- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Rough Guides; Auflage: 5 (1. November 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1848365144
- ISBN-13: 978-1848365148
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,6 x 19,8 cm
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The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 2010
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However, the maps were seriously lacking. It gave detailed cross sections of major shopping areas like Scarborough and Crown Point (by the airport), but provided no closer look at the less lively areas we were more enthusiastic to see, like along the north- western windward coast from Castara to Bloody Bay, or the leeward coast north of Scarborough, where the waterfalls and rainforest preserve are located ( this made for some creative and erroneous detours). Nor did we have maps of Grafton beach where my fam, bf & I were staying.
We were happy to spend one day among our allotted nine days shopping, admittedly (Being "cold- blooded Americans," after all, with a taste for souvenirs, and the added incentive of a rainy day..) but it disappointed me seriously that the book would only provide us with a cohesive sense in those areas we least wished to see.. Btw- The driving is exciting here, whether you are used to driving on the left or not - and you should take that in its most operational sense - be alert 'round those hair-pin turns!
Overall the guide devoted about 1/4 of itself to Toabgo, and this was more than most of the books I found. One thing I would add is that it's well worth a visit to Mt Irvine beach - especially just before the sunset when the fishermen come in to bring their catches to the market there. Not only are the catches of the day delicious, but when the fishermen throw their surplus bait overboard, there are HUGE stingray that gather there to eat it up. This makes for truly spectacular snorkeling, or if you prefer, you can easily see the giants along the shore, and they are so tame as to brush gently against your toes ( wings flapping in and out of the surf as they go) that even the most wary of observers can enjoy this natural splendor safely - even with young children.
The (lack of) maps are mostly what cause me to give this guide only 4 stars, because it was a real annoyance to have such poor maps contained in something I purchased, while the free ones at the airport were better. (Please be warned that you will still have to ask plenty of directions w the airport maps , as even most major roads are not marked in reality in Tobago, though they are written clearly and obviously on the maps you can request for free at the airport travel office.). ( as of January 2013)
This is, however, fine - as the people are (mostly ) lovely and charming to everyone bewildered or lost. I expect they are even better able to guide the lost tourist when not giddy & inebriated over their own Christmas vacations from work ( as when we were there, to our own amusement & admittedly probably also to theirs) . However, I also downgraded this book because of my own disappointment over discovering its lack of information about the nylon bay, giant sting-ray sightings which are obvious and regular to any local, Arnos vale snorkeling spots & surrounding coves only available by boat, and the hundred other things I suspect are similarly missing from this guide unless you stumble upon them accidentally & luckily, as we did.
If our experience is any indication, all I can say is : Be sure to do your research when it comes to Tobago. It is such a beautiful and (for lack of a better term) an unspoiled Country.. So it's best to take your time to plan things, especially dinners at busy times (unless you WANT to stay in your hotel..) but also be careful not to become so attached to your plans that you don't take time to ask the wonderful folks around you what they would recommend or suggest. It was a truly spectacular destination, country, and culture - Go see it if you can.
Ps: Ask for Fitzroy when you see the beautiful Gilpin rainforest trail- he is wonderful & very knowledgable!
You'll want to get some maps in addition to this book, particularly if you want to explore on your own at all.
I guarantee its more than worth the price