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All you want to know about Trinidad and Tobago

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Hi all travellers. I just got back from a 2 wk vacation in T&T with my family(3kids). We are from western Canada. We all had a excellent time. 3days in Trinidad were good. Busy but fun. Saw the botanical gardens and Zoo. They were great. Stayed at Kapok hotel. very nice. great bar and garden area in back of hotel. close walking distance to lots of stuff. great view from the 8th floor rest'n at the hotel. Maracas bay beach is worth the trip(45 minutes from Port of Spain) Gorgeous beach and you must eat at Richard's for the "bake and shark". It is excellent and the kids loved it also.
Tobago was magnificent. My wife and I have travelled to six different islands and Tobago ranks #1or #2. Great Carribean atmosphere. People are friendly. We made local friends and kids were extremely well received. The food is different and local(roti and bake&fish,fish and rice and local beans) but very good. My wife is more of a 4 or five star hotel type person and leary of new foods but the fresh seafood,fruits and veggies are excellent and abundant. Lots of great local restaurants to eat. You must eat at Amadeus bistro(very reasonable and generous portions), Seahorse inn(expensive),the Salsa kitchen(great people and food)Bonker's restaurant at the Toucan inn(reasonable cost and good food) Rainbow falls nature area has a great lunch made from scratch and their fresh made pure orange juice is to die for. We stayed at Rex Turtle Beach hotel. It was OK but a bit rundown. Great location and beach and the grounds are lush and beautiful. The staff is friendly. We did not eat dinner there once since it was expensive and not appealing.
To get around we rented a used topless jeep and it was excellent. Easy to get around but lots of zigzaggy roads. Beautiful island. Castara bay. Englishman's bay, Blue waters inn bay. Speyside, King's bay all gorgeous. We did some snorkelling off the beach at Arnos Vale hotel, Castara beach and Englishman's bay. Kids loved it. Saw fish, turtles, Monterays etc.
We were lucky enough to witness the giant Leatherback turtles lay there eggs on turtle beach in front of our hotel. It was memorable.
Another tour we took was the tour to Bucco reef (so-so-) Not much there, too trampelled by tourists. The rest or the tour was to coral gardens on glass bottom boat and to No-man's Land. Beautiful setting and excellent beach barbeque. Fresh flying fish and chicken, fresh fruit, vegetables, and rum punch and limbo contest. Kids and adults had a ball!!
If you want to know about Tobago,I believe I can give you a "real" idea about what to expect. I like to explore an island as much as possible. My wife is less adventurous so if she loves it, it usually means good things. She wants to go back for one month next time. E-mail me for info.

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