When you are here you seem far from Venezuela and Nicolas Maduro, but you are really pretty close.
Trinidad is a large island, 845 sq mi, about seven miles from Venezuela, near the mouth of the great Orinoco River.
The people of Trinidad are from Black Africa, East India, and everywhere else.
You can learn to bathe in glass there! You can also get a biodegradable coffin made of hallucinogenic nutmeg on this interesting Ile.
The food is varied. The curried goat is satisfying.
There is an 85 foot tall red statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. Its the tallest one outside of India.
The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is the oldest protected forest in the Western Hemisphere. The 14,000 acres of forest were declared a reserve in 1776 while the island was under British rule.
Pitch Lake is a 100 acre, La Brea Tar Pit like place, has been mined to pave roadways around the world. For those of you who may not be from California, La Brea Tar Pits is a place near Los Angeles from which pitch or tar was also taken to pave roadways, but today famous for being a source for the remains of long extinct animals.
There is a beach on the big island where you can better your love-life and do sand exfoliation as you listen to Syrian music!
Tobago is the smaller of the two Caribean islands which make up the nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
Tobago has beautiful, wide, sandy beaches.
The capital of Tobago is the village of Scarborough.
You may be among those who enjoy kayaking through the mangrove swamps of Tobago.
If you are getting the idea that Tobago is the more touristy of the two islands of this nation, you are on the right track.
Port of Spain is the big city of the big island of Trinidad.
In Trinidad and Tobago, you may begin to feel you are in the real Carribean and your feelings are accurate. It is not all of the Caribbean, but it is a lot of it.
On the two islands, there is magic; it comes down the great Orinoco, it comes from India, it comes from Africa, and it has found a home there.
It is a friendly place and English is spoken there as well as many other languages. Still, it pays to take care there. Some say that there are too many birds. Others say one can get wet and dirty there.
by Richard Sheehan for Mago Bill