The annual Carnival festival is one of the most famous things in Trinidad and Tobago, with its many beautiful dances and celebrations. Every year on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and Lent, thousands of costumed revelers parade through the streets celebrating “The Greatest Show On Earth”. They are accompanied by the music of steel bands, with calypso and soca music blaring from large speakers carried by huge trucks. Before the two-day carnival celebration, there are other activities such as calypso tents (indoor calypso concerts), the “Panorama” steelband competition, the Soca Monarch, the Chutney Soca Monarch and outdoor parties called Fetes. Shrove Monday and Shrove Tuesday are not official holidays, but many businesses and all schools will still be closed on these two days. Carnival has its origins in French traditions adopted from African slaves.
Carnival is both a “must see” and a “must do” activity. You can simply stand on the side of the road and watch the parade of bands, or you can participate and play “the mas”. Many tourists take part in the carnival bands. Booking well in advance is essential as places fill up quickly. It is also important to be in shape as the costumes are often very light. In fact, some locals’ fitness goals are geared towards the carnival.
There are quite a few nightclubs in Trinidad and Tobago, especially in the Chaguaramas area. Pier 1, Anchorage, Base, MoBS2 to name a few. Some very popular nightclubs are Club Zen and 51 Degrees Lounge in Port of Spain and the Sting nightclub in La Romaine, as well as Space la Nouba and Prive, also in La Romaine. However, due to crime, caution is advised and it is better to be in a group than alone.
Golf can be played on several courses throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Some courses have 9 holes and others 18 holes. Some of these courses are the St. Andrews’ Golf Course [www] in Maraval (just outside Port of Spain) and the Mt. Irvine Golf Course in Tobago.