COORDINATES ENVY: TRINIDAD, 10.6918° N, 61.2225° W
With Carnivals coloring countries all over the world last week, we’re in a festive mood and looking to the Caribbean for a taste of the action. Currently on the mind? Trinidad & Tobago.
Why envy it: Warm all year long, the tiny twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago are ideal for a dose of sunshine, sand and serenity all the time. It’s the birthplace of the soothing sounds of steel pan, fresh catch comes as a culinary staple, and the islands’ Carnival draws revelers from all over the world each year. Taking place the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (February 27 & 28 this year), masqueraders parade through the streets of Port of Spain in vibrant costumes of beads and feathers, listening to the sounds of soca music and dancing from dawn till dark in what’s, to them, nirvana manifested.
Capital: Port of Spain, 10.6549° N, 61.5019° W
High Season: Ahead of Ash Wednesday for Carnival, or mid-April to mid-December
Hotspots: Queen’s Park Savannah, Maracas Beach, “The Avenue” in Port of Spain
Cool To-Dos: Masquerading with a band for Carnival, taking a boat cruise “Down the Islands,” eating bake and shark at the beach