Trinidad and Tobago Warnings and Dangers

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Trinidad and Tobago Warnings and Dangers

  • Personal Safety

    Trinis will give you unsolicited and plentiful advice about how to stay safe. Take it!If you find yourself east of Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, for instance (and you look like a tourist), someone is bound to tell you that there are lots of pick pockets in the streets and try to escort you out of there! Most Trinis are very considerate and good...

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  • Ganja, very common, but illegal

    As you explore the island of Tobago, it is very common to see rasta's smoking ganja.Even in in the center of Crown Point, I've seen them smoking in public.(Or in the middle of the rainforest, as we even found a couple of locals using ganja there.)Beware!! If police arrest you, there will be severe punishment.I've heard a story about a guy being...

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  • nighttime

    when you fly into the port of spain make sure not to take a cab because they are not trustworthy. they love to take advantage of tourists. especailly americans. and also watch out for the locals that carry around machettes. theyll getcha. scarry

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  • You will not die for this ...

    ... but it can be surprisingly annoying.Just keep some sprays with you against these guys, or (even better) catch them and put them outside (unsuccesfull in this very case).

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  • Wannabe Jamaicans

    Unfortunately, many young tobagans seem to have been effected by the ragga music from jamaica, with many locals wanting to be gangsters. Its quiet embarrasing for these you boys to be wearing baggy american basketball tops and caps claiming to be from the ghetto when castara is really just a tiny and friendly fishing village! i was called a 'white...

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  • Dangers in Tobago

    The people I met in Tobago were lovely, but I was lucky so make sure you're careful. There is a website (I'll post the name when I find it) that warns you of some dangers: first of all, mind your possessions. If you're a girl, be careful because guys tend to be quite aggressive in their avances, even if you're there with your boyfriend. Make sure...

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  • Trinidad - Crime in General

    Trinidad has huge divide between Rich and Poor, for a country with plentiful Natural Resources. The corruption of the sucessive government has failed to lift the stardard of living of the people.The level of poverty across the general community has led to a variety of crimes - including Muggings, Kidnappings, Murder etc. All general rules for...

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  • Rain Forest crabs

    Yes, crabs !!!! Shocking only to think that you can find crabs in a forest !!!They are not dangerous at all (actually they escpae from you) but if you do not realize you are hitting one of them, they can become a little bit hectic, like this one.

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  • You must cover up for lunch

    It is essential to cover your body for lunch at the Rex Turtle beach hotel. It doesn't matter what you wear as long as you are not bare back !

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  • Don't risk it !!!

    When clinking glasses and saying 'CHEERS' always make eye contact - otherwise you risk having bad sex for 7 years. Told to me by Tyrone at Cascreole in Castara.

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  • Animals on the roadsides

    When driving around Tobago watch out for the numerous animals on the roadsides. Locals tie up their goats and cows to pasture on the roadsides (which are narrow as well as the roads) so sometimes part of the animal is on the road itself and the animal can't make way very quickly as it can not move freely.

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  • Old Stonehaven road

    When asking about walking in the dark, we got two different advice. Others said that we'd be fine, no trouble. But then again others said that for example the Old Stonehaven road in Stonehaven (between the beach and Grafton resort) should be avoided after dark. It is a very dark road near the sea and the area is isolated. Some people staying in the...

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  • Sandflies

    You may not notice them at first when enjoying the beautiful beaches of Tobago, but don't let this fool you. USE PLENTY OF INSECT REPELLENT OR CITRONELLA OIL!!!Their bites itch like hell and look really horrible especially if they get infected.

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  • Beach Bums

    Take care when leaving your stuff on the beach. The beach bums don't just walk along the beach, they hide in the trees and will come along when no-one is around. The locals were great, they would come and warn us as soon as we got to the beach and advise us to look after other peoples stuff too. Always make sure that you leave your stuff near other...

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  • CARNIVAL 2003 - Good Advice for Carnival

    Have a meeting spot in case anyone in your group gets separated while "playing mas" (participating in Carnival). When the whole country is in costumes, it's easy to get lost in the crowd! Also, it's really easy to get dehydrated while playing mas. Make sure that you have at least 1 glass of water for every rum that you consume. Drink the rum...

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  • dont go out after dak

    I am a big guy 6'2" 250. And It did not take more than one block from the hotel for someone to start following me. iIt was still evening time but I was alone and stood out like a sore thumb. I had heard of two muggings earlier in the week so I didnot venture any further. Apparently they work in gangs and jump you when your ripe.

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  • violence

    It's said that Tobago has a lot of violence but still many people move from Trinidad to Tobago 'cause it's so safe there. At least we didn't have to worry about that. As the city often loses all electricity we had to feel safe walking around at night time otherwise would've had to sit in the room enjoying the candle light..

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  • Rent a car, not a jeep

    If you want to park at some of the more out-of-the-way spots its better to have your stuff in the car trunk. If you rent one of the little Jeep-like things you'll have no trunk, and the roads don't require anything other than a car.

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  • Use commen sense when out...

    Use commen sense when out traveling. Best to go in groups or with trusted locals. Dont leave valuables unattended while swimming. Also AIDS is higher than in North Americs so keep that in mind if your looking for companionship while in TnT.

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  • I didn't notice any danger...

    I didn't notice any danger personally but a local guy latched onto our group as soon we hit the first bar in town. He sort of acted as a guide taking us aroung the town and escorting us all back to the ship at the end of the day. He identified himself at the end of the night as a plain clothed policeman who had been assigned to protect us during...

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  • Travelers should exercise...

    Travelers should exercise reasonable caution in Trinidad, especially in Port of Spain, where walking on the streets at night is not recommended. As a general rule, Tobago is safer than its larger sister island, though this should not lure you into a false sense of security. Petty theft occurs on both islands, so don't leave cash in bags that you...

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  • The very first thing you...

    The very first thing you should do after arrival is go straight to the pharmacy buy local mosquito repeller like Citronella Oil (US$1.50 or $10tt/60ml bottle), it's much more effective than any of the ones you may brought from home.When snorkeling at Bucco Reef, be extremely careful keep distance from the reef, not just to protect the reef, it's...

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  • Dont walk around Queens park...

    Dont walk around Queens park Savannah at night on your own.Dont take the Maxi Taxis if you are a foreigner or not sure where you are going and who is in the Taxi.Dont expect things to be on time or buses to run properly.Be prepared to enter a country where everyone has bars on the doors and windows and let dogs roam in the garden barking at...

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  • Be careful of going out alone...

    Be careful of going out alone at night, use a taxi service and use public transport by day. Get the fares from a local before hand so you will know how much it costs.Avoid the Botanic Gardens and Savannah by yourself, go with a tour group.These are lonely, secluded areas.During Carnival time, beware of pick pockets at large Carnival fetes!And DO...

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  • Pickpockets are very active...

    Pickpockets are very active during the carnival.Good advises: Do not bring to much money with you in the streets. Try not to walk alone in the streets, especially in nights and especially during Jouvert, the opening night of the carnival.DO NOT enter crowds - avoid them by crossing the streets. If things gets unpleasant in one area, go to another...

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  • As a white woman, I was often...

    As a white woman, I was often approached by rum soaked men. Other travelers have reported the same thing. Tourists are quite a novelty, so a lot of attention is given to them, not all good.We were warned not to go out at night in Port of Spain, and that the Police are not to be trusted. We were also warned off of certain hikes in Northern Trinidad...

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  • DRIVING SUCKS,IT'S ON THE LEFT...

    DRIVING SUCKS,IT'S ON THE LEFT AND THE ROADS ARE JUST WIDE ENOUGH FOR ONE SMALL CAR.THEY TRY TO FIT TWO CARS,TWO GOATS,THREE CHICKENS AND ONE 12 YEAR OLD BOY WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL ON A DONKEY TRAIL THEY CALL A ROAD.

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  • During the wet season,...

    During the wet season, normally late May-Early September, mosquitoes can be a real problem. Even during the dry season, after rain, biting critters can be a nuisance. Bring repellent and cream for bites.

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