Caribbean Tourism

Diving & Marine Life

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...

Excursions

Trinidad There are pleasant drives in the hills around with attractive views of city, sea, and mountains. Go up Lady Young Rd, about two miles from Savannah, to a lookout 563ft above sea level (not on a taxi route, but some cars take this route from the airport), by Lady Chancellor Rd to a look-out 600ft above sea level (not always safe, even by car) and to...

Port of Spain

Sights You can see most of the sights of Port of Spain by walking around the town centre. For further afield, however, there are taxis, buses, route taxis and maxi taxis, see Essentials section at the beginning of the chapter for an explanation of how they work and appropriate fares. Port of Spain lies on a gently sloping plain between the Gulf of Paria and...

The North Coast

North of Port of Spain is Maraval, just beyond which is the 18-hole St Andrews golf course at Moka (there is also a swimming pool, US$3 for non- members). The North Coast Rd branches left off Saddle Rd (which runs through Maraval back over the hills to meet the Eastern Main Rd at San Juan), leading to Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas and Blanchisseuse (see Beaches...

Diving and Marine Life

The waters around Tobago are becoming known as an unspoilt diving destination and several dive shops have started operations in the last few years. Coral reefs flourish almost all round the island. Every known species of hard coral and lots of soft corals can be found, and there is a huge brain coral, believed to be one of the world’s largest, off Little...