondary school, my parents and coach (Lance Braumann) decided that we will dedicate everything to running”. Cedenio is now based in Orlando under Braumann’s watchful eye and recognises the need to plan for the far future, “Soon I will be attending University in Central Florida”. He imparts his winning philosophy “If you lose once, that’s not a reason to give up; it’s a reason to move forward”. At London 2012, he attended the Olympics as a 16-yearold Reserve there for the experience; come Rio 2016, the Olympics may have an altogether different experience reserved for Machel Cedenio.
meet a Trini
rinidad and Tobago holds the prestigious title of ‘the most winning team’ at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s annual, ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ competition. Trinidad is fortunate to be the home of creative and innovative chefs who are ready to delight your palette with an array of indigenous bites that stem from our cosmopolitan landscape. From creative street food, to fine dining, the Trini culinary experience is ready to welcome you. The true Trini cuisine blends the delights from around the world to create distinct flavours. Our restaurants range from the traditional outdoor food stand on the beach serving our ‘bake and shark’, to family style and fine dining restaurants. Most restaurants open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, some service elaborate Sunday Brunches and cosy afternoon teas. They are all in a range of price points which make eating out in Trinidad very affordable. It is possible to spend a week in Trinidad and never have to eat in the same place twice! We dare you to try! From TV Stars such as Andrew Zimmerman, to heads of state who’ve been pleased with our culinary delights, we know you will be as well! By The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA)
Not sure about the cost of eating out? This Ins & Outs Price Point system, with its handy chart lets you know in advance how much you can expect to pay per person for a meal. So before you hit the road, you can decide on a menu that suits your appetite AND your budget. $ under TT$150 • $$ under TT$250 • $$$ under TT$350 • $$$$ under TT$450
Appetizers Grilled Caribbean Wings, Shrimp & Chips FROM THE GRILL Jack Daniel’s® Steak Jack Daniel’s® Chicken Mains – Pacific Salmon Chowder, Sizzling Chicken Mexicali Salads – Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad Pasta – Blackened Chicken Alfredo, Romesco Grilled Vegetable Pasta Burgers – Southwest Burger, Philly Cheese Steak Burger Dessert – Chocolate Turtle Cake, Oreo® Madness
Roasted Garlic Seafood Diablo A seafood medley of mussels, calamari, scallops and shrimp sautéed in a spicy tomato cream diablo sauce and served with rice and fried plantain.
In 1965, Fridays™ opened its first location in New York City. Over the years, TGI Fridays™ has developed a rich food and beverage heritage which includes popularising Happy Hour and creating the Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. The heart of each TGI Fridays™ is the bar, a stage where that “Friday Feeling” begins and infectious energy is created by the world’s greatest bartenders serving up innovative drinks. Whether for lunch, dinner or late night dining, we always provide an environment that frees our guests to let go of restraints and be themselves. That way they leave our restaurants feeling far better than they did when they first walked through our doors. Tel: (868) 624-TGIF (8443) Address bpTT Building, Port of Spain Tel: (868) 673-TGIF (8443) Address Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel: (868) 653-TGIF (8443) Address Gulf City, San Fernando www.tgif-tt.com
Kaizan Sushi “Hella Hot Roll” Fresh salmon, king fish, wasabi mayo, spicy sauce, cucumber, avocado and chopped jalapenos rolled in a soya bean wrapper, topped with spicy tuna, unagi sauce, mango sauce, tobiko and spring onions. Bay Scallops Broiled scallops topped with tobiko sitting on top of a delicious crab meat and avocado mix.
Welcome to Zanzibar and Zanzibar by the Sea — a truly different dining and entertainment experience. Zanzibar offers memorable dining and “liming” in a unique environment; an inimitable blend of Trinidadian and international styles. Experience fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Choose from our broad menu featuring international dishes prepared by our celebrated chefs. So put Zanzibar on your “to do” list during your visit to Trinidad and Tobago.
Tel (868) 627-0752; Fax (868) 627-0713 Address Shop #54 Fiesta Plaza, Invaders Bay, MovieTowne Tel (868) 634-3346 Zanzibar by the Sea Address Peake Yacht Services, Western Main Road, Chaguaramas Tel (868) 672-1376; Fax (868) 672-6601 Shop #A 11 & 12, Price Plaza North, Chaguanas Tel (868) 628-5970 Head Office Zanzibar Movietowne – Lunch, Dinner Zanzibar By The Sea – Breakfast, $$$ Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Kaizan Sushi, a truly different kind of dining and entertainment experience. Located at Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne Complex, Kaizan Sushi offers memorable dining in a unique setting. So put Kaizan Sushi on your todo list during your visit to Trinidad & Tobago.
Tel (868) 623-5437, 623-5370 Address Shop #7, Fiesta Plaza, Invaders Bay, MovieTowne Tel (868) 672-1815; Fax (868) 672-6601 Shop #A 11 & 12, Price Plaza North, Chaguanas Tel (868) 622-5831/6354, 628-5970 Fax (868) 628-9241 Head Office $$$ Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant & Bar Sample Menu Dan’s Chicken Breast Grilled chicken topped with basil pesto aioli and mozzarella. Outlaw Steak Smoke 16oz rib eye steak marinated in Howdy Dan’s secret herbs and spices. Cowgirl Steak Tender Rib Eye lightly coated in freshly ground peppercorn, sea salt and grilled. Goodguys T-Bone T-bone marinated in ginger ponzu and grilled to perfection. Billy Bob Blacken Shrimp Jumbo tiger prawns coated with garlic butter and cajun spice, then grilled until blackened. Salads
Welcome to Howdy Dan’s! Saddle-up and head to Howdy Dan’s Restaurant and Bar, enjoy our friendly environment where patrons can relax and unwind on any given day. From extremely comfortable seating to elegant lighting and top class security. Each guest receives professional, prompt and impeccable service and is treated with dignity and respect. We provide delicious, wellprepared meals using quality ingredients with a combination of traditional western, international and local styles of cooking. We keep our concepts fresh, exciting and on the cutting-edge of the hospitality and the entertainment industry. “Y’all come on down, ya hear! We’ll be sure glad to see ya.” For Reservations: (868) 285-9125 Address: Lot D, Movie Towne Boulevard, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain. Facebook: Howdy Dan’s Restaurant & Bar Email: email@example.com Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway, Pickup $$$$
Lunch Menu Tuscan Bruschetta Mediterranean Salad Tagliatelle con Olio Smoked Salmon & Gnocchi and Aioli Venetian Tiramisu
- Low temperature Braised Oxtail Carpaccio, Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Salad of Pickering Watercress and Arugula, Winter Chutney and Spiced Warm Brioche
Dinner Menu Bone Marrow & Escargot Beet and Chevre Salad Supreme Chicken Breast and Truffle Nutella Crème Brûlée Signature menu items include Wild Mushroom Soup, Crab Risotto, Tuscan Fries, Lobster Bites, Seared Beef Steak on Gorgonzola Polenta with Arugula and Mille Feuille Napoleon.
- Locally Caught Pan Fried Snook Fillet with Cranberry beans, Zucchinis, Pan Fried Spanish Saffron Risotto, Fresh Basil, Aged Parmesan Espuma - All ice creams and sorbets are made in house
If you love fresh ingredients blended with the culinary flavours of France, Italy and Spain, then Aioli is the place for you. Executive Chef John Aboud and his team conjure up gastronomic delights for lunch and dinner. With a menu replete with innovative twists on classic food, Chef Aboud takes you on a sensory adventure. Signature cocktails and an impressive selection of wines, coupled with exceptional attention to guests, make the Aioli experience one that each guest will surely cherish.
Located in the Trinidad Country Club, ZaZou Bistro Moderne offers an exciting cuisine, incorporating contemporary ﬂair and world ﬂavours which are rooted in French traditions. Executive Chef, Pierre Le Bihan, brings his global gastronomic experience and style to every plate and the Trinidad culinary landscape. A cosy dining area provides both intimate dining and the ideal location for casual, comfortable and informal business entertaining. The restaurant offers dinner only from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Business and private lunches are available upon request. In 2015, ZaZou Bistro Moderne won three T&T Table Talk Food Awards - Best Food Styling; Best Desserts/Pastries; and Chef of the Year.
Tel (868) 222-4654; 222-3291; 628-3972 Address: Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval www.facebook.com/aiolitt $$$ www.AioliTrinidad.com
Tel (868) 750-2083 Address Inside the Trinidad Country Club, 137 Long Circular Road, Maraval, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram.com/ZaZouBistro Facebook.com/ZaZouBistroModerne Parking and outside dining available $$$
Texas de Brazil
Seasonal Salad Area Aged French Cheeses, Smoked Salmon Marinated Portobello, Lobster Bisque Brazillian Pasta Salad, Sushi, Brazilian Black Beans with Pork, Sweet & Sour Fish. Various Cuts of Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Brazilian Sausage Brazillian Picanha, Rack of Lamb Chicken wrapped in Bacon, Filet Mignon Parmesan-Crusted Pork, Hearty Flank Steak Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon. Brazillian Cocktail: Caipiriniha Our signature cocktail with fresh fruit and sugar muddled and served shaken.
Lunch Quinoa, “thoughtfully” sourced local Vegetables Casserole; Seafood Linguine with white wine and tomato sauce; “Sustainable” Jerk Red Snapper with stewed red beans and plantains Dinner Geera Marsala Salmon, coconut green pea and eddo, papaya pimento chow; Plum Roasted Rack of Lamb, zaatar spiced chops and ratatouille;
House Spice Rub Pork Loin, green pea mash, seasonal apple pickles, apple molasses glaze
Waterfront Restaurant invites you to enjoy local and international cuisine with contemporary flair. Featuring fresh seafood, mouth-watering steaks and a bounty of delicious tropical fare, Waterfront promises to take you on an amazing culinary excursion. Savour authentic flavours, magnificent presentations and gorgeous tropical décor as you dine indoors or outdoors, with amazing views of the Gulf of Paria. For a truly special dining experience, have a seat at our Chef’s Table and take in a front-row view of the action in our open kitchen. Tel (868) 821-6550 Address Hyatt Regency Trinidad 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad Facebook www.facebook.com/ HyattRegencyTrinidad Twitter @HyattTrinidad Instagram Hyatttrinidad www.trinidad.hyatt.com $$$
Texas de Brazil is an authentic BrazillianAmerican churrascaria (steak house) offering you an interactive dining experience unlike anything else in Trinidad and Tobago! Treat yourself to our 50 to 60 seasonal salad area and traditional side items. When you are ready for meat, turn your card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of meat until you can say, “No mas!” An extensive wine list, freshly made signature cocktails, and many decadent desserts are available to complete your dining experience. Hours of Operation: Lunch from Thur – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner nightly: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Tel (868) 623-0022 Address Level 2 Fiesta Plaza, Movietowne Port of Spain Fixed pricing (All you can eat) $$$ Available for Functions
Ristorante Italiano Sample Menu Antipasti & Salads – Fuoco Gamberetti Arrosto –Fire-roasted shrimp tossed with fresh herbs island peppers, and spicy garlic butter Pizzas – Romano – Crispy pancetta, prosciutto, caramelized onions, tomato, Alfredo sauce, shaved parmesan and arugula. Pastas – Lasagne Alla Ragu – A hearty meat ragu layered with lasagna noodles, mozzarella, parmesan, and a rich cream sauce. Chicken, Meats & Seafood Parmigiano – Boneless chicken breast coated with Italian breadcrumbs, baked slowly with pomodoro and mozzarella. Desserts – Torta Al Cioccolato Warm sour cream fudge cake finished with a decadent chocolate ganache, served with vanilla bean gelato.
Our inspiration for Rizzoni’s came from generations of secret recipes and techniques. From the southern coast in Naples, the Rizzo family brings their bold flavours, fresh herbs, and seafood right off the docks, to northern Italy where we found the Pisoni family, who were passionate about their cattle and poultry. Their ribeye cuts, veal, free-range chicken and tender filet mignon were the most exquisite we’d ever seen. In honour of the Rizzo/Pisoni families and their Italian heritage, and our appreciation for them allowing us into their lives, we’re so very proud to bring you Rizzoni’s! Lunch served daily: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun to Thurs: 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Fri & Sat: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Tel (868) 627-RIZZ (7499) Address Level 1, Fiesta Plaza, Movietowne Port of Spain www.rizzoni-italiano.com Available for Functions $$
KAVA Pizza – Our own signature pizza! Tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelized onions, with toasted walnuts or capers.
Our Special Polynesian Delight A combination of five delectable hors d’oeuvres. A Tiki favourite — Perfect for sharing!
Atlantic Salmon – Teriyaki and mango-glazed Atlantic Salmon, pan-seared with parsley potatoes and julienne vegetables.
Mongolian Beef – Tender beef, sautéed in a hot, spicy hoisin sauce, served over a thin layer of crispy vermicelli.
Prosciutto Salad – Prosciutto with mixed greens, olives, goat cheese, balsamic dressing and pepperoncini salsa.
Jing Shek Ban – Steamed boneless filet of fish with ginger and chive in a soya sauce.
KAVA’s Bushwhacker – Vodka, Baileys, Kahlua, Coconut Rum, Coconut Cream, Amaretto, Grand Marnier and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Walnut Shrimp – Shrimp deep fried and tossed with toasted walnuts in an exotic sauce. Tiki Pork – Tender slices of seasoned pork sautéed with onions, sweet peppers, in a spicy hoisin sauce.
KAVA’s eclectic menu features artisan brick oven pizzas, salads, gourmet burgers, pastas, steaks and more. It displays a wide selection of wines, and offers a variety of internationally renowned beers. Its convenient location, along with the crisp and inviting décor, makes it an excellent meeting spot! Enjoy your choice of indoor café styled seating or relax on our outdoor terrace, both providing the perfect setting for casual dining. Whether it’s for a quick bite for lunch, graband-go or a leisurely espresso with tempting desserts, KAVA is the obvious choice.
Tiki Village is a unique Asian-Polynesian Restaurant offering a stunning view of the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, and the Gulf of Paria. Explore our famous Dim Sum menu on Sundays and taste our delicately hand-crafted Asian delights. Or join us for our sumptuous a-la-carte lunches and dinners. Honey-toned wooden pillars and copper masks, locally crafted by our artisans, create a warm ambiance and an elegant background. Perfect for a romantic evening, business meeting or a family outing.
Reservations (868) 622-KAVA (5282) Address Kapok Hotel, Lobby Level 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Trinidad Email email@example.com Facebook facebook.com/kapokhoteltrinidad www.kapokhotel.com Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway $$ Available for functions
Reservations (868) 622-KPOK (5765) Address Kapok Hotel, 8th Floor 16-18 Cotton Hill, St. Clair, Maraval Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook facebook.com/kapokhoteltrinidad www.kapokhotel.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway, $$$ Available for functions
Restaurant & Bar Sample Menu Grill & Specialties Rack of Lamb Grilled half rack, rosemary & mint Sea Bass Dijon cream, Amaretto Steamed Mussels Sautéed with white wine & garlic Served with garlic bread Chinese Kitchen Honey Garlic Shrimp Shrimp wok Tossed with honey & savoury garlic. Sizzling Beef Seared beef sautéed with onions & presented on a sizzling skillet. Hong Kong Roast Pork Roast pork tossed in a fiery, spicy blend of chilli, garlic, peppers & onions. Pepper Calamari Fried crisp & tossed with spicy red peppers.
With an extensive menu, Town allows you to enjoy a variety of cuisines, including classic grill items as well as traditional Chinese dishes, all in the same contemporary setting. Our indoor and outdoor bar and lounge areas make for a perfect after-work gathering. Whether it’s an intimate affair or grand celebration, Town is the place you’ll want to be.
For reservations/take-out/delivery Tel (868) 627-TOWN Address #51 Cipriani Boulevard, Port of Spain Email email@example.com
Breakfast Ham & Egg, Cheese & Egg, Bacon & Egg, Western Egg, Sunrise Subway Melt – available in 6”, FOOTLONG or Deli Lunch/Dinner Premium Subs – Chicken Teriyaki, Oven Roasted Chicken, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork Melt, Sriracha Chicken
Hickory Bourbon Salmon A griddled salmon fillet glazed with bourbon barbeque sauce. Full Rack Baby-Backs Our signature slow-cooked and fork-tender ribs. Half Rack also available!
Selects Subs – Steak & Cheese, Italian BMT, Seafood & Lobster, Meatball Marinara Signature Subs – Tuna, Subway Melt, Fish Fillet, Veggie Patty Classic Subs – Subway Club, Turkey Breast, Black Forest Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie Delite Bread Options Available: Italian, Honey Oat, 9-Grain Wheat, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan Oregano Extras Available: Pineapple, Olives, Jalapenos, Double Meat, Extra Cheese, Bacon, Avocado Sauces: Sweet Onion, Red Wine Vinegar, Shandon Beni, Garlic Sauce, Mayo, Olive Oil Also available: Cookies, Muffins, Brownies, Toasties, Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks
North: Arima, Barataria, Curepe, Mount Hope, O’Meara, San Juan, Sangre Grande, Trincity Mall, Tunapuna, UWI, Valpark, Valsayn, Piarco. West: Ariapita Avenue, Diego Martin, Frederick St., Glencoe, Hart St., Henry St., Independence Square, Long Circular Mall, Maraval, Movietowne, Queen & Edward St., Westmall, St. James. South/Central: Couva, Debe, Gasparillo, Gulf City Car Park, Gulf City Mall, High St., La Romain, Marabella, Mayaro, Montrose, Penal, Pointe-à-Pierre, Point Fortin, Point Lisas, Price Plaza, Princes Town, Siparia. Tobago: Lowlands, Orange Hill, Scarborough. Tel (868) 662-5716/645-8158/662-0092 Fax (868) 662 3250
Spicy Jalapeño Pretzel Cheeseburger Not for the faint of heart, this burger is topped with pepper jack cheese, crispy jalapeños and chipotle mayonnaise.
From our bountiful Fresh Garden Bar and fork tender ribs to our premium handcrafted gourmet burgers. Ruby Tuesday makes every effort to ensure you get the best casual dining experience. You can expect the same friendly atmosphere and great service at any of our locations: MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, the City of Grand Bazaar, Price Plaza in Chaguanas and at Gulf City, San Fernando. Don’t have time to dine with us? Try the convenience of our Curbside Pick-up TOGO! @ 624-8646. Hours: Sun. to Thur. – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fri. to Sat. – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Ruby Tuesday More Choices, More Taste, More Fun! Tel (868) 624-6566 MovieTowne Complex, Port-of-Spain Tel (868) 663-6566 Grand Bazaar, Churchill Roosevelt Hwy Tel (868) 665-5369 Price Plaza, Chaguanas Tel (868) 653-6566 Gulf City, La Romaine $$ www.rubytuesdaytrinidad.com
McDonald’s™ Restaurants Sample Menu Big Mac™ Quarter Pounder with Cheese Chicken McNuggets™ Real Fruit Smoothies McCrispy™ Chicken Garden Salad Happy Meal
Arcos Dorados has successfully opened and operates five McDonald’s Restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago. The free-standing restaurants at Grand Bazaar, Cipriani and Gulf View boast a number of features unveiled for the first time in Trinidad: the introduction of an Auto-Mac drive-thru service, an airconditioned Playplace for kids and free Wi-Fi for all customers at McCafé. Tel (868) 387-0935 The Falls at Westmall, Westmoorings Tel (868) 387-0937 Grand Bazaar, Valsayn Tel (868) 387-0936 Cipriani Boulevard, Newtown Tel (868) 290-3264 Gulf View, La Romaine Tel (868) 290-4559 Gulf City Mall, Gulf View Facebook McDonald’s TT $ Twitter @McDonalds_TT
Flavours Restaurant Sample Menu Appetizers Regent Star’s Pumpkin & Seafood Delight Thai Style Mussels – Mussels steamed in coconut broth with lemongrass and ginger. Mains Regent’s Rack of Lamb Pan-seared & oven-baked, served on a potato cake with vegetable tian & a red wine reduction. Black Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin Drizzled with a brandy-infused peppercorn sauce, served with twice-baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. Lobster in Thai Chilli Sauce Served with a spiced Vietnamese dip, herbed basmati rice and vegetable tian Flavours Salmon Served with Garlic & Dill Cream on Creamy Potatoes and Vegetable Medley.
Our Flavours and Fine Dining Restaurant, an experience where dining out with family and friends is something special, for great times and exceptional signature food; a setting where innovative culinary concepts are created on site daily, in sophisticated surroundings with impeccable service. Our menus exude a distinctive flair that was influenced from various cultures around the world. Our dining options include buffet and a-la-carte to meet your needs, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. just for your convenience. Tel (868) 669-7827 (STAR) Fax 669-7000 Address Regent Star Hotel 118-119 BWIA Boulevard, Piarco, Trinidad Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.theregentstarhotel.com $-$$$$
J-ZZ’S International Steak House Sample Menu Appetizers/Starters Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Back, Buffalo Wings, Escargot, Jalapeño Poppers, Onion Rings, J-ZZ’S Golden or Sauteed Calamari Rings. Seafood Catch of the Day, Pink Salmon, Lobster (Grilled/Broiled), Surf ’n Turf. Steaks Fillet Mignon, Rib Eye, New York Strip, T-Bone Porterhouse, Pork Ribs. Baby Back Ribs, Lamb, Pork
Enjoy sizzling steaks @ our international family lounge or Lime & Dine at our world class bars. Located in the industrial town of Couva, one minute’s drive from Point Lisas, in central Trinidad. With the widest range of cocktails you could ever imagine, J-ZZ’S has three bars, with a separate smoke-deck bar, plus a conference room with its own bar and full business and training facilities. J-ZZ’S has over 20 screens for your comfort and caters for private parties and functions as well. The entire ground floor is furnished with open Wi-Fi facility.
Reservations (868) 636-5997 (JZZS) Address Corner Gibbs Street and Southern Main Road, Couva, Trinidad Web www.J-zzs.com Special Catering and Local Cuisine
THE RANCH Restaurant and Bar of Mayaro Sample Menu Main Menu Curried Duck, Pan-fried Red Snappers, Squid Jumbo Grilled Shrimp, Lobster Best Crab and Dumplings All prepared to perfection.
The Ranch Restaurant and Bar, Guayaguayare Main Road, Mayaro, located mere minutes from Mayaro junction, is the ideal place if you are looking to enjoy a sumptuous meal, or simply to grab a cold drink. A delightful marriage of antique wood, western decor, and modern luxuries, it is the only restaurant in Mayaro that is warm, relaxing and suitable for the entire family. Whether dining in or taking away, our varied selection of local dishes, made from nothing but the freshest ingredients, provide you with the warmth and taste of that true “home-cooked” meal. Come join in our Friday night, weekly karaoke fun and weekend entertainment. For events, such as birthday and anniversary parties, graduations etc, our outer courtyard is available for rental. We offer assistance in the planning and execution, to ensure your event is successfully executed. Tel (868) 223 6798 Address 1/4mm Mayaro Guayaguayare Road, Manzanilla Mayaro Road, Mayaro Email email@example.com Available for Functions, $$$ Takeaway, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant & Bar
Soong’s Great Wall
Pasta Linguine Frutti di Mare – Linguine pasta tossed with lobster, clams, squid, shrimp and mussles in a sauce made of plum tomatoes, garlic & basil. Seafood Salmone alla Messinese – Atlantic pink salmon resting on a layer of sautéed spinach, dressed with a sauce made of cream, capers & truffle oil. Steak Filetto alla Toscana – Prime fillet steak in a cream brandy sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes and tarragon.
Appetizer Pepper Salt Calamari Succulent morsels of calamari fried to perfection and tossed with garlic, ginger, onions, scallions and fresh Calcutta chillies. Main Course Konjee Crispy Chicken Moist slices of chicken breast crispy fried, heated with our special Calcutta red chili paste and tossed with onions and scallions in a sweet and spicy Konjee sauce.
Phoenix Basket A combination of assorted seafood, meats and mixed vegetables presented in an edible basket. Sizzling Tenderloin Beef Beef tenderloin slices stir-fried in black bean sauce and served on a sizzling hot platter. Sesame Shrimp – Golden battered shrimp smothered in a delectable cream sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. Lobster Cantonese – Chunks of the finest lobster, delicately cooked with a cream & butter sauce. Dasheen Pork – Slices of pork & dasheen, layered and steamed in a special sauce.
Calabrian-born Chef Angelo Cofone brings to Trinidad the authentic southern flavors of Italy. With over twenty years of experience working both in Italy and London, he has brought his magical culture to this island, putting Trinidad a cut above the rest. Diners are mesmerised by his mouth-watering cuisine and the charm and warmth that he generates. Together with his highly trained staff, wife, and two of his three sons, they have produced a restaurant that offers the finest in dining. Reservations necessary. Open Monday to Friday. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays - Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tel (868) 628-5551 / 628-7854 Fax (868) 622-9562 Address 38 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook firstname.lastname@example.org $$$$ Lunch, Dinner
Hakka cuisine is an elegant fusion of Chinese recipes with distinct Indian spices and flavours. Over 100 years ago, the original recipes traveled from Mei Zhou, China to India with the Hakka Chinese people, who eventually settled in Calcutta. Over several generations, the marriage of oriental techniques and Indian ingredients evolved into a gastronomic explosion for the taste buds. Our chefs have traveled from the top Hakka restaurants in Calcutta to meticulously prepare dishes that define the sights, tastes and aromas of the HAKKA experience. Dining or Takeaway 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Mon. – Thur. 11:00 a.m. – 12 midnight Fri. and Sat. 12 noon – 10:00 p.m. Sunday Tel (868) 622-0004 Address 4 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, POS Email email@example.com Facebook Hakka-Restaurant-Bar www.hakkarestaurant.com Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available $-$$
The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall built entirely by hand, making it a remarkable engineering feat. Today, Soong’s Great Wall prides itself on that same personal attention that builds long-lasting relationships, making us a world-class restaurant. Relax and be pampered by our highly trained staff, personally instructed in the art of making you feel welcome. Our famous Wednesday Night Buffet offers succulent lobster, among many other delectable dishes. Don’t miss our Sunday Lunch Buffet. Reservations: (868) 652-Wall (9255) / 657-5050 / 652-2583 Fax (868) 653-3834 Address 97 Circular Rd., San Fernando Email firstname.lastname@example.org Private upper level for special $$ functions & seminars
Our Culture, Our Taste
Lunch & Dinner Chicken (Mild/ Spicy) Chicken Tenders Cajun Fish Popcorn Shrimp Sandwiches Salads Signature Sides
Café Customised pizzas on freshly baked focaccia dough; Handcrafted sandwiches; Pastas; Hot corn soup on a Saturday; Coffees, teas, smoothies, frapps.
Sample Menu Chicken Combo Two pieces, two side, orders and 16oz soft drink (side breast, leg or centre breast, wing or thigh, wing) Three Piece Special Three pieces, side order and 16oz soft drink (side breast, leg and wing) or (thigh, leg and wing) Kiddies Combo One piece leg, side order, 16oz soft drink & toy Chicken Sandwich Combo Centre breast sandwich, side order and 16oz soft drink
Bakery Variety of bread and pastries Cakes and desserts Specialty cakes made to order.
Discover Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen built around the traditional Southern American home style cooking. At Popeyes, food is our passion and we are renowned for our chicken and seafood. Try our signature side items to complete your meal at any of our three Trinidad locations: Movie Towne, Trincity Mall and Grand Bazaar.
Bakery Treatz has been creating delicious treats in Trinidad since 2003. We are proud to be a locally founded business fueled by a full female staff, loved by all! We are 100% Halal certified, and also offer a variety of vegetarian options. Our specialty and wedding cakes have won several international awards for original design and creativity. Open Everyday Except For A Few Public Holidays.
Tel (868) 663-4159 Fax (868) 645-1058 Address Restaurant Holdings Limited Restaurant Support Centre 14 Frederick Settlement, Caroni Email email@example.com Lunch, Dinner
Tel (868) 672-9625 Address: 75 Rodney Road, Chaguanas, Trinidad, West Indies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bakerytreatz.com Takeaway, Pickup
At Royal Castle all our products are prepared using only the best local ingredients grown and farmed here in Trinidad & Tobago. To experience the authentic taste of Royal Castle Chicken is to experience the exotic taste of true Caribbean cuisine. We have our “special recipe” which we skillfully put together to get that local flavour that makes Royal Castle “Our Culture, Our Taste”. Tel: (868) 646-7425 Locations: St. James; Long Circular Mall; Maraval; Frederick Street; Independence Square; Maritime Centre; Curepe; Tunapuna; Arima Ridgewood Plaza; Arima Dial; Valencia; Sangre Grande; Piarco Airport; St Helena; Endeavour; Marabella; San Fernando; Rio Claro; Cumuto; Diego Martin; Crown Point Road; City Gate; Brentwood; Gulf City Mall; Atlantic Plaza; Point Fortin; Shops of Arima Gasparillo; San Juan; Charlotte Street; Debe; Scarborough; Milford Road, Tobago; Guyana. Takeaway, Pickup
& Specialty Breads
Lunchtime Favourites Ice Creams Curries and Salads Flatbreads Pastas There is something for everyone.
Breakfast Friday Special Tomato, melongene, pumpkin and bhagi chokas with whole wheat sada roti Saturday Special Fried bake and black pudding or buljol Saltfish accra with tamarind sauce Lunch Different soups every day Salads and sandwiches Tea Select hot coffees and teas. Tempting in-house pastries, pies and cakes.
Trinidad’s Premier French Patisserie and Salon de thé. Serving the finest products for over thirty-six years. Led by Cordon Bleu Trained chefs, we produce an outstanding array of Gateaux, Patisserie and Savories. Our dine-in ambience and our wonderful service are sure to make your experience a remarkable one. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tel (868) 632-0265 Address The Falls at West Mall Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Email: email@example.com Takeaway, Pickup
Adam’s is a family-owned and operated Bakery, Restaurant, and Gourmet Shop located in the heart of Maraval. Believing in fresh ingredients, quality products and friendly personalised customer service, Adam has developed strong relationships with his customers over the past 23 years. Adam earned the title: “Best Bakery & Coffee Shop 2013” by T&T Table Talk Awards. Visit us the next time you are in the area and experience the charm and hospitality that is ADAM’s.
Tel (868) 622-2435 Address 15A Saddle Rd., Maraval, Port-of-Spain Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.adamsbagels.com Breakfast, Lunch, Tea
Al-Haaq Sample Menu Main Course We specialise in the best tasting grilled food Chicken, fish, lamb, shrimp. Sides Macaroni salad, potato salad, noodles, fried rice, fries and wedge fries, sumptuous beef and chicken burgers. All meats HALAL AL-HAAQ, THE HOME OF BAR-B-QUE and the famous “Hotter than Hot” AL HAAQ pepper-sauce.
Al-HAAQ, which means “the Truth”, had its humble beginnings on a half-barrel. It has a well-earned reputation for authentic BBQ dishes, having grown to be one of the most popular grill shops in Chaguanas. Also known for its popular Hotter Than Hot pepper sauce, Al-HAAQ is 100% local, and offers only the best grilled food, prepared from the freshest seasoning and finest ingredients in T&T. Truth be told, AL-HAAQ is THE HOME of Bar-B-Que.
Tel (868) 672-2903 Address Montrose Main Road, Chaguanas Piarco International Airport Outdoor Food Court, Trinidad Facebook Al Haaq Bar-B-Que Caribbean Ltd $ Eat In or Takeaway
THE PORT Restaurant
Restaurant & Bar
Starters Mushroom Mozel Warm mushroom slaw with mozzarella mousse and arugula. Entrée Mi Cuit Salmon Pink salmon seared with a herb crust with flame roasted Brussel sprouts, creamy polenta and a mango sauce. Dessert Port Tribute Port Sorbet and a Coconut Mousseline with Poached Japenese Pears and Mint Sugar.
Passion fruit-glazed Atlantic Pink Salmon Poached pink salmon fillet complemented by Dijonnaise Sauce. Baby Back Ribs “Fall off the bone” baby back ribs finished with barbeque guava glaze. Chargrilled Ribeye Steak Eight-ounce Ribeye chargrilled to your specifications and complemented by red onion confit. Linguini Diablo Grilled marinated chicken breast served on a bed of linguine tossed in mild marinara sauce with fresh basil and portobello mushrooms.
Extempo Tacos - Gourmet soft tortilla stuffed with shredded steak or chicken, romaine lettuce, whole corn and pico de gallo and served with fresh guacamole and sour cream. Pan’aroma Bake ‘n’ Shark - Mini fried bake and shark bites accompanied with tamarind chutney and garlic sauce. Ramajay Caribbean Paella - Our Caribbean version of the traditional Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken and seafood, with a hint of coconut. Calypso Kingfish - Grilled Kingfish steak served with a callaloo sauce over grilled vegetables. Las’ Lap Hand Made Burger - 8 oz hand made burger, made with USDA Choice ground beef and our blend of secret herbs and spices, grilled to perfection and served on our signature hamburger bun. Santimanitay Rum Cake - Seasonal fruit infused, rum-flavoured cake drizzled with our Caribbean rum and spice reduction.
The Port Restaurant provides an experience like no other. Located at One Woodbrook Place, it provides an invigorating haven overlooking the busy city of Port of Spain. This exquisite restaurant offers a range of mesmerising international dishes with a dash of Caribbean flare. Known for its modern décor, soothing ambience and mouthwatering cuisine, it creates a hub for effortless conversation and treasured memories. Patrons have the option of dining within our cozy, intimate walls or under the stars on our beautiful patio surrounded by the cool breezes of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Paria. We welcome you to come and enjoy a “Port Experience”.
Mélange is an elegant 60-seater restaurant where guests enjoy a selection of international favourites fused with Caribbean bursts of flavours. The spirit of the restaurant is reflected in presentations that are unmatched, service that is friendly and indulgent, and a contemporary ambience that is both relaxed and romantic. A casual dining menu is also available. Renowned for seafood, roast rack of lamb and the best-tasting steaks on the island. Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted.
Tel (868) 628-4089 Address One Woodbrook Place, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email email@example.com
Reservations (868) 628-8687 Address 40 Ariapita Avenue and Cornelio Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain Email firstname.lastname@example.org Available for Functions, $$$ Takeaway, Lunch, Dinner
At Las’ Lap Restaurant & Bar, we pride ourselves on our exotic fusion of Caribbean, Latin American and International cuisine. Our focus on fresh, casual food makes our guests feel welcomed and intrigued. Enjoy our fun and friendly, laid back ‘trini’ vibe as we tantalize your senses. Inspired by the World’s Greatest Show, Trinidad Carnival, our menu and entertainment showcases a taste of Carnival, a perfect blend of unity and culture that takes you back in time to the good ‘ole’ days.
Tel (868) 385-2325 Address One Woodbrook Place, 189 Tragarete Road, Port of Spain Email email@example.com Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch Dine-in, Takeaway, Catering and Corporate Events
HAYLEY’S Buffet & Bar
Kanoa Café Gourmet
Soups Caribbean Corn Soup Salads Hayley’s Salad; Aisian Chicken Salad. Appetizers Sea Conch Ceviche; Spicy Fried Calamari; Tamarind Prawns; Sweet Chilli Wings. Mains Steaks - 8oz Tenderloin and 12oz Ribeye; Classic Seafood Linguini Arabiatta; Hayley’s Signature Roasted Smothered Chicken; Hayley’s Umami Burger. Desserts Dark & White Chocolate Mousse Cake; Banana Foster.
Appetizer Quesa Azul Delicia – Potato nest with blue cheese, pimento and mushroom. Soup – Caul’do Verde Cauliflower and kale soup served with cheddar snaps. Fish – Gambas Al Ajillo Pan-seared pink salmon fillet with grilled garlic shrimp and pickled onions. Salad – Ensalada de Pimento y Tomate Charred bell peppers and tomatoes, marinated in a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. Entrée Pollo con Salsa de Madrid Roasted chicken with salsa of mango honey, herbs, and red onion, with a sorrel drizzle, served with Vegetable Paella. Dessert Porto Pudim Flan with Spiced Churros Port-infused baked dessert custard and salted caramel with delicate paprika chocolatedipped churros. Students’ Signature Cocktail
Breakfast American Omelets, French Toast with Fruits. Fondue Berne Style – With exquisite beef and vegetables of the season Belgian Chocolatier: Mouth watering belgian chocolate and wild fruits. Pasta Rustic Lasagna – Made at the moment with fresh products. Salads Organic – Rich grilled vegetables, mix of baby lettuce and Mozzarella cheese croquets. Sandwich Chicken Mignon – Chicken tenderloin with crispy bacon and mushroom sauce.
Hayley’s Buffet and Bar is a casual-dining restaurant that caters to both families and business customers. With over 30 years in the hospitality industry, our staff strives to ensure that your dining experience is always memorable and that each event held at Hayley’s is a resounding success. These events include Wine Tastings and Product Launches, among others. Our business customers can also create an account with us for additional benefits.
GREAT CHEF, GREAT FOOD, GREAT TIME! Tel (868) 221-5873 / 221-5893 /221-5817 Address Trincity Industrial Estate, Corner of Tissue Drive & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Tacarigua Email firstname.lastname@example.org $$ Takeaway, Pickup
Hilltop Restaurant is TTHTI’s practical training space, which offers customers a memorable dining experience that should not be missed. The meals, executed and presented by our very own Culinary and Food and Beverage students, feature an exciting fusion of indigenous Caribbean herbs and spices, blended with the finest international ingredients. You may even complement your meal with one of our Students’ Signature drinks. Reservations (868) 634-2144 Ext 4066 Address Cor. Airways Rd. & Hilltop Lane, Chaguaramas Email email@example.com
Welcome to Kanoa Café Gourmet, located at the Falls of WestMall. Enjoy in a warm and relaxed ambience, our selection of breakfasts or choose our variety of sandwiches, pasta, salads or exotic meals. Experience our beef, cheese or chocolate fondue, finally, complete your meal with an exquisite coffee of your selection. KANOA IS THE PLACE TO GO AND TO BE Open Mon to Sat from 9am to 7 pm Tel (868) 633-5832 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram @Kanoacafe Address 1st Floor, South Side #239 Westmall, Westmoorings $-$$ Takeaway, Breakfast or Lunch
El Pecos Grill
Meats with two sides Pork – Smoked BBQ, BBQ Ribs, BBQ Pigtail Chicken – Smoked BBQ /Jerk Fish – Grilled/Jerk, Lamb – BBQ/Jerk Side Bites Jamaican rice & peas, Bhagi rice, Stewed lentils, Steak fries, Macaroni pie, Mixed vegetables, Jamaican festivals, Baked mashed potatoes Salads Macaroni, Potato, Green fig, Green, Coleslaw Daily Lunch Specials Mon. – Stewed fried fish and two sides Tues. – Chicken pelau, cole slaw, fresh salad Wed. – Jamaican curry goat, white rice green fig, green salad Thur. – Stewed oxtails, red beans white rice, green salad Fri. – Stewed pork, calaloo, provisions Sat. – Ackee and salt fish, provisions OR Beef and oxtail soup.
The Panyol Place
Sample Menu Meats Chicken – rotisserie, BBQ, jerk, fried, stewed, curried Beef – stewed, roast, pastelles, 100% burger Pork – BBQ ribs, jerk, BBQ, BBQ pigtail Fish – grilled, stewed, fried Lamb – BBQ, grilled Sides Rice – festive, white, bhagi, pelau Provisions – steamed, plantain, buttered cassava, parsley potato, sweet potato wedges, steak fries, seasoned fries Vegetables – chunky vegetables, corn, melongene ratatouille Salads – green, coleslaw, green fig, macaroni, potato Other – macaroni pie, peas/beans, dumplings Saturday Specials Oxtail & beef soup, pig foot souse
El Pecos offers you the best in fast casual dining, with a solid reputation for consistently good food and value for money. Indulge yourself in our selection of fire-grilled or slowcooked meats, served with a variety of superb sides. Simply serve yourself, weigh, and pay for your food by the pound.
Tel (868) 63-PECOS Diego Martin Main Road Tel (868) 622-9713 84a Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook Tel (868) 674-0533 Lower 6th Avenue, Barataria Dining 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. TT$ 40.00 per lb.
Cachapa Venezolana Original Venezuelan pancake made with sweet corn, stuffed with white cheese. Pabellon Criollo Shredded beef, white rice, black beans and fried plantain. Tequeños Famous Venezuelan finger food sticks with white cheese wrapped in a dough then deep fried golden.
Offering a cosy and friendly environment characterised by original traditions of Venezuela, Taryn’s, The Panyol Place is a unique eating establishment, bringing an authentic and typical Venezuelan and Latin American cuisine to its clients. Professional, personal service and courtesy accompany our original fresh corn-based dishes, which are served every day. 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. Try our special soups on Saturdays. Spanish spoken. Mon – Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tel / Fax: (868) 622-3989 Address 23 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Port of Spain, Trinidad Email email@example.com $-$$
Ackee and Saltfish
Unique and flavourful, Irie Bites combines the earthy taste of good old Jamaica with the excitement of Trini cuisine. Our signature brand Irie Bites provides mouth-watering authentic Jamaican jerk and smoked BBQ meats. These traditional Caribbean Recipies are straight from Grannie’s kitchen table. For those on the go or busy at the office, there’s no need to sacrifice quality and value. Simply call, place your order and collect. Let our red, green, yellow and black sign lead you to a true taste of Jamaica. Irie Bites – savour the experience! Tel/Fax (868) 622-7364 Address 71A Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook Tel/Fax (868) 622-6725 Address 153 Western Main Road, St. James $ www.iriebitesjerk.com
SUSHI EXPRESS Sample Menu Appetizer Vegetable Tempura A Vegetarian Delight, Broccoli, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Plantain dipped in Tempura and fried to perfection. Express Roll Succulent Tempura Shrimp combined with Crab Meat and Fresh Salmon topped with Spicy Mayo baked to golden perfection. This roll is drizzled with Unagi Sauce and beautifully topped with Massago, two types of Caviar and local garnish. It is quite the mouthful. Tae Sake Roll Fresh Norwegian Salmon, the finest Yellow Fin Tuna cuts, House Made Spicy Salmon and Spicy Tuna mix infused with exotic and local ingredients. This roll is drizzled with Unagi Sauce, Sriracha & Spicy Mayo.
Sushi Express is a casual and unpretentious sushi restaurant located in East Trinidad. The restaurant’s approach is rooted in the belief that food should be enjoyed with the mouth and the eyes as each roll is prepared at the sushi bar right before its diners. Guests can sit and enjoy a meal at the traditional sushi bar, share a platter at the modern seating or lounge with green tea and a key lime roll in a peaceful corner. Sushi Express caters for the inquisitive, the adventurous or the well versed and sticks to its mantra of “Turning Non-Believers into Sushi Lovers”. Tel: (868) 345-6166 Address: Unit 12, Piarco Plaza, Piarco Tel: (868) 282-4107 Address: 47 Eastern Main Road, Curepe Facebook: SushiExpress Instagram: @sushiexprestt Email: firstname.lastname@example.org $$$
Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House
Soup, Sandwiches, Bagels, Paninis, Pizzas, Salads, Burgers, Vegetarian Food, Pasta, Quesadillas, Chillers, Smoothies, Coffee & Tea.
Breakfast – Mexican omelette, Belgian waffle, croissant. Special Café Meals – Stuffed chicken breast, 6 oz tenderloin steak, blackened shrimp. Italian – Vegetable lasagna, chicken & shrimp fettuccine Alfredo. Salads – Sesame chicken salad, Tex Mex steak salad. Paninis – Grilled chicken & bacon, Portobello mushroom. Wraps – Maracas shark, Tandoori chicken. Burgers – Beef, turkey, salmon or vegetarian. Sweet Things – Opera cake, French macaroons, date squares. Savoury Bites – Beef pies, cheese puffs, chicken quiche.
Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House, a small café located on the borders of Curepe and St. Augustine with an excellent array of menu options offering a selection of coffees from around the world, a wide selection of teas and decadent desserts and food.
Come experience the difference at Tablespoon Coffee and Dessert House, with its quaint yet metro-type ambience and Coffee shop offering. You are assured of the solace, personalised customer service provided to patrons while unwinding and enjoying your stay. We also offer free Wi-Fi and soft music to make your patronage enjoyable and memorable. So a warm welcome awaits you. Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sundays: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tel (868) 221 8504 Address #79 Eastern Main Road, Curepe, Trinidad Email email@example.com $
This café-styled restaurant and specialty bakery offers diners a comfortable yet classy dining experience. The kitchen offers American-styled breakfasts with unique teas & coffees, followed by a wide selection of light to full meals for lunch and dinner. The bakery produces a large variety of sweet and savoury items, ranging from local classics such as coconut drops and beef pies, to truly decadent treats like the white chocolate almond torte and the red velvet cheesecake. Open MondaySaturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., this restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Tel (868) 652-8912 Address Rainbow Plaza, Gulf View Link Road, Gulf View, San Fernando Email firstname.lastname@example.org Specialty bakery, breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering for functions
Grill & Bar Restaurant
Sample Menu Appetizer Cassava Sticks, Island Shrimp, Chicken Wings, Tenders, Geera Pork, Seafood Platter. Lunch & Dinner Special Pasta, Burgers, Quesadillas, Pork Ribs, Lamp Chops, Steak, Lobster, Shrimp Platters, Pepper Lamb. Sides Fries, Garlic Bread, Fried Cassava, Sauteed Vegatables, Garlic Mashed Potato, Coleslaw, Cheese Fries, Corn on the Cob.
Starters Creamy Crab Soup Gazpacho with parmesan cheese & “gambas marrakech”. Cucumber Soup with chili-glazed scallops Acajou chicken salad. Tuna Fish Salad with walnuts, Gorgonzola & roasted beetroot. Mains Pesto Linguine & Grilled Eggplant topped with parmesan cheese. Caribbean Rub Chicken with pineapple and papaya salsa (picture). Grilled Red Snapper with lemongrass, grapefruit salsa, pack choi & basmati rice. Duck Breast with anjomole, pumpkin creme & roast root vegetables. BBQ Pork Loin with roast vegetables, long beans & cauliflower creme. Desserts Nut and Chocolate Tart with grapefruit sorbet, Grilled Pineapple with Rum Sabayon & Coconut Ice Cream.
The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant invites you to come and enjoy their American, Spanish and Caribbean dishes. Dinning or open lounge serving facility. With nightly entertainment, Karaoke Thursday, after work lime on a Friday. Safe and Secure Parking. Real Food, Real Drinks for Real People. Open 7 days / Week
Tel (868) 665-5627 Mobile (868) 685-1723 LP 62, Rodney Road, Endeavor Rd., Lange Park, Chaguanas Email email@example.com
Reflecting our own mix of Sweden and Trinidad, our menu is a lovingly created marriage between local and continental influences. Come and relax in a setting that will completely take your breath away. Tel (868) 670-3771 Fax (868) 670-4566 Address Acajou Hotel, Grande Riviére, Trinidad firstname.lastname@example.org www.acajoutrinidad.com Available for Functions, Lunch, Dinner $$$
Krave Restaurant & Sushi Lounge Sample Menu Sample Lunch Smoked Salmon Roll with Arugula Salad. Krave’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream. Sample Dinner Cream of Broccoli Soup; Shrimp Kravetini Lobster Tail Risotto; Unbaked Cheesecake with Fresh Berry Compote. Sushi Rolls The Krave Emperor; The Dancing Eel; The Vegetable Roll.
Krave is a modern, chic dining experience which is based on the timeless notion of Southern Hospitality. Our restaurant is a favourite with families and we make every effort to ensure that each member of your party enjoys the Krave experience. This gorgeous contemporary space is the home of a multiplicity of dining experiences - lunch from Tuesday to Friday, Steak Night on Tuesday, Italian Buffet on Wednesday Night, a Sushi menu and a carefully crafted dinner menu available from Thursday to Saturday. Our “Around the World with Krave” Sunday Buffet Brunch has been recognised by the Table Talk Awards as the Best Brunch in Trinidad. Our bar is home to cutting edge mixology and offers a wide range of cocktails, mocktails and even Vaportinis. While walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are strongly recommended and guests are expected to be semi-formally dressed. Tel (868) 658-KRAV; (868) 658-5728 Address Tarouba Plaza, Marabella Facebook Krave Restaurant Trinidad Instagram kravetrinidad $$$ Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch
3D map: Ernest Matthews
by Katy Young
Goat Racing Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
ong, folklore, story telling, dance, rituals and community permeate Tobago life. The island is a melting pot of cultures which reflect its sometimes bloody past. Originally home to the early Amerindian settlers who cultivated tobacco for which the island is named, Tobago was then claimed by the English before becoming a battleground between the European nations, including the Dutch, Courlanders and French. Tobagoâ€™s key role in the sugar industry during the 18th and 19th centuries resulted in thousands of enslaved Africans being transported to the island; the majority stayed after Emancipation. Tobagoâ€™s rich history is celebrated through its festivals, from religious feast days and village harvests to food fetes and the iconic goat racing. Cocoa Dance Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
he biggest cultural celebration on the island is the Tobago Heritage Festival. Visitors can follow the trail through the island’s villages, as residents proudly display their customs and traditions through shows and presentations.
Charlotteville Natural Treasures Day Held in the fishing village of Charlotteville, the day pays homage to the ancestors, and showcases the island’s history. It starts with prayers, before locals and visitors walk through the village, chanting the songs of yesteryear; the rich sounds of the drums echoing along the route. A highlight is the re-enactment of the ‘Dancing of the Cocoa’, where the feet of the dancers “polish” the cocoa beans. This was practised by the villagers from the early 1900s, when cocoa was the main crop of the Charlotteville Estate. Visitors can also sample chocolate tea and taste dirt-oven bread, a treasured Tobago delicacy.
Wake and Bongo Ole’ Time Wedding Photo Edison Boodoosingh:
This production reflects the strong influence of African traditions and Methodism, and is held each year by the communities of Spring Garden, Whim, Union and Mary’s Hill (SWUM). Before funeral homes, Tobagonians kept their dead on ice at home. To keep them company, villagers would gather, singing hymns, providing assistance to the deceased’s family and preparing the deceased for burial. Following the funeral, the family would host a bongo, featuring songs and dance to signify re-creation; children were prevented from attending because of the sexually suggestive dance moves. The show usually features a morality tale, encompassing all aspects of the wake and bongo tradition.
Black Rock Sea Festival
Fish Broth Photo: Gary Jordan
Pulling seine, the communal hauling in of fish, has been part of Tobago life for over a century, and is a key part of this festival of the sea. This timehonoured custom reflects the strong ties within villages, where even today, people come together to help their fellow neighbour. The festival, which reenacts the rituals of fisherfolk, also features the christening of a fishing boat, hanging to dry the nets and the singing of sea chanteys – the sampling of the salt fish and bake is a must! The wake-up call starts early - 5a.m., where the blowing of the traditional conch shell signals the start of the celebrations.
Ole’ Time Wedding Photo: Allan V. Crane
Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival
Tobago is renowned for its traditional forms of dance such as the Bélé and the Reel and Jig, so it is no surprise that contemporary dance is now emerging to the fore. Held at the end of March/beginning of April, this festival is now in its fourth year and aims to nurture and showcase the talent of dancers and choreographers. Elvis Radgman’s Urban Ritual Dance Company hosts the two-day event at the Black Rock Heritage Park. As well as international acts, which have included the likes of Nicole Walcott and New York’s Hunter College, the shows also feature regional and local acts such as Lindsay Hall, Zante and the La Danse Caraibe Dance School.
Tobago still maintains its strong spiritual and religious traditions, and this three day gospel festival, which celebrates Jesus, has been held for more than 30 years. It is now a firm fixture every Easter, showcasing the best of the island’s gospel music. The free shows, which attract thousands of people, are held at the Scarborough Esplanade, and feature international, regional and local acts such as Positive, Christopher “Tambu” Herbert, Deslyn Thomas and Minister Nicole Ballosingh-Holder.
World Food Day Tobago was once the food basket of the nation, but following Hurricane Flora in 1963, agriculture declined as workers moved abroad to look for work. Now, there are moves to revitalise the industry, and every October, the island’s eight agricultural districts display their best local fruits, vegetables, poultry and livestock at World Food Day. Held at the Dwight Yorke Stadium car park, the booths display a bounty of Tobago food, such as bread, cocoa, and wines, as well as information about agriculture. Walk with an appetite!
Ole’ Time Wedding Held in the village of Moriah, this re-enactment of a traditional Tobago wedding highlights the fusion of the Afro-European influence on the lives of Tobagonians, and is the trademark of the Heritage Festival. It is designed to reflect the values of purity, fidelity and fertility. Following the ceremony, the wedding party, which is traditionally accompanied by a fiddle and tambourine, dances the Heel and Toe through the village; the women wear colourful dresses and bonnets, the men dress in black stovepipe hats, scissor tail coats, white trousers, white gloves, and bow ties and carry black umbrellas. A cake and wine ceremony is then held, followed by a grand reception with plenty of feasting and entertainment into the night.
Photo: Troy Andrews
Annette Alfred A National Treasure by Marissa Williams
Culture is in my blood. I love everything about culture and particularly the Tobago culture Annette Alfred is a living cultural vessel. She is a veritable doyenne, sought after by educators, students and cultural activists across Tobago. A former Independent Senator, she was presented with the Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold) as well as the Bishop’s High School’s Excellence In Art award. But it’s her love for culture and the arts that have cemented her as an icon. She explained that, “Culture is in my blood. I love everything about culture and particularly the Tobago culture, because if you don’t know where you came from, you can’t know where you’re going.” She recalls that her passion for the performing arts began as early as the age of four, while participating in day school and at Sunday school events. These memories and “the need for different forms of dance for Tobago’s talented children” inspired her and led to the development of the Tobago Academy for Performing Arts (TAPA) which opened in 1983. In fact, the organisation received the national
Chaconia Bronze medal and a Tobago House of Assembly award for excellence in culture. She would later play important roles in the development of Tobago’s major cultural showcase, the Tobago Heritage Festival, as community coordinator in 1989 and Chairman and Public Relations Officer of the Tobago Heritage Festival Committee, as well as the current coordinator of the Charlotteville Heritage Festival production “Natural Treasures”. Her Itsy Bitsy Cultural Theatre in Mt. Pleasant, which opened in 1997, also ensured that visitors and locals experienced Tobago’s heritage. “Itsy Bitsy filled the void for exposure of authentic Tobago culture to foreigners and natives alike. Many cultural groups were inclined to just do anything and label it as Tobago’s culture, so I felt compelled to intervene.” Her wish for Tobago is that the island’s culture “be better researched and recorded. Authenticity needs to be pursued.”
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Photo: Tobago Cocoa Estate W.I. Ltd
Cocoa making a comeback
by Katy Young
Cocoa used to be one of Tobago’s most lucrative industries. However, disease, the devastation caused by Hurricane Flora in 1963 and the subsequent migration of Tobagonians, meant that the glory days of cocoa were thought to be well and truly over. But, over the last decade, there has been a movement to revive cocoa production on the island. Duane Dove’s Tobago Cocoa Estate in Roxborough, which is known widely as the ‘birthplace’ of the Trinitario cocoa, is a 43-acre estate which is open to visitors (more details at www. tobagococoa.com). The estate is planted with 11 different strains of the Trinitario bean, which are all harvested by hand before being dried and shipped to France. Here, the beans are turned into the signature Tobago Estate Chocolate W.I. bars by artisan chocolatier, Francois Pralus. Noted for its rich and intense flavours, the chocolate has already won numerous awards, including the highest accolade in Great Taste 2014, where it was awarded three Gold Stars by the London Guild of Fine Foods. It is available in Tobago and at selected markets in Europe and the USA.
Similarly, the discovery of the rare and prized Criollo variety of cocoa growing on the farms of members of the Tobago Cocoa Farmers’ Association, has led to the White Bean Conservation Project. Working with the Cocoa Research Centre at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, the farmers have planted grafted Criollo seedlings at French Fort in the hope of protecting this variety, which is noted for its caramel through to fruity flavours. The 16 members of the association also produce the Trinitario cocoa to make the Louis d’Or Single Estate dark chocolate, which is entirely produced on the island by Calder Hall-born bar maker, Clement Bobb. Bobb, who is a third generation cocoa farmer, spent years experimenting with recipes, receiving encouragement and feedback from cocoa and fruit technologist, Dr. Darin Sukha. This led to his signature single estate bar, which won an international award for flavour from the Salon du Chocolat in France in October 2011. It is available at select outlets in Tobago.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
obago is an island of two personalities – the calm Caribbean side and the rougher Atlantic coastline. Both boast an array of sights and attractions which showcase the island’s diverse and unique history and rich cultural traditions – from forts to cocoa estates. The island’s close proximity to South America means there is an impressive array of flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered. Stop and take in the stunning scenery; it won’t disappoint!
Argyle Waterfall Photo: Christopher Anderson
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Sugar Mill Photo: Christopher Anderson
he capital of Tobago, Scarborough, on the Atlantic coast, is a good place to start your tour. The impressive Fort King George, set in landscaped grounds, overlooks the town. The Tobago Museum (868) 639-3970 is housed in the former Officers’ Mess and is open Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 4p.m. and has the best collection of the island’s artefacts from Amerindian pottery to military paraphernalia. The old barracks, powder magazine, lighthouse and water tank, among other buildings can be visited. James Park in Upper Scarborough was once the town’s main marketplace; the bronze sculpture of Tobago politician, APT James by German artist, Luise Kimme, graces the square. Overlooking the park is the Legislature of the Tobago House of Assembly, which used to be the former court house. The Botanic Gardens is a quiet oasis in the middle of bustling Scarborough. Open daily, the gardens are just off the Claude Noel Highway. Exit the grounds onto Gardenside Street to look at the street art which depicts Tobago’s history and heritage.
Richmond House Photo: Christopher Anderson
From Scarborough, take the Windward Road, making sure you enjoy the panoramic views along the way. Fort Granby at Studley Park was built in 1765 to protect the short-lived first capital of Tobago. Not much remains of the original fort although the grounds have become a labyrinth of interwoven trees. On entering Goodwood, there is the Genesis Nature Park and Petting Zoo (868) 660-4668, which houses a small collection of animals. Entrance fee is TT$60 or US$10. Richmond Great House (868) 660-6302,is one of the few remaining plantation houses on the island, and was the centre of the Richmond sugar estate. The eighteenth century building is not regularly open to the public, but the owner/ caretaker is happy to give tours. Just before the main Windward town of Roxborough, is Argyle Waterfalls (868) 6604154, some of the most impressive falls on the island; open daily from 9a.m. until 5p.m.; TT$60 for adults, TT$30 for children. A leisurely walk
along an easy trail, escorted by a registered guide, brings you to the three falls. To discover more about Tobago’s cocoa industry visit the Tobago Cocoa Estate (868) 390-2021, which is a short drive beyond the entrance of the Argyle Waterfalls. The estate hosts morning tours and whole-day excursions, giving insight into Tobago’s cocoa heritage and its future. The main Roxborough to Parlatuvier Road, which is just before you enter Roxborough, takes you through the Tobago Forest Reserve, the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere. It is strongly advisable to explore the rainforest with a guide. Drive with your windows down so that you can hear the parrots and many other birds in the trees. Past Roxborough, the scenic coastal road takes you to King’s Bay and then onto Speyside. The look-out when you enter the village, offers stunning panoramic views, including the islands Little Tobago and Goat Island.
From Scarborough, take the Windward Road, making sure you enjoy the panoramic views along the way. Fort Granby at Studley Park was built in 1765 to protect the short-lived first capital of Tobago.
Little Tobago Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
An uninhabitable bird sanctuary, Little Tobago is one of the best places to see flocks of boobies, terns and red-billed tropic birds; local fishermen or tour guides will take you to the island. The neighbouring Goat Island is private and has the remains of a house; local legend states that it was once the holiday home of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming. Glass bottom boats can take you to the local reefs, which are some of the best on the island. The ruins of a big iron waterwheel and sugar factory can be seen on the road leading to the Blue Waters Inn. Overlooking Charlotteville, the most north easterly village on the island is Flagstaff Hill. Once an American military lookout and radio tower during World War II, it now offers stunning vistas. Just 20 minutes out of the village is the remains of Cambleton Battery, which protected Man O’War Bay. It is a scenic drive to Bloody Bay and then past the quaint fishing village of Parlatuvier, which has its own waterfall. You will need to pay a small entrance fee. Castara is one of the main villages on this coastline, and has a harmonious balance between tourism and fishing. Visit the small waterfall on the eastern side of the village for a refreshing dip. High above Castara Bay is the Mt. Dillon Lookout which offers stunning views and a welcome breeze. Continue along the Northside Road until you reach one of the largest and oldest silk cotton trees on the island. Folklore states that this is the tree from which obeah woman Gang Gang Sara fell to her death. Her grave can be seen near the hamlet of Golden Lane, along with those of plantation slaves.
Mot Mot Bird Photo: Stephen Broadbridge
Sherman’s Auto Rentals This vibrant, service-oriented company is operated by a staff that is dedicated to the tourism industry of Tobago. We boast over twenty years in the Automobile Business and today we offer Car Rental Services on the beautiful island of Tobago. Our clients are offered top-of-the-line luxury cars or jeeps. Meeting and greeting on arrival! Tel (868) 639-2292 Fax 868) 639-3084 U.S. direct line: 1 (469) 532 2544 U.K. direct line: 1 (011) 44 (865) 594706 Address Lambeau Village,Tobago, W.I. Email email@example.com www.shermansrental.com
At Arnos Vale, the Adventure Farm and Eco Reserve (868) 639-2839 is a 12 acre working organic estate where you can get up close and personal with humming birds and other species. It is open Monday to Saturday, 7a.m.–5.45p.m. There is an admission fee. Fort James is an 18th-century British coastal fortification that once defended the town of Plymouth, Tobago’s former capital. Nearby is the Mystery Tombstone, a memorial to Betty Stiven. Plymouth was the site of the first European settlement in Tobago, and the Courland Monument is dedicated to the small band of pioneers who arrived in 1654 from what is now western Latvia. Fort Bennet at Black Rock is a picturesque spot, with a gazebo overlooking the ocean; it is popular with couples. The Anglican Church of Transfiguration on the main road through Black Rock features work by the late German artist, Luise Kimme, whose museum, The Castle, in Mt. Irvine, houses many of her larger than life unique bronze and wooden sculptures. The Grafton Caledonia Bird Sanctuary is open during daylight hours, and was created after Hurricane Flora in 1963 to feed the affected birds. Don’t miss the daily feeding at 4p.m. Buccoo Reef became a protected marine park in 1973 and glass-bottom boats take passengers to the reef, as well as to the Nylon Pool and No Man’s Land. Opposite is the Pigeon Point Heritage Park.
Castara Beach Photo: Christopher Anderson
Beaches Enjoy Tobago’s azure waters
and powdery pink-golden sands by Katy Young
Pigeon Point With its world famous jetty and thatched hut, the Pigeon Point Heritage Park is arguably the première beach on the island. From the entrance, it is just a short drive along the palm tree lined road until you reach the soft, golden sand and clear, blue waters. Located on the edge of the Buccoo Reef, this spot offers stunning views of Tobago’s Caribbean Sea coastline. The beach has thatched huts for shelter from the sun, a few bars, food and craft outlets, as well as bathroom facilities. The sheltered waters makes it ideal for kitesurfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. This is one of the few beach facilities that has an entrance fee: TT$20.
Store Bay This popular beach in the heart of Crown Point is close to the main hotels, and has some of the best and most inexpensive local food in the area. Locals and visitors alike come for Tobago’s signature dish, crab and dumplings, as well as other culinary delights such as stewed pork, roti and bus’ up shut (paratha roti). You can pick up some great locally made craft from the vendors who operate here. This is also the place to buy tickets for the glass bottom boats heading out to the Buccoo Reef. Store Bay is one of the liveliest spots on the island, so rent a sun lounger, lie back and enjoy the local vibe.
With its world famous jetty and thatched hut, the Pigeon Point Heritage Park is arguably the première beach on the island.
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Pirate’s Bay, Charlotteville A short walk east, out of the sleepy fishing village of Charlotteville along a dirt track and down more than 150 steps and you will be rewarded with the stunning horseshoe shaped beach at Pirate’s Bay. It has golden sand and clear waters, and is one of the best spots on the island to snorkel. There are no facilities here, so make sure that you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Castara This quaint fishing village boasts two beaches – Big Bay and Little Bay, which was described as “the sweetest little beach on the island” by USA Today in 2015, and placed in its list of the top secret beaches to visit in the Caribbean. The larger of the two has a wide expanse of golden sand, along with bathroom facilities and a small collection of bars, restaurants and craft stalls. Little Bay is a private spot, with excellent snorkelling. There is also a lively beach bar/restaurant, which offers live music during the evenings.
Englishman’s Bay Virtually undeveloped, this natural, crescent moon shaped beach is an idyllic spot, where the palm trees sway in the gentle breeze and the deep blue water provides great snorkelling and swimming. There is a café here which cooks delicious local food, and the Ice Cream King visits regularly, selling homemade ices. There are also a few stalls selling handmade craft and colourful wraps. This quintessential Caribbean beach is just a short drive from Castara.
Photo: Christopher Anderson
Mt. Irvine One of the best surfing spots on the island. There is also a picturesque beach with sea grape trees, bathroom facilities and a bar.
This is one of the most important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle, which returns home between March and August to lay eggs. Six weeks later, hatchlings make a dash to the water; both events are moving to watch. The beach offers exhilarating swimming, and yellow sand, and there is plenty of shade underneath the sea grape trees.
Just west of Black Rock, this extensive stretch of sand has great swimming. Try the Buccaneers Beach Bar for sundowners.
Parlatuvier This quiet fishing village has safe bathing and a golden beach with palm trees for shade. It has limited facilities.
Lover’s Bay, Charlotteville Only accessible by boat or paddle board, this secluded beach is perfect for that romantic picnic.
King’s Bay Just off the Windward Road, this beach has gentle waters and dark sand, and beach facilities.
Bacolet Bay One of the few protected beaches on Tobago’s Atlantic coast, with excellent swimming; it also has a small bar with great ambience.
Canoe Bay With yellow sand and calm waters, this beach is perfect for families. There is a TT$15 entrance fee. Englishman’s Bay Photo: Christopher Anderson
When visiting secluded beaches, please be aware of your surroundings and safety.
by Elspeth Duncan
Photo: Inken Janning
any people think of Tobago as the three Sâ€™s: Sun, Sea and Sand. But there is a fourthâ€”Shopping! Whether one is seeking souvenirs, gifts or personal items for those letme-treat-myself-to-something-special moments, rest assured that Tobago is populated with various treasure troves, catering to varied tastes and budgets. The following simple clues will guide you to some exciting shopping possibilities. Are you ready for your Tobago Shopping Treasure Hunt? Tobago Pancraft Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
CLUE #1: A one-stop venue for shopping and food, with wonderful swimming for those in the mood. Store Bay’s unique beachfront ‘shopping village’ is popular with tourists and locals. Items sold in diverse stalls include colourful beach wraps and other tropical fashions, trendy leather footwear, locally made jewellery, crafts and carvings, homemade wine and an abundance of Tobago souvenirs. Multiple culinary booths provide some of the best local food available. CLUE #2: Lovers of nature and outdoor pleasures will love this trove of varied treasures. Things Natural in Crown Point is a household name in Tobago. Prominently located between a strip of fast food establishments (make your choice for lunch – Arabic food, baked goods, buffet creole food, pizza) and a popular ice cream shop, ‘Scoops’ (treat yourself to dessert), this ‘artful explosion’ of 100% local craft, gifts, clothing, jewellery, healing herbs, soaps, oils and lotions appeals to the quality-conscious shopper. CLUE #3: Chill out, cool down, take a break from the heat! Air-conditioned shopping is a refreshing treat. West City Mall (Canaan) is a shopper’s oasis, replete with trendy brand name clothing (think local fashion gurus ‘Radical’), footwear, household and kitchen equipment/appliances; from hair care and beauty necessities, to funky art and craft supplies, books and stationery and more. Pennywise Supermarket and
Jason Nedd Tobago-born artist, Jason Nedd, started painting and drawing at an early age. He continues to excel in his love and passion for drawing and painting. Jason has been holding exhibitions in Tobago and Trinidad, which have led him to receive many commissions, both national and international. His work can be found at his gallery at the Bloody Bay Beach Facility in Tobago, as well as both Fine Art Gallery and Horizons Art Gallery in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Mobile (868) 680-0469 Bloody Bay Beach Facility (868) 319-9836 firstname.lastname@example.org
the neighbouring Western Union, add to the diversity of the compound’s offerings. Five minutes away by car, Gulf City Lowlands Mall (Lowlands) is a popular family venue, thanks to a food court of favourites (Pizza Hut, Subway, KFC, Haagen Dazs, Rituals . . .) and neighbouring MovieTowne cinema. Names like Francis Fashions, Detour, Miccles, RadioShak, Courts and Scotiabank are among the stamps of quality. Bhagan’s Superstore (grocery, drugstore and deli in one), also open on public holidays, seems to have ‘everything’ and, due to its extended opening hours, is a saviour for those with late night munchies and emergencies.
CLUE #4: For those with a money-saving thrust, shops like these are a definite must. Bargain hunters will find their stomping ground in Scarborough. Stores along Wilson Road, running alongside the market, offer a variety of affordably-priced goods. The Twenty Dollar Store (upper Scarborough near Republic Bank) is a cornucopia of decorative, household, hardware and gift items—most of them only twenty dollars each. Health conscious individuals will delight in Mr. D’s (Diamond’s) shop just off upper Wilson Road near to Pennywise. Mr. D stocks health food supplements, foods and ingredients rarely found elsewhere on the island. The store’s freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices as well as wholesome lunches are a deserving reward after a busy day of shopping.
by Dawn Glaisher, Seajade Investments
Photo: Inken Janning
obago is quieter than many islands, largely natural and under-developed, and the visitor is invited to enjoy the island and move freely throughout its 27 by 7.5 miles. It’s a place to relax and enjoy iconic local cuisine and rums, but you can also join in a wash of marine activities, trek through forested hills, go birding or mountain biking for example. Who would not want a holiday home here? Check the registered agencies on the island and look at the range of villas available in the south west, the heart of the tourism sector. There are gated developments like Tobago Plantations, Samaan Grove, Villas of Stonehaven and Sanctuary Villas or stand-alone property like those on Mount Irvine’s golf course, or the coastal strip of Bacolet, and the more secluded private villas scattered across the northern slopes of the Main Ridge, in the eco-development, overlooking lovely Englishman’s Bay. Villa prices in gated developments range from US$530,000 to US$2m depending on location and size. For more of a business investment, The Villas at Stonehaven and Plantation Beach Villas on the Caribbean coast are
Photo: Gary Jordan
Photo: Gary Jordan
Taking advantage of value opportunities
Work with a professional real estate agent. Give them your budget and purpose for investing and they’ll provide a shortlist to suit pocket and purpose.
centrally maintained and rented -the owners’ personal use is restricted. And if seclusion is your thing, Englishman’s Bay offers land prices from TT$400,000 to $1m. Work with a professional real estate agent. Give them your budget and purpose for investing and they’ll provide a shortlist to suit pocket and purpose. One of the leading agencies, Island Investments, reports that sales recently have been mainly to local investors looking for retirement property in a buyer’s market of falling prices. By purchasing early they can earn rental income to cover costs until they take up residence. Typical prices are below TT$3m. For SeaJade Investments, most buyers are also locals seeking either a home or a Tobago holiday home that can be rented most of the year. Eighty percent of viewings in 2015 are reported to be in the range of TT$2m to $3m. The Tobago real estate market is open to nationals of another country and regulated by the Foreign Investment Act of 1990 which allows purchases up to one acre in specified locations, subject to licence. The purchase procedure involves a written offer and acceptance, then a Sale Agreement is signed and 10% deposit paid into escrow with completion 90 days later. Your local attorney will search title and draw up the deed of conveyance — or assignment in the case of leasehold land, usually with a 999 year term. Whether local or foreign, all parties to a transaction must provide proof of identity and source of funds, in compliance with anti-money laundering laws. Think about investing in a Caribbean villa…. Tobago is way too special to visit once!
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Abraham Tobago Realty offers a large selection of Homes and Land for Sale and is very much involved in Villa Rentals and Property Management. The range and quality of their services are unequaled on the island. Now you can access accurate real estate information and personalised service from a reputable licensed professional with over 30 years experience in the Real Estate Industry in North America and the Caribbean. Abraham Tobago Realty will find Your Place in the Sun! Tel (868) 639-3325 Email email@example.com www.abrahamrealty.com
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Island Investments One of Tobago’s best in rental accommodation, wedding venues, real estate and property management services. Island Investment Company Limited has been serving clients worldwide for more than 25 years. Our many return clients are testimony to the wonderful experiences they’ve had in this island paradise. We boast a wide range of luxury villas and apartments for rental, as well as properties and lands for sale - all within a few minutes drive to breathtaking beaches. Our competent and friendIy staff, along with Managing Director, Patricia Phillips, will offer you personalised, professional service every day. Try Island lnvestments today. Customer satisfaction is our business! Tel (868) 639 9297/9901/0929 Fax (868) 639 9050 Email email@example.com www.islreal.com
Villas Are Us Ltd. Villas Are Us Ltd. is a small full-service, luxury vacation agency offering villas that are all beautifully appointed and among the most ideally situated, on the Caribbean side of the island. Though each has its own unique appeal, all offer the very best in terms of accommodation and necessary holiday amenities. With Villa Mirage, the one to keep in mind for all big events by the beach or the pool, take your pick! Our caring staff and network of experienced providers are committed to seeing that your every need is met. Tel (868) 481-5986 / 326-0543 / 639-4163 Black Rock, Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.tobagovillasareus.com
Mahi Mahi & Flamboyant Suites Tired of all-inclusive deals that disappoint? It could be time for a cool, self-catering change in one of Tobago’s most exclusive beachfront resorts. Located on Grafton Beach, on the Caribbean side of the island, “Mahi Mahi” and “Flamboyant” are TWO three-bedroom condominiums that will keep you wanting to come back. Especially with “Villas Are Us” our staff are here to take the guesswork out – so that you can enjoy and explore the natural beauty of this island. Tel (868) 481-5986 / 326-0543 / 639-4163 Address Black Rock, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago Email email@example.com Facebook www.facebook.com/MahiMahiSuite.Tobago Facebook www.facebook.com/FlamboyantTobago www.TobagoVillasAreUs.com/villas/black-rock-dreams
Machel Montano Photo: Inken Janning
tâ€™s simply ideal, listening to local and international musicians the likes of Arturo Tappin, Machel Montano, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson or Elton John, against the backdrop of a turquoise sea, thatâ€™s the beauty of the Tobago Jazz Experience. Tobago Jazz is just one of the many events that take place on the island, there are steelpan concerts, annual heritage festivals featuring traditional music and dance at the Shaw Park Complex and your choice of beach bars and nightclubs. Jennifer Hudson Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
Jazz Photo: Edison Boodoosingh
A musical nomad’s dream : Tobago Jazz is unmatched by Marissa Williams
aving just celebrated its seventh year, the Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE) can safely be described as “Legendary”. From musical icons like Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Barrington Levi, Tarrus Riley, Arturo Tappin, to the man with the name himself – John Legend – the Tobago Jazz Experience has come shooting out of the starting blocks with Bolt-like speed. Secretary of Tourism and Transportation, Tracy DavidsonCelestine, explained that, “Our aim is to make every Jazz Experience better than the last with high quality artistes and all elements to ensure patrons’ satisfaction. It is always a pleasure knowing that they enjoyed our unique culture and Tobago’s unspoiled beauty”. Certainly a musical nomad’s dream, the 2015 Tobago Jazz Experience lured music enthusiasts and visitors on a week-long trek across the island from diver’s paradise Speyside, for Jazz in the East, to scenic Castara, for North-side Jazz, Jazz on the Waterfront in the capital of Scarborough and to the main stage at the beautiful Pigeon Point Heritage Park, for the grand finale. The highly anticipated curtain raiser, Jazz in the East, did not disappoint the several thousand patrons with main act Romaine Virgo setting the bar high for what was to be expected in the days to come. Enveloped in a relaxed, carefree atmosphere, patrons converged on the Speyside Recreational Grounds, lounging on chairs and mats or dancing to a perfect fusion of traditional jazz music and Caribbean beats by the Caribbean INXS Band, Farmer Nappy and reggae artist, Gardah Knight, among others. David Rudder, Kes the Band and Shurwayne Winchester will forever be etched in TJE history as the first acts to perform at the brand new Shaw Park Complex and also at the first Jazz Signal event. Formerly Jazz on the Hill, patrons relished the soca stars’ performances in theatre-style, air-conditioned comfort. Patrons were, however, poised for action and happily accepted Kees’ invitation to “step to de front”. By the time King David Rudder appeared on stage and started belting out hits like “Bahia Girl”, “The Hammer” and “Calypso Music”, patrons were already in a musical frenzy. North-side Jazz at Castara beach and Jazz on the Waterfront at the Scarborough Esplanade, provided the perfect opportunity to
experience the island’s picturesque ocean views and divine local cuisine, while enjoying humorous calypso, traditional drumming, saxophone and sweet steel pan music from an extensive list of local entertainers that included Patrice Roberts, Ojay Richards, Boat House Drummers and Francis Prime. The main event, World Music Night at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park with headliners Jennifer Hudson and Miguel, was a clear success judging from the frenzied social media hashtags and selfies posted by excited fans. J Hud proved why she is a multi-award winner and amazed fans with her vocal range, while delivering hits like “Where You At”, “If This Isn’t Love” and “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”. The Dream Girl actress also displayed her “wining skills” to the enjoyment of fans. Sultry-voiced Miguel lived up to expectations and had fans swooning to favourites like “Adorn” and “All I Want Is You”. But it was local soca superstar Machel Montano who brought the house down with his usual high-energy performance. He was joined by American singer/song-writer Angela Hunte to perform their popular 2015 collaboration “Party Done”, which enticed Miguel back on stage. The young and young at heart came out to play at Youthopia, which featured Dancehall sensation Busy Signal and soca artist Fya Empress. Only in its second year, the event met its objective of celebrating youth and music with commendable performances by young and upcoming artists like Rhapsody New Generation, John John and Stephanie Winchester. Kool & the Gang and Jill Scott delivered a memorable end to the weekend trilogy. The group danced patrons down memory lane to as far as the 70s with songs like “Celebrate”, “Get Down on It”, “Too Hot” and “Ladies Night”. The delivery of their unique brand of soul, funk and disco was matched by Scott’s passionate rendition of her collection of hits. Fans sang along word for word to favourites like “The Way, Golden”, “A Long Walk” and “He Loves Me”. She would later tell the media, “I hope I touched people, made them think, giggle, dance and kiss”. Excited yet? Well a special invitation is extended to you to come to Tobago for the 2016 Tobago Jazz Experience. The line-up promises to be mind-blowing. Save the date – April 16th to 24th, 2016. Book your Jazz Experience holiday now at www.tobagostyle. travel … a musical adventure in paradise awaits!
Shaw Park Complex Synonymous with
delectable cuisine, goat and crab racing, residents who adopt you into their families, indigenous cultural and food festivals, as well as exciting community and sport events, the island of Tobago continues to be a haven for the visitor who desires a Caribbean vacation that is as authentic as it gets. All of this on an island which remains untouched. Even more, Tobago’s pristine beauty, diverse flora and fauna and preservation of its eco terrains such as the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and Nylon Pool, continue to make her a sought after Shangri-La for many. If we were to defer, however, to Tobago’s vibrant, talented and hospitable people, one can now add a visit to the newest facility on the island to the smorgasbord of year-round activities. Welcome to Shaw Park Complex…where Tobago meets the world! Situated in the capital, Scarborough, Shaw Park Complex is the newest and most modern permanent fixture on the event landscape. Undoubtedly, it will provide extraordinary experiences for every visitor. The unique, fan-shaped building is multi-faceted and will cater to the needs of local, regional and international event planners of all types. From concerts, conventions, festivals, conferences, trade shows and exhibitions, to major T&T Carnival competitions, military tattoos, circus shows and special indoor sporting tournaments, Shaw Park Complex can satisfy a myriad of needs and will serve as the mecca for major and small on the island of Tobago and in the nation, by extension. Comprising a ground floor, full tier and balcony, the Main Auditorium of this dynamic facility allows for maximum seating of 3,700, but can be adjusted to accommodate smaller audiences. Additionally, Shaw Park Complex has six breakout or meeting rooms, with a mixture of fixed and flexi seating and the ability to fit 300 persons, dependent on lay-out. Quite impressive with this space is its ability to host simultaneous events of varying sizes without one impacting the other. The performance area at Shaw Park Complex carries a modular stage that can be adjusted to hold a full orchestra or set and actors for a large-scale theatrical production. There are also green, dressing and rehearsal rooms which are definite requirements for every type of event today. The modern integrated rigging, lighting and audio-visual systems will create an atmosphere that matches international standards, whether the event is in the main auditorium or a smaller meeting room. Tobago is proud of Shaw Park Complex and it is our absolute pleasure to invite event planners to explore our space. Moreover, vacationers planning trips to Tobago can visit our box office and secure a ticket to enjoy any live show on the schedule and come in during the day to view the permanent local art display. Shaw Park Complex…where Tobago meets the world, we anxiously wait to welcome you!
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Fashion Elevate your wardrobe with
Photos: Inken Janning
unique designs hot off the runway by Katy Young
obago boasts an array of talented designers, whose inspirational couture is gracing the catwalks not only locally, but regionally and internationally. Both Tobago Fashion Coda and 2TFW, formerly the Tobago Fashion Weekend, aim to shine the spotlight on home grown talent. Held during the Tobago Jazz Experience in April, Fashion Coda is now in its fourth year. Last year, the catwalk at the poolside of the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort showed off collections by the likes of Charmaine Spicer, Juliet Bernard, Delia Alleyne, Orchid and Diamond Linton of Tobago Gyul, and IsayU Clothing. The theme was “Tobago Strong”, and the show was followed the next day by “Tobago Things”, an expo to allow entrepreneurs to display and sell their products. Tobago Fashion Coda also celebrates young talent. Orchid Linton-Providence was just 13 when a school assignment led to the start of a career in fashion. The Signal Hill Secondary School student is one half of Tobago Gyul, designing the collections, while her grandmother, Diamond, creates the outfits, which have already showcased at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) in Jamaica. Appearing for the first time at Fashion Coda was Tobagoborn, Florida-based fashion designer Charmaine Spicer, whose company, Spice Rack Designs, is located in New York, where she initially made a name for herself. Parts of her collections can be bought at the Nini Sur Mer Boutique at the Le Grand Courlan Resort & Spa. Last year, 2TFW returned to its original home of the Pigeon
Point Heritage Park, with its theme, “Saga Pinto in Dungarees”, which translates to a stylish person, well-dressed in denim. The organisers chose this theme to highlight one of the most popular and versatile fabrics in the world as a platform for 2TFW’s expanded programme of events. These included a competition for patrons to “Saga up” their denim, fashion workshops, a retail market and the Beautiful People Break Records event, which saw an attempt to break the world record for the longest runway. The two full scale fashion shows featured modern fashion, resort and swimwear designed by House of Byfield, Ria Ramkisoon, Romero Bryan, Brown Cotton, Lisa SeeTai, The Cloth, Hutch Beachwear, among others. There was also a strong showing from Tobagonian designers. The street-wear clothing brand, MovementBago was launched in 2013 by Nicolette Leacock, as part of a movement to put the island on the fashion map. Her designs reflect the cool and creative expression of the island lifestyle. Cassey Daniel hand paints all of her designs to create unique clothing, reflecting her strong grounding as a traditional artist. She operates under her Yesa Designs, also called Black Diamond Designs label. Hailing from Speyside, Makeda George launched Zhaffrikah in 2015, and specialises in beachwear which “celebrates the fashionable aesthetic of women”. 2TFW 2015 aimed to “create an experience that promises to change the fashion landscape on the island”; it certainly achieved this.
Weddings New beginnings in a Caribbean paradise
Photo: Inken Janning
by Katy Young
ouples wanting to get married this year can let their imaginations run wild by choosing to say “I do” in Tobago. This piece of paradise is known for its verdant landscape and stunning coastline, providing a range of locations to tie the knot. Vows can be exchanged on sandy beaches, with the warm sea kissing the shoreline, or in one of the island’s lush tropical gardens, surrounded by the colourful foliage and sweet smelling blooms. Waterfalls, river banks and historic forts can also provide that perfect picturesque background; the island even offers the chance to get married underwater, for couples looking for that ultimate adventure. Tobago has many churches of various denominations, for those wanting a more traditional service. Many hotels offer specialised wedding packages, where the bride and groom can get married in a formal setting or in the property’s grounds. Wedding co-ordinators are available to help seamlessly plan the big day, especially for those wanting a large family occasion. Secluded villas and boutique hotels lend themselves to intimate weddings or small gatherings of family and friends. There is now a dedicated wedding venue at Tobago’s wellknown landmark, the Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Here, couples can marry at the world-famous thatched jetty, which makes a unique backdrop for wedding photographs following the happy event.
The unspoilt nature of the island means that it lends itself to honeymooners and those looking for a meaningful time on holiday with that special someone. Enchanted walks on beaches under moonlight, sharing intimate moments as the sun sets, candlelit dinners, afternoons lazing in the sunshine or horseback riding are just some of the attractions available to those beginning their lives together. However, for couples that choose to start their “happily ever after”, it is important to plan well in advance, especially if the wedding date falls on a public holiday. Tour operators will be able to advise non-nationals on the requirements for getting married on the island. All weddings must take place between 6a.m. and 6p.m., and must be performed by a certified officer. Further details are also available at www.visittobago.gov.tt. Whatever your plans for your special day, let Tobago surpass your dreams.
Vows can be exchanged on sandy beaches, with the warm sea kissing the shoreline, or in one of the island’s lush tropical gardens, surrounded by the colourful foliage and sweet smelling blooms.
Pigeon Point Heritage Park The acclaimed
and award winning Pigeon Point Heritage Park is widely known for its clear, calm waters and all the amenities that you can possibly ask for to enjoy a full day at the beach; including excellent food, cocktails and drinks, even shopping! The Park, however, has a lot more going on than just a beach excursion. A series of upgrades and projects over the last year has resulted in a facility that really is “More than just a beach …. ” •
Accommodation - The Bungalow offers the only overnight accommodation at the park. This cosy unit offers three bedrooms, full kitchen, living and dining areas. All rooms are air-conditioned. Direct TV, Wi-Fi and BBQ pit included.
Weddings – Pigeon Point continues to be a favourite wedding location. In particular, the famous jetty with its thatched-roof offers an un-matched setting rivalled only by the many fantastic beach locations to choose from! The recently completed multi-purpose facility called the Heritage Pavilion offers you a facility that is second to none for larger weddings and receptions.
Conferences & Seminars – Perhaps the most exciting addition to the amenities at Pigeon Point is the hosting of Conferences, Meetings, Corporate Dinners / Functions and other such corporate or social events at the Heritage Pavilion. With approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of function space, patrons have the added choice of having their meetings open-air or air-conditioned. The setting and view of the calm Caribbean Sea are unrivalled from this spectacularly designed, beach-front facility. A variety of catering and recreational options are found within the park to ensure your event is a success and easy to co-ordinate. For those with smaller requirements, a private meeting room caters to such needs, with appropriate break-out space.
Whether your next trip to Tobago is for business or pleasure, be sure to take time to visit the Pigeon Point Heritage Park!
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Water-Sports Discover the best of both worlds above
and below the turquoise waters of Tobago by Sheldon Waithe
Windsurfing Photo: Video Aerial and Ground Solutions
f water-sports did not exist, Tobago would have prompted their invention. The island is seemingly made for leisure activities of the aqua variety. Naturally, T&T has ensured that they take full advantage of their idyllic seas, with an array of activities that suit all tastes, ages and capabilities. Sailing around the island offers the best of both worlds, from the serene Leeward side that welcomes catamarans full of visitors eager for the day-long, unforgettable excursions to the rougher waters of the Windward side of the island, where the seasoned sailors test themselves against Mother Nature. Tobago’s windy season is from December to May, though good sailing is available year round. (Charters are available from Catamaran Charters 1 (868) 639-7245 or radicalsportstobago.com). Tobago is the perfect spot to learn to surf and has the instructors available to have you tackling the waves in no time at all. The strength and height of the waves depend on the area and time of year but Mt. Irvine is the most popular, with waves four metres high. Bacolet too, draws the experienced boarders, while ‘Lefts’ is a good area for beginners. (High Tide Surf Lessons 1 (868) 294-6509 will take you through the fundamentals). The kitesurfing conditions in Tobago can only be described as breathtaking, with crystal clear waters below matched by cloudless skies above. The yearly average for onshore wind speed is 15 to 20 knots, while Mt. Irvine, Plantations and Lambeau are the best bays with fast flowing water for experienced boarders; Pigeon Point and No Man’s Land are ideal for beginners. The Tobago Kitesurfing Organization 1 (868) 331 3775 tobagokiteboardingorganization.web.com are affiliated with world governing bodies to ensure the highest standards, and can provide information on instructors and rentals. For decades the sight of windsurfers plying their skills has been seen on the Tobago horizon, as such, the sport is well established on the island. Winds are best between December and May/June and competitions usually follow one of the many instructing clinics held throughout the year; radicalsportstobago.com will provide information including booking specific windsurfing holidays. Along most of the popular bathing beaches - and Tobago has many of them - are kayakers in the distance, making full use of the calm
waters. It’s a great way to explore the coves around the beaches and the entire family can take part. Mt. Irvine, Charlotteville and Bon Accord await the keen kayaker with information available from Tobago Sea Experience 1 (868) 660 6186. Water-skis are so 20th Century! Wakeboarding, where the skier is strapped to a single board instead of two skis, has arrived; surfcamp-tobago.com will be able to provide equipment and instructors, taking participants to the calmest waters; most beginners are jumping and twisting behind the boat within a day, then return for more the next morning. While the action is going on above water, unimaginable beauty awaits the snorkelers and scuba divers below; there’s a reason for Tobago’s reputation as one of the best diving spots on the planet. Snorkelling is easily accessible at the far end of most of the beaches on the island, a short swim from the shore. For an even more enriching experience, take a glass bottom boat to the famous Buccoo Reef, slap on the fins and dive into the 30 acre underwater paradise. Equally famous is the brain coral in Speyside, a magnet for SCUBA divers across the world that come to see its 10x16ft existence, as well as swim amongst the manta rays, lush coral reefs and other underwater marvels. Recompression chambers are available in Charlotteville and the best diving instructors are affiliated with the global standard Association of Tobago Dive Operators; divingintobago.com has all the details. Photo: Inken Janning
Undersea Tobago Undersea Tobago was formed in 1997 and while located at the Coco Reef Resort, is the preferred PADI Dive Resort for many of the quality properties. Our PADI instructors boast 10,000+ dives and their knowledge ensures a rewarding underwater experience while exploring Tobago’s reefs and wrecks. Come as clients, leave as friends! Tel (868) 631-2626 Mobile (868) 680-4209 Web www.underseatobago.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Address c/o Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Store Bay and at Ocean Mist Apartments, Crown Point
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Photo: Derek Chung
ScubaDiving in Tobago by Derek Chung
obago’s location, 10 degrees north of the equator, places it at the southern end of the Caribbean, just beyond the hurricane belt. Its position, in relation to the Orinoco River in Venezuela, results in the nutrient enriched waters which support both the diversity and density of reefs and marine life, at the cost of slightly lowered visibility during a couple months of the year. While it is possible to shore dive, most diving is done via a boat through a dive centre, all of which in Tobago are members of the Association of Tobago Dive Operators (ATDO); many are affiliated with PADI, SSI or other international scuba training organisations, and conveniently located at all of the larger hotel properties. This facilitates non-divers the opportunity to experience scuba while under the guidance of an instructor through the popular Discover Scuba Diving programme. Some of the dive centres also conduct programmes such as the Surface Air Supplied Youth (SASY) or the Bubble Maker for kids. The majority of dive boats are of an open pirogue design, necessitating a backward roll entry. They should have first aid and oxygen kits, as well as communication on board, and the Division of Health maintains and operates a hyperbaric chamber in the event of a diving related injury. A listing of ATDO members can be readily found at www.tobagoscubadiving.com. Tobago boasts a wide variety of dive sites which can be zoned into three distinctive geographic areas: Speyside on the northeastern tip of Tobago, Crown Point in the south-west and the Caribbean northern coast. Speyside is home to some of the lushest coral reefs in the Caribbean and is also where the reputedly largest brain coral in the world is to be found. Divers visiting Coral Gardens generally drop in at a depth of 50 feet and will find that the current takes them in a westerly direction over a flat bottom with prolific purple vase sponges, yellow tube sponges and soft corals. After inspecting a couple of rock outcrops for hawksbill turtles and green morays, the brain coral will be found on the reef’s edge at a depth of 55 feet. The deeper reef edge is known as Keleston Drain and ranges from 70-120 feet with clouds of blue creole wrasse overhead and the occasional juvenile black tip reef shark.
Other signature dives include: Japanese Gardens, where currents sweep divers past huge orange elephant ear and yellow tube sponges, to then be spat through the Kamikaze Cut; Black Jack Hole with its sloping reef and expanses of shelving coral; the Bookends where tarpon hang suspended overhead with a backdrop of swirling white water in the bowl; the Cathedral, comprising Inner and Outer Space, where with a bit of luck you can find a manta ray cruising by, and the Picker (local slang for a thorn), a boulder strewn site with a disproportionate number of nurse sharks. The widest choice of dive centres is to be found in Crown Point, with Kariwak Reef being popular for tuition with its sheltered location, and Flying Reef, Majestan Reef and Stingray Alley, for drifting along a coral reef edge while looking for lobsters, stingrays, moray eels and nurse sharks. More experienced divers should inquire about possible visits to Diver’s Thirst, a striking blend of rock ledges and sand valleys, where huge nurse sharks and dense schools of grunts and goat fishes are to be found; Diver’s Dream, which is a plateau with schools of barracuda, nurse sharks, eagle rays, stingrays and hawksbill turtles; or the S.S. Kioto, a victim of WWII torpedoed by U-514 on the 15th September 1942. Dives to these more advanced sites are planned around tides to avoid the strongest currents, so visits occur roughly every two weeks for a few days. Starting life as the Scarlet Ibis, the wreck of the M.V. Maverick was deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef and playground for divers; laying upright on a sandy bottom at 100 feet with its bridge at 60 feet, there are encrusting sponges, hanging gardens of soft corals and a myriad of fish life including migratory cobias. Mount Irvine Wall is a rocky reef 30-50 feet in depth, here divers seek the more unusual such as octopi, frogfish and short nosed batfish, with frequent sightings of eagle rays and hawksbill turtles during the first six months of the year. Pushing further north will take us to Castara with its numerous stingrays, Two Blokes Reef and Scotch on the Rocks at Englishman’s Bay, and the Sisters with its vertical rock faces, with pelagic life and possible hammerhead sightings during January to March.
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o matter your desire, Tobago has rooms to suit every taste and budget. Visitors can choose from our wide range of comfortable accommodation including expansive, luxury hotels or more intimate boutique ones, resorts, luxury villas, guest-houses, self-contained apartments and bed-andbreakfast establishments. Our clean, comfortable rooms are designed to blend with the easy, relaxed, eco-friendly atmosphere that drives life on the island. Stay in a beachfront property and be soothed to sleep by the sound of gently breaking waves, personalise your vacation in a self-contained apartment or villa or just experience life like we do in a comfortable, cosy bed-and-breakfast or guesthouse. Wherever you choose to rest your head, Tobago is the ideal getaway!
By The Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
Photo: Gary Jordan
The Magdalena Grand in Tobago has everything you want. This new oceanfront resort gives you a choice of swimming pools, patios, beach, spa, tennis, 5-star PADI dive centre, and championship golf. There are six different choices of bars and restaurants, and the dining experience couldn’t be better. The resort’s 200 rooms and suites have incredible views, and families love our kids’ club and playground, which entertain our smallest guests. Enjoy all the wonderful amenities of Magdalena Grand and escape from the everyday. Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort has it all. Discover the “True Caribbean”.
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email email@example.com www.magdalenagrand.com
Blue Waters Inn is the best kept secret in Tobago. We are surrounded by 46 acres of lush greenery, and every room faces the turquoise waters of Batteaux Bay. This beachfront, boutique resort has everything you need for a true escape. Our luxurious rooms are literally steps from the sea and sand, and we have added a stunning infinity pool and Jacuzzi. We are just minutes from some of the most exciting dive spots in the Caribbean, and we have our own state of the art PADI 5 Star dive facility on site. In addition, we have added two new restaurants! Take in our waterfront dining and a mouthwatering menu at the Drift Deck Bar & Restaurant, or experience fine dining (including sushi!) at AQUA at Blue Waters Inn, which is also a fully functioning conference facility. If you haven’t discovered us yet, there has never been a better time to get in on the secret!
BLUE WATERS INN
Tel (868) 660-4341, (868) 660-2583 Fax (868) 660-5195 Address Batteaux Bay, Speyside, Tobago, West Indies Email firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bluewatersinn.com
The poetry and romance of the Caribbean reveal themselves in glorious abundance at Sandy Point Beach Club, the only timeshare resort in Trinidad & Tobago…a vantage from which to witness the eternal courtship between sun and sea. Forty-six well-appointed apartments, ranging in size from studios to fourbedroom units, are each designed and equipped to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing stay in Tobago, whether you plan to scuba dive, golf, explore Tobago’s rainforest reserve or just kick back and relax in the sun or in the quiet sanctuary of your holiday habitat.
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Resort Tel (868) 639-0820/0877, 631-8975/ 8976 Fax (868) 631-8231 Address 68-70 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.sandypointbeachclub.com
Under the brand name Sugar Mill Suites, Paradise Rentals Limited supports the management and rentals of Tobago Plantations Beach and Golf Resort properties. These luxury vacation rentals are ideal for tropical resort living. You can choose between our comfortable, luxurious modern “homes”, or elegant old-world condos and charming villas. All of them offer you the modern conveniences and the star-quality service you expect from a top-class resort hotel. Find out more about the Sugar Mill Suites, Condos, Villas and Bungalows to choose the right space for your stay with us… Life is always sweeter at The Sugar Mill Suites!
SUGAR MILL SUITES
Tel (868) 631-1054, 639-8000 Address Lowlands, Tobago Email email@example.com www.sugarmilltobago.com
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 selfcontained, 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 manmade wonders will make your stay unforgettable.
Tel (868) 639-8915, 631-5160/2 (TOBAGO) Tel (868) 627-1927 (POS) Fax (868) 631-5112 Address Store Bay, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.johnstonapartments.com
Set on seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Store Bay, one of Tobago’s finest beaches. Within walking distance of the airport and the well-known Pigeon Point beach. Accommodation comprises studio, cabana and one-bedroom apartments. All rooms have ocean view, kitchenette, bathroom, hair dryer, cable television and telephone. The Blue Moon poolside restaurant and Rumbar cater for all your food and beverage requirements. Recreational facilities include swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis and shuffleboard, and there are free Internet facilities for our guests. From our grounds you can walk down steps that lead to Store Bay beach.
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Tel (868) 639-8781/3 Fax (868) 639-8731 Email email@example.com www.crownpointbeachhotel.com
Amazing, fun filled vacations begin at Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort. Nestled on five acres of exquisitely landscaped property the VIEW of the ocean and coastline is captivating and warmly welcomes you to the warmth of island life. Its LOCATION on the south-western side of the island in the Crown Point area, five minutes away from ANR Robinson International Airport, and 10 minutes from beaches, historical sites and other amenities is unmatched. ACTIVITIES include diving, hiking, swimming, and relaxing spa treatments. Facilities comprise of two restaurants, two pools – a free-form pool with a children’s pool - and a diving pool; and a Jacuzzi. Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort …..Your Tropical Destination.
TROPIKIST BEACH HOTEL & RESORT LTD
CHIC THE BOUTIQUE
HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Tel (868) 671-9143, 671-0631 Fax (868) 665-9236 Administration Office 78–79 La Clave Street, Lange Park, Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I. Tel (868) 639-8512-3 Fax (868) 639-9605 Address Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email firstname.lastname@example.org | www.tropikist.com
Located just three minutes drive from the Airport and Pigeon Point Beach, Chic The Boutique Hotel & Conference Centre rooms offer an intimate, stylish decor that includes coffee maker, refrigerator, 42” flat screen TV with cable and free WiFi. Our Studio apartments include a kitchenette for your added convenience. Whether you indulge yourself at our Spa, lounge in our swimming pool or work up an appetite at our gymnasium, our Tempo Restaurant will cater to your individual needs and with items like Lobster Limbo and Flaming Rum Pork, you are guaranteed to have a fun dining experience. So whether you’re planning a conference or relaxing at our pool-bar, we can accommodate you. Tel (868) 631 8961 www.chictobago.com email@example.com facebook.com/chictobago
Sun Spree Resort delights guests with luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, and close proximity to some of Tobago’s exotic beaches. The resort is a five-minute walk from ANR Robinson International Airport. This Caribbean getaway boasts 19 rooms, each offering a view of either our garden or our swimming pool. Different room and suite categories accommodate families of all sizes. Sun Spree Resort is suitable for those who crave action and adventure, those interested in relaxation, or even those who are looking for romance. We even provide an idyllic paradise where all your wedding and honeymoon dreams can come true. Sun Spree Resort has won a Certificate of Excellence 2013 from Trip Advisor.
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Tel (868) 631-5195/ 631-5196 Fax (868) 631-5195 Address #40 Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.sunspreeresortltd.com
Discover the finest, most comfortable suites nestled in the beautiful isle of Tobago. This awe-inspiring prelude to your vacation provides immense comfort and serenity. Our spectacular fully air-conditioned Studio Suites or Apartments which range from 1-4 bedrooms, each has a Master Bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, fully equipped kitchens, washrooms, an open concept living and dining room. We offer the option of personal services of a dedicated concierge to fulfil your every whim during your stay.
BEVERLY’S OASIS SUITES
Tel (868) 639-7928 | Fax (868) 639-0129 Address Birchwood Triange, Lowlands, Tobago, West Indies Email email@example.com Facebook www.facebook.com/BeverlysOasisSuites1 www.beverlystobago.com
Why more people settle for Surf Side: The nearby beaches – Store Bay and Pigeon Point; the surrounding restaurants and groceries; comfortable rooms, spacious kitchens, private baths, pools, cable TV, lavish porches; homely atmosphere; security; best location in Crown Point. Poolside villas. Similar accommodation at our associate company, PAR-MAY-LA’S INN, 53 Picton St., Newtown, Port of Spain. Tel: (868) 628-2008 Fax: (868) 628-4707.
Surf Side Hotel
Tel Weekdays: (868) 639-9702 Tel/Fax Weekends: (868) 639-0614 (8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.surfsidetobago.com
Escape to luscious Tobago and make Storebay Holidays your haven from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy our home-away-fromhome atmosphere while the island breezes refresh your soul. Ideal for relaxation, families, friends, honeymooners, or the single adventurer. Our rooms include: • 20 apartments • Suites for up to 6 persons • Self-catering apartments for up to 4 persons • Studios for 2 persons Our self-contained apartments are equipped with air-conditioned bedrooms, hot and cold water and cable TV.
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Tel (868) 639-8810 Fax (868) 639-7507 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago, W.I. Email email@example.com www.storebayholidays.com
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obago’s cuisine has been shaped by our unique cultural legacy resulting from a colourful history and a growing vibrant tourism industry. Dishes range from local to Caribbean, European to American, as well as Asian - catering to every craving, palette and budget. Visitors can enjoy fine dining in cosy restaurants with meals prepared by renowned chefs or experience the unfiltered Tobago flavour at quaint establishments, managed by home-grown culinary artists, sharing recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Most formal dining restaurants are located on the western and southern ends of the island or are part of the major hotels. Crown Point in particular has now emerged as the melting pot of assorted restaurants, with meals available almost 24-hours daily. Additionally, a number of annual festivals like the Tobago Culinary Festival in May or June, the Tobago Heritage Festival in July, Tobago Blue Food Festival in October and community harvest festivals ensure that visitors get a taste of Sweet Tobago. So whether you decide to stop at the picturesque Store Bay to savour the signature curried crab and dumplings or take a scenic drive to Jemma’s Tree House Restaurant in Speyside, an unforgettable, delectable experience awaits. By The Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
Not sure about the cost of eating out? This Ins & Outs Price Point system, with its handy chart lets you know in advance how much you can expect to pay per person for a meal. So before you hit the road, you can decide on a menu that suits your appetite AND your budget. $ under TT$150 • $$ under TT$250 • $$$ under TT$350 • $$$$ under TT$450
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Rainbow Salad A mixture of cabbage, carrots and sweet peppers served on a bed of lettuce and garnished with asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes and beets.
Salad Sicilian Garden Salad – A mix of fresh cabbage, lettuce, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives with dressing of your choice. Tomato Based Pasta Spaghetti Pomodora – Spaghetti tossed in garlic, basil & tomato sauce. Sicilian Seafood Angel Hair Pasta – A combination of lobster, mussels, shrimps, etc. gently tossed in pink sauce and garnished with fresh parsley. Sushi Sicilian Rolls – Shrimp, crab meat, topped with salmon, crispy onion and special sauce. Caribbean Cream Dream – Salmon, crab meat, crispy shrimp, Japanese mayo, cream cheese, cucumber and avocado (seasonal).
Our beautiful air-conditioned casual fine dining restaurant seats over 70 persons comfortably and is the perfect spot for a romantic evening, a fantastic dinner with family or a great time with friends. The Sicilian Ristorante, is also the perfect spot for anniversary dinners or family events. At the Sicilian Ristorante, we treat our customers like family! Our servers are some of the friendliest people in Tobago. So, what are you waiting for? Come to the Sicilian Ristorante, Italian Restaurant and enjoy our great food today! Tel (868) 631-0095; Cell: (868) 381-9038 Shirvan Plaza, Shirvan Road, Tobago firstname.lastname@example.org $$$ Tues - Sat Lunch, Dinner
Chicken Supreme Boneless breast of chicken, stuffed with seasoned bread and deep fried. Curried Shrimp Madras Specially selected shrimp cooked in a subtle yet richly flavoured curry that complements the shrimp perfectly. Stuffed Eggplant Eggplant sautéed with flavour peppers, onion, garlic and tomatoes, sprinkled with cheese and breadcrumbs, then baked. Savour the enthusiasm of the rich, vibrant flavours of delicately prepared meals at Bouvardia. These freshly primed dishes are delicious and impeccable in taste. Bouvardia is committed to using the finest ingredients, thus creating the finest food. The staff’s passion complements every service provided, making Bouvardia one of the leading restaurants in the Southern Caribbean region. This oasis, nestled in Crown Point, Tobago, presents a nature-focused environment near the poolside, and sets the tone for every diner to leave feeling satisfied. “Experience Somewhere Different”.
Reservations (868) 639-9666/0652 Address Store Bay Local Road, Bon Accord, Crown Point, Tobago Email email@example.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner $$$ Open Daily
Kariwak Village Sample Menu Dinner Pumpkin soup with fresh dill. Fresh garden greens with roasted sunflower seeds. Mahi mahi in a coconut herb sauce OR Baked chicken with cumin & coriander with savory basmati rice, ginger mixed vegetables and grilled eggplant. Kariwak lime pie with homemade peppermint ice cream. Coffee, tea or Kariwak spice tea with bay leaf, cinnamon and ginger.
Opened in 1982, Kariwak is a cosy green oasis of a hotel with an absolutely fantastic restaurant known for its creative use of herbs straight from the garden. Everything is freshly prepared on-site, from the legendary Kariwak rum punch with fresh lime and passion fruit, to the homemade rosemary focaccia served on weekends. Breakfast is a delight of local fruit, homemade yogurt and muesli, along with traditional favourites. Kariwak’s popular lunch and dinner menus are set daily based on what is freshly available. Generously-sized salads and sandwiches served throughout the day… buffet dinner and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner: $200 to $230 TT Lunch: $95 to $105 TT Tel (868) 639-8442 Address Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Restaurant & Bar Sample Menu Caribbean Fish Chowder – A local favourite served with black rum and pepper sauce. Seafood Salad – Grilled shrimp and the day’s fish catch with cucumber, tomato, onions and crisp fried plantains tossed with a creamy vinaigrette. Jerk Chicken – Breast of chicken, stuffed with button mushrooms, baked in delicious jerk seasonings, served with cassava au gratin. Cuban-Inspired Tenderloin – 10 oz tenderloin, seasoned and grilled to perfection with a spicy Cuban bean salad. Fresh Catch and Pasta Specials. Espresso and Housemade Desserts.
Café Havana is one of Tobago’s newest and hottest restaurants & cocktail bars, characterising the Caribbean experience with a lively bar and lounge and relaxing openair dining. Café Havana has many faithful “regulars”, thanks to Chef Cesario and Team, preparing consistently delicious cuisine, along with superb service. This picturesque location, combined with a delectable menu, is also the ideal setting for all of your special occasions. Café Havana can organise all the details for the wedding of your dreams, romantic dinners for two, birthday parties, holiday parties, and more! Tel (868) 639-2357 / (868) 639-3551 Address 72 Bacolet Street, Scarborough, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.cafehavana.org Open EVERY DAY for Breakfast, $$$ Lunch and Dinner
Café Coco Sample Menu Rack of Baby Back Pork Ribs Served with spicy or regular sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Duo of Grilled Chicken Breast & Leg Served with garlic mash, fresh salad & vegetables and a rosemary flavoured tomato sauce. Papa John Shrimp Linguini Medley of shrimp & linguini in a garlic sauce Surf & Turf Lobster Tail and Rib Eye Steak OR Rib Eye Steak and Shrimp, sautéed in garlic and herbs. Served with your choice of sides.
Café Coco is the most spectacular restaurant and bar in the region, with seating for 200. It features waterfalls, fountains, marble bathrooms and hand-painted tiles, all synchronised to create an exotic atmosphere of charm and beauty amidst impeccable landscaping. Our chefs, from their open kitchen, offer a wide range of reasonably priced dishes, carefully selected to excite every palate. We offer a perfect venue for weddings, graduations, birthday parties and other group functions.
Reservations (868) 639-0996 Fax (868) 639-8574 Address First left off Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point, Tobago Email email@example.com www.cocoreef.com $–$$ Lunch, Dinner
The Pasta Gallery Sample Menu Starters Tomato Bruschetta, Garlic Bread, Caprese Salad. Main Course Baked Meat Lasagne Baked lasagne with Bolognese sauce, mozzarella cheese, and béchamel. Chicken/Shrimp/Mixed Seafood/Vegetable Alfredo Chicken, Shrimp, Mixed seafood, Vegetable or any combination served over fettuccine in a cream-based sauce with parmesan cheese. Linguine al Pesto Basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic and nuts. Shrimp Marinara Sautéed shrimp served over fettuccine with tomato sauce. Dessert Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Gelato. Gluten free and whole wheat pastas available.
Superbly located on the way to Pigeon Point, The Pasta Gallery features a unique fusion of restaurant and art gallery. Start with a refreshing salad or crispy bruschetta, then savour homemade sauce simmered to perfection over a hearty serving of pasta. While enjoying the ‘trattoria’ experience, don’t forget to take in the local art that surrounds you. Come and relax in our cool yet cosy atmosphere and relish the simple art of good food. Feel free to call ahead to place your takeaway order. Tel (868) 727-8200 (PASTA-00) Address Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point Facebook www.facebook.com/ ThePastaGallery www.pastagallery.net $ Dine in, Takeaway, Bar
Pembois Restaurant & Terrace
Caribbean Fusion upscale dining
All Day Dining Main Restaurant
Ocean front and pool-side restaurant
Starters Tobago Spicy Crab & Lobster Cakes Apple Anchar & Mango Sauce
Tobago Buffet Wednesday Night (other themed dinners on other days).
Entrées Chorizo & Plantain Stuffed Pork Chop With grilled vegetables, roast potatoes and local herb jus.
Crab & Dumplings Roti Station Accra Pholourie Baiganee Local Stew Provision and more.
West Indies Wrap Spiced chicken breast | tomato crispy lettuce | scallions cilantro & mango chutney.
Magdalena Crab & Dumpling – Let Us Surprise You with Our Chefs Creation of this Traditional Dish Served With Curry Sauce, pickled vegetables. Pan Seared Fillet Red Snapper – a grand combination of pan seared fillet of red snapper with a ragout of Tobago lobster, local vegetables served with mango salsa.
Discover the unique Caribbean Fusion cuisine in an upscale and romantic environment in one of the top restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago. The chef features traditional Caribbean or Creole recipes prepared in a modern European way, as well as dishes from all over the world, refined with exotic Caribbean ingredients.
Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bake and Shark Coconut bake | chadon beni sauce Chicken Roti West Indian curry sauce | “aloo” wrapped in dhalpurie. pumpkin chutney
Each morning we feature an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The menu changes daily so you will enjoy different hot items every day or choose eggs made to order. It’s the most popular breakfast on the island. Pembois is also open daily for lunch and dinner.
Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email email@example.com www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guava Barbecue Chicken Breast Kebab Roasted peppers | onion | pineapple
Salaka offers a delicious selection of pizza, salads, grilled fish, and meat or vegetarian dishes for a relaxing lunch poolside, overlooking the ocean. At night, Salaka Grill turns into a romantic seafood grill with a catch of the day and seafood pasta, along with seafood tapas and antipasto.
Tel (868) 660-8500 Fax (868) 660-8503 Address Tobago Plantations Estate, Lowlands, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.magdalenagrand.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ciao Café & Ciao Pizza
THE FISH POT
A variety of pastas and antipasti
Appetizers Fish Pot’s Fish Chowder – Lots of fish and veggies, hints of spice and rum.
Authentic Italian pizza
Jerked fish and Plantain – Sweet and Spicy.
Tobago Black Pudding served with green tomato chutney. Entrees Choice of whatever our fishermen caught today (Barracuda, Tuna, Snapper, Wahoo, Pompano, to name a few) Filleted and simply grilled.
Monday - Italian cuisine Tuesday - Indian Cuisine Wednesday - Creole Cuisine Thursday - Chinese Cuisine Friday - Freestyle Fridays
Tradizional Cucina Italiana
A TASTE OF ITALY IN THE HEART OF TOBAGO Come enjoy the view and indulge yourself at this authentic Italian Gelateria in the heart of Scarborough. We offer two experiences at one location — Ciao Café has a full bar featuring international beer, and offers freshly made espresso. Why not try one of our freshly made Panini sandwiches made in our Italian Deli and finish with a dessert and caffè? At Ciao Pizza you can explore our menu of traditional pizzas, pastas, salads and Italian antipasti and more. Finish your meal by tasting any one of the 20 flavours of our very own artisian-made gelato. Be sure to ask about our range of authentic Italian wines – but keep checking our stock, as we have only what’s good and in season! We accept local and international credit cards, Euro and US currency. Opening Hours: Ciao Café: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (seasonal); Friday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to midnight; and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Ciao Pizza: Open Monday to Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner; and on Sundays and public holidays for dinner only. Closed on Tuesdays.
Reservations (868) 635-2323, 639-3001 Address Burnett Street, Scarborough, Tobago $$ Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway
Local Shrimp, Crayfish and Lobster Cooked how you like it. And for the carnivore, Rib Eye Steak. Mains served with fresh bread, salad and veggies choice of starch.
Dessert Selection of Island inspired desserts.
“The Fish Pot Restaurant is true to the island vibe, intimate, outdoors and constantly changing menu.” “Simple things done really well.” “The Fish Pot is the one restaurant that provides that iconic West Indian dining experience without any pretentiousness.” –Tripadvisor Tel (868) 635-1728 Address Pleasant Prospect, Black Rock, Tobago email@example.com Reservations suggested Groups and events welcome. $$ Mon - Sat Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant & Bar
Izzy’s Restaurant and Bar is ‘D’ most innovative restaurant on the island. Apart from its beautiful view over looking the Scarborough Bay. Izzy’s is part of Tobago in a special way. The lumber used in building was sourced from local trees from all corners of the island. We offer a different cuisine everyday all prepared with our local influences. We emphasise that the restaurant is always before the bar. So while you may come for a cool drink, our cutters will make you consider a residency. We pride ourselves in sprinkling a touch of excellence to every dish we produce and consider your satisfaction in quality and service the greatest form of payment. We also put health first. Our policy: No cooking margarine; No artificial seasonings; No MSG; ONLY Low sodium sea salt. Our motto: Great food, Great service, Great price. At Izzy’s you’re not a customer... You’re Family! Opening hours Restaurant Mon-Fri: Breakfast 7:30a.m. Lunch 11:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. Bar Wed-Sat- 6:00p.m. to 12:00a.m. We cook a different cuisine everyday. Tel (868) 461-2931 Address Corner of Young and Robinson Sts., Uptown Scarborough, Tobago. $ Take away and dine in restaurant.
Shore Things Café & Craft
Daytime verandah café and craft shop Sample Menu Caribbean Crab Backs A delightful blend of crabmeat and local herbs in a delicate crab shell. Taste of Tobago Fried flying fish or baked chicken with creole sauce, served with vegetable rice, stewed peas and salad. Bacon and Mushroom Quiche Always a favourite Vegetarian Pizza Whole wheat base, dressed with tomato sauce, grilled eggplant, roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, broccoli and cheese.
Restaurant & Bar
Beach Bar & Grill
Creole Crab Cakes – Seafood sauce, red pepper coulis. Bruschetta Trio – Tomato, fennel, feta; Smoked Salmon, horseradish cream, capers; Chicken liver paté, candied orange peel. Lobster Thermidor – Classic sauce of cheese, white wine, cream and snipped chives. Blackened fillet of Grouper Wilted greens, mashed potato, warm lemon herb vinaigrette, chili oil. Tournedos Seahorse – 10 oz. Tenderloin steak, roast garlic mashed potatoes, seared fois gras. Roast shallots, Red wine sauce. Slow Braised Pork Belly – Crackling, spicy shrimp & Madeira sauce.
Lite Bites and Salads Boil ‘n’ Peel Shrimp; BBQ Pig Tail & Fries Focaccia Flat Breads; Chicken Tenders & Fries Lemon Pepper Wings; Fresh Garden Salad. Burgers, Paninis & Tacos Cheeseburger in Paradise; Shrimp Tacos Grilled Chicken Panini; Catch of the Day Sandwich Guinness Drenched Pulled Pork Bun. Kidz Corner Fish Fingers & Fries 2 Cheeseburger Sliders & Fries Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Fries Virgin Colada; Fruit Punch Frappe. Beverages & Cocktails Imported Beer; Local Beer Cosmopolitan; Grafton Sunrise Daiquiri; Long Island Ice Tea. Daily Desserts
Intimate al fresco dining under the stars, a gentle breeze, the soothing, eternal sound of the surf. Fabulous food before you, leatherback turtles nesting on the beach. It’s no wonder the Seahorse Inn is Tobago’s premier beachside fine dining restaurant. We were acclaimed best value small inn & restaurant in leading UK publications the Daily and Financial Times, Evening Standard, Express, plus Options and Wedding & Home magazines. Open for dinner 6:00 p.m. daily.
Stylishly located on the shores of the Stonehaven Bay, the Buccaneer’s Beach Bar & Grill is the only restaurant and liming spot located on the beach in Tobago, conveniently situated just 15 minutes from Crown Point it’s the perfect place for chilling out with family and friends. Come and enjoy our signature cocktails, fantastic beach inspired menu befitting the atmosphere of the island and its local cuisine. Daily lunch and cocktail specials. HAPPY HOUR FROM 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. DAILY. Watch the sunset, share those special moments with the ones you love.
Coconut Cream Pie A sweet pastry shell filled with coconut custard, topped with a light whipped cream… decadent. Creole Rum Punch “1234 easy does it”…spiced with nutmeg and Angostura Bitters. Come and experience the gracious hospitality of Shore Things Café & Craft. Select a light snack or not-so-light lunch in our casual outdoor café overlooking the Atlantic. Browse a selection of local handicraft while sipping a cool drink, while you’re serenaded by the sounds of birds and waves. Our breads and pastries are baked fresh on site. Come and indulge…naturally. Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reservations recommended Dec. – April. Please check our Facebook page or website for new monthly events.
Reservations (868) 635-1072 Address 25 Milford Road, Lambeau, Tobago Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.shorethingstobago.com Lunch, Tea
Tel (868) 639-0686 Address Grafton Beach Road, Black Rock, Tobago Email email@example.com www.seahorseinntobago.com We Cater for Weddings & Functions $$$ on or off premises
Tel: (868) 639-0191 Address: Old Grafton Beach, Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock, Tobago, West Indies Follow us on Facebook & Instragram $ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steakhouse & Bar
Pink Salmon – Poached Pink Salmon fillet smothered in safron, complemented by a special cream sauce. Basil’s Meat Platter – Basil’s creation a combination of Lamb and Sirloin Steak grilled to perfection then glazed with rosemary, red wine and port sauce. Pepper Prawns – This is a must try on our menu. It surely delights your taste buds. Chicken Crêpe – Stuffed and wrapped with chunks of mushroom, herbs, topped with tomato choka and feta cheese salad.
Bar Menu Beer Chili; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Chicken Wings; Irish Pot Roast Lamb Stew; Grilled 10oz. Burger and Veggie Burger. Signature Steaks Grilled Ribeye Steak with Classic Steak Butter; Cajun Steak Fettuccine; Backyard T-bone Steak 14 oz. Ribs Baby Back Ribs 1/2 Rack & Full Rack Seafoods Grilled Honey-Ginger & Barbeque Sauce Jumbo Shrimp; Catch of the Day. Desserts Signature Cocktails
Basil’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, a two minute drive after Shirvan Plaza, has been in operation for two and a half years. The rustic ambiance and open garden setting only add to the earthy-warming experience of Basil’s. Tobago’s freshest and in season vegetables and starches a must on our plates, combined with the catch of the day, Lobster, King Prawns, Rack of Lamb Steak & Chicken. For starters, there is our famous Callaloo Soup and Shrimp Cocktails. Desserts: Tropical Cheesecakes, Chocolate Cakes and Home-made Ice Creams. Our selection of wines and our wide range of cocktails make Basil’s the ideal Dinner and Hangout spot.
Tel: (868) 631-0121 / 470-2486 Address: 133 Shirvan Road, Buccoo, Tobago Lunch and Dinner $-$$
Restaurant & Bar
REVS Steakhouse & Bar offers you a unique experience for a great night out in Tobago. While offering you a wide variety of prime cuts from our Steakhouse menu, we also offer lighter bites at the bar for the not so hungry!!! Whether you relax in our beautiful ambience on the outdoor decking in your own private booth, soak in the atmosphere in our unique themed bar indoors, or sip on one of our signature cocktails, while watching a sports event on multiple TV screens, REVS offers you the ultimate liming experience!!! Tel: 639 9792/ 789 9620 Address: #196 Shirvan Road, Buccoo, Tobago, West Indies Email: email@example.com $$ Dinner and Takeaway
Tobago Hotel & Guest Houses HOTEL
International Access Code (868) ADVENTURE ECO VILLAS
BACOLET BEACH CLUB
BEVERLY’S OASIS SUITES
BLUE WATERS INN
CANOE BAY BEACH RESORT
CHIC THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
COCO REEF RESORT & SPA
CROWN POINT BEACH HOTEL
FOOTPRINTS ECO RESORT & SPA
GOLDEN THISTLE HOTEL
GRANPARK RESORT LTD
GREENFIELD HOLIDAY RESORT
HALF MOON BLUE
IRON HILL GUESTHOUSE
J & G’S TROPICAL APARTMENTS
KARIWAK VILLAGE HOLISTIC HAVEN AND HOTEL
TOBAGO HOTEL & GUEST HOUSES
Tobago Hotel & Guest Houses HOTEL
International Access Code (868) MAGDALENA GRAND BEACH & GOLF RESORT
MAN O’ WAR COTTAGES
MJ’S HOLIDAY VILLAS
MOUNT IRVINE BAY HOTEL
PAPA B’S INN
PLANTATION BEACH VILLAS
RAINBOW NATURE RESORT
ROVANEL’S RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE
SANDY POINT BEACH CLUB
SANDY’S BED AND BREAKFAST
STORE BAY HOLIDAY RESORT
SURF SIDE HOTEL
THE HUMMINGBIRD HOTEL
THE SUGAR MILL SUITES
TOP O’ TOBAGO
TROPIKIST BEACH HOTEL & RESORT
TURTLE VIEW GUESTHOUSE
VILLA ROSE OF SHARON APARTMENTS
VILLAS AT STONEHAVEN
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Trinidad Hotel & Guest Houses HOTEL
International Access Code (868) ACAJOU HOTEL
ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE & LODGE
BOMBSHELL BAY LUXURY VILLA RENTAL
CARA SUITES HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
COBLENTZ INN BOUTIQUE HOTEL
CORAL COVE MARINA HOTEL
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
Port of Spain
CREWS INN HOTEL & YACHTING CENTRE
CULTURE CROSSROADS INN
FORTY WINKS INN
HILTON TRINIDAD AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES
HYATT REGENCY TRINIDAD
Port of Spain
INN AT 87
INNA CITI PLACE
L’ORCHIDÉE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
LE GRAND ALMANDIER
LE SPORTEL INN
MT. PLAISIR ESTATE HOTEL
Port of Spain
RADISSON HOTEL TRINIDAD Port of Spain 625-3361-8 firstname.lastname@example.org
REGENT STAR HOTEL
SUNDECK SUITES LIMITED
Port of Spain
THE CASCADIA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
THE CHANCELLOR HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
THE LINX SUITES HOTEL LIMITED
THE ROYAL HOTEL (1978) LIMITED
TRINIDAD MARACAS BAY HOTEL
VALENCIA ECO RESORT
TRINIDAD HOTEL & GUEST HOUSES
Fast Facts on Trinidad & Tobago Located at the gateway to the Caribbean, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its industrialised, energy export-driven economy; vibrant culture, and multiethnic society. T&T is a leading regional economy with an international presence in the oil and gas-based energy industry, and a profitable and productive services sector. T&T is also pursuing a policy of economic diversification and is investing in several other sectors. Trade, investment and innovation are also policy priorities of this two-island nation as it continues on its path to developed nation status. Geography and Location Trinidad – Once attached to 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: Latitude 10.5° N Longitude 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 coral line. 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: Latitude 11.5° N Longitude 60.5° W Climate Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. Daytime temperatures average 310C (870F) and are moderated by the northeast trade winds, while nights are a cool 210C (690F). 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. People and Society Population: 1.3 million Ethnic Groups: Indian (South Asian) 40.3% African 39.6% Mixed 18.4% European 0.6% Chinese and Other 1.1% Average Life Expectancy: 70.3%
Median Age (2013 estimate): 33.9 (male 33.4, female 34.4) Population Growth Rate: -0.09% (2013 estimate) Birth Rate: 14.07 births/1,000 Population (2013 estimate) 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. Government Trinidad and Tobago’s government is a parliamentary democracy. 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 term. Executive power, however, is vested in the Prime Minister and Government following elections every five years. The local government body in Tobago is the Tobago House of Assembly and its seat is in the capital city, Scarborough. Head of State: President Anthony Carmona. Head of Government: Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley. Leader of the Tobago House of Assembly: Chief Secretary, Orville London. http://www.thepresidency.tt/ http://www.opm.gov.tt/; http://www.tha.gov.tt/ Economic Data T&T’s energy sector remained an important contributor, accounting for around 42.1% of the country’s GDP in 2014. The services sector, however, with the government’s impetus to diversification, has been playing an increasingly important role, contributing approximately 57.1% to the annual GDP. Exchange Rate: TTD 6.3 : USD 1 (May 2015) GDP: TTD 179,842 (Millions) GDP Per Capita: TTD 133,677 Labour Force: 658,600 Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2014) Inflation Rate: 5.5% (May 2015) Major Exports: Natural gas and oil, ammonia, alcohol, fertilizers, iron and steel. Major Trading Partners: US, CARICOM, Spain, Mexico, France, UK, China, Venezuela, Japan, Nigeria, The Netherlands, Dominican Republic. Banking Number of Commercial Banks: 8 Number of Branches: 133 Prime Lending Rate: 7.5% (2014 estimate) Number of Automatic banking machines (ABMs): 254 Bank Hours of Operation: City Centres – Monday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday – 8:00 a.m. to noon & 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bank Hours of Operation: Shopping Centres – 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.
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 Hyatt Regency Trinidad and the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. In addition there are award-winning spots like Coco Reef Resort in Tobago and the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort which are ideal for corporate meetings and team-building retreats. T&T is host to over 84,000 business travellers annually. The Tourism Development Company Limited comprises a Convention Bureau department within its organisational structure. http://www.tdc.co.tt/ Business Hours Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Government Offices: Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (City Centres): Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Retail (Shopping Centres): Monday to Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Legal System The legal system is based on common law and statutes. The judicial system comprises magistrates’ courts and the Supreme Court, which is made up of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. There is a separate Industrial Court that deals with most labour matters. The Judicial and Legal Service Commission appoints judges of the Supreme Court. The Attorney General is responsible for the administration of the legal and judicial system. http://www.ag.gov.tt/ http://www.legalaffairs.gov.tt/ http://www.moj.gov.tt/ Education The educational system is based on the British system and produces one of the highest standards of education in the Caribbean. The estimated literacy rate is over 98%. Health Trinidad and Tobago’s health system consists of government-funded and private hospitals, well-qualified specialists, private medical practitioners and clinics scattered throughout the islands. Specialists trained in gynaecology, paediatrics, radiology, physiotherapy, cardiology, gastrology, urology and orthopaedics work both in private practice and healthcare facilities. Medical services are free at the governmentfunded institutions and clinics, but a fee is charged at all others. Twenty-four-hour emergency services are available at several government and private medical facilities. There is also a 24-hour Emergency Air Ambulance Service. The new Scarborough hospital was opened in Tobago in 2012. http://www.health.gov.tt/
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Public Utilities Electricity – Trinidad and Tobago has a reliable supply of electricity. The domestic and commercial supply voltage is 110/220 volts, 60 cycles. The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) is the agency responsible for T&T’s electrical supply. http://www.ttec. co.tt/ Water – The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), a state enterprise, is the sole provider of water and wastewater services in Trinidad and Tobago. http://www.wasa.gov.tt/ Telecommunications Trinidad and Tobago’s telecommunications sector has shown strong growth over the last years. TSTT provides both landline and mobile telephone services. Digicel, a rapidly growing telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, offers mobile phone services in both islands, and Flow (Columbus Communications) offers cable television, Internet and landline telephone services. Several smaller entrants are establishing a presence in the fixed line telecommunications market. International direct distance dialing is available nationwide and on public payphones. International phone cards are sold in many local shops and pharmacies. With broad coverage throughout the islands, mobile phones are an easy and available option. Wireless Internet services are readily available at hotels and cybercafés. International Access and Area Code: 1-868 https://tatt.org.tt/ Post/Courier Services Regular mail, express mail and courier delivery are reliable and available from local provider TTPost at excellent rates. International courier services are efficient and readily available. http://www.ttpost.net/ Media Daily Newspapers: Trinidad Express, Trinidad Guardian and Newsday. Bi-weekly Newspapers: TNT Mirror. Weekly Newspapers: Tobago News, Catholic News, Bomb, ShowTime, Punch. Television stations: CNC (channel 3), CCN TV6 (channels 6 and 18), Gayelle Television (channel 7), IBN (Channel 8), CNMG (channel 9), NCC (channel 4), IETV (channel 16), Parliament (channel 11), Synergy TV (33), Tobago (channel 5). There are over 30 Radio Stations (AM and FM) broadcasting news and different genres of music. Roads Trinidad and Tobago has an extensive transportation network of paved roads. Highways link the north and south of the island (Uriah Butler Highway, Solomon Hochoy Highway), and the east and west (ChurchillRoosevelt Highway). Driving is on the left-hand side. http://www.mowt.gov.tt/ http://www.ptsc.co.tt/
Immigration, Work Permits and Visas Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago must possess valid passports and return or ongoing tickets for successful entry. Most Commonwealth countries do not require visas for entry, except Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cameroon, Fiji Islands, Mozambique, Uganda and South Africa. Visitors from several other countries are allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago for periods of up to three months without a visa. Holders of CARICOM passports, with the exception of Haiti, do not require a visa. http://www.immigration.gov.tt/ Work permits are required for business stays beyond 30 days. Visa extensions can be obtained from the Immigration Office at 67 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, while work permits can be obtained from the Ministry of National Security, Temple Court, 31-33 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. www. nationalsecurity.gov.tt, www.ttbizlink.gov.tt; www.investt.org Transportation Airports – Piarco International Airport is located about 45 minutes from the capital city, Port of Spain. It plays an important role as a vital hub for international air traffic in the Caribbean. There are non-stop daily scheduled flights to and from major international cities. Trinidad and Tobago’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, serves Toronto, New York, Miami, and popular regional destinations. International and regional airlines that fly to Trinidad and Tobago include American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, United Airlines, LIAT and several charter flight companies. International flights are also available direct from Tobago’s ANR Robinson International Airport. http://www.tntairports.com/ Major Airlines T&T National Carrier: Caribbean Airlines (868) 625-7200 American Airlines (868) 821-6000 British Airways (800) 247-9297 Copa Airlines (800) 271-2672 United Airlines (868) 624-1737 LIAT (888) 844-5428 Seaports The main seaports are located in Port of Spain and Point Lisas. The Port of Port of Spain handles dry and general cargo, break bulk, containers and passenger traffic. The Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Ltd. (PLIPDECO), mainly a bulk port for industrial commerce, also handles container and general cargo traffic. There are two fast ferries (T&T Express and T&T Spirit) and one conventional ferry (Warrior Spirit) travelling the inter-island route daily. Port of Spain Ferry: (868) 625-4906/3055
Tobago Ferry: (868) 639-2417/4906 The CARICOM Jetty, which is located at the Port of Port of Spain and operates the Passenger Inter-Island Ferry, receives, stores and delivers CARICOM cargo and multipurpose containers for trade within the Caribbean region. A water taxi ferry connects Port of Spain and San Fernando. Scheduled sailing times are Monday to Friday. Tickets cost TTD 15 one-way and can be purchased at the Water Taxi Terminal located at Flat Rock, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando or the Cruise Ship Complex, Port of Spain. Free parking is available at both ports. There is a Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) shuttle service, which costs TTD 3 through the city of Port of Spain. For further information visit: www.nidco.co.tt or call 624-5137 (POS) or 800-4WTS (San Fernando). Safety in Trinidad and Tobago Drugs: There are severe penalties, including long jail terms for possession and trafficking of illegal drugs like cannabis (marijuana, weed or ganja) or cocaine. Centipede and Scorpion stings: While not lethal, you should consult a doctor in case of an allergic reaction. Manchineel Apples (Hippomane mancinella): Found near to or on beaches. Avoid any contact with the fruit or the tree, both of which are highly toxic and corrosive. Portuguese Man-O-War (Physalia physalis): Small, translucent air bladders with a purple to light-blue tint, usually float in the water or get washed up on shore. The tentacles inflict a very painful sting. Immediately apply vinegar for about 30 minutes and seek medical attention. Mosquito and Sand-fly Bites: Many repellents are available, including oil of lemon, eucalyptus and citronella. Antihistimine creams will relieve itching. Sea Urchin Spines: If the spines are protruding from your skin, then you can try to remove them, otherwise leave them in your skin, soak the affected area in warm water and seek medical attention. Eco-tourism Trinidad and Tobago, although relatively distinct ecologically, are both blessed with rich natural environments well suited for ecotourism. http://www.tdc.co.tt/ http://www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/ http://www.tourism.gov.tt/
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Abraham Tobago Realty 158 Acajou Hotel 88 Adam’s Bagels & Specialty Breads 130 Aioli Restaurant 116 Al Haaq Bar B Que 130 ALAMO 7 Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 126 & 127 Aqua Restaurant 177 Art Gallery 2, Tobago Cover, 137 & 155 Asa Wright Nature Centre 68 Bakery Treatz 128 & 129 Bambu Gift Shop 42 Banquet & Conference Centre 105 Basil’s Restaurant & Bar 192 Beverly Thomas 52 Beverly’s Oasis Suites 182 Blue Waters Inn 176 & 177 Bombshell Bay Hotel & Villas Resorts 67 & 92 Boomerang Caterers 106 Bouvardia Restaurant 186 Bradford 47 Buccaneers Beach Bar & Grill 191 & 193 Burger King 129
Café Coco 188 Café Havana Restaurant & Bar 188 Capil’s and Co. Ltd 47 Cara Suites Hotel & Conference Centre 96 & 97 Caribbean Discovery Tours Ltd 67 Caribbean Estates, Land & Villas 158 Casa Mariposa 96 CHIC, The Boutique Hotel & Conference Centre 180 & 181 Ciao Café 190 Ciao Pizza 190 Coco Reef 179 Courtin 57 Courtyard by Marriott 88 & 89 Crasto 47 Crown Point Beach Hotel 178 & 183 Donna’s Skin Studio 55 Drift Deck Restaurant 177
El Cid Day Spa 56 El Pecos Grill 133 Emerald Designs and Event Services 106 Excellent Stores 17 Face & Body Clinic Limited 57 FarmaVita 57 Fashion Optics Limited 46 Fens Furniture Land South 48 Fens of Marabella 48 Fernandes Fine Wines & Spirits 47 Fiesta Plaza, Movietowne 100 Fish Pot Restaurant 190 Flamboyant Tobago 159 Flavours Restaurant 124 Flowers to Treasure Ltd 105 Germaine de Capuccini 57
Hakka Restaurant & Bar Harry’s Water Park Hayley’s Buffet & Bar Healing with Horses Foundation Hilltop Restaurant Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre
126 & 127 100 132 149 132 94 & 95
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 92 & 93 Hong Wing & Sons Ltd 15 House of Jaipur 41 Howdy Dan’s Restaurant & Bar 116 & 117 Hyatt Regency Trinidad 56, 90, 91 & 118 In Joy Tours 67 Inna Citi Place 90 Irie Bites 133 Island Days 155 Island Investments 158 Izzy’s Restaurant & Bar 190 J-ZZ’s International Steak House Ltd 124 & 125 Jardin 130 Jason Gour 52 Jason Nedd 154 Johnston Apartments 178
Kaizan Sushi 114 Kali’na Restaurant 189 Kanoa Café Gourmet 132 Kapok Hotel 92, 93, 120 & 121 Kariwak Village Holistic Haven & Hotel 183 & 186 Katrina Inglis 52 Kaur Collection 42 Kava 92, 93, 120 & 121 KC Sports Bar & Lounge 102 Krave Restaurant & Sushi Lounge 135 La Tropicale Flower Shop 106 LAS’ LAP Restaurant & Bar 131 Le Grand Almandier 96 Lime Inn 135 Limers Magazine 103 Liquor Station - Wine Department 48 M Store 43 Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort 1, 176 & 189 Mahi Mahi Suite 159 Malabar Farms Gourmet Shop 45 Martin Superville 2, Tobago Cover, 137 & 155 Massy Motors 7 McCafé 122 McDonald’s 122 Mélange Restaurant 131 Mi Casa Fine Home Furnishings 49 Ministry of Tourism 81 More Sushi 125 More Vino 125 Movietowne Entertainment & Shopping Centre 45,100, 101, 105, 163 Movietowne Tobago 163 Nails by Odale 56 Naipaul’s Bridal & Formal Wear 46 National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) 84 & 85 Nichossa Restaurant 134 Nigel R. Khan Bookseller 17 Normandie Hotel & Conference Centre 90 Okazions Card & Gift Store 52 On Location Art Galleries Ltd 52 Pasta Gallery 188 Pembois Restaurant & Terrace 189 Pigeon Point Heritage Park 168 & 169 Popeye’s 128 Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) 77 Queen’s Hall 107 Rainy Days 42 Ramon Navarro Cover & 2 Ranch Restaurant and Bar of Mayaro 124 Ray Cool 46 RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited Inside Front Cover Regent Star Hotel 97 Republic Bank Limited 82 & 83 Residence at Tradewinds 88 & Back Cover Revs Steakhouse & Bar 192 Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant 135 Rizzoni’s Ristorante Italiano 118 & 119 Rovanel’s Resort & Conference Centre 181 Royal Castle 128 & 129
Royal Hotel 94 & 95 Ruby Tuesday 122 & 123 Rumors Sports Bar and Lounge 102 Salaka Grill 189 Sandy Point Beach Club 176 Seahorse Restaurant & Bar 191 Shade Night Club and Restaurant 163 Shaw Park Complex 164 & 165 Sherman’s Auto Rentals & Ground Tours 148 Shoes and More Birkenstock 44 Shoppes @ Westcity 154 Shore Things Café & Craft 191 Sicilian Ristorante 186 & 187 Signature Selection 47 Silver Dollar Private Members Club 5 Soong’s Great Wall 126 & 127 South Caribbean Manufacturers Ltd 42 Spa Essencia 56 Specialist Aesthetic Institute 56 Standup Paddle Tobago 172 Stechers 3 Storebay Holidays 182 Stumblin On the Avenue 100 Subway 122 & 123 Sugar Mill Suites 178 & 179 Sunspree Resort Ltd 180 Surf Side Hotel 182 Sushi Express 134
T.G.I.Friday’s 114 & 115 Tablespoon Coffee & Dessert House 134 Taryn’s The Panyol Place 133 Tempo Restaurant & Pub 181 Texas de Brazil 118 & 119 The Art Gallery 2, Tobago Cover, 137 & 155 The Banquet & Conference Centre 105 The Courtyard by Marriott 88 & 89 The Face & Body Clinic Limited 57 The Fish Pot Restaurant 190 The Hilltop Restaurant 132 The Hyatt Regency Trinidad 56, 90, 91 & 118 The M Store 43 The Normandie Hotel & Conference Centre 90 The Pasta Gallery 188 The Port Restaurant 131 The Ranch Restaurant and Bar of Mayaro 124 The Regent Star Hotel 97 The Rise Grill & Bar Restaurant 135 The Royal Hotel 94 & 95 The Seahorse Restaurant & Bar 191 The Shade Night Club and Restaurant 163 The Sicilian Ristorante 186 & 187 The Sugar Mill Suites 178 & 179 The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) 67, 81 The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau 81 Things Natural 155 Tiki Village 92, 93, 120 & 121 Tobago Charms 155 Tobago Plantations Beach & Golf Resort 178 & 179 Town Restaurant & Bar 120 & 121 Tradewinds Hotel & Conference Centre 88 & Back Cover Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau 81 Tropikist Beach Hotel & Resort Ltd 180 & 181 Undersea Tobago 172 Unwined 102 Valencia Eco Resort 94 Villas Are Us Ltd 159 Vintage Imports 17 Waterfront Restaurant 118 Wet Swimwear 44 Zanzibar 114 & Inside Back Cover Zanzibar by the Sea 114 & Inside Back Cover ZaZou Bistro Moderne 116