What You Didn’t Know About T&T

Largest Natural Deposit of Asphalt in the World

natural-wonders-of-the-world-pitch-tar-lake-la-brea-trinidad-geulogy-advert10 million tons to be exact! Trinidad’s Pitch Lake is one of the largest natural deposits of asphalt in the world! Located in the southwest of Trinidad, this natural marvel was created by tectonic activity in the Caribbean Region.

Local legends about the Pitch Lake reveals another tale of how the lake was developed however.

Callifaria, daughter of a local tribal chief, who fled to her lover, Kasaka, a prince of the rival Cumana tribe. Her father, Callisuna, attacked the Cumanas, recaptured his daughter, and forced her to return home, tied to a horse. The winged Arawak god, Pimlontas, was so angry that he damned the village and caused it to sink into the earth, then covered it up with “piche.” (DestinationTT)

An estimated 10 million tons of asphalt has been extracetd from the Pitch Lake since mining started in 1867. Years of excavation, exploration and mining has revealed Amerindian artifacts, fossilized remains and a 4000 year-old tree that appeared only to sink again into the lake!

Home to the Most Important Turtle Nesting Grounds

Did you know that Trinidad holds one of the largest nesting grounds for turtles in the world?

At both Grand Riviere and Mathura, located on the north coast of Trinidad, visitors can see first-hand, the beauty and majesty of nesting Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Green turtles. All turtles who come to our shores to nest are protected by law in Trinidad and Tobago.

Visitors who would like to witness the marvels that take place during nesting season (March to September) are encouraged to arrange a tour with a reputable guide. Trinidad and Tobago’s Forestry Division keeps track of all authorized tour guides and tour operators so make sure to visit this link to see a list of reputable tour guides.

Home to the One of Hottest Peppers in the World

Want to know where Trini people get their fiery passion from? I’ll let you in on a secret: in 2012 the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper was named the hottest chili in the world.

Currently it’s at the #2 spot of the world’s hottest peppers, knocked off its throne by the infamous Carolina Reaper. But as Trinis say “doh study dat!” It’s still every bit as hot as the Reaper. Registering at over 2 million on the Scolville heat scale, the Moruga Scorpion engulfs your taste-buds in a haunting heat. Grown and harvested right here in Trinidad – there’s no slowing this pepper down.

This isn’t the only record breaking pepper to make its name on the world stage – the 7-Pot Douglah (#3 hottest chili) and 7-Pot Barrackpore (#9 hottest chili) were also developed in Trinidad, registering at 1.8 and 1 million respectively on the Scolville scale. So, “if yuh name man” try one!

We have our very own Glowing River

This one’s really special and by far one of T&T’s rarest attractions. Our Ortoire River in Mayaro glows blue for just a few days ever decade or so…then in an instant the phenomenon is gone not to be seen for years!

The glowing is said to be the result of a sudden growth of bio-luminescent organisms in the river. Those who have witnessed this nocturnal, natural light show tell of the magical glowing with any disturbance of the water. Check our this video!

Home to the Oldest Forest Reserve in the Western Hemisphere

main-ridge-forest-reserveNow we’re heading over to Tobago – did you know that Tobago us home to the oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere?

The Main Ridge Forest Reserve was set aside in 1776 and comprises of 3937 hectares of protected area. The purpose of its establishment was “for the purpose of attracting frequent showers of rain…”. However today it has grown into so much more.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve is an evergreen forest that provides habitats to many species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Of the many species, most significant is the Sabrewing Hummingbird, which was declared an Environmentally Sensitive Species by the island’s Environment Management Authority in 2005; and the Ocellated Gecko – an animal not found in any other part of the world!

Presently, the Reserve is predominantly used for ecotourism on the island, with tourists being able to partake in bird watching exhibitions, biking and nature walks along the main trail.


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A Day Out in Trinidad

For all our visitors who have a day to spare in sweet Trinidad, we’ve got a guide for you! Whether you’re with us for a layover or you’ve left a free-day in your schedule for  spontaneous fun, here are some activities you’ll be able to enjoy during the few hours you have on our beautiful island!

Family Fun at the Heart of Port of Spain

At the heart of Port-of-Spain lies a plain of greenery, as far as the eyes can see. In the vast concrete jungle that is Trinidad’s capital, the Queen’s Park Savannah is a much needed oasis.

Did you know that the Queen’s Park Savannah is the largest roundabout in the world? That’s right! However, the Queen’s Park Savannah is so much more than meets the eye. It’s circumference holds a host of fund activities that will keep you and the family immersed in Trinidadian culture for the entire day. Here’s what we recommend:

Start the day off early with a trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo.

 

The Emperor Valley Zoo was founded in 1952. It is situated toward the northern side of the Queen’s Park Savannah. With exhibits that spread over seven acres, we promise your family and friends will have lots to see and do at the zoo. Click the photo for directions to the zoo!

ZooVisitors will be able to see a host of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. From the playful otter putting on show for the kids, to vibrant macaws calling out to onlookers; from agile monkeys that swing from ropes and branches to the lazy crocodiles basking in the warm Caribbean sun. Let’s not forget the majestic tigers and lions, prowling around – kings and queens! And best of all those stately giraffes, taller than we could ever be.

The little ones will LOVE some cotton candy, all the colours of the rainbow and no matter your age, there’s no way you can say “no, thanks!” to an ice-cold, creamy, sugary snow cone.

Have we got you interested? Visit the Zoological Society Official Website for information about the Emperor Valley Zoo (Opening Hours, Cost of Admission, Tours etc.)

Next, have a picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Trinidad & Tobago.

Conveniently located next to the zoo, this is a perfect spot for a lunch-time picnic! As the day heats up around mid-day, migrate to the botanical gardens where you can relax in the shade of over 700 varieties of trees.

The Gardens consist of twenty-five hectares of marvelously landscaped grounds. The kids can runs around and your feet can get a much needed break! There’s a path that you can take to walk through the gardens if you so desire and plenty of peaceful spots for lounging in the shade.

Hungry? Walk around the Savannah!

Okay, so what’s next. It’s mid-afternoon right about now, and you’re beginning to feel snack-ish. Don’t worry – food’s not far!

DSC00170Around the Savannah you’ll find a host of local Trinidadian food and drink for an afternoon pick-me-up. Fresh coconut water (straight from the coconut of course), ice-cold homemade ice cream, doubles, polourie and pies, or what about some tantalizing chow? Whether you’re in the market for salty or sweet a quick stroll around the Savannah’s periphery will have you munchies sorted in no time.

What next? Fly a Kite!

The Easter Season, fondly known as “Kite Flying Season” in Trinidad is the most popular time for making and flying kites, as there’s a whole competition organized around it! But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk with one, or buy one from a local vendor and have some fun of your own.

imagesThe winds in the Savannah are ideal for kites of any shape and size to sore effortlessly. By this time the sun should be dipping to reveal magnificent pinks and oranges in the sky above. In a world of screens and virtual entertainment, you’ll be happy for the time outdoors with your friends and family.

Final Stop: Open Air Food Court 

Finally, the sun has laid its head to rest and the stars are out to play. We’ve written a bit about this one before so make sure to hop over to read all about our Top Picks for Street Food in T&T.

In the mean time however, we’ll give you a sneak peak. At night, the once peaceful Queen’s Park Savannah get’s transformed into a hub of street food vendors and lively music. Locals from all over Trinidad converge on a tiny corner of the Savannah, in the cool nighttime Caribbean breeze for delicious local delicacies. Warm corn soup, salty bar-be-que glazed pigtails, spicy souse and creamy punches and smoothies made from local, natural ingredients. As Trinis would say, “Yuh cah go wrong!”.

End your day out with a full belly and a smile on your face. It’ll be time to head home soon and we guarantee, you’ll never forget your day out, in Trinidad.


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Your Guide to Trini Slang

221c79d6347a86a8e60571108cf6d27dSo you’ve landed in sunny T&T, were met by who many call “the happiest people on earth”, but you can’t quite figure out what’s being said. Good news, you’re not alone.

In Trinidad and Tobago, many different dialects are spoken. Caribbean Standard English is spoken by many, but mostly in a formal or academic setting. What you’ll encounter most however, is Trinidadian English Creole – a style of talking that merges African, French, Spanish and English twangs, born from our nation’s multicultural history.

Trinidad and Tobago, for those who’d like a bit of history, has undergone many voluntary and forced migratory processes that have led to the island’s rich and diverse population characteristics and hybridized language dialects.

From Spanish, French, Dutch and British colonizers to African slavery, to the migration of Indian, Chinese and Portuguese during post-emancipation, indentureship schemes, one thing is for certain:

Our tiny islands have been shaped many different races, religions, cultures, ethnicity and their respective languages so much so that it is almost impossible to separate the modern-day manifestations of these influences, from each other.

So what you might hear when you’re browsing through the hustle and bustle on the streets of Port-of-Spain, or when you visit the Tunapuna market for some local meats and vegetables will be far removed, and much more unique from what you might be accustomed to.

Communicating with Trinis has the potential to leave you spellbound or completely and utterly confused – so let us help you out!

Here are a few Trini sayings or slang terms and phrases that you may encounter and their “Standard English” translations/definitions.


Bacchanal (n)

  • Pronunciation: bah-can-ah-l
  • Trini Use: “Ey, I have a bacchanal to tell yuh”; “That party had too much bacchanal”
  • Translation: drama, scandal, confusion; someone who likes drama, scandal or confusion.

Bacchanalist (adj)

  • Pronunciation: bah-can-ah-l-ist
  • Trini Use: “She/He is a real baccanalist”
  • Translation: someone who likes to cause, or being the center of drama, scandal or confusion.

Back chat (n, v)

  • Pronunciation: bah-c ch-ah-t
  • Trini Use: “Don’t back chat me”, “You know better than to back chat the teacher”
  • Translation: to reply a rude remark to a figure of authority (usually a child to an adult), an insolent response

Broughtupsy (n)

  • Pronunciation: br-or-t-up-see
  • Trini Use: “Yuh have no broughtupsy or what?”, “Dem children have no broughtupsee”
  • Translation: to have good behavior, to have manners , or have decorum

Chinksin (v)

  • Pronunciation: ch-ink-s-in
  • Trini Use: “Oh gosh, how yuh chinksin so”, “Come now, don’t chinks me”
  • Translation: to be miserly, to distribute less than one could, to be selfish (usually used when referring to the distribution of food)

Hoss (n)

  • Pronunciation: h-or-s
  • Trini Use: “Ey hoss…”
  • Translation: refers to a friend

Lime (n, v)

  • Pronunciation: l-ime
  • Trini Use: “You liming this weekend?”, “I having a lime, home by me”
  • Translation: a party, to hang out, a casual get-together

Fete (n, v)

  • Pronunciation: f-eh-t
  • Trini Use: “You going that fete?”, “That fete was real vibes”, “We feting”
  • Translation: a party, a public function usually held outdoors that usually has entertainment

Maco (n, v, adj)

  • Pronunciation: mah-co
  • Trini Use: “Stop macoing the people business”, “You are such a maco”, “That girl could maco!”
  • Translation: someone who likes to know other people’s business, to listen into someone else’s conversation, to eavesdrop or spy on someone

Mamaguy (n)

  • Pronunciation: mah-mah-g-ah-y
  • Trini Use: “You rel like mamaguy eh”, “She/He only mamaguying yuh”
  • Translation: to ridicule, to flatter or deceive by flattery, to make fun of by complimenting.

Parlour (n)

  • Pronunciation: pah-l-uh
  • Trini Use: “Check by the parlour and see if you get”, “The parlour was closed”
  • Translation: a small shop usually situated on the roadside

Tabanca (n)

  • Pronunciation: tah-ban-kah
  • Trini Use: “I have a tabanca”, “Why you being so? You have a tabanca or what?”
  • Translation: heartbreak, depression after the breakup of a relationship

Vaps (n)

  • Pronunciation: v-ah-ps
  • Trini Use: “I catch a vaps and went to the beach yesterday”
  • Translation: a sudden move, a spontaneous decision

Vibes (adj)

  • Pronunciation: v-ibe-s
  • Trini Use: “That party had rel vibes”
  • Translation: good spirits, festivities, very fun and enjoyable

D Other Day

  • Trini Use: “You know, that happened to me d other day!”, “Yes I see her d other day”
  • Translation: a period of time, not an accurate representation of events, can encompass a time in the past that may vary in days, months or years.

Dong D Road

  • Trini Use: “I going dong d road”, “I going by the parlour dong d road”
  • Translation: a place, not an accurate representation of where a person is, or where they are going, refers to an area that is in fairly close proximity to the user’s current location.

Doh Study It

  • Trini Use: “Here na, doh study it”, “I not studyin dat”
  • Translation: I am not doing to let that bother me, You shouldn’t let that bother you.

Waz D Scene?

  • Trini Use: “Ey, was d scene?”
  • Translation: a general greeting; What’s up?, How are you?, How are things going?

Like ting

  • Trini Use: “You like ting eh!”
  • Translation: usually said in jest or playfully; to enjoy drama, to be mischievous

Jeez-an-ages!

  • Trini Use: “Jeez-an-ages, you serious!?”
  • Translation: used in any context that requires an exclamation, used to show surprise, exasperation, annoyance.

You fuh real? or Yuh makin joke!

  • Trini Use: “You fuh real? She do that?”, “Yuh makin joke, these people not easy”
  • Translation: used to verify or to question a statement, used to express disbelief; “Are you serious?”, “Are you joking?”

Yuh fadda is a glass maker?

  • Trini Use: as is
  • Translation: used to express annoyance that someone is blocking you view; “You’re blocking”, “Can you move aside?.

Guys, the list can go on and on. So there you have it – just a few Trini slang terms and saying that you might encounter while on our beautiful island. You’ll definitely come across some that are not on our list – so if you’re confused, ask a question!

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Hidden Beaches of Trinidad & Tobago

Lately we’ve been exploring the road less taken – literally. If you know anything about Trinidad and Tobago then you’ve heard the words “Maracas Beach” and “Pigeon Point Beach” one too many times. It’s kind of a “been there, done that” scenario for many guests who return to our beautiful island.

So we’ve been thinking. Let’s say you want some of that signature sun, sea, and sand, but also want a new experience – what do you do? We’ve got it: Keep Reading. First Capital Apartment has just what you need: a guide to T&T’s Hidden beaches.

1. Hundred Steps Beach, La Fillet (Trinidad)

You’ve decided to take a trip to Maracas Beach for some Bake and Shark – this is a must. But let’s spice things up even more! Keep driving along the North Coast Road, pass Las Cuevas (one of our all time favourite, but not so hidden beaches) and you’ll find a secluded oasis.

Hundred Steps Beach truly a gem and boasts of crystal clear waters, silky-smooth sand and all the makings of a drool-worthy Instagram feed.

But don’t take our word for it, check out what Destination TT has to say about it!

Situated at the base of a cliff, the beach is accessed via a short nature walk from Mitchell Trace to the top of a concrete staircase that leads to the beach. [Despite the name] a section of the staircase is missing and the completing your descent requires a climb done a rope tied to a tree.

But once you are passed the adventurous scramble down the cliff, you realize that this is a destination worth the effort getting to. You are greeted by a lovely beach comprised of fine golden sand with a gorgeous view of the Chupara Bay to the front and enclosed by rocks on either end.

The tranquil nature of the beach is a privilege to behold and you realize that you are experiencing something that few others have. 

Hundred Steps Beach great for tourists who need to “unplug”. Enjoy sun bathing, swimming, exploring, snorkeling – you name it! We advise that you go in groups due to the how secluded this beach is. Safety first!

2. Pirate’s Bay, Charlotteville (Tobago)

pirate-s-bay-view-fromLet’s hop over to our better half, Tobago, for a bit. For the ultimate beach-goer, if you love Trinidad you’ll REALLY love Tobago.

Charlotteville is a small fishing village located on the northern side of Tobago. Here’s where the adventure starts: Pirate’s Bay is only accessible via foot or boat.

 

Named after the shelter that it provided to marauding buccaneers three centuries ago, this charming and isolated bay and beach is the [archetypal] deserted island beach and was used extensively in the original Robinson Crusoe filmed in 1952. (Visit Tobago)

Those walking from the town center can take a footpath and a concrete staircase all the way to the water’s edge. It’s only a 20-minute trek – so strap in and embrace the trek. On a sunny day, expect some sweat! But that makes the cool embrace of the emerald-green water all the more worth it, right?

Shoes or sandals can be worn for this walk, and make sure and pack some water, fruits and light refreshments for when you’re lounging. There aren’t any shops or vendors nearby so be prepared!

Chances are when you arrive, you’ll be the only ones there despite some boats being anchored off shore. For this hidden beach, we’d definitely recommend you go with a group – having company is not only more fun, but it’s also safer.3.

3. Gasparee Caves & Bombshell Bay

You know it’s on when the beach is called “Bombshell” – just saying. But for those who need more convincing, let’s break it down. You’ve got to do this one in phases so make it a whole-day affair!

Make sure you book a tour however because this on is definitely not a DIY adventure.  Here’s a link to book a tour on the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) Website – support locally trained guides and get the best bang for you buck.

Boat Ride Anyone?

Start with a 10-minute scenic boat ride from Chaguaramas where you can relax as the cool Caribbean breeze envelopes your trip up the islands off the North West coast of Trinidad. Boats will take you to Gaspar Grande, a small island off the coast where your adventure will begin.

Get your shoes on, it’s time for a Hike!

Jump off that boat and get going. It’ll take you just 25 minutes to get to the caves. Be careful, and stay hydrated as this trek is fairly steep. We know you’re a pro though, you’ll get there in no time! Once you go with a guide you’ll be briefed on all the history of the region and a few fun facts about the islands.

thumbnail60-990x660Bruce Wayne? Nope, but it’s still a pretty cool Cave.

Gasparee Cave can be entered from the top, and visitors can begin their descent down a metal staircase which leads to the eye-catching and enthralling cave system, 100 feet below. It’s a geographer’s paradise: with eerie limestone formations, sinkholes and a shimmering, glassy pool. You won’t be able to get enough of the array of colours.

Finally: Beach Time.

Once you’ve booked in with a tour, you can then leave by boat and zip off to Bombshell Bay on the Eastern side of the island. There you’ll find a private beach, salt water swimming pool and changing rooms. Relax on the golden sands and take a dip in the salt water. You’ll be able to purchase drink and food right there, so no worries!

End your day with the smooth, silky embrace of a Trini sunset.


So which will you choose? Let us know. Guests of First Capital Apartments will be given assistance to plan any excursion they like through out network of trained guides and taxi drivers – you name it and we’ll make a recommendation.

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Best Street-Food Hubs in Trinidad!

We blogged all about our top food picks near to First Capital Apartments but did you know that Trinidad is home to some major food strips, where the best in street-food can be found?

The island is home to a rich variety of races, creeds and nationalities which bring with it a myriad of cuisine options and hybrids! So without further ado, here are some of the islands most popular food strips and street food hubs where you can enjoy casual night-dining in the cool, crisp Caribbean air.

1. Open-Air Food Court:

Around the world famous Queen’s Park Savannah lies our first food hub. In the heart of our nation’s capital, Port-of-Spain, you’ll find the best in  Trinbagonian cuisine cooked by the very best: our very own Trini People. Who better than to cook good, old-fashioned Trini food, than the beautiful and passionate people of the island! You’ll find tons of variety here.

Hungry? Try some corn soup, some spicy souse or tender barbecued pig tails. Eat a whole fried fish or bake and shark – there’s no need to share. Thirsty? You’ll be happy to find freshly squeezed juices, punches of all varieties and tastes and for the kids – get a snow cone oozing with extra condensed milk!

You’ll even find cuisine from around the Caribbean with tastes of Jamaica and Barbados making an appearance. After all, we are one family – so join in the fun! Arrive at about 6:00pm, walk with some beach chairs or pop open the trunk and have a feast under the stars! You won’t regret it.

2. The Cross:

Let’s move down South, to “The Cross”, famously known in Trinidad for its band of food trucks. Roadside eating never looked to good! You’ll find trucks of all shapes an sizes ready and prepped to serve you.

Located in San Fernando, Trinidad, The Cross is mostly known for its burgers but recently its become home to gyros, loaded hot dogs, corn soup, tacos – you name it! Parking is available on the strip itself, and there’s plenty of space to stand and eat, or simple stop with some friends for a grab and go dinner. It’s truly a must-see for any true foodie with its mixture of local and international cuisine. Thanks to our multicultural society, don’t be surprised if you find some franken-food that blends many foreign delicacies with a twist of Trinbagonian flare and flavour.

3. Ariapita Avenue

Possibly one of the most popular “liming” strips in Trinidad, Ariapita Avenue is an extremely popular location in Trinidadian street food. The stretch of road is home to night clubs, fine dining restaurants and a wide range of street food. Here you’ll find doubles, gyros, burgers, Trini home-style fried chicken, local artisan pizza, waffles and even Chinese fast-food, with a local twist. You can part and walk down the street easily, but with weekends getting particularly busy, beware of were you park! Wreckers are always on the prowl to be sure to check street signs to ensure that you’re parking in a safe zone.

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4. Grand Bazaar Food Strip

Unofficially named due to its close proximity to the Grand Bazaar Mall, this food strip has become increasing popular over the years. With highlights of local and international cuisine, you’ll be able to find bits of Colombian, Syrian and Mexican food options here along with the good, old Trini bites. The area has been newly renovated with seating options for those who wish to park and have a bite with family or friends. The street can get extremely busy however, during peak weekend hours, so be vigilant at all times. Vendors are usually open from about lunch time, but if you want the true experience, come for dinner when the street comes alive with lights and laughter. You won’t regret it!

So there you have it – just a few options for night life eating. Trinidad is such a diverse island, it’ll be a shame if you visited and didn’t pop by at least one of these epic locations.

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T&T Tours: Top Religious Sites

As we emerge from the holy week of Easter, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago return to their places of work, their schools, their everyday lives wishing for just one more day added to an already lengthy, long weekend.

Many know our twin-island republic as a “Fete Nation”. We’re known internationally as the party capital of the Caribbean, with endless parties revolving around Carnival, throughout the year. And don’t get me wrong, Carnival is a integral part of our heritage, our way of life, our culture – but it’s not the only thing we’re known for.

Trinidad and Tobago, due to various historical processes has undergone shifts and evolution in culture over hundreds of years of conquest and colonization. Intertwined with the passing of rule over many decades and mass immigration processes such as slavery and indentureship, our Twin islands has grown into what can only be described as a religious melting-pot, an oasis of cultural diversity, a hub of religious tolerance and acceptance.

The largest religious groups are the Protestant Christians (including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodist, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Baptist), Roman Catholic Christians, Hindus, and Muslims.

Two Afro-Caribbean syncretic faiths, the Shouter or Spiritual Baptists and the Orisha faith (formerly called Shangos) are among the fastest growing religious groups.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (known as “Mormons”) has also expanded its presence in the country since late-1970s.

According to the 2011 Census, 33.4% of the population was Protestant (including 12.0% Pentecostal, 5.7% Anglican, 4.1% Seventh-day Adventist, 3.0% Presbyterian or Congregational, 1.2% Baptist, and 0.1% Methodist), 21.5% was Roman Catholic, 18.1% was Hindu, and 5% was Muslim.

A small number of individuals subscribed to traditional Caribbean religions with African roots, such as the Spiritual Baptists (sometimes called Shouter Baptists) (5.7%); and the Orisha (0.1%). The smaller groups were Jehovah’s Witnesses (1.5%) and unaffiliated (2.2%). There is also a small Buddhist community on the island.

So we’re encouraging our guests, and any tourists visiting Trinidad and Tobago to take the road less travelling. Step away from the sun, sea and sand for a moment and take a tour of our islands most prominent religious sites. You need to be affiliated with any of these religions to appreciate the rich cultural and religious diversity that exists on our islands.

1. The Temple in the Sea

This unique site is located in Waterloo, Trinidad. A symbol of resistance and built out of the desire to retain his religious culture, Siewdass Sadhu is the visionary behind this noble creation. After being jailed for building a similar temple on government owned sugarcane lands, this Indian indentured labourer decided that if he could not build his temple on land, then he would build it in the sea. It is said that Sadhu laid each brick himself, carrying the the materials he needed to build his temple on his bicycle. Laying each stone, he forged a path forward in spite of both public and government skepticism.

The temple, simple and stoic, sits on the shores at Waterloo, a defiant symbol of innovation, hope and serenity. It stands strong, as evidence of what human being can achieve despite their faith being challenged.

2. The Holy Trinity Cathedral

For those yearning for a trip back in time, to our island’s days under British colonial rule, this is a must-see. There are many magnificent cathedrals in our capital, Port of Spain, however of them, these are definitely in our top three! Built to reflect the Gothic style architecture of the Victorian Era, this Anglican church was built in 1809, by patronage of the British Parliament. TnT_PoS_Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Trinity_(back_view)

The magnificent hammer-beam roof is made of local wood and characterized by huge trusses. The altar is built entirely of selected local mahogany and backed by alabaster and marble mounted on a base of Portland stone. The stained glass windows showcase magnificent representations of the saints. The Cathedral is filled with interesting historical items such as the marble statue dedicated to former Governor and founder of the Church, Sir Ralph Woodford. Along the walls inside the Cathedral are Tablets placed “in the memory of” former members of the British elite of colonial days.

Source: Buzz TT

 

 

3. Moravian Churches, Tobago.

Moravian-Church-in-the-vi-010.jpgLet’s head over to Tobago! Spring Garden and Black Rock are two important villages for those seeking a bit of history about colonial Tobago. Early Moravian missionaries constructed two churches, in 1852 and 1859 respectively. These humble buildings are almost identical yet in their simplicity, these chapels are remarkable for their design. Each building incorporates wood-shingle walls and hipped roofs, resting on a foundation of coral limestone. These Moravian churches were bastions of colonial Tobago and their primary function was in ministering to plantation slaves and educating their children during pre-Emancipation times. Adding to their historical significance is the fact that these churches were two of the few structures that survived devastating Hurricane Flora that affected our twin-islands in 1963.

4. 85ft Lord Hanuman Statue

This is one for the record books! Many do not know, but Trinidad is home to the largest Hanuman murti outside of India. Built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India this 85-foot tall statue of the Hindu god, Lord Hanuman located in the village of Carapichaima, Trinidad.

A “murti” in Hindu culture is any embodiment of the divine. It refers to any embodiment, manifestation, incarnation or personification of a spiritual entity or deity. Worshiped by many who wish to gain courage and strength in their lives, Lord Hanuman is probably one of the most celebrated and revered figures in the Hindu Mythology.

The towering murti took years to design and construct and the result is truly a sight to behold – but don’t take our word for it. Check out this video!

5. Mohammed Ali Jinnah Memorial Mosque

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Source: The Trinidad Guardian

Finally, we couldn’t end without shining the spotlight on First Capital Apartment’s very own home – The Town of St. Joseph. Located just minutes away from our wonderful apartments is a majestic remnant of the island’s Muslim followers.

One of Trinidad’s finest mosques, which serves as headquarters of the Trinidad Muslim League. It is also regarded as one of the 50 most beautiful buildings in the world. It’s tall towers can be seen from the nearby main road. During the holy season of Ramadhan, many Muslim brothers and sisters gather to break their fasting daily, and on any given day residents and visitors to the area can hear the iconic call to worship as it echoes through the town.


So there you have it! These are just some of the many religious sites found in and around Trinidad and Tobago. If you find the time to venture away from the ordinary, take a moment to see the extra-ordinary. Dive into our rich culture, and experience a religious tour around the islands.

There’s lots to see but be on your best behavior! Our national is built on love, respect and unity in spite of diversity. So regardless of your religious affiliation, when visiting the different religious sites around Trinidad and Tobago, we ask that all who yearn for knowledge and understanding, also be gracious and respectful to both the sites and the people who you encounter on your journey.

For reservation inquiries and help planning your religious tour around Trinidad and Tobago, please send us an email. Check out the homepage for a direct message portal!

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!