By Hannah Shambroom
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
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Consisting of two large main islands and a handful of smaller ones, the state of Trinidad and Tobago rests peacefully in the Caribbean Sea, just northeast of Venezuela. The country rounds off the southern tip of the Antilles, the end point of the archipelago that also contains Martinique, Barbados, and Grenada. Trinidad, the larger of the two islands, comprises the majority of the population of the country and attracts more visitors than its smaller, less populated counterpart. EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore this tropical paradise, rich with multicultural heritage, exciting local flavor, and of course, pristine white sand beaches.

A visit to Trinidad and Tobago is made simple with the convenience and ease of Piarco International Airport (POS). Located in the northern Trinidadian town of Piarco, the airport is an easy and scenic 16-mile drive from the country’s capital, Port of Spain. EscapeWizard.com can assure you that POS, once voted the Caribbean’s most overall satisfactory and efficient airport, will get your vacation started on the right foot. Those wishing to start their travels in Tobago can fly directly in to the smaller island through the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport (TAB), located at the southwestern tip of the island about 7 miles from its capital, Scarborough. Whichever island you choose to start your island adventure, EscapeWizard.com can assist in booking your flight reservations; click (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to get started today! EscapeWizard.com can also assist with your accommodations using our convenient hotel booker (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Visit our website today to commence your journey into paradise.

Lying outside the hurricane belt, Trinidad and Tobago escapes the wrathful damage of most major tropical storms, leaving these islands unscarred and picturesque. The country experiences wonderful weather year-round, making any month a great one to visit! As one of the wealthiest and most developed islands in the Caribbean, Trinidad is a traveler favorite, though its local charm and diverse heritage prevent it from feeling too touristy. Trinidad, discovered by Christopher Columbus at the end of the 15th century, was a Spanish colony, while Tobago changed hands between the Spanish, British, French, and Dutch. This gives both islands a unique multi-cultural flair visible in their cuisine, architecture, and customs.

EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting for Carnival, an exciting and wild celebration of music, creativity, and color held annually each March. Carnival acts as a showcase of cultural expression on the islands, with masquerade bands, elaborate costumes, and energetic parties. The festivities originate from a melting pot mixture of British, French, African, and Indian traditions. EscapeWizard.com suggests exploring the many dance performances that take place throughout the festival, as well as sampling the many exotic dishes sold on the streets.

Even during the non-Carnival months, Trinidad and Tobago is a hotspot of music and dance in the Caribbean. The pace of life on the islands mimics the sweet, relaxed rhythms of the steel drums that originated there – this country is the birthplace of Calypso music. For a relaxing evening, EscapeWizard.com recommends grabbing dinner and drinks at a charming waterside restaurant while enjoying to the lyrical tones of a live Calypso band.

For daytime fun, EscapeWizard.com urges you to explore the country’s natural setting. Take advantage of the warm, perfectly teal Caribbean waters by diving, fishing, or sailing. The colorful coral reefs provide wonderful snorkeling, while the wide beaches lined with coconut trees act as the perfect place for a late afternoon nap. Pristine beaches are not all Trinidad and Tobago has to offer, however. Tobago’s Rainforest Reserve, the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, is an ideal setting for hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching. For a taste of a quirky local custom, try attending a goat or crab racing event, held regularly in most cities each Easter.

If there is a sports fan in your group, EscapeWizard.com suggests taking in a game of cricket. Cricket is one of the most popular sports on the island, and there is an intense rivalry between Trinidad and Tobago and its neighbors. Soccer, or “football” as it’s called in the rest of the world, is also quite popular. Matches are an inexpensive and fun way to spend an afternoon.

With its convenience both to South America and the rest of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago makes for a great starting point for adventures in the tropics. EscapeWizard.com invites you to begin your exploration of this paradise today, but be careful – you might never want to return!
Hotels in Trinidad & Tobago
By Elizabeth Fuga
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Center
Lady Young Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago
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The beautiful and unique Hilton Trinidad is located above the Gulf of Paria nestled in 25 acres of sprawling gardens.  The hotel also offers gorgeous views of the local Port of Spain, Queen’s Park Savannah, and Northern Range in addition to tropical gardens.  This scenic hotel is also located just 45 minutes from Maracas Beach and 10 minutes away from Port of Spain’s shopping and business district.  The impressive Emperor Valley Zoo, ASA Wright Nature Center and Lodge, and Botanical Gardens are convenient for those who want to explore the natural wonders of the area.  Movietowne, the President’s House, and Long Circular Mall, and Hindu Temple are available for those seeking manmade wonders.  Check in is at 3 p.m.

All guest rooms come with a view of the tropical gardens from a private balcony, the option of a single king-sized or two double beds, an oversized bathtub with rainfall shower, and high speed internet access.  Deluxe King Rooms feature all these amenities with the addition of 32 inch HD LCD TV.  The suites have living and dining areas, original, local art work, sofa beds, and an Executive Lounge in addition to the features of the regular guest rooms.  The Lounge includes a cyber café, a bar and buffet, private outdoor seating, wireless internet, and a services desk.  The Executive Rooms offer city views from the balconies and a 42 inch HD LCD TV.

Hilton Trinidad has three eateries to choose from:  breakfast at the Hilton buffet, snacks at the lobby bar, and Caribbean food at the Pool Terrace Garden.  The pool offers drinks and snacks in addition to the beautiful views of the gardens.  If that is not relaxing enough, the hotel also includes a fitness center, a sauna, and massage rooms.

Self-parking at the hotel is free, and the check-out time is 12 p.m.  This scenic hotel is just the place to stay for either business or pleasure.  Click here to let EscapeWizard.com can help you book this hotel (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).