It was when the couple next to me on my flight from Miami to Philadelphia was telling me about their trip to St. Lucia that I realized what was so special about Trinidad: The story with Trini is that there is no story in terms of tourism.
Unlike its sister island Tobago, Trinidad does not thrive on the dollars coming from the pockets of tourists – oil and natural gas are what helps to keep it self-sustaining. So don’t picture every other island in the Caribbean that you’ve been to, because it’s really nothing like them at all. While 99% of the Caribbean islands are centered around making things cozy for vacationers, Trinidad is really an island for travelers.
And that’s what I came to enjoy so much about the island, the work you really have to put in to get something out of it. In my four days on Trini, I visited one beach. Compare that to my one day on Tobago where I hit two of them. It’s just not that easy, and if you’re looking to lounge all day, Trinidad honestly isn’t the island for you. It’s for people who want to displace themselves into the local culture, interact with others, and who don’t mind travel times of 30 to 90 minutes in route to discovery. It is, by no means, a small island at approximately 2,000 square miles.
I have one more thing to show you from Tobago – a fountain of youth, so to speak – and then I’ll take you through a few of the unique adventures I found on Trinidad. Some of it is classic Wake and Wander, like nature, street food, and rum shops, but I think a few of the others might surprise you. Stay tuned. You can get a preview by checking out the on-the-go photos on Facebook.