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and Tobago, Islands of Adventure by Brian Ramsey
Trinidad and Tobago, two
islands set in the Caribbean Sea. The name Caribbean conjures up images
of blue seas and white sand beaches set against green hills. It brings
to mind images of lying on the beach sipping pina coladas or rum and coca-cola.
For the holiday traveler Tobago meets those expectations. For the outdoor
enthusiast however, Trinidad and Tobago can be islands of outdoor recreation
adventure with hiking trails and hidden waterfalls, bird and turtle watching,
cycling through verdant countryside or kayaking past wildlife filled forests.
Fishing Boats Among Palm Trees, Pigeon Point, Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has a
range of hiking opportunities with many of the hikes leading to waterfalls.
Rincon waterfall in the Rincon valley on the north coast of Trinidad is
a 250-foot vertical drop. The hike begins in the valley amidst small farms,
fording several crystal clear streams and then winds uphill, culminating
with a steep descent to the base of the waterfall. The 32 kilometer trail
from Blanchissuese to Matelot on Trinidad's north coast is considered a
jewel. Along the hike one alternates from unspoiled rainforest to untouched
beaches. Starting from Blanchissuese you encounter Paria Bay after two
to three hours (depending on the hiker's level of fitness). A short trail
from the beach leads to Paria waterfall where there is a deep clear pool
below the falls surrounded by heliconia, fringed lilies, and philodendron.
If you choose to continue the hike after Paria Bay, the trail rambles over
a succession of small ridges, crossing several small streams, until you
next encounter Gran Tacarib, which is a 1.2 kilometer crescent shaped beach.
From Gran Tacarib the trail continues to the Madamas river and then Madamas
Beach. Both Madamas Beach and Gran Tacarib are nesting sites for Leatherback
turtles, during the nesting season of March to September. After Madamas
it is a continuation of the up and down hiking and crossing small streams
and then the Petite Riviere river. The trail continues through abandoned
estate lands with cocoa, coffee, tonka bean, nutmeg and papaya (pawpaw)
until you arrive at the Matelot River and the village of Matelot.
For those who want to lie
on the beach but also engage in some outdoor activity there are several
less strenous hikes. Argyle waterfall on the outskirts of Roxborough in
Tobago is an easy hike along the Argyle River to a three level waterfall.
The hike to the Rio Seco waterfall on Trinidad's north-east coast goes
through semi-cultivated land and then through stately mora forests to a
small waterfall with a refreshing emerald pool, ideal for swimming.
Point, Tobago, Caribbean
Both Trinidad and Tobago
abound with birds and at almost every turn an avian spectacle can be observed.
Trinidad and Tobago has some of the most diverse bird species to be found
in one location with over 460. This variety in species can perhaps be attributed
to the fact that the islands lie close to South America so migration is
easier, resulting in unusually diverse fauna. Asa Wright Nature Center,
is Trinidad and Tobago's premier birding location and it has been widely
recognized as one of the most successful eco-tourism stories in the world.
The listing of birds that can be seen at this center is too long for this
article but has been identified in the vicinity of 159. Some of these birds
include; Purple Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Crested Oropendola, Silver-beaked
Tanager, White-necked Jacobin hummingbirds, Bananaquit, Red-legged Honeycreeper,
White-chested Emerald hummingbird, Cocoa Thrush, Chestnut Woodpecker, Great
Antshrike. This Nature Center is located at a height of approximately 1,200
feet in the hills of the Northern Range, seven miles from the town of Arima.
It is reached by a single lane road that winds through verdant countryside
dotted by small villages and isolated houses. There are numerous trails
throughout the property and very knowledgeable guides.
Grafton Wildlife Sanctuary,
Tobago, is a former cocoa and coconut estate that was destroyed by Hurricane
Flora in 1963 and as a result was converted into a wildlife sanctuary.
It is approx. 200 acres in size and is covered in secondary forest. There
are three main forest trails. As you enter, the first trail on the right
leads downhill and is relatively short. The second trail on the left also
gradually leads downhill and then eventually climbs uphill. The main trail,
which is directly facing the entrance, leads uphill and winds past several
abandoned estate buildings and stables. There are benches along the main
trail and at some points they provide panoramic views. There are at least
three smaller trails that branch off from the main uphill trail but these
are not always maintained. The three main forest trails are maintained.
It is possible to spend an enjoyable hour or an intense four hours. The
entire sanctuary abounds with birds of varied species.
Trinidad and Tobago are islands
in the Caribbean Sea so there are myriad opportunities for kayaking. However
for those who do not want to contend with large waves, ocean swells and
ocean currents, Trinidad and Tobago offers a choice of sheltered saltwater
and freshwater kayaking opportunities. Two kayaking areas of particular
note are Bon Accord Lagoon and the Godineau River.
The azure waters of Buccoo
Bay and the Bon Accord Lagoon in Tobago are sheltered by the offshore Buccoo
reef, providing a kayaking area with only gentle swells. Kayak rentals
are available at the nearby Storebay and also at Pigeon Point. The fringing
Mangrove swamps of the Bon Accord Lagoon provide a scenic contrast to the
white sand beaches along Pigeon Point and at the center of Buccoo bay.
The offshoots of the reef also shelter the adjacent Milford Bay, allowing
one to kayak to the south-east from Bon Accord Lagoon around Pigeon Point
and into Milford Bay or vice-versa.
The Godineau River in south
Trinidad, also known as the South Oropouche River, is one of the rivers
in Trinidad that provides a year round kayaking opportunity as the water
level is always sufficient. Kayaking in the Godineau area takes you through
a variety of habitats, from saltwater mangrove swamp to fresh water marshland
to partially cultivated areas. A variety of birdlife can be seen on these
kayak trips including Scarlet Ibis, Southern Lapwing, Osprey, Savannah
Hawk, Wattled Jacana, Cattle Egret, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Lesser Yellowlegs,
Black-bellied Whistling Duck and a variety of migrating ducks (during the
northern winter). This kayak trip can be started either from the sea along
the area known as the Mosquito Creek or inland from the Woodland area.
Trinidad's network of old
agricultural & oilfield roads plus (relatively) quiet country roads,
along with hiking paths provide a range of surfaces and environments for
cycling. In addition terrain ranges from flat land to rolling inclines
to hillsides. For those with a preference for road biking almost every
area of Trinidad has country roads with reduced vehicle traffic. The cross-country
rider will be able to find undulating land with natural vistas. Those whose
interest lies in mountain biking can find forest trails with logs, bamboo
and streams across the trail requiring navigation and dexterity.
So the next time you are
looking for outdoor recreational activity with a difference, experience
Trinidad and Tobago, islands of Adventure.
|About the Author - Brian
Ramsey operates the web site, Outdoors Trinidad, www.trinoutdoors.com and
is the author of the CD, Discovering the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago,
or if you are in a hurry - try our vacation rental search options:
HOTELS IN TRINIDAD
for hotels in Piarco and surrounding areas
HOTELS IN AROUCA NEAR PIARCO
Inn Express & Suites Trincity
This hotel is located in
Arouca. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Trincity has an outdoor pool and
a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 2.5-star property include
a business center and high-speed Internet access. Guests are served a complimentary
breakfast each morning. This property provides a complimentary airport
shuttle. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services and currency
exchange. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and complimentary
newspapers in the lobby. Televisions are equipped with cable channels.
Guestrooms provide complimentary newspapers, free local calls, and voice
mail. Guestrooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee/tea makers.
the full list of hotels in Port of Spain
HOTELS IN PORT OF SPAIN
the full list of hotels in Port of Spain
By Marriott Port Of Spain
Situated in the business
district, this Port of Spain hotel is close to Queen's Park Oval
and Adam Smith Square. Courtyard by Marriott Port Of Spain has an outdoor
pool and a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property
include wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business
services. The property has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available during limited hours. Event facilities include conference
rooms. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services, express check-in,
and express check-out. Additional amenities include laundry facilities,
coffee in the lobby, and self parking.
Plaza Trinidad, Port of Spain
The Crowne Plaza Trinidad
is the premier choice for the business or leisure visitor to Port-Of-Spain.
Our convenient city- center location on the waterfront, offers easy access
to downtown shopping, museums, and cultural sites. Our business travellers
will appreciate being within walking distance from the heart of the financial
and commercial districts. As the new address for the savvy traveller, the
Crowne Plaza Trinidad offers a welcoming atmosphere of classic luxury,
and unique architecture in the most desirable city-center location.
Trinidad & Conference, Port of Spain
Overlooking the Gulf of
Paria and situated amid lush, landscaped gardens, the elegant newly renovated
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre has undergone a multi-million dollar
makeover and enjoys breathtaking views of the City, Queen's Park Savannah
and Northern Range, and is ideal for leisure or business travelers alike.
This unique, upside-down hotel is a dramatic & architecturally sophisticated
hotel in Trinidad, where guests enter the lobby and then descend to their
rooms. It is conveniently located in Port of Spain within walking distance
to the heart of the city, and just 40 minutes from the Piarco International
Airport. In just 45 minutes guests can drive past the famous Moka Golf
Course and arrive at the beautiful Maracas Beach.
Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain
Contemporary design, ocean
views and unequalled amenities combine gracefully at Hyatt Regency Trinidad.
Our stunning new Trinidad hotel offers unprecedented luxuries in the most
desired location. Part of the dynamic new Waterfront Centre, guests enjoy
our own world-class business facilities, as well as immediate access to
the expansive new conference centre – the largest in the English-speaking
Caribbean. Our unique setting as the only first-class oceanfront Trinidad
Tobago hotel lets you admire the sparkling waters while savoring
our delicious cuisine, or as you relax in your stylish guestroom. Even
a business trip feels like a vacation when you visit our pampering spa,
float in the rooftop infinity pool, or sip a cocktail in the lobby bar.
HOTELS IN SCARBOROUGH
Beach Club, Scarborough
A small, elegant resort
cascading down a hillside to its own secluded beach, the oriental inspired
wooden roofs of the Bacolet Beach Club mingle among lush foliage of bamboo
and bougainvillea, and lies only 2 minutes away from the island's capital,
Scarborough, and only 15 minutes from Tobago's airport. The atmosphere
is serene as you gaze fromone of the bay suites, or from the overflow horizon
pool which overlooks the beach with wooden decks - ideal for sunbathing
and socialising. The Bacolet Beach Club is an exclusive boutique
hotel, restaurant and bar where its owners have created a stylish retreat.
Moon Blue Hotel, Scarborough
Nestled in gardens of palms,
bamboo and bougainvillea, the Half Moon Blue suites lay beneath the hill
of historical Fort George. Extra spacious suites and a spectacular Penthouse
loft overlook the horizon, the half moon shaped Bacolet Bay and the overflow
swimming pool where midnight swims are a must. The decor sets your mood
for serene and lazy days and romantic exotic nights. These colonial styled
suites with jalousied windows and doors open onto verandahs with rattan
chaise-lounges, creating the perfect spot for whatever your heart desires.
The southernmost of the Caribbean Islands, Tobago contains many idyllic,
easily accessible beaches, stunning coral reefs and the oldest protected
rain forest in the Western Hemisphere.
Beach By Rex Resorts, Scarborough
Turtle Beach by rex resorts
is a true Caribbean escape, tucked away on the shores of its own palm-fringed
beach, on the natural paradise island of Tobago. Turtle Beach has been
designed to ensure you enjoy the best of the Caribbean beach. All public
rooms and guest rooms face towards the sea, and the pool with its swim-up
bar and whirlpool is right next to the shore. In the evening, the pool
bar is the perfect place to enjoy a Caribbean cocktail and watch the sunset.
Turtle Beach’s Kiskadee restaurant offers a tempting range of creole specialities
and international classics, served buffet-style, throughout the day.
VACATION RENTAL IN GRAFTON, TOBAGO
House Villa, Tobago (Ref: 31248), Grafton
This spectacular 5 bed villa
set in gardens with tropical fruit trees, above the village of Pleasant
Prospect, looking over the Caribbean sea. a short walk will take you to
a palm tree lined sandy beach with day time beach bar. Close to Mount Irvine
Golf Club & 15 min drive to Plantation Golf Club. The villa is in the
original Grafton Bird Sanctuary which boasts manycolourful bird species
that frequent the gardens. There is a free form swimming pool and jacuzzi
also a pool side bar with fridge, sound system b.b.q.,dart board &
games,so you can sip your cocktail while watching the tropical birds with
the back drop of the Caribbean sea & a stunnuing sunset. Sleeps
VACATION RENTAL IN SCARBOROUGH
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Tobago Villa, Scarborough
Luxurious villa constructed
in colonial architecture; situated in Tobago 5 star Hilton Golf and Beach
Resort. Jaccuzi, swimming pool. A/C. This luxurious villa is situated
on an 18 hole PGA championship golf course, in the Hilton International
Beach and Golf Resort, Tobago. The colonial style architecture and furniture
coupled with the natural tropical ambience create a unique retreat.
The villa has a large swimming pool and jacuzzi. Its large patio in front
of the swimming pool looks on to the golf course which borders with the
villa's garden. The villa comprises 4 bedrooms in total; 2 double,
2 twin, 4 of the bedrooms with en-suite facilities. This gives room for
up to 8 people.
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