Trinidad is as busy as Tobago is calm.  Standing in the capital city, Port of Spain, you'll be hard pressed to prove that you are on a Caribbean island.  The sidewalks are crowded with people and vendors, store displays spilling right out to the curb, looking up the sky is filled with the tops of buildings, compact cars fill the streets alternately speeding forward and jerking to a stop, lights and signs are blinking and flashing, music leaks out of storefronts and cars, this (along with the beeping of horns and the whistles of the traffic cops) helps to create a cacophony of city sounds.  Trinidad is all business and even more pleasure.  World famous for its annual pre-Lenten Carnival, Trinidad is so much more.  Everyone in the country enjoys socially relaxing with friends, food, and drink - frequently.  Trinidadians went so far as to invent their own word for it called "liming".  Liming is done by everyone in Trinidad; young, old, conservative, executive, domestic, foreign, athlete, infirm.  There are always fetes to attend, endless clubs, quiet rum shops to chew the fat, and Maracas Beach where you can wash down a hot shark & bake sandwich with a cold bottle of Trinidad's own brew, Carib.

Welcome to TnT (as it's locally called).  The official hybrid name for the inhabitants is Trinbagonians, a mixture (or callaloo stew) of 2 islands and 2 peoples into one country both separated and connected by the sea.

Why Trinidad?

Trinidad is different from other Caribbean islands, including Tobago, because it lacks the traditional touristy appeal of; a variety of beaches, water sports, bike rides, exclusive boutiques and such.  Trinidad is more like a cosmopolitan city; hosting international sporting events (cricket and football), music concerts, pageants, conferences and political symposiums.  Delicious Trinidadian food is found everywhere from an outdoor stall by the Savannah to the high end Sunday brunch buffet at the Hilton.  A tempting and hearty mix of East Indian, African, Spanish, and French Creole culinary influences combine and succeed in uniquely Trinidadian dishes.

It would not be fair to future travelers to not mention the crime in Trinidad.  Unfortunately it has risen to astronomic proportions.  For a country smaller than the American state of Delaware it has had 384 murders and 210 kidnappings for ransom from Jan. 1, 2005 to Dec. 30, 2005.  Citizens, residents and visitors are left feeling uneasy and tense.  The government is at a loss for what to do, recently they; sought the advice of Scotland Yard and the FBI for instruction and strategy, dispatched a blimp to survey the city, and instituted a no-bail amendment for kidnappers but to no avail.  Unfortunately, random kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, torture and murder has become a constant headline in the daily papers. (click here for additonal info)

All visitors are urged by Trinidad and their home countries to exercise extreme caution while visiting Trinidad and retain a constant state of awareness (as well as the 24 hr. phone # of their respective embassy in Trinidad, if possible). http://www.iocp.us/