The majority of people who come to Trinidad and Tobago are mostly interested in beaches and diving. However, this tiny country in the Caribbean has a lot more to offer to a tourist who is interested in doing some exploration. It’s definitely one of the best places to visit if you are want to admire the local wildlife as nature on the islands is magnificent in its beauty and diversity.
Listen to steel pan music – There must be something in the air of Trinidad that inspires people to create new and original types of music. It’s home to calypso, soca, and parang music, just to name a few. But for a tourist looking to have fun, it’s the steelpan music that will be most interesting. Yes, Trinidad is a place where you can learn how to bang on a steel pan and make the sounds come out as music instead of an awful racket. The places where local steelpan orchestras rehearse are called panyards, and you definitely should visit one and be amazed at how people can create art with something that evolved from a kitchen utensil.
Admire the Hindu temples and statues – You might not know it, but the Indians played an important part in the history of Trinidad and had a huge impact on the local culture. Ernesto, a guide with Strawberry Tours who specializes in the history of the island, explains that there was a huge influx of Indians coming to Trinidad between 1845 and 1917 and they brought their religion and traditions, which settled in quite well on the island. Today, this is one of the best places in the world, outside of India itself, where you can see stunning and well-maintained Hindu temples. Trinidad also houses the second largest Hanuman statue on the planet. Speaking of the Indian culture in Trinidad, be sure to eat a local roti. It’s fantastic!
Visit Lopinot Historical Museum – If you only visit one museum in Trinidad, this must be it. The story of Count de Loppinot, whose house has now been transformed into a museum, isn’t particularly tragic, although it is quite notable, says one Caribbean historian Gerard A. Besson. But the main attraction of this museum is that it’s one of the most scenic places in Trinidad and Tobago. Considering that here you’ll find picture-worthy views behind every corner, that’s saying something.
Pay respects to human perseverance and determination at the Waterloo Temple – The Waterloo Temple isn’t the grandest or most beautiful of Hindu temples on Trinidad, but it definitely has the most interesting story. It was built by a laborer who wanted to honor his gods. And that man, named Siewdass Sadhu, went out and built a temple with his own hands back in 1947. The authorities of the time didn’t like this and Sadhu was imprisoned because he fought the destruction of his temple.
Be awed at the power of the sea at Galera Point – Take the long winding route to the North-East of Trinidad to get to the rocky Galera Point and you will be amazed. This is a place where the sea is rarely calm and you can admire the power of the crashing waves. It’s one of the best spots in the Caribbean where you can feel the insignificance of a single man when confronted with the power of Mother Nature. There is also a tragic legend that dates back to 1498. At that time, the Spanish came to the island and started capturing and enslaving the local peoples. The story has it that some of them ran and jumped off the Galera Point choosing death over the life of slavery.