Elaine-Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Trinidad and Tobago

Fri Sep 7, 2012 9:58am EDT
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By Verna Gates

PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - With parades, exhibits and fireworks in colorful Caribbean style, the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain this year.

The prosperous oil-rich nation in the southern Caribbean is a culturally vibrant nation with rainforests, sandy beaches and a nightlife that includes restaurants serving sumptuous food and nightclubs with live music.

Reuter correspondents with local knowledge help visitors enjoy the most of what the islands offer during a short visit.


5 p.m. - Stretch your legs after a long journey by walking around the Queen's Park Savannah, the heart of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad. Drink coconut water straight from the shell in the city where street food is safe and regulated. During your walk, look for the Magnificent Seven, late Victorian homes known for grandeur and eccentricity.

8:30 p.m. - Head to dinner at Creole Chaud and enjoy odd sounding local delicacies such as "pigtail oil down," "cow heel," and "goat dougla." The fudge is made from the locally grown chocolate, considered some of the best in the world. www.chaudcreole.com

10 p.m. - To end the evening visit the Crowne Plaza Trinidad, which has closed its top floor-revolving restaurant, but if asked, the manager can open it up for guests. Sip champagne and enjoy the view.

SATURDAY   Continued...

Killarney, one of the Magnificent Seven houses, is pictured at Queen's Park Savannah, May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Verna Gates