Trinidad Carnival: a guide to party-time in Port-of-Spain
This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals...
Places in Trinidad & Tobago
Put the tourists of Trinidad in a room and you’ll have an awkward party: on one side will be wallflower bird-watchers tangled in camera and binocular straps; and on the other – the side with the bar – you’ll have the party-hound Carnival fans turning up the music and trying on their spangly costumes.
While Trinidad booms with industry and parties all night, tiny Tobago (just 42km across) slouches in a deck chair with a beer in hand watching its crystalline waters shimmer in the sun. Though Tobago is proud of its rainforests, fantastic dive sites, stunning aquamarine bays and nature reserves, it’s OK with not being mentioned in a Beach Boys song.
Port of Spain
Spreading back from the Gulf of Paria and cradled by the Northern Range foothills, Port of Spain should be a beautiful city. It does have its aesthetic highlights, including a lovely central green space, the Queen’s Park Savannah, and a generous smattering of Hansel-and-Gretel fretworked buildings.
Spread over Tobago’s southwest tip, Crown Point is the island’s tourist epicenter, offering a relatively wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and some nightlife. The attractive beaches and extensive services make many tourists stay put, but anyone wanting a deeper appreciation of Tobago’s charms should plan to push eastward to explore other parts of the island.