Hotels in Trinidad
Trinidad is the larger island of Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean. It's nicknamed ‘the rainbow island', for the diversity of its people and its food. The people of Trinidad are laid-back and will largely leave you to discover the best bits of the island yourself. At around 50 miles long and 37 miles wide, Trinidad is relatively easy to explore.
Spend a day out on any of Trinidad's scenic hiking, walking and cycling trails. Just head out and see where the path takes you. The island's secluded waterfalls and beautiful temples almost need to be stumbled upon to fully appreciate.
Festivals on Trinidad
The bright and bustling Carnival at the Port of Spain is a must-see. It's held over the Monday and Tuesday straight before Ash Wednesday every year. Thousands of people flock to the island – and book up Trinidad hotels – to take part in this burst of music and colour.
It starts with the J'Ouvert street party before dawn, with revellers covering themselves in paint (or sometimes chocolate) to begin the day. You'll see dancers in sparkly, feather-covered costumes dance past, and the calypso beat is irresistible.
Trinidad's population observes other religious festivals through the year. Admire the twinkling lights during Diwali, or enjoy the unusually warm weather at Christmas.
One of the more relaxed activities on Trinidad is to see how many different birds and other wildlife you can spot. The island is home to over 450 species of bird, as well as 55 types of reptile and 620 different butterfly species.
The Asa Wright Nature Centre is known internationally as one of the best places for birdwatching. It runs guided tours, and covers almost 1,500 acres.
Food and drink
Trinidad's cuisine and traditional dishes draw a lot from other cultures. You'll find a lot of stewed and barbecued food on menus. The Indian, European, Chinese and Creole influences make dining on the island a new experience in itself.
‘Bake and shark' is a popular street food, made from fried flatbread filled with marinated shark meat. It can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Local desserts are typically very sweet. Coconut and guava are popular ingredients, and Indian sweets such as barfi are easy to find.
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