Caribbean Tourism

Accommodations

Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen

On 27 July 1990 Trinidad was shaken by an attempted overthrow of the Government by a Muslim fundamentalist group, the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen, led by the Imam Yasin Abu Bakr. The rebels held the Prime Minister, A N R Robinson, eight of his Cabinet and other hostages, until their unconditional surrender on 1 August. A total of 23 people were killed in the...

Culture

The most exciting introduction to the vivid, cosmopolitan culture of this Republic is, of course, Carnival, or ‘De Mas‘, as locals refer to the annual ‘celebration of the senses’. Background reading is a help for a visit at any time of the year. Some authors to investigate are CLR James, Samuel Selvon, Shiva Naipaul, all now deceased, as well as Shiva’s...

South of the Capital

Driving south from Port of Spain you see rice fields, herds of water buffalo, buffalypso (bigger animals, selectively bred for meat), Hindu temples and Moslem mosques. There are boat trips to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, the home of scarlet ibis, whose numbers are dwindling as the swamp in which they live is encroached upon. The boats leave around 1600 so as...

Buccoo: Goat-racing Centre of the World

Think of famous sports arenas around the world: Lords and cricket, Twickenham and rugby, Henley and rowing and the name of Buccoo doesn’t loom large. But Buccoo is the goat-racing centre of the world. The Buccoo Goat Race Festival was started in 1925 by Samuel Callendar and has had several venues around the village before the current purpose built track...

Accommodations-Tobago

There are many cheap guest houses & many people take in visitors; ask at any village store. Tobago Plantations, T6371025, www.tobagoplantations.com is a new 750-acre development around Petit Trou Lagoon which, when completed will have a hotel, villas, condominiums bungalows, 18-hole championship Jack Nicklaus golf course, marina, shopping centre,...

Accommodation - Trinidad

If you intend to stay in Trinidad for carnival, when prices rise steeply, you must book a hotel well in advance. Some are booked a year ahead. If arriving without accommodation arranged at Carnival time, the tourist office at the airport may help to find you a room with a local family, though this like hotels will be expensive. You will be lucky to find...

Accommodation

Hotels There are many hotels on the islands and the better known ones are expensive, but there are very good guest houses and smaller hotels which are reasonable. Information about accommodation can be obtained from the Tourism and Industrial Development Co (TIDCO). Their office at Piarco airport is helpful. VAT (15%) is charged by all hotels and in most a...