A February 2003 trip
to Port of Spain by smilingtraveller
Quote: Caribbean Love
-enjoy the spirit and craziness of the cultural celebration
-know why and what they're celebrating-it'll be more meaningful
-the photos I took and the amount of dancing I did-I love dancing!
Hotel | "Hilton"
The Hilton, of course, is a safe bet because it's a chain and has standards.
Kapok Hotel is not a chain and is local, but I've heard it is excellent, and it is downtown, where you can easily access all the other ex-pat stuff if that's your thing!
There's also the Crowne Plaza in town that isn't too shabby. It is definitely downtown-not bad.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2004
Lady Young Road
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Hotel | "Mount Plasir"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2008
Mount Plasir Estate Hotel
3 Hosang Street
Grande Riviere, Trinidad
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2004
Trinidad is beautiful. This statement is packed with meaning, so I'll try to explain myself as best as I can. It is a country that has such a mix of culture and ethnicity that no doubt, in 30 to 40 years, our society in North America will begin the resemble its ethnic mix. Within the beauty there are flaws--(isn't everything beautiful flawed?) the government and the gap between the rich and poor causes overall turmoil. It wasn't until I lived there that I realized the importance of a good government, and everything that I had read in papers about social welfare came to life.
The culture beckons those who are willing to see each other as equals. The culture, in my opinion, is quite dominated by religion and certainly Carnival is not a proponent of that!
In the end, you must read the newspapers, understand the history (very rich), and deal with and meet the local people. I wasn't a big fan of places like TGIF and ex-pat places since they weren’t places that captured the essence of Trinidad's citizens. Can you believe that there isn't a McDonald’s in the country? Hmmm . . . why? Do your research!