Trinidad & Tobago is home. My parents are from there, my husband is from there and the majority of my friends from Trinidad & Tobago or have some heritage from there. When you touchdown in POS ( Port of Spain) airport, you feel free. It is a surreal feeling but you quickly are thrown into reality with the heat and the line of baggage porters and taxi drivers saying “ Taxi, Taxi”. Even with the heat and Taxi drivers, Trinidad & Tobago is home.
I have been to Trinidad & Tobago many times but this recent trip was full of relaxation and food. If you were following along on my Instastories, you would have seen my fun day in my Aunt’s plant sanctuary and my beach bum day. Relaxation was so needed with my move and the workload of my blog. Sigh.
In between the relaxation, I was able to experience the fun, food and festivities Trinidad & Tobago offers. I even made a video for you all but will share it in a few days. To give you a recap of the things I did while in Trinidad, I compiled a list of the top 10 things to do when you visit Trinidad & Tobago:
Maracas Beach is known for it’s rough waters but the main attraction is the food. At Maracas Beach you can find a classic Trini sandwich called “ Bake and Shark”. No not shark like JAWS but a type of fish Trinis refer to as Shark. The sandwich is made real time but the highlight is the homemade condiments to put on your sandwich. These include Mango Chutney, marinated cucumber slices and garlic sauce.
If you can’t make it over the mountain to Maracas beach, you can go to the beaches in Tobago. Tobago is the sister island to Trinidad and it has it’s own type of beauty and elegance. I enjoyed my day pass at Coco Reef Resort which included breakfast, lunch and dinner as well access to the private beach, towels and pina coladas. The food was not local but the dinner options were decadent with offerings including steak, lamb chops and lobster.
There are many malls in Trinidad but my upmost favorite is the recently renovated Trinicity Mall. You can find all of my favorite stores and snacks there. On the "new side" of Trinicity mall there is grocery store called Tru Value with a bakery inside. They have donuts, sausage rolls and currant rolls. You will also find the newly added MAC cosmetics and a great sushi spot. On the old side of Trinicity mall there are even more local food options including macaroni pie, sheppard pie, callaloo, fried fish and cassava dumplings.
“D’ avenue” is a district of Trinidad where all of the clubs, hip restaurants and hot shots hang out. My friend took us to a restaurant called Hakka. It was very similar to Tao in the US and the food was equally as good. The service was excellent with servers providing food and drink selections. The restaurant is small so make a reservation.
The last place you have to visit in Trinidad is the Hyatt Regency. Not only are the grounds beautiful and modern, the breakfast spread is the perfect equilibrium of local and continential food. You will find traditional Trini Breakfast foods like smoke Herrin and coconut bake along with Smoked Salmon and Croissants. After eating breakfast, lounge by the pool and look at the boats on the water.
So this list may be a little biased with all of the food suggestions but food is always a great starter. Pun intended. If you go to any of these places you will definitely find fun activities, Trini culture and the relaxation you need.