Our Top “Must-See” Locations!

“Never See Come See” (adjective): Used to describe someone who is showing a comical curiosity upon seeing or experiencing something for the first time.

“Never see come see” is just one of many Trini sayings. It refers to someone who has never experienced something (that would usually be seen as an everyday experience), being absolutely thrilled and excited over being involved in it.

Never see_ Come see.While it’s often remarked in jest, at First Capital Apartments, we’re using it as a means of welcoming our guests. We’ve got a guide for you! We’re offering guests a few options close to our apartments, from which they can experience just some of T&T’s rich culture and eco-diversity.

So, you never see? Well, come see!

At First Capital Apartments, we’re proud to say that our guests are well taken care of, from arrival to departure. This includes guiding guests about what to pack, arranging free transport to and from the airport, getting a taste of T&T’s favorite food finds, providing complimentary welcome groceries upon arrival and now we’re handing you a guide to some of T&T’s “must see” locations, near to our apartments. It’s plain and simple: Forget the hassle and look no further!

Here are just a few places to add to your list of adventures, while you’re on our beautiful island.

Mount St. Benedict:

MSBIf you look north toward our towering mountain range, you’ll see a few structures trailing high above the other buildings. Majestic and mighty, the Mount St. Benedict Cathedral is the home of the Benedictine monks who live and work in Trinidad and Tobago.

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The property is approximately 700m above sea level, and from the cathedral, worshipers and visitors can get panoramic view of Trinidad’s Central Plains and on a clear day you can even see the San Fernando Hill (on the southern side of the island!).

It’s truly a unique location. Today, with its iconic clock tower, and brilliant red roofs, the Abbey consists of a Church, a Monastery, a Seminary, a drug rehabilitation center, a Yogurt factory, and Pax Guest House a place for retreat. The Abbey welcomes and draws people of all faiths seeking peace, solace, purpose, and fulfillment. Read more here!

The Maracas Waterfall

MWRMaracas Waterfall is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. It is just a short hike away from Waterfall Road in the lush, green Maracas St.Joseph Valley.

This hike is considered relatively easy and a great treck for beginner hikers or for those who’d like a bit of outdoor adventure, minus all the aches and pains.

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When visiting the Maracas Waterfall, tourists can feel free to drive to the Waterfall Road, park and start hiking! We recommend that on the way you stop at the Maracas Valley Police Station and let them know that you will be taking the hike. Just to be safe, regardless of if you’re going with a guide, it’s always best to let the authorities know.

maracas waterfallThe hike will take about thirty minutes and the trail crosses two gentle streams. There’s even an option to divert from the course and explore a small path which will lead to two beautiful Jacuzzi–like basins. If you decide to take any detours from the trail, please you do so with the assistance of a guide.

Along the way, melted candles, flowers and fruits can be observed lining the pathway showing testaments of spiritual worship. In Trinidad and Tobago, many religions are observed and practiced, so we always urge tourists to be as respectful and understanding as possible along the hiking trail.

The Caroni Swamp

CWVSThe Caroni Swamp is the second largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago. It is also home to the island’s national bird, the Scarlet Ibis.

The Caroni Swamp runs along the banks of the Caroni River and contains numerous channels, lagoons with inter-tidal mudflats. The Caroni Swamp also contains fresh water and saltwater marshes and is also regarded as a bird sanctuary as it is home to over 100 species of birds native to Trinidad and Tobago.

At the visitor center, you can arrange for a tour guide “on the spot” – no pre-booking necessary. Most likely you’ll be able to hop onto a private tour and be part of a larger group depending on the size of your party. Click this link for a reputable tour guide!

The best time to go is around 4:00pm as most tour guides arrange for tourists to get a look at the Scarlet Ibis as they return to the Swamp for nesting. caroni-swamp-and-bird-sanctuary-Caroni-4Against the mesmerizing T&T sunset, you’ll be able to see the sky set ablaze by Scarlet Ibis as they return home for the night.

Tours will take you down the narrow channels of the Swamp and out to a broad opening lagoon, where you can get up close and personal with snoozing snakes and scampering hermit crabs, all under the swaying canopy of limber mangroves. You’ll be serenaded by the groaning vegetation, chirping of crickets and sicarders and the whistling of birds as they greet you.  An eco-tourist’s dream!


So there you have it! Our guide to a few “must see” locations near to First Capital Apartments. This is by no means all that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer – but it sure is a good place to start!

We hope to see you soon!

 

 

What to Pack for Your Trini Vacation

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So you’ve  decided to ditch the dreary negative-degree weather back home, and take a trip to sunny T&T – we’d say you make the right choice! Our culture is as warm and welcoming as the radiant sunlight that’ll meet you at the airport, and as pure as the delicate blue skies overhead.

We’re so happy you’re here – but what did you pack? Many tourists are often left wondering how to transition from snow and sleet to sun-kissed mountainsides and sandy beaches. The 30-degree average temperature of our beautiful tropical climate can be extremely disorienting during your first few days in Trinidad and Tobago.

So let’s get to it – First Capital Apartment has a guide to help you pack efficiently for your Caribbean Dream Vacation. We’ve got you covered (or uncovered depending on the tan-envy you’re trying to evoke when you get back home). See what we did there?


1. Tan for Days!

You already know! There’s no way you’re coming to Trinidad and Tobago and don’t end up visiting a beach, or two…or three.

What do I pack? Um…A swimsuit? Just kidding – here’s our tip: less is more.

In Trinidad and Tobago, and many other Caribbean Islands, your body, your skin and your shape is celebrated. Men and women alike are encouraged to “free-up” themselves at the beach. So ditch the sleeves for a skimpy swimsuit with a light, easy cover-up that’s perfect for when that Caribbean sun starts biting. We guarantee a tan for days, that’ll leave your family and friends back home reeling with envy.

Shop Local! So, you’re the only person on the team who forgot their swimsuit….or you’ve decided you’re in for a bit of shopping – what now? Here is our top pick for local swimsuit shopping.

Chandra Maharaj Designs – Chan was born in Brazil but raised in sweet T&T. Her aesthetic is influenced by the diverse and vibrant culture of our beautiful islands. She designs swimsuits for all shapes and sizes and has even evolved into designing ready-to-wear and high fashion garments. Check out her swimsuit collection on her website.

 

Where to go? Our top pick for beach goers in Trinidad is Las Cuevas . A hidden gem just minutes from the famous Maracas Beach, Las Cuevas is the Caribbean’s first Blue Flag certified beach – a slim, private, stretch of sand and sea, waiting for you! We’d recommend going during the week because chances are, you’ll have the beach all to yourself! There are washrooms and changing room facilities on site and if you really want the Trini experience, stop at Maracas Beach first to pick up some bake and shark! Las Cuevas is ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing and simply relaxing in the cool, crisp Caribbean Sea.

2. Legs Out!

You’re in the land of sun, sun and SUN – so let your legs out!

What do I pack? Rain or shine, shorts are a must, so pack a few. In T&T there’s a wonderful mix of warm breezes and cold beers and we recommend you do yourself a favor and forget about your jeans for a few days. Trinis LOVE a good short pant and we’ve got a few tips for styling.

  • Pair them with a crop top or simple vest for a more casual look.
  • Wear an oversized tee or baggy shirt for classy comfort.
  • Be effortlessly fashionable: skip the two-piece altogether and rock a romper!

You’re showing skin….so SHOW the skin! Whether you’re going to The Falls at West Mall for some high-end shopping, out for a night on Ariapita Avenue or catching the local food scene around the Queen’s Park Savannah – let your skin out to play. You’ll thank us later.

 

Shop Local! Here’s our local designer spotlight – you may know her as one of the winners of Project Runway. Trinidadian born designer, Anya Ayoung-Chee not only represented our island at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2008 but went on to “make it work”, reigning victorious at New York Fashion Week during Project Runway’s ninth season in 2011.

Check out the shots above for just a taste of her designs – get your short, shorts our, and be inspired!

3. Catch the Wind

Maxis are not just what we call buses in T&T – it’s also the name of a must-have clothing item for your Caribbean Vacation.

2332475e5a1e59a862e40945ae4f43ec--anya-ayoung-chee-project-runway-dressesWhat do I pack? Maxi Dresses are not just fashionable, they’re versatile and represent all the ease and comfort of the Caribbean lifestyle. They can be dressed-up for a classy night out, or dressed-down with a simple pair of sandals. We guarantee when you step out in a well designed maxi-dress, you’ll turn heads as T&T’s warm Caribbean breeze brings life to the light, airy fabric.

Pair your dress with a broad hat, over-sized sunglasses and chunky jewelry or let the outfit stand alone with a smart clutch and mismatched bangles. As Trinis say, “yuh cookin with gas!” (Translation: You’re taking things to another level; it’s a great idea; now you’re talking!).

Shop Local! Anya is another favorite for maxi dresses but for our local pick we have to go to Shari from Shop Shari 

Shari is inspired by vibrant prints and creates captivating statement pieces that include her signature maxi dresses. Her brand is inclusive, catering to all ages, shapes and sizes, all while maintaining comfort in fashion. Ladies, your curves have never looked better! Check our her Instagram profile for all her latest designs. You won’t be disappointed.


And there you have it – we hope your packing get’s a little easier after reading our tips. At the very least, come to Trinidad and Tobago with an empty suitcase and we’ll fill it up with the best in locally designed, Trinbagonian clothing.

First Capital Apartments have got you covered! We’ve got your packing sorted.

For reservations, check our our home page, or fill our the form on our contact page for more information about our self-catered apartments.

Cheers!

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