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Travel Watch: Trinidad and Tobago

The Tobago Heritage Festival is held July 12-August 1, and there are street food options like this Creole shark and bake that put Trinidad and Tobago on the culinary map.
The Tobago Heritage Festival is held July 12-August 1, and there are street food options like this Creole shark and bake that put Trinidad and Tobago on the culinary map.

Port of Spain, Trinidad (June 6, 2013) – The stand-out Caribbean island duo of Trinidad and Tobago is home to world-famous beaches such as Maracas Bay in Trinidad and Pigeon Point in Tobago, but unlike many Caribbean islands, Trinidad and Tobago  have something in store for everyone, from the beach-goer and adventurer to the land lover and beyond.  There is much to see and do both on and off the sand in Trinidad and Tobago.

For the eco-adventurer in you, Caribbean Sea diving on one coast and Atlantic Ocean diving on the other, Tobago offers divers the best of both worlds, placing them at the center of world-class diving sites, including the famed London Bridge and Japanese Gardens.

The upcoming Tobago Underwater Carnival, July 22-29, 2013, presents divers with a chance to see all the treasures hiding beneath the surface in the waters that surround Tobago.

There is hiking and biking through the UNESCO certified Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the oldest protected reserve in the Western Hemisphere, and catching a glimpse of the white-tailed sabrewing hummingbird, a rare species endemic to Tobago.

Colorful costumes, cultural festivities and culinary sensations are always found at island festivals, including the upcoming Tobago Heritage Festival, July 12-August 1, 2013.  Dedicated to preserving the traditions of the people in Tobago, visitors will have the chance to experience the dances, foods and customs particular to each village in Tobago.  Of course, Carnival, the annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, is the most significant event on the islands’ cultural and tourism calendar, with numerous cultural events and celebrations.

In Trinidad and Tobago, the dishes and fusions are as diverse as the people and history.  Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of restaurants featuring Asian, Creole, European, Middle Eastern, Jamaican and American flavors, but it’s the local shark and bake that puts Trinidad and Tobago on the culinary map.  A must-eat while visiting the islands, the warm, handmade rolls and fresh catch have customers lining up at Maracas Bay Beach. Street food on the islands is also known as some of the best in the world.

When finding a place, look at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, The Carlton Savannah, and the Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain.

For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com  or www.visittobago.gov.tt.

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