Unique Places in Trinidad and Tobago

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    Newton George Birdwatching trip in Rainforest

    by Jill2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Newton George collected us from Rex Turtle Beach Hotel VERY early in the morning.. After meeting us, he decided that we may not be up to his normal ‘hikes’ and tailored an agenda to suit us.

    We drove to the rainforest, stopping now and again for Newton to point out certain sights /birds to us. He had a magnificent spotter scope that enabled us to see birds that wouldn’t haven’t been possible with the naked eye. We were even able to take some brilliant photos through the scope.

    Newton took us through the Gilpin trail and he pointed out that anyone can do this walk – but I can promise you – all we saw was a beautiful rainforest with the sound of birds all around us. Newton would stop in mid track and set up his scope – within seconds, he would say ‘take a look …..’ He showed us the most unbelievable sights – incredible birds that seemed within touching distance, but no, even looking outside the scope, we could still not see them, but Newton knew exactly where they were.

    He is absolutely passionate about the birds of Tobago and his job. Even though he is in semi retirement – it’s obvious that this is not a job – it is his life. We spent time watching the mating rituals of birds I forget the name of, but Newton was so excited, he almost spent more time looking though the scope at the ‘dance’ than we did. We found it amazing to watch and Newton was just as excited as we were.

    We finished the trip with a visit to Adventure Farm, to see the humming birds, but unfortunately, the owners were not around so we said we would come back another day.

    Newton has so much energy it is astounding, we got back to our hotel by about 1:30pm, had lunch and rested for the whole afternoon – he had worn us out.

    It was a brilliant day and something that we had intended doing for the past few years. Newton is definitely ‘THE MAN’ when it comes to birding in Tobago.

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    Highland waterfalls

    by Woosey Written Aug 17, 2008

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    The Highland waterfalls are more impressive than the "famous" Argyle waterfalls.
    As this waterfall is totally unmarked, this makes finding it without a guide impossible.
    Particularly as this one is located in an area where you are unlikely to find a living sole to ask directions.
    The falls can be found to the left of the minor road between Les Coteaux and Mason Hall. Ignore the "Road Closed" sign at the turn off. Having driven as far up the trail as you can, you park and take a 10-15 minute hot hike alongside a stream to the falls, where the lagoon before the falls offers a perfect location for a cooling dip.
    One of the only tours, that go there is the Jeep safari, booked by http://www.tobagonow.com/tour01.htm

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    Gilpin Trail

    by Woosey Written Aug 14, 2008

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    Explore the wonderfull world of the rainforest.
    From Roxborough, take the road through the Tobago Forest Reserve.
    Almost at he end of this road, there in a big stone, marking the beginning of a small route (See picture) through the rainforest. It goes all the way to Bloody Bay.
    Here you will see all kinds of birds, crabs and beautifull plants and flowers.
    There are tourguides sitting at the beginning of the route sometimes.
    However, you don't need them, unless you like someone explaining what kind of birds, reptiles and flowers you are watching.

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    Yellow Fever Immunization for Trinidad and Tobago

    by ronmartinjr Written Mar 27, 2008

    When I took the ferry from Trinidad to Venezuela, they gave yellow fever immunizations to anyone not having the documentation to show they had been immunized. It was free and they used new needles and syringes for each person. The only thing, I think it is supposed to take a few days after the innocculation for the immunity to develope.

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    Fountain of Youth

    by kyoub Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Go to Pidgeon Point and get aboard a glass-bottomed boat for a guided tour over the Coral Gardens with its abundant marine life. From there cruise to Buccoo Reef for an hour's snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the reef. After the snorkelling, take a refreshing swim in the "Nylon Pool" with its shallow waters, rumoured to have life-giving properties. This is Tobago's version of the "Fountain of Youth".

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    Road Under Construction

    by Jill2002 Written May 4, 2005

    I can confirm that the road between L'Anse Fourmi & Charlotteville is definately NOT finished, by any stretch of the imagination. We drove first to L'Anse Fourmi but a sign said that the road was closed due to a landslide, we got as far as the workmens huts and decided to turn back. Then we asked a local at Charlotteville if the road was passable in our small hire car (not a jeep or 4 x 4). He said yes and that he saw cars like ours using it everyday ! The first part from Charlotteville is the worst. It is totally unmade, steep, narrow and scary - but there was nowhere to turn around and impossible to reverse back down, so the only way was to continue. It did get better and looked like in the picture, but imagine one of the HUGE construction trucks passing you on a single track road and he wants to pass on the left - leaving us to the steep edge ! Further on was a patch of loose stone covering almost the whole width of the road, the road here was rather steep and we got stuck sinking deeper and deeper into the road. My husband had to reverse to get out of it and pass again on the edge of the road with the sheer drop.

    The road eventually turned into tarmac, but still there were massive holes for the drainage system, some were taped off with caution tape - some not. They had even started cutting holes in the brand new road - it felt like we were back in England !

    Eventually we arrived at the workmens huts we had seen earlier in the day at L'Anse Fourmi and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    To sum up - if you are considering taking this road in any type of vehicle at the moment - You must be barking MAD.

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    Just a walk in the jungle!!

    by adamofgrayskull Updated Feb 2, 2005

    Well this is 1 of my many days on a hike through the jungle!!!
    I can't really remember where about's this was, but it was in Trinidad a few hours drive south of Port of Spain. On this occassion we walked for 8 hours till we hit a beach where we stayed the night!!

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    Another worthwhile destination

    by roamer61 Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Another worthwhile destination off the beaten path is the Point-A-Pierre Wildfowl Trust. Located on the southeast coast, it is home to a variety of waterbirds. It is also where several endangered species are reared in captivity before being released into the wild. Since the trust is on the property of a prtro-chemical plant, advance arrangements need to be made for your visit. The Trust has several short trails to walk as you enjoy the nature.

    These are Black-bellied whistling Ducks.

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    Over the mountain

    by kyoub Updated Jun 29, 2004

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    Man -o-War Bay is a large horseshoe shaped bay that fronts the village of Charlotteville. As you come down the steep road of an evening or very early morning you may see pairs of parrots flying in front of you.
    There is a super place to snorkel just a 10 minute walk and several steps down to the beach from here, at Pirate's Bay, ask a local how to find it.
    If you want to explore, take a walk out to the site of the old Fort Campbell. It is left a ways.
    Last but not least, if you spend the night at a guesthouse here expect to hear roosters crowing very early in the morning.

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    Sculpture

    by kyoub Written Jun 29, 2004

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    Professor Luise Kimme, a German sculptor, lives below the village of Bethel, Tobago since 1979, where she has her studio and the Luise Kimme Sculpture Museum. Her unique Caribbean sculptures are created from native wood, often making use of the natural growth of trees and limbs.When holidaying in Tobago, a Sunday visit to the Kimme Museum is a must. There you can admire the larger than life size sculptures made from oak and cedar wood, depicting perfect portraits of the Tobago islanders.

    Visiting hours: Sundays from 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. Visits at other times can be arranged per telephone ( 868) 639-0257. ( To get to the museum you pass the Mount Irvine Bay Hotel and follow the "Luise Kimme Museum" signs all the way up.)

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    Little Rockly Bay

    by kyoub Written Jun 29, 2004

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    I am sitting on a fallen coconut tree at Little Rockly Bay: It is lined with coconut trees, this scenic stretch runs along the old coast road, with crashing waves and stunning Atlantic views. It is near Ocean Point Hotel.
    You can see Scarborough in the background.

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    Off shore birding

    by kyoub Written Jun 29, 2004

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    A boat trip out to St. Giles Island off the northern tip of Tobago is quite an experience.
    These are a group of tiny islands and rocks comprising 72 acres, protected since 1968.
    They attract flocks of magnificent frigatebirds, boobies, tropicbirds, and terns.
    Landing is not encouraged so it is best to just go by slowely by boat.

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    Englishman's Bay

    by kyoub Written Jun 29, 2004

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    Englishman's Bay is a secluded gorgeous beach.
    It's a lovely place for a swim or a picnic.
    Here the forest approaches the edge of the beach and a river runs directly into the sea.
    Leatherback turtles come ashore here annually during the months of March to June to lay their eggs.
    It is also a great area for birding.

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    Pulling "Siene"

    by Calor Updated Jan 1, 2004

    Pulling siene is a term used by the locals. It involves any number of people to 'assist' the firshermen with pulling the fishing nets [siene] from the water onto the shore.

    This is a lot of work and a lot of fun to do.

    The fishermen then open up "shop" selling their daily catch ranging from kingfish, to carite to shark.

    We were fortunate to purchase fresh kingfish and shark from the fishermen.

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    Scarborough Market

    by Calor Written Jan 1, 2004

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    The capital city in Tobago is a congested, bustling area. Perhaps the busiest area in Tobago.

    Not a place for unwinding but great for shopping for local crafts and produce.

    Visit the market area and sample an abundance of fruits and local delicacies.

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