3 BENEFITS OF BEING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AT CHRISTMAS
With Christmas just behind us hopefully you were with us on vacation! If you weren’t though, there’s no time like the present to begin planning for next year. Spend next Christmas in the Caribbean! This destination is known leisure and adventure, especially during the holiday season, but much less is known about the thriving opportunity for business. In fact there are at least 3 benefits you will definitely appreciate by heading to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) for the festivities.
Christmas time generally comes with cold weather in many countries, so while it’s cozy and warm inside, heading out may be rather uncomfortable. Should you wish to escape from the frost and snow, Trinidad and Tobago is the ideal location. Temperatures at this time range between 24-32 ⁰C, so instead of freezing weather, you can enjoy a holiday in the sun that is just as enchanting. Rather than building a snowman you can build a sandman on the beach or substitute your ice-skates for water skis, or any number of other activities including the following while waiting for Santa:
- Relax at the beach
- Attend many Christmas parties
- Enjoy Christmas Festivities at the malls
- Zip lining
- Jet ski, scuba dive or wind surf
- Cave exploring
- Bathe in a waterfall
- Take a walking tour of Port-of-Spain magnificent historical buildings
- Explore the nightlife on Ariapita Avenue.
- Visit the zoo
- Have a picnic
- Go Sailing
- Visit a world heritage site or one of the wonders of the world
Trinidad and Tobago has a diverse population that lavishly celebrates Christmas. Allan Higgin, Commercial Director at Oldendorff, says he loves Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago because “the people are all so very happy, the malls are just fabulous and there are lots of food and parties.” So great news! - You won’t have to spend the holidays without Christmas cake, ham or turkey and you will have the opportunity to taste the locally made mouth watering ‘pastelles’ – a Caribbean treat made with cornmeal, beef, pork or chicken which is usually accompanied with the traditional sorrel, ginger beer and ponche de crème drinks. For those of us who are a little more adventurous, an array of wild meat can be found at this time in many homes.
Trinidad and Tobago is the ‘happiest country’ in the Caribbean, according to the 2015 World Happiness Report from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This country ranked highest in Happiness in the Caribbean and 41st in the world. This is not surprising given Trinidad and Tobago’s vibrant life style and dynamic mix of cultures - more specifically its Carnival as it’s been labelled the greatest show on earth. Should you opt to spend your Christmas here, you can be easily engulfed in the sweet ‘parang’ music – traditional music influenced by the Venezuelan migrants. At this time the English-speaking population goes Spanish, well…not really, but don’t be surprised if you put on your radio and think that you are in Costa Rica or Venezuela. In T&T there is no Christmas without the sweet sound of parang music.
Parang bands, referred to as "Parenderos", consist of four to six singers accompanied by musicians who play guitars, cuatros, mandolins (bandolins), violins, tambourines, clappers, and maracas (chac-chac or shak-shak). Traditionally, parang bands moved from house to house serenading to family and friends. It would be customary for families to greet the Paranderos with drinks and food, that accompanied the entry to a home. More recently, parang has evolved into soca parang a mixture of traditional parang and calypso.
It is not a surprise that the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago leads the way in happiness in the Caribbean. If you are looking for a truly memorable experience, you won’t be disappointed by spending your holiday here.
Season's Greetings from InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago!