Trinidad and Tobago Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by henri123
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by henri123
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Trinidad and Tobago Off The Beaten Path

  • Newton George Birdwatching trip in...

    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...

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  • Highland waterfalls

    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...

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  • Gilpin Trail

    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...

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  • Yellow Fever Immunization for Trinidad...

    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

    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...

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  • Road Under Construction

    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...

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  • Just a walk in the jungle!!

    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

    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...

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  • Snorkeling

    Down path to your right about a mile, then down a lot of steps, and you will be at Pirate's bay.There you will find a nice little beach and calm water.The perfect place to snorkle.

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  • Over the mountain

    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...

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  • Sculpture

    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...

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  • Little Rockly Bay

    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

    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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  • Parlatuvier Bay

    Parlatuvier, is a tiny fishing village on a strikingly beautiful circular beach.There is a school, a small store, and a few rooms for rent here.

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  • Englishman's Bay

    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"

    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...

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  • Scarborough Market

    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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  • Las Cuevas Beach

    Maracas Beach is famous for post-Carnival relaxation & for it's incredible waves and good vibes (& most famously for it's shark-n-bake!), but if you're looking for a less populated beach just drive on past Maracas to Las Cuevas!Las Cuevas gets it's name from the caves that have been carved out by the pounding surf - the caves are shallow but fun to...

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  • Bay hopping

    Along the northern Westcoast there are several small hidden bays. This one is near Black Rock...just a small bar, a few fisher boats, that's it.No hotels, no tourist hype, no postcard shops...

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  • Hiking in Trinidad

    This is the same post as in my 'Must Do Activity' Read on... if you didn't read that one!Everyone knows about the Trinidad Carnival (I'll post about that some other time!!) and about the lovely beaches in Tobago, but they forget that Trinidad is not your average caribbean island and there is a lot of wilderness left - especially in the Northern...

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  • One more look at Bamboo

    Okay, one more look at this amazing bamboo, here I asked Zohara to brave the jungle to get close to the bamboo and she was the brave girl I married and got out of the car and crossed over the 1.5 meters of jungle to get to the bamboo so I could take this picture. But enough of this, take a look at the size of the bamboo, now when people tell me...

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  • Leatherback Turtle Egg Laying

    During the spring, around April, the great Leatherback sea turtle comes to shore along the northeast and east coasts of Trinidad. There are several places, such as Matura or Salybia where a native guide will take you to the beach to observe them laying their clutches of eggs.

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  • Grafton Plantation Bird Sanctuary

    At Grafton Bay the small sign opposite the beach side of the road points to this old copra plantation - DON'T MISS IT!We had the place all to ourselves at about 8:00am and saw lots of birds, including the blue crowned mot-mot. The old copra processing building has restrooms and a place to sit and watch birds come in and feed. The trails are well...

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  • Englishman's Bay -What a wonderful bay

    Along the Leeward side road above Castaras is blessedly undeveloped Englishman's Bay. This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL beach that hasn't been developed, yet.There is a little lunch shack, Eula's, that serves a great Buss Up Shut plate for $10TT. Othere than that there are a couple guys selling carved gourds. The snorkeling along the rightside...

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  • Lots of people pass through...

    Lots of people pass through Trinidad briefly on their way to the beaches at Tobago. Fine if all you want is a sun tan, but let's face it, you can get that in Spain or Florida. Spend some time checking out Trinidad instead.... (that's me on the right, with a fisherman at Mayaro, on the completely undeveloped East Coast of Trinidad)

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  • Grafton Caledonia Wildlife...

    Grafton Caledonia Wildlife Sanctuary offers nature trails and scenic hiking in woodlands. It is a former cocoa estate which, following 1963’s Hurricane Flora, evolved into a bird sanctuary. Birds are fed at the Copra House around 4 pm. But there are not only birds that can be seen...

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  • Caroni Swamp and Bird...

    Caroni Swamp and Bird Sanctuary is situated on the west coast of Trinidad and is built around the island's largest river, the Caroni. The Caroni Swamp includes fifteen thousand acres of marshland, tidal lagoons, and mangrove trees. The Caroni Swamp is famous for its Bird Sanctuary. Daily evening tours in large flat-bottomed boats take visitors to...

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  • Charlotteville's two beautiful...

    Charlotteville's two beautiful beaches: Man-O-War Bay and Pirate's Bay (beautiful soft white sandy beach, secluded and very flat shores).

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  • There are quite a few places...

    There are quite a few places to visit in Trinidad off the beaten track. You can either contact local tour operators or arrange transportation yourself. Always call ahead and obtain up to date information as to availability of the site.Some of the things to do or places to see are:observe Trinidad 'manitees' in the Nariva swampwatch leatherback...

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  • Lopinot Village located in...

    Lopinot Village located in Eastern Trinidad is the site of a small museum located in a house built by the Compte de Lopinot.It's located in a valley, with a nice picnic area and beautiful scenery. The village has a strong Spanish Heritage and in October hosts a Spanish Heritage Festival that sees Parang Bands(local Spanish music) performing in the...

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  • Trinidad is a Mutli Ethinc...

    Trinidad is a Mutli Ethinc Cosmopolitan society, so if you are privilaged, get yourself invited to a traditional East Indian wedding. This 3 day ceremony culminates in a pooja where the Bride, dressed in East Indian wear, and Groom are 'married' under Hindu rites.It takes several hours and there are lots to eat after, such as the ever tasty Roti...

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  • Turtle watching during March...

    Turtle watching during March to August.At some Hotels like Mt.Plasir in Trinidad and Turtle Beach in Tobago the leather back turtles actually come and nest on the beach. You can also go on a turtle watching expedition at night to see these magnificent leather back turtles up close. This is an endagered species so you are only allowed to look.

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  • Loafer Cruise: You are greeted...

    Loafer Cruise: You are greeted on board by a courteous crew with a mission to ensure your total satisfaction on this all-inclusive trip. Loafer departs Pigeon Point at 9:30am for the warm waters of Mt. Irvine Bay where you will enjoy reef snorkeling with a vast array of tropical fishes, squids, and corals which can be seen filling the water with a...

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  • Balandra beach and Toco...

    Balandra beach and Toco lighthouse are on the Northeast coast and worth the drive. From the Toco lighthouse you can see Tobago 7 miles away

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  • THE HIGHEST POINT OF THIS...

    THE HIGHEST POINT OF THIS ISLAND NATION IS EL CERRO DEL ARIPO, WHICH STANDS AT 940 METERS. AND HERE IS THE SAGA OF HEALY-SINGH, A BIKER WHO CROSSED PATHS WITH THE MOUNTAIN: In 1997, Healy-Singh was living in Barbados and spending time in Durango, Moab, and Northern California, looking for new places to ride. He saw potential in a topo map of...

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  • IF YOU LOVE TO SNORKEL YOU...

    IF YOU LOVE TO SNORKEL YOU HAVE TO GO TO ARNOS VALE.IT IS A FORMER SUGAR ESTATE TURNED HOTEL.THERE IS A GATE WITH A GUARD AS YOU COME IN BUT JUST TELL THEM YOU WANT TO HAVE LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT.THE REEF STARTS ABOUT 20 YARD OFF THE BEACH AND ITS GREAT FOR SNORKELING. THERE ARE 40FT DROPS WERE YOU HAVE SPONGE-ENCRUSTED ROCK ON BOTH SIDES OF YOU....

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  • Well, perhaps it's not off the...

    Well, perhaps it's not off the beaten path for most tourists of Trinidad, but the Asa Wright Nature Reserve and the Caroni Bird Sanctuary are supposed to be wonderful for birdwatchers and nature lovers. There are hundreds of species in Trinidad, many you'll find at these two places. If you go with Trinidadian friends, believe me when I tell you...

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  • If your a birder like I am,...

    If your a birder like I am, then Caroni Rice Fields in the central plains might be worth checking out during certain parts of the year. Large concentrations of wading birds are found here. They find it irresistable. Tractors churn up myriad invertebrates which the birds feed upon in large numbers.

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