Trinidad and Tobago Local Customs

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Trinidad and Tobago Local Customs

  • Carnival preparation

    Music is very present in Port of Spain during carnival preparation.On various parts of the city you are welcome to assist at a steel pan orchestra rehearsal.This group finished at the third place this year 2014 for the carnaval competition.

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  • Trinidad dollar

    Don't change money inside airport customs.Outside in every casa de cambio, the rate is much higher

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  • One Nation, Two Distinct Cultures

    I live in TnT. If you're coming from a " Developed Country" you would want to spend more time in Tobago as it's attraction is the fact that it is less developed industrially, natural, clean and beautiful (clean, green, safe and serene as we say). So you enter a state of peace and relaxation as you touch down on the island. Trinidad however, is the...

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  • Everyone is Welcome

    We visit family when we go to Trinidad, but the same applies to first time tourists too. If someone is going to a party, beach, or down-the-islands and asks you to go, GO! It's okay! Being a classically uptight suburban North American, I'm not used to being invited by relative strangers into their home, car, boat, or wherever. The people of...

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  • Throw away the first capful of your...

    It is customary in Trinidad and Tobago that when you open a fresh bottle of rum that before drinking any you pour a cap full of the rum away as an offering to the ancestors. I had read about this custom before going to Tobago but didn't really believe I would see it happening. THerefore I was surprised to actually witness this on more than one...

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  • Ganja

    Something you will see all over the island is people smoking Ganja.Small boats smuggle the Ganja from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Tobago.Though it is illegal, it seems that there is no real danger when smoking.However, I was told people get beaten up by the police when caught.As in Holland it is legal, I tried it once when I met some locals...

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  • Local beer and rum

    Try the local beer and rum, while you are there.Angostura 1919 is according to most locals ne of the best rums on the planet.Also Angostura Royal Oak is a very nice rum.The local beers are Stag ad Carib. I preffered the Stag, but Carib is very nice as well. (Like all choices, it's my personal opinion.)

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  • Have a Roti for lunch

    Along the roadsides you will see sing saying "Hot Roti". Stop in and buy one for your lunch.Roti can be found throughout the islands. You can usually choose from vegetables only, to curried beef, chicken, goat, or shrimp..My husbands says the goat is best and I will take his word for it.

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  • Cricket

    Cricket is T&T favorite sport. The best cricket player in the world, Brian Lara, with the most runs is 'Trini'. Everywhere you go, you see Trinis playing cricket. i am still trying to understand the rules of the game, but I guess there must be something to it...

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  • Etiquette & Behavior...

    Etiquette & Behavior Religious and racial tolerance are important to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. You may hear a word used in public that elsewhere might constitute a slur; on these islands, chances are it's being used in jest - but only by locals who know one another well. Many islanders are well educated and well traveled; don't assume...

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  • Naah - not THAT kind of...

    Naah - not THAT kind of culture, more like CULCHA. T & T has loads of diverse stuff. Orisha weddings, a Black Madonna shrine, an amazing shop full of rooms and rooms of art from numerous African countries in Woodbrook, Port of Spain (African Trophies, 12 Roberts St. 622-9476). Crafts? Lots of nice things for sale around Store Bay beach in Tobago -...

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  • Trinidad’s carnival is world...

    Trinidad’s carnival is world famous and attracts thousands of visitors. Carnival as a form of art!

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  • The people in Trinidad and...

    The people in Trinidad and Tobago are proud, friendly and polite, that's also why it's very important to greet people 1st like 'Good morning' or 'Good afternoon' then talk or ask questions.They are naturally generous, laid-back and easy going, we are so touched that total strangers would treat us like family or friends, they don't have much but...

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  • Trinibagonians are very...

    Trinibagonians are very friendly people. We love Liming (hanging out) and just having a good time. We are a melting pot of peoples from all over the world. There is great diversity here and richeness in culture in Trinidad. You'll love it!

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  • Trinidad & Tobago has a...

    Trinidad & Tobago has a multi-religious population: Christian, Muslim, Hindi, etc. Holidsys aren't limited to North American standards. You can soak up their traditions with ease. Most welcome tourists. See the light up if Divali! Celebrate Eid.

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  • Trinidadians are very friendly...

    Trinidadians are very friendly people who will invite you to a lime even if they do not know you!!Do not be afraid to make new friends.And if they ask you which beer is the best please say Carib and enjoy a cold one.Trinis are passionate about their Carib!

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  • The driving was horribly...

    The driving was horribly scary. Brace yourself! We were constantly passed by other cars, even while on winding one-lane mountain roads. This flat tire was the result of trying to let a hurried driver pass us.

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  • The Soca parties called Fete´s...

    The Soca parties called Fete´s is really something to experience. I have never in my life experienced so much energy in one place.Especially in the months before carnival there is a lot of Fete´s all over. The big Brass Festival and the International Soca Monarch Finals are somethingDon´t forget your FLAG or your RAG...

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Trinidad and Tobago Hotels

  • Coco Reef Resort Spa

    If there is one place in the entire world that I would long to return to it is to Coco Reef. ...

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  • Hilton Trinidad

    I was at this property for about 8-9 hours -- hectic travel week. Decent hotel, but it was old in...

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  • Half Moon Blue

    My job involves 200 days of travel a year. I thought I had seen all the world has to offer. But then...

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  • Hyatt Regency Trinidad

    No 1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Blue Waters Inn

    Our first introduction to Tobago was at the Blue Waters Inn so no matter how many times we return to...

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  • Mom's Bed and Breakfast

    Miss Mills Road, , Tobago, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hill Top Cottage

    27A Belleaire Street, Charlotteville, , Tobago, Caribbean

  • Chaconia Hotel

    106 Saddle Road, Port Of Spain, Maraval, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Brahma Bhuta Guest House

    Lot 5 Waterbridge Rd Blue Range Avenue, , Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

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