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“chacachacare” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chacachacare

Ranked #35 of 94 things to do in Trinidad
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Owner description: This mysterious, uninhabited island, once the site of a colony of lepers run by a group of nuns, is only five miles off the northwest coast of Trinidad.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2009

as previously reviewed all is true , it is a great island , for camping and swimming i frequently visit , on one beach there is a clear view of Venezuela , a few tips , don't get lost !!! , i have had one experience when my friend wondered into the grave yard on his own for an unknown reason even up to now , returning hysterically running along side the cliff on the path to the cemetery claiming his glasses were taken from a woman that wore red lip stick , to my surprise while exploring the island , i came across the abandoned houses ,which are a beautiful part of history , i found a tube of red lipstick , and a box of matches , until the next day we found laying inn the very same spot both of them , there is something spooky about there i must admit , even with a crew of 12 you can feel the intense aura in the buildings , it was said by folklore that the head nun was having an affair with the priest , and when it was exposed she hanged herself in the church , its beautiful during the day , not so sure about the night lol , on another occasion what supposed to be a 5 min walk to the church turned into a 6 hr long hike through the jungle from being lost on the way , how these things happened no one knows, i have also herd there are manchineal trees but i have never seen them , but if you do please don't eat the fruit , it is deadly , other than there's also a beach where the water levels rise from knee height to waist height about 4 times before you get to the deep , there are also reef fishes at the small dock , i have not found any reefs as yet though , i rate it 10 out 0f 10 , adventure , relaxation , beauty , history , excitement all in one combo meal , if you visit please do tell of your experiences as well

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Magnolia, Tx.
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“Interesting history, be sure to have a knowledgeable guide take you...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2009

We motored around half the island's shore with a local guide in a boat on a rainy day, but even with the rain, the old buildings that could be seen had stories to tell about the abandoned former leper colony. The largest ones closest to shore are not completely obliterated by overgrown vegetation and trees, and the former convent and rectory buildings of the nuns and priests who treated and cared for the lepers are still visible. I'm told there's a ghost of a young nun who walks around at night with a lantern and haunts the former convent because she supposedly committed suicide. Most of the small former residences of the leper residents have been swallowed up or obscured by vegetation, and parts of the old rock road along the shore, as well as some piers and docks still remain. Best time to come would be on a clear day during the dry season when most of the leaves have fallen from the trees so you can see more of the buildings. Otherwise be sure to take a boat with a roof or canopy to help stay dry because showers pop up at the most inopportune times.

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