Bit by the travel bug, want to travel with a lover or close friends, but clueless about where to go next? Head to Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean nation composed of two main islands and numerous smaller land masses.
Tobago is peaceful with gorgeous beaches and waterfalls, while Trinidad, the larger of the two Lesser Antilles destinations, has a faster-paced city vibe, featuring arts, entertainment, shopping and fine dining. Whether you’re vacationing with your partner, or planning a girlfriends’ getaway, there are endless things to experience in T&T.
Be sure to give at least one of these adventures a try if you are looking to more deeply connect with those you love. These interactive experiences will made your best bonds even deeper.
Spa Esencia at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad
You don’t have to be a guest at Trinidad’s Hyatt Regency hotel to indulge in bliss at the resort’s opulent Spa Esencia. The menu of services is vast with many treatments and packages for both sexes.
Couples, give The Doux (a Trinidadian term for sweetheart) a try. You’ll enjoy private time in a deluxe suite for two featuring a decked out shower and impressive ocean views. This package is fully customizable—massages, his and her facials, manicures and meals are included—so have it exactly the way you’d like.
Singles, book an aromatherapy massage, and ask for Sheldon. You’ll thank me later.
This signature treatment is a guest favorite. With an emphasis on smooth flowing movements carried out by the seasoned Trinidadian masseuse, blended aromas, which you’re encouraged to inhale throughout the 80 minute rubdown, ensure ultimate relaxation.
Afterwards, you’ll be ready to chat in the luxurious spa waiting areas with your friends.
Liming on “The Ave.,” aka bar hopping
The party in Trinidad officially kicks off on Wednesday night on The Avenue, a bustling strip in the nation’s capital, Port of Spain. On Wednesday and Thursday, locals start liming at popular spots like Coco Lounge, Levels and Shakers and then head to nightclubs such as, Zen and 51 Degrees to dance to infectious “riddims” spun by resident DJs.
On Friday nights after work, Trinbagonians barhop on The Avenue eventually making their way over to the Aria where intense gyrating goes on until the wee hours of the morning. If you didn’t know, Trinis like to party.
What a better activity to partake in with those who best know your soul? Especially on vacation. Make at least one night one of fun and revelry.
The aphrodisiac experience
Just for the lovers: you can’t leave Trinidad without partaking in the Gail’s Exclusive Tour Services Ltd. aphrodisiac experience. The excursion begins on the scenic north coast, in the rural villages of Blanchiesseusse, Paria and Monre La Croix, where you meet with locals who educate guests on the nutritional and sexual benefits of a homegrown mystery drink consumed by Trinbagonians to increase their libido.
Following the talk, locals actually go into the Caribbean Sea to fetch sea moss, an ingredient used in the invigorating concoction, along with carnation milk and local spices. Drink up.
Then you continue along to Trinidad’s upper mountain valleys for a therapeutic swim in natural mineral waters where you and your honey are greeted with the most sensual cascading water massage. The water flowing over rock formations does the work, not man.
Fresh fish, hot cocoa tea and shots of Bois Bande (a performance enhancer) are consumed throughout the daylong tour. It’s lights out when you return to your hotel room.
Being a nature buff is not required to appreciate the beauty of the Argyle Waterfall. Located on the Argyle River, a 30-minute scenic drive from Scarborough (capital of Tobago), the pristine falls is part of the oldest protected rainforest reserve in the Western hemisphere. Bring a swimsuit; you may be tempted to take a dip.
Picturesque running water is not all this adventure has to offer. While hiking from the main road to the river, mango, cocoa, silk cotton and bamboo trees surround you, water lilies float by in a small marsh, and the exotic wildlife encountered along the walk are mesmerizing. A great bonding experience for all who join in. Have your camera ready.
Beach Hopping in Tobago
Hire a “Maxi Taxi” for the day, grab your walking shoes, and explore the tranquil shores of Tobago.
Be sure to make your first stop Pirate’s Bay. Nestled on Tobago’s northeast coast, Pirate’s Bay is only accessible by boat or foot — yep you need your hiking shoes for this adventure. The tree-lined secluded beach is stunning, with minimal crowds, crystal clear water and breathtaking views.
Next, hit Pigeon Point Beach.
Voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, Pigeon Point is situated on the southwestern tip of Tobago. The tepid ocean is calm, plus the sand and public facilities are well-kept. When hunger strikes you, nosh on local grub at Pigeon Point’s resident restaurant and bar.
When you’re done with these two gorgeous beaches, try Arnos Vale Reef, Castara Bay, Englishman’s Bay, Mount Irvine Bay and Goat Island. Or save one or two of these spots for another trip. However you take them in, these locales provide a romantic setting for love, or a great backdrop for beach adventures.
Sunday School in Bucco Bay
If “liming” like a local is your thing, check out the Sunday School party while vacationing in Tobago. The Sunday night fete is hosted weekly throughout the year on Bucco beach, attracting natives and tourists alike.
Leave your heels and upscale city attitude back at the resort, while you jam to Soca and Dancehall hits and down ice-cold Carib beer all night long. Bonus: There’s no cover charge and attendees are obliging. Great times will be had and memories made by you and your closest associates.
The lush Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has much more to offer than its oil reserves and world famous carnival. These are just a few of the treats in store for you if you make your next vacation there a couple’s getaway, or a group outing.
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