The islands in the Caribbean are treasured in the eyes and minds of its visitors. Forest-clad hills rise out of azure waters and pristine beaches housing a colourful culture. The people are equally merry and friendly. In the Caribbean Sea, there is a two-island nation - Trinidad & Tobago. It lies off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela in South America. The islands have a long history beginning with the Arawak and Carib settlers. They were followed by Africans and Indians brought as laborers and Spanish, French and Dutch in succession. It was finally colonized by the British before gaining independence in 1962.
The Trinidad and Tobago islands are dotted with exotic beaches like Maracas, Las Cuevas, Toco, Mayaro, Quinam and Los Iros (in Trinidad) and Pigeon Point, Man-of-War and Store Bay (in Tobago). The unspoiled beaches at Toco, Grand Riviera and Matelot on the North Coast of Trinidad are perfect for lounging, for those who want to stay away from the crowd. The crystal blue water in the Nylon pools of the natural coral reefs makes Buccoo Reef among the most sought-after destinations. On land, one must visit the world's largest natural reserve of asphalt - La Brea Pitch Lake. Other notable places to visit include the Caroni bird sanctuary and the Emperor Valley Zoo (at Port of Spain).
It is an enjoyable experience to participate in the festivals and races. The Tobago heritage festival and Pre-Lenten Carnival are a treat for the senses with dance, music, costumes, food and culture on display. One can also visit the Goat Race of Tobago and the Great Power Boat Race between the islands. Rare wildlife is found on Mathura Beach in the form of leatherback turtles that come ashore to lay eggs. There should be no problem to find affordable and delicious food and drinks. The Indian touch of spices to the dishes should be relished.
While shuttling about the islands, one should exercise caution in hiring transport and moving out after dark. It is wise not to flash your jewelry, electronic accessories and cash. The people are generally hospitable and communicative. There are no issues with procuring currency and transacting business. You can rest your back tired from all that revelry at any of the hotels, guest houses or beach houses. Locals would welcome you in towns of limited tourist interest.
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