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View Poll Results: Which would you rather visit?
Jamaica 15 39.47%
Trinidad and Toboga 23 60.53%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:13 AM
 
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I'm a reggae man, so it's mandatory I visit JA at some point in my life, but my wife insists we take our long overdue honeymoon in TNT due to its diversity and food. It does seem TNT has more variety of food due to the mix of cultures, whereas JA has the standards you see at any Jamaican restaurant in the US.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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I'm a reggae man, so it's mandatory I visit JA at some point in my life, but my wife insists we take our long overdue honeymoon in TNT due to its diversity and food. It does seem TNT has more variety of food due to the mix of cultures, whereas JA has the standards you see at any Jamaican restaurant in the US.
Jamaican Food is not fairly represented in restaurants in US and Canadian cities. You see a standard menu throughout, but this only scratches the surface. I tell people you have never tried real Jamaican food until you have visited Jamaica itself. Very few restaurants (I can count them off one hand) have menu's in North America and Europe that truly represent the diversity of our cuisine.

With that said, Trini Food is excellent and is also not well represented throughout North America. Most restaurants have the standard Roti, Doubles and Palourie. Maybe some will throw in some Macaroni Pie and Calalou. Otherwise, you have to go to Trini to experience their food properly as well.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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That's what I heard. But it's very hard to get down there if you have no family or friends willing to accommodate your visit if you didn't book a room a year in advance.
True, indeed.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Jamaican Food is not fairly represented in restaurants in US and Canadian cities. You see a standard menu throughout, but this only scratches the surface. I tell people you have never tried real Jamaican food until you have visited Jamaica itself. Very few restaurants (I can count them off one hand) have menu's in North America and Europe that truly represent the diversity of our cuisine.
Queens has the full range of Jamaican cuisine. And I mean every bit.

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With that said, Trini Food is excellent and is also not well represented throughout North America. Most restaurants have the standard Roti, Doubles and Palourie. Maybe some will throw in some Macaroni Pie and Calalou. Otherwise, you have to go to Trini to experience their food properly as well.
Macaroni pie may be my favorite food on earth.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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I've been to the Trini Carnival. I've also been to Jamaica (Kingston & Montego Bay). I love soca music and the carribean culture as a whole. In T&T, there is no all inclusive resorts (at least none I know of) so your forced to interact with locals and learn the culture. It's the same in Kingston, no resorts & forced to interact with locals and learn the culture. Montego bay is touristy, I was at an all inclusive there *yawn*. Great getaway vacation to drink, relax, and mingle, but your only getting commercialized culture (all the employees say "yah mon" excessively).
It depends on your needs, more people visit Jamaica as a relaxing getaway rather than for the culture & sightseeing. Very few Americans even go to T&T. I'm sure more tourists would go with Jamaica, but I'll say T&T. Carnival is LIVE!
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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Been to both.

Jamaica is much more touristy as pretty much everyone said above. IMO the beaches are nicer too. Food is good, and there's a lot set up for tourists to get to know the Caribbean culture.

T&T has little tourism and is more dangerous. It has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world and also is up there for violent crime. That being said, the food is incredible, and there's a lot more diversity in both the people and the experiences. Carnival is a once in a lifetime experience as well. May be harder to get around without knowing someone from there though (DH is half Trini, so most of his mom's side is there).

I think it depends on what you're looking for.... but more me, though I've been to Jamaica a few times, Trinidad was a overall more unique experience.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Queens has the full range of Jamaican cuisine. And I mean every bit
Well aware man, NYC (specifically Queens and BK) along with South Florida (Lauderhill) has the most authentic selection of Jamaican food in the country. For the most part though the majority of cities have the basics and dumb down the selection.

I think the hardest thing to find is REAL Jerk. Pimento Wood and leaves are essential, but most restaurants cant afford to import the wood, so you barely get the real thing.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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I've been fortunate enough to have been able to visit the REAL Jamaica because of my wife being from there. I land in the airport with all the other Americans, and see we have completely different destinations and I kind of feel sorry for them for just going to a resort. What a bore!

I will also like to visit Trinidad one day because I like vegetarian Indo-Trini cuisine such as roti. I however dislike what I've heard about the racial tensions between Indo and Afro-Trinis. Jamaican Indians seem much cooler with Black people than their Trini counterparts.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:08 AM
 
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Been to both.

Jamaica is much more touristy as pretty much everyone said above. IMO the beaches are nicer too. Food is good, and there's a lot set up for tourists to get to know the Caribbean culture.

T&T has little tourism and is more dangerous. It has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world and also is up there for violent crime. That being said, the food is incredible, and there's a lot more diversity in both the people and the experiences. Carnival is a once in a lifetime experience as well. May be harder to get around without knowing someone from there though (DH is half Trini, so most of his mom's side is there).

I think it depends on what you're looking for.... but more me, though I've been to Jamaica a few times, Trinidad was a overall more unique experience.
Just wanted to clarify somethimg regarding the statement about crime. Between the two nations, Jamaica is actually more dangerous. At a certain point in time last year or in 2010 T&T's murder rate had surpassed Jamaica but later fell again. As for kidnappings for ransom, those have fallen for years now, with less than with only 5 last year and none so far this year. This is certainly not to downplay the serious problem with violent crime in T&T but it isnt fair to paint an inaccurate picture.

Murder rates in Central America highest in the world, UN study shows - New York Daily News

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Just wanted to clarify somethimg regarding the statement about crime. Between the two nations, Jamaica is actually more dangerous. At a certain point in time last year or in 2010 T&T's murder rate had surpassed Jamaica but later fell again. As for kidnappings for ransom, those have fallen for years now, with less than with only 5 last year and none so far this year. This is certainly not to downplay the serious problem with violent crime in T&T but it isnt fair to paint an inaccurate picture.

Murder rates in Central America highest in the world, UN study shows - New York Daily News
Thanks for the clarification! It definitely wasn't my intention to portray an inaccurate picture of T&T.

That being said, however, please keep in mind that Jamaica has much more facilities in place for tourists than Trinidad. This doesn't make the country any safer, but for some travelers who are less savvy of maneuvering around a new country, this could keep them out of unwanted trouble.
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