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Family Activities in Trinidad


When it comes to festivals, no island can beat Trinidad at Carnival. Peaking the Monday and Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday, this pre-Lenten blowout is preceded by weeks of special events.

Should your family visit Trinidad during Carnival? Only if you’re looking for pulsating action around the clock. Otherwise, stick to other weeks for a visit to this island. Tobago is quiet during Carnival but it’s traditional for merrymakers to recuperate with a Tobago vacation following Carnival festivities, so crowds are larger than usual during that time as well.

Asa Wright Nature Center

Nature tours definitely rank as a top attraction on Trinidad. The Asa Wright Nature Centre, Tel. 868/667-4655, is the island’s top spot for naturalists and birders, who can enjoy guided walks on nature trails or go off on their own in search of multi-color hummingbirds and many of the island’s other tropical species. Near Port of Spain, the Caroni Swamp, Tel. 868/645-1305, is a sanctuary that’s home to the scarlet ibis, and in the sunset hours the sky turns truly scarlet as these birds come in to roost in the mangroves. Boat tours are available for a closer look at these beautiful birds.

Maracas Bay

Although Trinidad is not known for its beaches, Maracas Bay, located on the north shore, is a popular spot with both tourists and residents. About an hour from Port of Spain, the drive to this area is a treat in itself, winding through the Northern Range with views of forests where species such as howler and capuchin monkeys, ocelot, Amazon parrots, and wild pigs can be found.

Maracas Bay offers a full day of fun, with complete changing facilities, chair rentals, watersports, and local food such as “shark and bake,” a fast food snack made with fresh shark encased in a pancake sandwich.

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