TRINIDAD, TOBAGO & THE ABC ISLANDS
Winter escape to some of the islands off the coast of Venezuela
> 1 month across Trinidad, Tobago and the ABC islands, three territories of the Netherlands in the Caribbean <
Trinidad is quite un-Caribbean due to its very individual character. In fact, Trinidad feels very different from the rest of the +20 Caribbean islands that we’ve been visiting during several trips. It is a hotpot of mixed people descended from Africa, India, Lebanon, Syria and China. All over are open-air stalls serving curry roti – perhaps the best outside the Indian subcontinent –, callaloo soup and root beer We stayed two weeks here during late December and based ourselves on the northern coast in the mountains, an extension of the Andes Mountains since before Trinidad broke off from South America. A rented car brought us around the island to explore its many windy beaches, mangrove swamps, and mud volcanoes, while we also did several hikes into the rainforest of the northern range to search for remote waterfalls. After celebrating a wild, street-party-style New Year’s Eve in Port of Spain together with the Trinidadians, famed for the legendary party stamina, we continued to Tobago, the next-door neighbor east of Trinidad.
In Tobago, a local saying goes: “If there is no room in heaven send me back to Tobago”. It is many ways a microcosm of what first-time visitors might imagine a Caribbean island to be: frequently deserted beaches, an unspoilt rainforest, and a local island population practicing a go-slow attitude. We stayed here for two full weeks during January, rented a four-wheel drive and toured around the island several times. In south and west are several lazy beaches and coves such as Pigeon Point, Man o’War Bay and Pirate’s Bay, while the route around the island tracks the northern ridge of mountains and runs up through the rainforest to the fishing village of Charlotteville with good diving offshore. There are many small secret cornest of the island, where the mood is mellow and we could laze on the beach to watch the evenings ebb away with a bottle of Stag or Carib beer.
Finally, we spent two weeks hopping across the southern trio, the ABC islands, off the coast of Venezuela, down in the deep south of the Caribbean: Aruba…
Bonaire…Curacao... The pictues are to be added to this site soon!