I’ll forever roam

Exchange, Travel, University

Trinidad and all 18 countries in between have been one blur of fun. My adventure here is ending, tomorrow morning in fact. My bags are packed, but I don’t know if I am really ready to go. It feels like just yesterday I was getting off a plane at 4am and finding my way through the streets by myself, in a country I had never been to. However, from my middle of the morning landing in Trinidad the adventures has never stopped. From having no power, no wifi, and no water to all the rain possibly imagined, to constant sun and no season’s changing I wouldn’t have traded my experiences for the world. I saw 19 countries in 9.5 months or 265 days if you wanted to know exactly how long I was gone, made countless friends and of course did things I never would have done in a year at home. My bank account has far less zero’s in it now, but my heart is filled with memories. So to all those who had some impact on this journey thank you, Canada may hold my heart because it gives me snow, but I’ve left my heart in places around the world.

Its a funny thing coming home, nothing changes, everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. you realise what has changed is you. 

My adventure isn’t over, really it has just started, and it doesn’t matter how far I wander, I will always be a Canadian girl, but this girl is ready to take on the world one passport stamp at a time.

 

 

Until the next one

 

In safe travels,

Meg XX

34 Top things to do in Trinidad and Tobago… for your next Trip

Exchange, Travel, University

As I embark on my next 14 days and 20 hours of my time in Trinidad, I take it to reflect on the countless things I have done here and it’s sister island Tobago alone. My adventure sure as heck did not stay between these two sister islands, and even if it had I’m sure I could have filled the total of 265 days that I will have spent outside of Canada with something to do

Food

  1. Doubles
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Trini Doubles

I made sure to have the quickest start at this list just 4 days after arriving in Trinidad and going straight for Doubles with all the Pepper. Honestly I wasn’t educated on what they were, I was with 3 American girls and we saw someone scoop something onto of something else and abruptly and ever so quickly show us how to eat it and then tell us to give it a go, so why not. Later we found out we should have asked for less pepper, in fact we should have asked for slight pepper because we just weren’t used to the kind of seasonings here yet, but if you can take it, go right ahead.

2. Drink Straight from the Coconut

If we’re talking food here, drink straight from the coconut, just do it! Honestly this is the one thing among many that I am going to miss the most.

3. Eat Roti

Try it in a wrap, but my favourite is Buss up Shut. I tend to have it without meat because they leave the chicken bones in the chicken still, but from time to time I’ll have some meat on the side. My favourite has been potato chana, pumpkin and mango… Mom I hope you’ve been looking up some recipes.

4. Bake ‘n’ Shark 

This goes hand in hand with the beaches, but we’ll get there. Dress it how you like, don’t knock it until you try it. Honestly I never liked fish until I moved here, but now it’s kind of a staple.

Beaches

It’ll cost you a couple dollars (TT that is) to use the bathroom facilities for things like maintenance, up keep and well toilet paper, but don’t let that stop you. These beaches are just beautiful.

5. Maracas Beach

On the north side of Trinidad, about an hour from Port of Spain – it’s the home to great waves, tans and delicious food. It’s also where I spent my first weekend before school started and caught my first Trinidad sunset!

6. Manzanilla Bay 

On Trinidad’s east coast, Manzanilla beach connects with Manzanilla Bay. Don’t eat the apples that fall near to this beach though, they are said to be toxic. There isn’t much of a sand beach area, but up a few steps from the water there are tables for you to sit and enjoy your food.

7. Macqueripe Beach

Located in Chaguaramas, where on a clear day you can see Venezuela. Macqueripe Beach is also located at the base of the zip lining property – so like us why not kill two birds with one stone?

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Las Cuevas Beach

8. Las Cuevas Beach

The second most popular beach on the North Coast – and the longest strip of sand, catch yourself having a few beers and liming here to bring out that tan!

9. 100 Steps Beach

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100 Steps Beach

After your small hike down 100 (+) steps and a little rope climb, this beach is slightly secluded. A hidden gem really. Take a walk through the water, careful though the current can be high and under the caves to the other side of the beach if you want to see what might be washed up in the caves.

Waterfalls

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10. Maracas Waterfall

At an altitude of 91.5 meters, adjusting your altitude is exactly what this waterfall will have you doing. This is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. A quick easy 30 minute climb takes you straight to the waterfall, adjust your look from eye level and there you have it with all its beauty. On your way back down, journey off the path a little to the two pools for a quick swim.

 

11. Paria Waterfall

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Paria Waterfall

Three hours one way, this will get your 10,000 steps in and your heart rate pumping. Not as hard as some of the other hikes Trinidad has to offer, but certainly one of the longer ones. Make sure you pack light and be ready to take in all that this one has to offer: the beach, the waterfall and the streams.

 

 

 

 

12. Brasso Seco Waterfall

With 11 waterfalls amongst the trails of Brasso Seco, this gem is unknown to most. Be one to take on them all.

13. Mermaid Pools

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Mermaid Pools

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Avocat Waterfall

14. Avocat Waterfall

Hike straight through the waters, this one is bound to have you enjoying the cool fresh waters that Trinidad has to offer, but why not take it a step further and climb yourself on top of the waterfall into the beautiful pools above a jump back in!

 

 

15. Rio Seco Waterfall

Located on the North Eastern coast of Trinidad, this waterfall has a broad spacious basin,  and reflects a wonderfully beautiful emerald green colour! It translates to Dry River, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here!

IMG_291816. Peechon Cove

Peechon cove is accessible through the bush only, in a small inlet located off the side of the road. The beach down below is located on a small shady, sandy area and it takes about 1- 1.5 hours one way to hike.

Other Things To Do

17. Mt St. Benedict

Located off of St. John’s road in St. Augustine, Mt St Benedict monastery overlooks all of

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Mt St Benedict

Trinidad from each side. Take your chances of hiking up here either early in the morning or later at night to catch a beauty of a sunrise or a sunset. Take it further by climbing all the way to the top or even just the lookout for a better view, but make sure your friends aren’t like mine and wont shake the lookout while you climb up!

18. San Fernando Hill

A natural hill with a panoramic view, located in South, San Fernando Trinidad.

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Lady Chancellor Hill

19. Chancellor Hill

Off the Queen’s Park Savannah, a running path and great views of Port of Spain, get your 10K steps in before the sun has finished rising.

 

 

 

20. Pitch Lake

A large natural deposit of asphalt in Trinidad, located in La Brea in Southwest Trinidad.

The 8th wonder of the world, and the top of my bucket list before I visited. It holds 10 million tonnes of asphalt, and spans 109 acres over an oval shaped car park. That’s right folks in Trinidad they call them car parks not parking lots. Visitors can walk the surface and even bathe in the pitch.

21. Toco Light House

Honestly stunning itself, but what made this even better was the gem hidden around the back where you could walk out on top of the rocks and watch the waves crash. Meditation in its purest form.

IMG_436322. Mud Volcano

Located in Penal, South Trinidad, the hike from the start to the Volcano is 20 minutes. During dry season there is no mud on the trail itself. Following your bathing in the mud. which is great for your skin, follow the trail to Lamoshell Beach to wash off, be careful of the rocks underneath.

 

 

23. Lopinot Heritage Tour

Watch how the cocoa crops are made, taste some wine, and crawl through the caves. Just

remember the bats are homed here and they aren’t afraid of you.

24. Wild Fowl Trust

Take it to another side and visit some birds and wild life of Trinidad. The home to the Scarlet Ibis, the Cayman and some other Trinidad species you’ll want to get to know on your trip to Trinidad.

25. Fort Abercromby

Slightly to the North of Las Cuevas Beach, overlook the remnants of Fort Abercromby. What remains – two giant canons marking the headland and a stairway to the lookout.

26. Green Market, Santa Cruz

Held every weekend, promoting going green and fresh eating. Links farmers and consumers to reduce waste and create a greener Trinidad.

27. The Avenue

For all the party lovers and goers. The pre starts later that you’re probably used to, and the party starts even later. In fact the whole night starts later than I’ve ever been out before and my bed time got pushed back a whole lotta hours, but its fun to experience this environment at least once while you’re in a new country!

28. Carnival

An annual event held the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, but the party really starts the Friday of the week before. The event is well known for colourful costumes, and extravagant celebrations. It’s like nothing you’ve ever been to before from Carnival Monday, to Mas, to Jouvert. With lots of steel pan, paint, music and great times.

Things to Do In Tobago

Climb aboard one of the many Glass bottom boats leaving from Store Bay or Pigeon Point and enjoy the many of stops that it takes in the 3 hour duration. It shouldn’t cost you more than 70 TT, and if it does, they’re trying to catch you in a tourist trap!

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The last stop on the glass bottom boat trip. In the far south of the sea, and uninhabited area of land and sandy beach, only accessible by boat. Usually selling a BBQ lunch.

30. Nylon Pools

A natural, meter deep crystal clear swimming pool in the middle of the ocean. Another stop in the glass bottom boat. Take a swim and use the sand to exfoliate your skin, no I’m not kidding you won’t look crazy, it actually works.

31. Store Bay

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Store Bay

5 minutes from the airport, and great local dishes and craft huts on the beach, grab your
towel and shades and get your tan on.

 

 

 

 

32. Pigeon Point

$20 TT to entre, to help keep the facilities up, but beautiful nonetheless, Pigeon Point Heritage Park is a nature reserve on the Southwest coast of Tobago.

 

33. Buccoo Reef

To catch a good look at the coral reef and the fish of the ocean, hop off the glass bottom boat at this stop and do some snorkelling, don’t worry they provide all the necessary gear you need!

34. Sunday School 

A long standing Tobago tradition, no this isn’t Sunday School like in a church on a Sunday morning. It’s a party the runs all night. The night begins early with a live steel pan performance, and then turns over to a DJ for everyone to get their “party on.” With a bar on site, or walk with your own cooler, and a few food vendors around, it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss on your 20 minute flight over to Tobago from Trinidad.

 

If you’re looking to head out to Trinidad and Tobago, hopefully you find something in here, or leave me a comment and let me know where you’ll be! Happy vacationing.

 

In Safe travels

Meg xx