Trinidad & Tobago - Twin Islands

Our trip to Trinidad & Tobago didn’t go as planned and we never made it to Tobago, but it’s still on our list to get back there for some chill vibes and scuba diving. Warning - If Tobago is in your sights, book your ferry tickets from Trinidad in advance! We made the mistake of thinking we could walk-on and the ferry was booked out weeks in advance. Therefore, we ended up in Trinidad longer than planned, and truly there’s not much to see.

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Trinidad- Trinidad is a real city. We were told multiple times not to go walking around during the daytime, but especially not at night. Everyone suggested we take a taxi anywhere we wanted to go. Therefore, we didn’t see much of the island. We ended up stuck at the Hyatt Trinidad and though expensive, it was quite comfortable. The people were kind, the service was excellent, the food was delicious. So there are certainly worse places to be stuck when you can’t get to your scuba destination.

  2. Tobago- Though we didn’t make it, the research showed it will be an incredible place to scuba dive and there’s lots of natural, home-grown type spots around the island. Seems like a totally different, chill vibe compared to Trinidad.

NUTS & BOLTS:

Language: Officially English

Currency: Trinidad & Tobago Dollar

Electric: Same as US no converters needed.

Driving: Taxis are the main form of transportation for tourists around the island and it seems like the safest option too.

Airports: Trinidad airport Piarco - POS - has direct flights from the US mostly on American Airlines and JetBlue. From POS you have to take the ferry to reach Tobago- https://ttitferry.com/

If you’re thinking about going to Trinidad & Tobago or would like to explore other destinations in the Caribbean islands, please contact us (fun@legittrips.com)! We’re happy to provide free consultations.

Isla Mujeres- Too Close to Cancun

I hate to have any Caribbean Islands on this list that I do NOT highly recommend, but I get asked about Isla Mujeres A LOT. This tiny island’s location just off the coast of Cancun makes it cheap and easy to get to. IMHO this is the same reason I would not highly recommend it as a destination.

Things to know if you decide to go anyway—

The hustling is real. You will constantly have to say no to vendors and children who are trying to sell you anything and everything under the sun.

It is a resort zone like Cancun. The resorts have taken over the town.

There is an in-ocean water park. Sounds cool, right? It’s not. They keep dolphin in captivity so that you can RIDE them (Face palm).

This is not a place for responsible tourism, therefore I cannot endorse it. However, it you are looking for a resort destination to escape, get some sun, look at the ocean, and feel like you’re not far from home, this destination will do. Really, it’s perfectly fine. It’s just nothing special.

NUTS & BOLTS:

Language: Officially Spanish. However, English is widely spoken in the hospitality industry.

Currency: Mexican Peso MXN, though US Dollars are widely accepted

Electric: Same as US, though some older locations may only offer 2 prong outlets.

Driving: It’s not necessary to rent a car on Isla. You can rent a bicycle or moped or golf cart if you need extra transportation. It’s a small, crowded place with very limited parking. I wouldn’t recommend a car.

Airports: You have to fly in to Cancun and take the ferry over to the island. The Gran Puerto Cancun Ultramar ferry dock is located in Puerto Juarez near downtown Cancun. The boats leave every half hour from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm and every hour after that. The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes.

If you’re thinking about going to Isla Mujeres or would like to explore other destinations in Mexico, or other Caribbean islands, please contact us (fun@legittrips.com)! We’re happy to provide free consultations. We also have a group trip going to Cozumel this Spring, check it out: https://www.legittrips.com/bookyourtrip/2019cozumel

Bonaire- Divers Paradise

I’ve been back to Bonaire twice in 2 months, if that doesn’t say enough about how much I love this place! Bonaire is quite literally Divers Paradise (see highlight #1). In addition, the Dutch people are super friendly, everyone speaks enough English that it’s easy to get by, the island is on the US Dollar. Bonaire gets less than 10% of the tourism of Aruba, and we Love that about this place.

ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Scuba Diving- The independent shore diving experience is unlike anywhere else. Throw your tanks in the back of a pick up truck and go diving anywhere you want, whenever you feel like it. It’s the ultimate freedom in scuba diving, with a well-protected marine-park reef system, wreck sites, drift dives, night diving, and 60 well-marked dive sites in total!

  2. East Coast- A trip to Bonaire isn’t complete without a trip to the beautiful kite surfing beaches in the south and east. Check out Jibe City for a fun beach bar atmosphere (with a live DJ every Sunday) and lots of kite surfing/ people watching to be had.

  3. The adorable and endearing donkey sanctuary is a unique experience, perfect for your pre-flight no-dive day :) . Buy a bag of carrots and feed the rescued donkeys!

  4. Nightlife is low key and there’s typically one place “happening” each night. Wednesdays check out Little Havana, Thursdays go to Cuba, Fridays are at Coco Beach, Sunday Funday at Jibe City.

  5. Best restaurants IMHO- It Rains Fishes & La Terrazza both in downtown Kralendijk

NUTS & BOLTS:

Language: Dutch is the official language as Bonaire is part of the ABCs of the Netherland Antilles. However, many people speak English and it’s easy enough to get by with English.

Currency: US Dollar $

Electric: Same as Europe, US travelers will need plug adapters and voltage converters. SOME hotels will offer standard US outlets in addition to the Euro outlets.

Driving: Driving is on the right side of the road. Most rentals are manual transmission so if you need an automatic request in advance. No special licensure is required.

Airports: 1 airport in Flamingo International BON, serves the island with some direct flights from the US. United and Delta are the major carriers to/from the US, as well as many smaller Caribbean airlines that offer island hopping Divi Divi, Insel Air, Aruba Airlines.

If you’re thinking about going to Bonaire, please contact us (fun@legittrips.com)! We’re happy to provide free consultations. We also have a group trip going to Bonaire this July, check it out: https://www.legittrips.com/bookyourtrip/julybonaire