Trinidad and Tobago

Country Information:

Trinidad and Tobago is a country mostly with plains, some hills, and low mountains. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port of Spain. There are approximately 1.5 people living here. The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English, with Caribbean Hindustani and French also spoken by a majority of the population. The majority of Tobagonians practice Christian Protestantism. The time zone is the same as EST. Major exports of the country include petroleum, methanol, cocoa, ammonia, fish, and plastic packaging.

Jim’s Perspectives:

The hidden jewel of the island is near Monacas Bay, which is reminiscent of Costa Rica. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Four Seasons build a resort there. If you go, you must have a blacktip shark sandwich from Richard’s Bait & Shark.

 

Richard makes shark sandwiches

 

This is a country dependent on oil and gas, which explains their recent stardom. However, not to worry because the locals strongly believe that “God is trini” and that he looks after them in all things. Trinidad and Tobago used to grow sugar cane but abandoned it … and now they grow marijuana, a much more profitable cash crop.

The government subsidizes gas prices here … it’s just $.15 per litre!  However, while this is great for encouraging productivity, the unintended consequence is horrible, horrific traffic.

As a volcanic island, its beaches have black sand—a deterrent to attracting tourists. However, Tobago is known for its white sand beaches and attracts the jet-set crowd.

Overall, the country has a very high standard of living and its people are very pleasant and helpful.

 

T&T in 2016

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