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stealth114
04-30-2009, 10:28 AM
Any one with layovers in POS.. I be happy to help with places of itnerest to visit. The beaches arent all that but if you like outdoor and flora and fauna, we are reknowned for that.. TAB got some great beaches if you can hop over there. I be happy to help.. There is the HOliday INN express close to POS which is very convenient too...


Convairator
04-30-2009, 12:51 PM
Trinidad and Tobago layovers are the best! I had them every single day for six months while I was flying freight on that route. You have to walk outside the pax terminal and turn left on the sidewalk and walk over to the 2 foodcarts on the east side of the terminal and eat 2 doubles with sliced pepper. The best doubles in trinidad are at the airport terminal and only 2.50 TT. You can eat a full meal there for lunch for about 80 cents US. Then take a maxi taxi and head downtown for even more food and exploring.

If you are on a long layover, take a private taxi up to Maracas Beach and eat at the shark shack.

Or if its in season, head over to the stadium and see a Soca Warriors football club game. Those are the best, even though tickets can be hard to come by at times. Truely an amazing experience

cpatterson19
04-30-2009, 05:23 PM
Trinidad and Tobago layovers are the best! I had them every single day for six months while I was flying freight on that route. You have to walk outside the pax terminal and turn left on the sidewalk and walk over to the 2 foodcarts on the east side of the terminal and eat 2 doubles with sliced pepper. The best doubles in trinidad are at the airport terminal and only 2.50 TT. You can eat a full meal there for lunch for about 80 cents US. Then take a maxi taxi and head downtown for even more food and exploring.

If you are on a long layover, take a private taxi up to Maracas Beach and eat at the shark shack.

Or if its in season, head over to the stadium and see a Soca Warriors football club game. Those are the best, even though tickets can be hard to come by at times. Truely an amazing experience


I envy all you guys who get to see TT and I don't. Imagine I was born there and never reall had a chance to see the place. I was supposed to meet a friend of mine for carnival but he couldnt non rev down there. Thankfully I left early and went to Guyana for a week.

Convirator who runs cargo down there......would love to work for them and get me some TT exposure. Need to get me a TT passport too. That way they cant tell me how long to stay in my own country.:D


stealth114
05-02-2009, 04:44 AM
If its one thing from Trinidad / Piarco thats great is the doubles no doubt. :D... Convair, glad u enjoyed it that much here at POS... It was neat during the Summit with all the action buzzing around POS. Im not sure we be having any upcoming soca warrior matches soon.. Will keep a look out on which ones be playing later in the year.


I know a few flight crews that will raid the doubles vendor and load up with it prior to their flight state side and they be enjoying it mid flight like the best thing since slice bread. lol They always come here to get their fix of doubles.. Maybe I start selling inflight .. it make a mint. lol

ABX air , DHL, Fed ex, they fly freight here....

CPatterson, cool photo. :) If you ever get down here, let me know ...

The crime situation is one you need to be extra cautious about when taking public transport etc. Usual precautions.

pilotartist
06-09-2009, 09:27 PM
I head to POS at the end of the month for a 2 day layover. What do you suggest seeing/doing? Thanks in advance for the advice.

Convairator
06-10-2009, 05:53 AM
I head to POS at the end of the month for a 2 day layover. What do you suggest seeing/doing? Thanks in advance for the advice.


Things you need to do: Explore downtown, ride in a maxi taxi, go to a futbol game, and for sure, head to maracas beach!

Things you need to eat: Doubles, eat lots of doubles. If you dont know what they are, just ask somebody where you can get a double. They are aweseome. Eat at the shark shack, on maracas beach. Really good.

You will no doubt enjoy trinidad. If you really have some time there, I would recomend taking the ferry or a plane to Tobago. Tobago is much more of a tropical 'vacation' feel than Trinidad. Trinidad has more of the culture and tradition and the beachs are decent. However, the beaches in Tobago are really nice and tropical.

pilotartist
06-11-2009, 10:07 AM
Sounds like fun. How are prices there compared to the states? Can you use dollars? Thanks again.

stealth114
06-11-2009, 05:45 PM
Yes... Thats right. Tobago is just what the Caribbean is about. Lush forest, nice beaches very peaceful and laid back. Its something folks from trinidad still go there for a vacation. Prices of things are generally high, its a high cost of living and with the recent inflation, things are prices out of this world. As you may know, so many come to the US to buy general stuff..

Some places do accept USD and all major credit cards etc but its advised to convert some cash to local Trinidad dollars once you arrive. Its 1/6th that of the US Dollar.

stealth114
06-11-2009, 05:55 PM
The last football match was in Tobago, last week. The ferry is good if you have a few hours to spare to make the crossing but its a hassle to get down to the docks with all the traffic and congestion to get on board! For $50 USD you can book a ticket on Caribbean Airlines Express and hop over on a 20 mins flight for a nice view as you cross the Northern mountain range.

If you like night life, there are a few good bars and clubs in the Port of Spain area and malls. But the merchandise etc arent as cheap or a selection as you will in the USVI or Bahamas so its usually very marked up in Trinidad. The hotels are not the greatest. The Holiday Inn express is a crappy 3 star and they charge $200 USD a nite.

Doubles are probably the only good thing out of Trinidad. lol I know where to get very good ones. The last time I flew on CO. the entire flight crew had bags of it on board and half way en route to IAH, they all were chowing down.. The purser took a whole bag heated up for the captain. lol They always come here for their doubles fix. ;)

Carnival and Christmas are two nicer times to be in Trinidad.

Hmmm maybe it be good if I start a local hospitality outfit or crash pad for crews.. A bit of local hospitality and home cooked Trinidad food. :D

Herkdrv
06-15-2009, 04:42 PM
What are doubles?

stealth114
06-17-2009, 10:34 AM
Its finger food sold like how hot dogs are sold by vendors in the States. Its two fried bread with a spicey mixture of chick peas and some condiments... Doesnt sound appetising until you try it. Chocked full of protein and cost 50 cents USD for one to eat. Cheap food but so good. ;)

pilotartist
06-23-2009, 03:06 AM
Thx for the info. Is there a good nightclub to listen to live music? What are the good bars/clubs you are talking about?

stealth114
06-25-2009, 02:38 PM
Yes.. There are a few good bars and lounges and night clubs.. One of the night clubs called ZEN features European top dj's techno and trance music..

Aura and More Vino are two good bars too... Will get some more bars names for you..

Live music, you mean as in jazz or steel pan Caribbean music? ... it be hard to find a place to listen live steel pan music though unless its one of those touristy places like Bahamas when u come off a cruise ship :)

When do u plan to come to POS? this month end?

Regards

pilotartist
06-26-2009, 04:45 AM
I'll be there for a 48 hour layover next week. I was hoping to find a good place for live latin music. So far I plan to have some doubles and go to the beach...

Convairator
06-27-2009, 07:15 AM
I'll be there for a 48 hour layover next week. I was hoping to find a good place for live latin music. So far I plan to have some doubles and go to the beach...


Have a great time, you will really enjoy it! Remember, Maracas beach and the shark shack! I wish I had another layover there, I miss that place! Heads up on one thing before you head there however, you will probably not find live latin music because trinidad is not a latin island. The culture is more geared toward India, with a caribbean twist. The official language is english. Most people there do not speak spanish.

The people however are truely magnificent and accomodating. Some of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met are on that Island. Do maintain caution however, there is a bit of a crime rate in the city, and you have to be careful as a tourist, just like any other place. You will enjoy the layover much, and be sure to get feedback from locals about what else you should experience there.

Eat lots of doubles!!!

stealth114
06-28-2009, 03:57 PM
Convair.. thats a shame you havent been back to visit the twin island in a long time...

Trinidad culture is pretty cosmopolitan as you said and Spanish is our official second language. The population is pretty much a split of East Indian and Afro ancestry with about 10-15 % of mixed heritage, european and asian.. You will see alot of road signs in Spanish as well.. Some of the food does have Spanish influence so around Christmas time, the music is in Spanish and some of the food too..

pilotartist
07-24-2009, 04:49 AM
I did have fun in POS. Met some nice locals, ate some doubles (good tip) and went to the National Museum. It is an unusual, interesting mix of Afro-Indian-European influences. Lots of street beggars, but I had no problem walking around POS. Thanks for the suggestions.

meeko031
07-24-2009, 08:01 PM
I head to POS at the end of the month for a 2 day layover. What do you suggest seeing/doing? Thanks in advance for the advice.

download an episode of "bizzare foods with andrew zimmern, trinidad n tobago". in this episode he went to an area where the streets were lined up with food vendors selling doubles and everything trini! He also recomended a place where to get the best shark sandwich.

stealth114
07-27-2009, 04:12 PM
When I saw that program with Zimmerman featuring Trinidad i was pretty shocked to know he came here! lol I think he really did enjoy his delights here alot. Trinidad has a complex history as you said Pilot Artist, so alot of infleunces steep in every bit of culture and life as a whole. There is a good book showing the history of Trinidad reflected in some amazing photography. It is a good one i like to get to keep.

EYBusdriver
05-28-2010, 01:54 PM
Spent thirty years with BWIA, now in the Middle East. Miss the doubles, Carib beer, buss up shot, roti and rum.
Most of the popular food is of Indian origin, from India, not native american.

Heres a link that describes doubles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubles_(food)

proprunnner
01-01-2014, 01:14 PM
I love Tobago. its probably the best place on earth