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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Etymology

Historian E. L. Joseph claimed that Trinidad’s Amerindian name was Iere or “Land of the Humming Bird”, derived from the Arawak name for hummingbird, ierèttê or yerettê. However, Boomert claims that neither cairi nor caeri means hummingbird and tukusi or tucuchi does. Others have reported that kairi and iere simply mean island. Christopher Columbus renamed it “La Isla de la Trinidad” (“The Island of the Trinity”), fulfilling a vow made before setting out on his third voyage of exploration. Tobago’s cigar-like shape may have given it its Spanish name (cabaco, tavaco, tobacco) and possibly its Amerindian names of Aloubaéra (black conch) and Urupaina (big snail), although the English pronunciation is /təˈbeɪɡoʊ/, rhyming with lumbago, sago, and “may go”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

BitcoinTT – We get together to share and learn about all things Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As Caribbean nationals we know all to well the difficulty in doing effective e-payments. [meetup]

Holistic Wellbeing – The group is open to those who are interested in healing their lives naturally through practices such as: yoga, massage, energy healing, meditation. [meetup]

Port of Spain Non Duality Meetup Group – This is a group for anyone dissatisfied with traditional religion and who is willing to explore non duality as an alternative. We focus on the study of A Course in Miracles and we examine whether and to what extent its teachings are supported by other non duality paths and by developments in modern science. [meetup]

Speed Networking  Meetup – A space where small business owners on the East West Corridor can meet  “like minded” individuals in an open forum, to network, and eventually, if they opt to, become a member of a business referral network or a mastermind group. [meetup]

TED xPort of Spain – TEDxPortofSpain is a set of local, independently organized TEDx events in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. We do a mix of smaller ‘Salon events’ and our larger ‘Main events’. At Salons, we highlight connections and conversation. [meetup]

Trinidad Out of Body Experience (Astral Projection) Meetup – A group of Individuals interested in learning about and exploring our non-physical nature through Out Of Body Experiences. The purpose of the group is to share ideas and techniques that would help in understanding who and what we truly are. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Find Trinidad And Tobago Singles – If you are in Trinidad And Tobago and struggling to find a play mate, never fear, AfroRomance is here. We make meeting hot singles in your area quick and easy – do it today! They say love is all you need, and we say AfroRomance is all you need to get love. We specialise in helping people from different ethnicities find each other. At AfroRomance we even allow people to join, create a profile, and browse other member profiles for free so they can see if our database is for them with absolutely no risk. [afroromance]

Free Dating-TT – Are you seeking partner, a relationship or the love of your life? It’s all here in the free online singles service. In the dating community you can not only flirt with singles from your region but also meet people worldwide and fall in love again. You can search and meet singles right in your area via He seeks She or She seeks Him. Simply select the corresponding region and suitable contacts will be displayed for you. Respond to existing personal ads or write your own profile. The matchmaking service is 100% free of charge. Have fun and good luck in the free dating service for everyone. [free-dating-tt]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Ramblers Walking Holidays – The tiny twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago really is a nature lover’s paradise, blessed with an abundance of wildlife thriving in its varied habitats. The islands are one of the most biodiverse sites in the Caribbean, with more than 450 bird species, 108 types of mammal and 25 amphibians, including turtles. [ramblers holidays]

Tours in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago was recently voted the best tourism destination for 2012. Are you pulling into Port of Spain anytime soon? Don’t miss anything this dynamic region has to offer! Take a private Port of Spain tour with a local guide who is proud to introduce visitors to all his homeland has to offer. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge, Trinidad – A paradise for birders, the Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge encompasses 1,500 acres of dense forest in the Arima and Aripo Valleys. Hummingbirds, woodcreepers, pygmy owls, trogons, and the rare nocturnal oilbird are just some of the avian species spotted at this former cocoa, coffee, and citrus plantation. You can sign up for a birding tour, enjoy lunch or high tea on the verandah, or stay at one of the cottages here. Income from guests funds conservation of the surrounding forest, new land purchases, and environmental educational programs. [planet ware]

Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad – Caroni Bird Sanctuary, just south of Port of Spain, is a nirvana for nature lovers. This series of mangrove-lined waterways is the nesting place of the scarlet ibis, the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago. Afternoon boat tours cruise the estuaries in search of these spectacular flame-colored birds as they descend on the trees in large flocks. [planet ware]

Fort King George and the Tobago Museum, Tobago – Built in the 1780s overlooking Scarborough Bay, Fort King George offers both a good view of the town and a park-like tranquility with some magnificent trees. Still surviving are remnants of the original brick and stone walls, an early prison, the officers’ mess, several cannons, and a lighthouse. [planet ware]

Little Tobago Island – On the east end of Tobago, across from Speyside, Little Tobago Island is an uninhabited bird sanctuary with several kilometers of trails. The most spectacular views are from the hills overlooking the seaward direction, where red-footed boobies and frigate birds swoop in large flocks. Glass-bottomed boats whisk you to the island, revealing the coral reefs below as they circle past the smaller Goat Island in Tyrrell’s Bay. [planet ware]

Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago – Rich in biodiversity, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve is purportedly the oldest legally protected forest in the Western Hemisphere. The reserve harbors more than half of the island’s bird species, including the blue-backed manakin, collared trogon, and many species of hummingbirds. [planet ware]

Maracas Bay, Trinidad – About 40 minutes drive northeast from Port of Spain, Maracas Bay is one of Trinidad’s most famous beaches. A deep bay protects this palm-fringed strip of golden sand, one of the most beautiful beaches close to the city. From Port of Spain, the scenic drive through mountainous rainforest provides breathtaking views of lush peninsulas jutting into the sea. [planet ware]

Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Trinidad – Rising above the Northern Range Hills over Tunapuna, the red-roofed church tower of Mount St. Benedict Monastery is one of the most striking landmarks east of Port of Spain. Benedictine monks established this community in 1912, and the monastery is the largest and oldest in the Caribbean. Founded on the principles of self-sufficiency and hospitality to strangers, the monastery complex encompasses religious buildings, a farm, a rehabilitation center, and guesthouse. [planet ware]

Pigeon Point, Tobago – Many consider the white-sands and aqua seas of Pigeon Point to be the most beautiful beach on Tobago. Also known as the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, this popular stretch of coral-sand coast requires an entrance fee and encompasses snack bars, shops, change rooms, and thatch-covered seating. Sun loungers are also available for rent. Boats leave from here for snorkeling trips to Buccoo Reef and a swim at Nylon Pool, a meter-deep offshore sandbar, with crystal-clear turquoise water, that looks like a giant swimming pool. [planet ware]

Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust, Trinidad – The middle of an oil refinery may seem an odd place for a nature sanctuary, but this is one of the best bird viewing spots in Trinidad. Surrounded by lush tropical foliage, the 30-hectare sanctuary encompasses an interpretive center and nature trails along lily-topped lakes, where you can spot species such as the scarlet ibis, black-bellied whistling duck, and white-cheeked pintail. [planet ware]

Port of Spain, Trinidad – Capital of the nation, this bustling business center boasts many fine examples of colonial-style architecture as well as a few touristy things to do if you’re staying here for a few days. Architectural highlights include the impressive Renaissance-style Red House Parliament in Woodford Square, and the “Magnificent Seven,” a group of elegant mansions along the sprawling green space of Queen’s Park Savannah. Near this park, you will also find the Royal Botanic Gardens, bordering the president’s grand residence, and the National Museum and Art Gallery, with exhibits on local art, history, and culture. Port of Spain comes alive the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with Carnival, an extravaganza of colorful costumes, limbo competitions, and contagious calypso and soca rhythms. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Arrival Day – This recognises the various races from across the globe that have settled in Trinidad and Tobago. [discover-tt]

Divali – This Hindu festival is known as the Festival of Lights. Traditionally deyas (wick-equipped clay pots) are lighted in honour of Mother Lakshmi; the goddess of light, beauty, riches and love. [discover-tt]

Eid-Ul-Fitr – This marks the end of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Muslim year), during which fasting is practised from sunrise to sunset. Favourite Indian foods are prepared for friends and neighbours of all beliefs as part of the tradition for completing the fast. The date for this festival depends on the sighting of the new moon and varies from year to year. [discover-tt]

Emancipation Day – This public holiday marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. [discover-tt]

Shouter Baptist Liberation Day – This day commemorates the abolition of the British-instituted Shouters Prohibition Ordinance. This ordance forbade participation in this African-influenced religion. [discover-tt]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Car – Driving yourself can be a great way of getting around the islands. Car rentals start at about TT$300 a day, and include insurance and unlimited mileage. [lonely planet]

Hitchhiking – Hitching is very common among locals, particularly in rural areas, but it’s not a safe mode of transportation for foreign visitors, especially women (your want of a ride will be misconstrued as a want of other things). [lonely planet]

Maxi-Taxi – Maxi-taxis are 12- to 25-passenger minibuses that travel along a fixed route within a specific zone. They’re color-coded by route, run 24 hours, are very cheap and are heavily used by the locals. Rides cost TT$2 to TT$12, depending on how far you go. You can flag a maxi at any point along its route, or hop on at the appropriate taxi stand. Keep in mind that, due to their frequent stops, maxi-taxis will take a long time to get from A to B. [lonely planet]

Route Taxi – These taxis are shared cars that travel along a prescribed route and can drop you anywhere along the way. They look like regular cars, except that their license plates start with an ‘H’ (for ‘hire’). [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

StartupGrindTT – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors.[meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Trinidad & Tobago – Hello and welcome to our expat community of Trinidad & Tobago. Packed with invaluable advice, detailed guides, and essential information, here you’ll find all the resources you need to relocate to these beautiful islands. Find answers to your questions such as, “where can I find international schools?” and feel reassured as you move forward. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

Places in Trinidad and Tobago

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