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Something different in Trinidad

Sat just a smidgen from the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad is a curious place. It's as if the usual Caribbean lot of sand, sea, sun and easy-going days has been put through a blender with Afro spices and jazz and Hindu mysticism, coming out altogether more enrapturing on the other side. It's an isle where regular celebrations mingle with swinging carnivals a la Rio, where rum punches clink in the night and zipping ziplines whizz past multicolored birds in the rainforests. Even the beaches have a distinctly Latin edge, with yellow sands and splayed palms overhead. Trinidad vacation rentals await.

Celebrate Carnival in Trinidad

If you've booked yourself Trinidad vacation rentals in Port of Spain for February, then you can look forward to a blowout of epic proportions. Famed across the Caribbean, the huge shindig of calypso and soca and kaleidoscopic color that is the Trinidad Carnival is one of the world's bucket-list get-togethers. And if you're not coming in the midwinter? No worries, there's always a buzzing rum shack to let loose in, or the potent tipples that spill from the barrels at the Angostura distillery to enjoy.

Tropical treats in Trinidad

Trinidad's wild bar strips and festivals are just one chapter of the story. This humid island of rainforests, peaks and beaches is also a haven for adventurers. Reserves like the Asa Wright Nature Centre, high up in the jungle-dressed Arima Valley, are hailed as bird-watching meccas _ keep those eyes peeled for honeycreepers and fruit bats, folks. Meanwhile, the treasures of the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain houses human treats from the tropics. Go there for glimpses of Carnival arts and an array of artifacts.

Feel the trade winds in Trinidad

The throes of the tropical year mean that Trinidad _ and its brother, Tobago _ oscillate between dry, mild months and hot, humid, wet months. The latter can prove stifling, which is why most people look to book their Trinidad vacation rentals in the winter between December and March. The days then tend to be pleasantly warm, mostly dry from morning to night and breezy thanks to the trade winds. They are also when the big Carnival events of February come, so get ready to let loose and enjoy.

Explore Trinidad's raw backcountry

Trinidad is one of the wilder sections of the Caribbean. Most of the center of the island is given over to swamps and soaring peaks that top out at 940-meter-high El Cerro del Aripo. Cloud forests and dwarf woods spill over its heights, thanks largely to the continuous collection of mist that gets stuck there after rolling in off the sea. In other places, the bubbling petrol reserves pop onto the surface and create curious natural phenomenon like bitumen-filled Pitch Lake. In others, the beaches take over, stretching with their daffodil sands between clusters of waxy palms and kapoks.