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TOBAGO HERITAGE FESTIVAL

10 Aug

The Tobago Heritage Festival is an annual event created to preserve the unique cultural traditions of Tobago. The Festival has grown from year to year and runs from mid July to the beginning of August, attracting thousands as they celebrate as communities.

The Festival is by far the main event on the Tobago cultural calendar and it is considered and accepted that the Heritage Festival is to Tobago, what Carnival is to Trinidad.

During the entire Festival, visitors and returning Tobagonians are able to visit the many quaint and friendly villages and experience their way of life, language and varied oral traditions, culture, dances, music, environment and, of course, their culinary delights. So come to Tobago and join the many thousands to witness the spectacle that is The Tobago Heritage Festival.

For more information about this culture filled festival, visit http://www.tobagoheritagefestival.com/.

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Snaqqle – traditional snacks with a difference!

5 Aug

 

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The effervescent Sharde Titus  – the owner of Snaqqle (snack-le) holds a degree in Literatures in English with a minor in Theatre and two CVQs in Television and Video production but her business has very little to do with her academics. This bubbly lass lived in both Trinidad and Tobago as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines and have always had a penchant love for history and culture so for her final year project at UWI she tried to delve into an aspect of culture which eventually led her to these sweet treats.  Continue reading

The 85ft Hanuman murti – Statue of the Hindu God – Trinidad & Tobago

4 Aug

Hanuman is known as the best warrior among the Hindu gods since he protected the others from evil. He is considered the most revered disciple of Lord Rama for his efforts and bravery in defeating Ravan and assisting Lord Ram, Seeta and Ram’s brother Lakshman.

Devotees pray to him for strength, courage and protection. No wonder he stands tall at 85 feet on the grounds of the Dattatreya Yoga Center and Mandir in Carapachaima. His magnificence is a reminder to all devotees that Continue reading

Tobago Beaches: Our Top 25 for 2016

19 Jul
Charlotteville. Photo by Chris Anderson

Charlotteville. Photo by Chris Anderson

Source: Discover TnT

You’re stumped for choice when it comes to beaches in Tobago. A good rule of thumb: the further north you go, the quieter the beaches become. Here are our top 25, grouped by region — Crown Point and the southwest, theLeeward (Caribbean) coast, and the Windward (Atlantic) coast.

Pigeon Point. Photo courtesy TDC

Pigeon Point. Photo courtesy TDC

Crown Point

  • Canoe Bay (entrance fee): off the Milford Road, this might be Tobago’s calmest and shallowest bathing beach, perfect for young families. Rarely crowded, with excellent facilities including bar and beachfront cabanas
  • Pigeon Point ($20 entrance fee): Tobago’s picture-postcard beach. The water by the white coral sand is calm and warm and shallow, protected by Buccoo Reef and great for swimming and snorkelling. Thatched huts with picnic tables shelter you from the sun, and the on-site bar and restaurant provide refreshment and entertainment. Several water-sports businesses operate here: surfing, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and more. Some glass-bottom boat tours also start here for the Reef and Nylon Pool. Make sure to take a photo or a selfie (or wefie) in the little thatched cabana at the end of the much-photographed jetty!
  • Store Bay: a stone’s throw from the airport, this relatively small, shadeless beach — cupped on both sides by small coral cliffs — is the heartbeat of Crown Point and one of the most popular (and busy) beaches in Tobago. Glass-bottom boats often leave at least twice daily for tours to Buccoo Reef and the Nylon Pool. It’s great for swimming, and snorkelling under coral cliffs at the southern end. There’s excellent craft shopping, food stalls, and changing rooms (small fee).

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A story of how a fishing trip with a group of friends turned into an incredible story of swimming with killer whales off Trinidad’s coast

18 Jul

Christian of WetTV found himself amazingly lucky one day while fishing off the North coast of Trinidad with his friends. Actually, he probably created history with a rare glimpse of killer whales that he managed to capture on camera, after impulsively jumping into the water for an experience that could have cost him his life. For an instant, he forgot that within seconds of entering the water for this rare sighting, that he instantly plummeted to the bottom of the food chain.

Killer whale sightings are usually seen in cold coastal waters such as around the Norwegian coast, in the north Pacific Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, the Antarctic coast and many others. The most southern border close to the Caribbean, that killer whales have been seen, is off the Continue reading

Top 10 Things to Do & See in Trinidad

15 Jul

A rainbow where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet at Galera Point. Photographer: Caroline Taylor

Source: Discover TnT

Our top 10 sights and experiences in Trinidad


1) Coast to Coast Drive

Trinidad’s human and physical landscapes vary vastly from coast to coast. Starting early and limiting your stops, you can drive the entire island in a day. From Port of Spain (which you must walk to truly experience), head east on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway (or along the North Coast Road). From Arima, you can either head north toward dramatic Toco and Grande Rivière when you reach Valencia (you’ll have to retrace your steps to head to the southeast), or continue southeast through the “Cocal” toward the windswept Manzanilla and Mayaro beaches. From there, head west through the undulating Southern Range, and then south toward Icacos along the gently lapping water of the south coast; Cedros and Columbus Bays are magical. On your way back toSan Fernando, take note of the Pitch Lake (see below) and the oil-based industry that drives Point Fortin. You can head back to Port of Spain along the Solomon Hochoy Highway, but far more rewarding is the Southern Main Road winding past Claxton Bay, the sprawling Point Lisas Industrial Estate, Waterloo Temple and Hanuman Murti. Make sure to head west to Chaguaramas, with its National Heritage Park and marinas of moored yachts from across the globe.

2) Fort George

The original cannon and dungeon may be intimidating, but Fort George – built by the British in 1804 after snatching Trinidad from Spain in 1797 – never experienced military action. Since 1883, it has been a tracking station. These days, its greatest asset is its magnificent panoramic view (rivalled only by that from Mount St Benedict) of the entire west coast from 335m (1,100ft) above Port of Spain. Open 10am to 6pm, admission free.

3) Pointe-à- Pierre Wild Fowl Trust

This 25-hectare non-profit is home to many rare bird species (both free-roaming and caged), with a unique opportunity to get close to Trinidad’s national bird, the scarlet ibis. Bucolic wooden walkways take you right around the compound’s two lakes. There is a learning centre at the entrance, with displays and Amerindian artefacts, a boutique hotel, and restaurant. Continue reading

Remembering Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning – 17 August, 1946 – 02 July, 2016

11 Jul

Source: Belgroves

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning,  former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and political leader of the People’s National Movement passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

The Honorable Patrick Manning was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on October 7th, 2002, his third time to that office.

Mr. Manning entered politics at the age 24, as the People’s National Movement candidate for the Constituency of San Fernando East, emerging victorious in the General Election of that year. He has won the seat in every General Election since, totaling 9 contests to date.

Serving under Prime Ministers Dr. Eric Williams, then Mr. George Chambers, the young representative Manning was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in Ministries ranging from Works and Transport to Industry and Commerce, and Petroleum and Mines. He became a full-fledged Minister in 1981 holding the Industry and Commerce, and Information Portfolios, then Energy and Natural Resources.

When the PNM lost the General Election in 1986 Continue reading