Port of Spain, Trinidad – January 14, 2013. The islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer a wonderful opportunity for parents to teach their children about the thrills of venturing off the beaten path while still enjoying a family vacation with all the comforts of home. These days, parents, and even grandparents, are traveling with the kids in tow…searching for that perfect combination of relaxation, education and togetherness.
Research indicates that up to 30 percent of the leisure travel market is devoted to family and multi-generational vacations. What’s more, according to a recent survey of industry experts by Travel Weekly, 2013 is expected to be the year of “experiential family travel.” Parents seek opportunities to provide “teaching moments” disguised in the fun-filled days they carve out for family vacation time. Many find there’s no better way to create an atmosphere for experiential learning than to bring the family together in a home-away-from-home atmosphere. The dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers many beautiful, multi-room villas, guesthouses and B & B’s at all price points that can be used as the home base for family vacations that will surely provide lasting memories.
The island of Trinidad offers families the culture and bustling atmosphere of the country’s capital city, Port of Spain, with excursions to the botanical gardens, local monuments and the opportunity to learn about the melting pot of cultures that make up the multi-cultured Trini society. Just outside the city, families can get a history lesson while visiting Galera Lighthouse and Family Park near Toco Village or the Temple in the Sea in Waterloo. To better understand the island’s ecology and give kids a chance to put their science class lessons to use, a trip to Caroni Swamp or Asa Wright Nature Centre will give both children and parents the chance to see the local flora and fauna as well as the national bird, scarlet ibis.
Family friendly accommodations can be found on Trinidad at Monique’s Guesthouse located in the scenic Maraval Vally, five kilometers from Port of Spain and close to beautiful Maracas Beach. Monique’s has 20 reasonably priced rooms, many inter-connecting and some with kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is included as well as cable TV and wireless internet. For more information, please visit www.moniquestrinidad.com.
Another more upscale option on Trinidad is L’Orchidee, a boutique-style B & B located in the elegant residential neighborhood of St. Ann’s, just five minutes away from the Queen’s Park Savannah and Port of Spain’s shopping district, theatres, restaurants, museums, art galleries and cultural sites. Rooms are attractively themed after orchids and wireless and high speed internet can be accessed throughout the property. Breakfast is included and the restaurant serves a sumptuous array of local and international cuisine. The evening meal is served in the dining room or with room service and the chef will tailor a menu to satisfy a child’s palate.
On Tobago, families can relax and play on pristine white-sand beaches, take a turn with endless water sports equipment and activities, hike the trails through the local rainforest or take a ride in a glass-bottom boat at Buccoo Reef to view the fantastic marine life under the sea. While on-island, parents won’t have to worry about finding hotels with adjoining rooms with these family-oriented villas:
At Plantation Beach Villas, each of the six villas offers three spacious bedrooms and a full kitchen to provide families with a home-away-from-home while on vacation. Guests have complimentary access to table tennis, badminton, volley ball, beach paddle tennis and darts as well as sea kayaks. The reception can also arrange hiking excursions, day cruises, cacao estate tours and horseback riding by the sea. For more information, please visit plantationbeachvillas.com.
The four-bedroom Ohana Villa is the perfect place for families to escape the world and enjoy the luxury and charms of Tobago. The shallow, three-foot deep pool is great for swimming lessons with Mom or Dad and everyone will be all-smiles as they feed the 18 Koi fish that live in the Ohana pond. The villa comes equipped with games and boogie boards and families can enjoy quality time together on the beach in the shade of almond trees. For more information, please visit ohana-villa.com.
Nestled into the side of a hill on a five-acre organic fruit farm with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and a world-class swimming pool, families can come together at beautiful Being Villa. Enjoy snorkeling at the nearby semi-private Turtle Bay, hiking through the mountains to the village of Culloden, horseback riding on the beach and learning about one of the world’s most popular “sports” – bird watching! For more information, please visit www.being-tobago.com.
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, children who travel on vacation do better in reading, math and general knowledge than their peers and the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers kids and parents countless opportunities to have fun learning while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
About Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival, and the birthplace of the steel pan drum. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards. For more information about travel to Trinidad and Tobago, including fishing, accommodation and events, please visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt.
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