What’s on Stage? T&T’s Year-End Theatre Events

The theater scene in T&T is extremely diverse and can be found in little pockets all over the island. Student productions, theater company productions, play readings and workshops – there’s a lot happening. Keep up, though because all you need to do is blink – and you’ve missed it!

DCFA’s New Director’s Forum: Festival of Plays

The Department of Creative and Festival Art’s (DCFA) at the University of the West Indies holds an annual Festival of Plays, showcasing plays directed by students pursuing their degree in Theatre Arts. This year the festival will be held between 23-25 November 2018 and will feature six plays.

Each student prepares their production from the ground, up as part of their Directing II course at the University. They are given full freedom to innovate and mold the play as they see fit, with the guidance of tutors and lecturers at the University. The public is welcome to come and view the final pieces, which are in fact part of the student’s assessment! It is truly a refreshing experience, seeing the newest emerging talent in directing and acting in T&T.

If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available for purchase on the night, at the Learning Resource Centre on the UWI Campus, St. Augustine Trinidad.

New Playwright’s Workshop

This is a year-long gathering where playwrights can share new and developing work. No matter how experienced or how ‘green’ the playwright, one thing is for certain: all are welcome. This nurturing and warm environment provides the perfect catalyst for budding playwrights to start breaking through onto Trinidad’s theater scene. Through discussion, script reading, critique and constructive feedback, playwrights are given a chance to share their work and their ideas, while being guided by the best. The public is welcome to sit into workshops as well, and share in the ideas being posited.

Playwrights and attending actors read through the roles, bringing them to life in a casual, learning environment. Workshop participants will engage in productive critique and feedback on each body of work. (Trinidad Theatre Workshop)

If you’d like to sit in to one of these workshops, clear the first Wednesday in every month. Workshops are held at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in St. Claire in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

New Play Festival

Finally, Trinidad’s New Play Festival is upon us! This  is usually held in November, however this year you’ll be able to see original scripts being performed as part of the New Play Festival. After playwrights go through the Playwright’s Workshop, they are given funding, and paired with a director. From start to finish, they work with actors towards the realization of their script on stage. It is truly a humbling experience to see the finished work on stage at the end!

The New Play Festival will be held from 6-9 December 2018 will feature workshop performances of three plays: Earl Lovelace’s Salt, Narad Mahabir’s The Ford and Rhesa Samuel’s Asylum.

The festival, now int its third year, aims to foster the development of original storytelling through drama and playmaking, provide opportunities for new plays and indigenous storytelling to be performed for personal and collective development. The festival also provides an opportunity for theatre practitioners of varying generations to work together, and a forum to raise awareness of local theatre works, inspiring appreciation, respect and support for local theatre. (T&T Newsday)

If you think you’re up for this, visit the Big Black Box, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook. Make sure to book your tickets in advance!

Christmas In October – Shop Local!

Christmas junkies of T&T – rejoice for it is October! Forget Halloween, forget thanksgiving, forget whatever other American tradition that has trickled down to our little island. We’ve only got 70-something days until Christmas!

And, you know what that means, right? Christmas light will slowly but surely be nailed, hung, and strung from every post and banister, radio stations will be torn between playing parang or the latest Soca releases for Carnival 2019 and everyone and their uncle will be studying exactly 3 things:

  • what color to paint their houses,
  • which stores have sales on curtains and
  • where they should hide their ‘good rum’ when families inevitable show up unannounced.

In Trinidad, the entire year is often mistaken for one, big, long public holiday with paid days off popping up almost every month of the year. This year however, October to our horror and dismay has no public holidays; and while I’m sure many Trinis are experiencing increased levels of holiday-tabanka at the thought of having to work for 4 weeks straight, others (like myself) have decided to start Christmas festivities extra early.


Over the past few years many artisan markets have popped up in Trinidad which offer patrons a whimsical and relaxed alternative to rushing around at the mall for presents. Now, I don’t know about you, but strolling from stall to stall laden with locally made art, cosmetics, food (of course), handbags and clothes is a much-needed escape from the hustle and headache that Christmas shopping usually brings. The innovation, warmth and dedication that these local entrepreneurs bring to patrons is unparalleled.

Here are a few of our top pics! Shop local this Christmas – you won’t regret it.

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(Source: ThingsTT & UpMarket)

 

  1. UpMarket – Home to various locations in Port-of-Spain, UpMarket is a staple for local crafts, food and unique finds. In the past they’ve hopped around to a few locations with both indoor and open-air options. To name a few locations, UpMarket has had pop-ups at NAPA (the National Academy of Performing Arts), the Trinidad and Tobago Country Club and the Woodbrook Youth Facility. No matter the location though, this market is always packed, so arrive early and follow their social media pages to find out when you can visit next!
  2. ThingsTT – This pop-up artisan market is most often found at the J.F.K. Auditorium at our very own University of the West Indies in St. Augustine Trinidad. The auditorium is very spacious and fully air-conditioned so you can browse in leisure. It’s free entry, with the entire University’s grounds open to the public. You can shop around at the auditorium and have some outdoor family fun with the family all in one! While it’s usually a smaller setup than UpMarket, you’ll definitely get your fill of local vendors.
  3. South Market – With a trip down the highway, you’ll find South Market: an open air set-up on the Naparima Boys’ College grounds in San Fernando. This market boasts of over 80 local merchants and draws crowds from all over the country. Arrive early to secure parking on the premises and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
  4. Bits and Pieces – This market pops up at the glamorous conference room at Movie Towne, Invaders Bay, Port of Spain and often carries higher-end artisan vendors. From wood crafts to artisan chocolates, local painters and designers, an entire section dedicated to local food and Christmas delicacies to hand crafted jewelry – Bits and Pieces will has something special for you.

Zaboca Season: A Trini Obsession

All year long the eager people of Trinidad and Tobago wait for it. They dream of it, they yearn for it. Spending every waking moment counting the months until its time; eyeing-down every vendor’s table for those glorious green globes of goodness.

Its creamy, silky texture; its smooth, sultry taste. The perfect addition to any plate of pelau, layered atop warm toast, or on its own – chopped with a dash of salt and black pepper. It’s a wonderful season of parties in the street and birdsongs filling the air. Not to mention the long, lingering stares and instant envy when you realize your neighbour has a tree; or your friend got one from his aunty’s daughter’s friend’s grandmother because they didn’t want it to ‘overripe’ and waste. Don’t even say it – you had a zaboca and let it spoil!? You’re sure to be exiled from the island altogether.

Or the ‘piper’ in town who selling it for $50/lb and despite the instant gripe and ‘cold-sweat’ you get, you still buy it because ‘is whole year ah waiting for dis’! Forget Carnival – it’s Zaboca Season ah living for!

And you know, every Trini is an expert – on EVERYTHING. So be grateful! For once, every tanty, aunty and granny with stop hounding you about the ‘nice young man’ they have to set you up with and instead, for three months out of the year all you will hear is ‘wrap it in guardian paper’ because apparently it will ‘ripe faster’.

All of a sudden everyone’s life revolves around it. Trinis will eat, sleep and breathe Zaboca and if you didn’t know already: YES, Zaboca-Tabanka is a real thing!

Pssst – Check out our post about Trini Slang if you can’t keep up!

It’s a wonderful time of year indeed: Zaboca Season! And if you don’t like it – then you ‘muss be mad’. Bess yuh take ah LIAT plane to another island for the next few months because basically yuh just offend 90% of the island.

The Trini obsession with zaboca, or fondly known by many ‘in foreign’ as avocado, can be described as nothing short of complicated. Quite frankly Trini people fall into some kind of Zaboca Bazodee. Young boys scale walls to ‘teif’ from trees, friends and relatives start to hoard all produce they can find, relationships break up in fiery arguments on the street, people who you never thought would deceive you, start to lie through their teeth!

“Me? I have zaboca? No! That’s just a…really big lime”

Love it or hate it you can’t deny, all around the globe zaboca is a delicacy. It’s simple, yet so complex. The rich yet subtle flavour of our local zaboca makes this the best addition to any meal. Often Trini food can be laden with flavour and spice. Balanced by the zaboca’s  unique, mild flavour, it cools any meal, without overwhelming the taste buds. And let’s not forget its nutritious value!

So next time you’re on our little island look out for a tree. Buy one, borrow one, beg for one. You can’t miss out! Check out this Caribbean Recipe for Zaboca Choka, also known as guacamole or avocado dip (source: Caribbean Pot). Let us know what you think and share recipes in the comments on how you like to eat your zaboca.

5 Things 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.


So we hope we helped fill your day will enjoyment and outdoor fun for friends and family. You can book a stay with us via our website at any time. At First Capital Apartments, we’ve got you covered. Affordable, first-class accommodation? Check! Epic Travel Tips? Check!

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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!

Until next time! See our homepage for a direct link for booking your stay with us.

 

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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