From Antigua, we continue our Caribbean holiday to Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island country off the north-eastern coast of South America not far from Venezuela. The island of Trinidad was a Spanish Colony from 1498 until the British arrived in 1797, while the island of Tobago changed from Spanish to British to French to Dutch to Courlander rule. Trinidad and Tobago were separate until they were ceded to the British in 1802. The country didn’t obtain independence until 1962 becoming a republic in 1976. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the richest countries in the Americas because of its large reserves of oil and natural gas, coming in third only after the United States and Canada. What surprised me was given that it is one of the richest countries in the Americas, it is quite underdeveloped, poor, unsafe and the people seem quite miserable. I didn’t enjoy my time here at all especially Tobago and couldn’t wait to leave. I have never been to a place where the service industry people at the hotels or restaurants or shops make you feel you are inconveniencing them by asking them for anything. No smiles, no you are welcome, no nothing. I have to say after travelling to 78 countries, this is my least favorite one.
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