This twin island nation will absolutely reward your time. If you get the opportunity to travel to Trinidad and Tobago, go there. However, here are 10 things NOT to do.
1. Don’t Stay in Trinidad
Tobago has a tourist-friendly atmosphere and the best resorts. Trinidad has a bit more of a problem with crime; in fact, even the hotels recommend that you not hang out outdoors in after dark.
2. Don’t Try the Moruga Scorpion Pepper Without a Glass of Milk Handy
Trinidad has recently invented the world’s hottest pepper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, which clocks in at about 1.4 million SHU on the Scoville scale, the international measure of shale pepper heat. The Scorpion is hot. Beware.
3. Don’t Overlook the Diving Opportunities
The water around Trinidad and Tobago is typically very warm and clear. Also, the island nation is home to some of the world’s most unique coral deposits and more than 40 certified diving locations.
4. Don’t Be Rude While Dancing at Carnival
During this extremely omnivorous celebration, you’ll attract strangers to you like flies. Don’t be a jerk. If you’re approached by someone you’d rather not hang with, just tap their hand and they’ll leave.
5. Don’t try the Weed
Here, people can often be seen toking up in public. You should know that weed is still illegal and tourists are more likely to attract police attention for breaking that particular law. You’ve been warned.
6. Don’t miss the Goat Racing
Since 1925, Tobago has been the world’s home to goat racing. During the unusual contest, a jockey runs alongside their goat, leading them onward with a leash … it’s strange, but kind of fun to check out.
7. Don’t Just Wander into the Rainforest
The jungles are everywhere, so it might be tempting to wander into them just to have a peek at what’s living in the recesses. But only go into the jungle if you’re accompanied by an actual naturalist who knows what they’re doing.
8. Don’t Skip the Island’s Musical Traditions
Trinidad and Tobago has a rich musical history. The island nation is the home of the steel pan drum, the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century. Calyspo also found its birthplace in Trinidad and Tobago.
9. Don’t Chug the Puncheon
That delicious liquor cocktail might taste like a wondrous concoction, but Trinidad and Tobago’s popular puncheon is about 75 percent alcohol. If you’re planning on drinking for a while, either take small sips and keep water handy, or pick something else.
10. Don’t Forget the Mud
You might not think to gravitate toward a place that’s described as a mud volcano, but Trinidad and Tobago is home to some of the most interesting spa experiences. Places like Piparo Mud Volcano attract mud-loving tourists who are searching for the substance’s purported healing properties.
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