Pastelles are an integral part of a Trini Christmas. Photo courtesy the TDC

Trini food: the taming of the stew

A guide to Trinidad’s food and dining scene, all new for 2018!

The view from Paramin of Port of Spain with the lights of Point Lisas visible across the Gulf of Paria. Photo by Chris Anderson

This is Trinidad

An ode to contemporary Trinidad Location, location, location… Trinidad’s uniqueness comes from its hybridity, its history, and its geography. From its very beginnings, as part of the South American mainland, it has been unique. Thousands of species thrive in the lush Northern and Central Ranges, while the south is continually invaded by animals washed down

Bunji Garlin revs up the crowd. Photo by Aaron Richards

A Trinidad festival guide for 2018: Carnival & so much more!

Carnival Here’s the 411 on our signature annual festival, which has spawned similar Trini-style Carnivals the world over, from New York to London and further afield! What’s all the fuss about? What it is: the annual street festival on the two days before Ash Wednesday that takes over the capital, and all major towns. Indeed

The Port of Spain waterfront. Photo by Chris Anderson

Welcome to Port of Spain

A look at Trinidad’s capital city in 2018 So much history in such a small place. Beneath its ever-increasing skyscrapers – well, they are, in this part of the world – the story of Port of Spain is still writ large in its contrasting wealth and seediness, the throbbing pulse of downtown Charlotte and Nelson

Brian Lara batting for West Indies against India at Kensington Oval, Barbados, in May 2002. Photo: Ukexpat

Trinidad & Tobago sporting legends

Four of the islands’ most famous sporting sons

Stollmeyer's Castle was built in 1904. Photo by Rapso Imaging

Trinidad’s architecture & built heritage

The mosaic history of this little island and its extraordinary wealth are built into its varied architecture. You will find mansions and public buildings in the early 19th century neo-classical style popular under British colonial rule (eg St James Police Barracks, Port of Spain General Hospital). Governor Ralph Woodford also sponsored the construction of the

Leatherback Turtle returning to sea. Courtesy The Division of Tourism and Transportation

Ancient mariners — Tobago’s turtles

Turtle-watching in Tobago Tobago gets a lot fewer turtles than Trinidad, but you will still see enough to make this an awesome experience. Plus, it’s easier to get to them in Tobago. Hundreds of the giant leatherbacks and hawksbills nest on four main beaches — Turtle Beach, Mt Irvine Stonehaven, and Turtle Beach. Hawksbills also

3canal performs at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Photo courtesy the THA

A Tobago festivals calendar for 2018

In alphabetical order, here are some of Tobago’s most treasured festivals, from Harvests and Heritage Festival to Jazz Experience and Great Fete

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