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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: BEYOND THE BEACH
May 21, 2013


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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: BEYOND THE BEACH
With so much to see and do, the dual-island nation boasts more than just beautiful beaches

Port of Spain, Trinidad – May 21, 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.  Whether looking for an action-packed eco-adventure, seeking out a fun-filled festival, or simply soaking up the culture of the islands through a tasting tour, there is much to see and do both on and off the sand in Trinidad and Tobago:

For the eco-adventurerナ
With 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.  Those who prefer catching fish to swimming alongside them can enjoy spear fishing, fly-fishing, big-game tournaments and deep-sea charters.  

Land lovers will enjoy 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.  For a unique island experience, guides can escort hikers to the 3-tiered Argyle Falls near Roxborough or head to Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad or Little Tobago Island for superlative bird watching.  

For the festival-goerナ
With more national holidays than almost any other country in the world highlighting the destination's rich heritage, locals and visitors alike do not have to look very far a reason to celebrate.  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.  Later this year, on November 3, 2013, many Trinbagonian's will celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.  With more than 40 percent of Trinidad and Tobago's population listed as being of Indian and East Asian descent, it's one of the more important holidays on the island and visitors will be in awe of the beauty and traditions of the celebrations.  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.

For the foodieナ
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.  An added bonus?  More than 10 mouthwatering local condiments found at Richard's.  Street food on the islands is known as some of the best in the world.  Trinidad and Tobago's mix of people reflects in the variety of street food available.  From saheena, mini burrito-like bites stuffed with fresh ingredients and roti, tasty flatbread with meat and vegetables found at most roadside eateries and curry crab and dumplings at Storebay in Tobago, there is no shortage of delicious and affordable fare on the islands.

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

About Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the 'cultural capital of the Caribbean,' is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan drum, the only new acoustic instrument to be invented in the 20th century.  Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World's Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com  or www.visittobago.gov.tt.  
 
 

 

 




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