Picture courtesy Kenny Benny
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CULTURE
Trinidad and Tobago' culture is representative of its multi-ethnic historical background. It is the birthplace of the steelpan and the art forms: calypso, soca music, chutney and parang. There are many festivals throughout the year that include religious festivals such as Diwali, and Eid. The food eaten locally also is representative of the many ethnic groups which consists of a mix of African, Amerindian, Chinese, European, Indian and Latin American. Popular dishes include doubles, roti, pelau, callaloo, curried crab and dumplings, soups and stews.
Trinidad and Tobago’s currency can be exchanged for the principal currencies in the world, at a rate 1 USD = 6.74 TTD approximately for cash exchange. With travellers checks and other bank transactions the rate is 1 USD = 6.10 TTD.
VISA AND OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Every person (including minors) seeking admission at a port of entry in Trinidad and Tobago must be in possession of: a valid travel document/passport, a valid return ticket to his/her homeland or country of residence, sufficient funds for his/her upkeep during his/her stay, a proper local address, a visa if they are a citizen of a country that requires a visa for entry into Trinidad and Tobago and must complete an Immigration E/D Card (Form 1) upon arrival.
For further information, kindly check the following website: http://www.immigration.gov.tt/Services/EntryRequirements.aspx
Pigeon Point is also known as Pigeon Point Heritage Park (PPHP) and is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach and is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty which has become an internationally recognised signature of Tobago. The resort includes a long stretch of white sand beach with warm aquamarine waters.
Picture courtesy Kenny Benny
About 40 minutes drive northeast from Port of Spain, Maracas Bay is one of Trinidad's most famous beaches. A deep bay protects this palm-fringed strip of golden sand, one of the most beautiful beaches close to the city. From Port of Spain, the scenic drive through mountainous rainforest provides breathtaking views of lush peninsulas jutting into the sea. Food vendors and showers are available by the beach.
The Caroni Swamp is one of the largest mangrove forest on the island and is s protected under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. The Caroni Swamp is an estuarine system comprising 5,611 hectares of mangrove forest and herbaceous marsh, interrupted by numerous channels, and brackish and saline lagoons, and with extensive intertidal mudflats on the seaward side. This swamp is an important wetland since it is ecologically diverse, consisting of marshes, mangrove swamp and tidal mudflats in close proximity. The wetland provides a variety of habitats for flora and faunal species and as such, supports a rich biodiversity. It is highly productive system that provides food and protection and is a nursery for marine and freshwater species. It is also the home of the Scarlet Ibis, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s national birds.