Trinidad and Tobago Journals

The Unspoiled Caribbean: TOBAGO

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An October 2000 trip to Trinidad and Tobago by JANUS

Mot Mot Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: An island of pristine beauty with superb beaches,untouched rainforests, world-class diving/snorkeling, a birding paradise, and best of all friendly people; wide choices of accommodations and places to eat. This is definitely not your usual overcrowded run-of-the-mill touristy island but a genuine Caribbean gem

The Unspoiled Caribbean: TOBAGO

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Overview

Pigeon Point Beach Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Birds, birds, birds - no matter where you are, at your hotel, walking on the beach or in a botanical garden,these colorful and chattery creatures are everywhere. Best place to see a great variety and number at close range (great for photography buffs) is at Arnos Vale Sanctuary. Then, of course, the wonderful, white sand beaches, many of them almost totally deserted, many lined with slender palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze.A postcard perfection! Not to be missed are the live coral reefs with their myriads of colorful fish and other sea creatures, easily viewed through a glass bottomed boat or snorkeling, or, if you are a diver, so much the better.Sailing in the azure sea, whether on the s...Read More

Coco Reef Resort

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Hotel

Front of Hotel Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Beach-front, medium size, two-story resort, constructed in 'eclectic-colonial' style set in a manicured tropical garden, a visually quite pleasing resort/hotel. A stationary 1969 white Rolls Royce strategically placed at the main entry adds an unexpected touch of opulence. Large reception area with a veranda leading out to the beach and decorated with tropical plants and copies of Italianate statues embellish the ambiance, with a soothing view of a few sail boats gently bobbing just off the beach. The restaurant is strategically located on a higher level with open view of the Caribbean. Small but nice pool hidden yet in another tropical surrounding, right next to but smartly shaded from the beach. Ou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Kariwak Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Known for its down-to-earth but truly savory dishes, this establishment grows its own vegetables with no chemicals added. The setting is in a tropical garden, the food is superb and reasonably priced. Service comes with a smile.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Shirvan Watermill Restaurant

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Restaurant

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A 10-minute taxi ride from Coco Reef Resort brought us to this upscale restaurant that is promoted by several travel books and web sites as one of Tobago's best. The setting is romantic: tables within view of an old watermill surrounded by a fish pond teaming with hundreds of carp-size gold fish glistening in the reflection of a small cascading waterfall. The service, on the other hand, needs a bit of upgrading. When we arrived at 7PM we had the whole place to ourselves. Yet, for no apparent reason we were quickly ushered down to a far-off corner spot, out of view of all the visual amenities. With an annoyed demeanor and without a comment, our request to be seated closer to the pond and tower, howeve...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 7, 2000

Arnos Vale Bird Sanctuary

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Attraction

Bananaquit Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Located on the grounds of a former sugarcane plantation in a lush tropical surrounding, Arnos Vale is must if one is least bit interested in colorful tropical birds. Both the number and variety are astounding, especially during the now traditional 4 o'clock "tea with the birds" on an open terrace of the restaurant part of this hotel, overlooking a beautiful valley right down to a pretty private beach. The place is full of birds at any given time, but come feeding time, a virtual frenzy commences as blue birds, bananaquits,green and brown tanagers, chattery blackbirds, silent and a bit shy doves, mocking birds and a variety of colorful creatures of all sizes descend and munch on their feed while human...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Island Tour

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Story/Tip

Historic Cafe Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Mr.Davidson, our private driver and guide,who is always on hand at Coconut Reef offering his services , gave us the grand tour of the island. Harley, as his friends affectionately called him,turned out to be a very amiable gentleman,in spite of or perhaps even because of his charming exaggerated concern about his vehicle: we were gently requested, for example, not to drag any sand into the car after our visit to the beach, and to sit on our towels, as our bathing suites were not completely dry. Very reasonable requests, I'm sure. And by the way, please try to close the doors gently, his "baby" should not be subjected to slamming the doors. The tour first took us to Scarborough, although it was not ...Read More

Sailing

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Sailing........ Photo, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
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Full day on a trimaran with only 9 people on board under the able command of owner/skipper Scott and his right-hand man Martinu, further added to our enjoyable experience of this island.We sailed along the west coast of Tobago in the Caribbean Sea, stopping at a desereted small cove for great snorkeling. Had a very tasty BBQ lunch aboard prepared by Scott,(chicken, fresh fish, salads,etc,) with unlimited drinks throughout the trip. I can wholeheartedly recommend Natural Mystic (both the name of the operating company and the boat) for a relaxing, scenic, uncrowded soft adventure at sea.