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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 08-02-2014, 03:02 AM
 
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Trinidad seems fascinating to me. Real interesting mix of cultures, etc. Carnival is there as well.

Jamaica...I'm burned out on the image already. And for some reason, it seems like it would be difficult to interact with locals. Seems like things are way too setup for tourists to be removed from everyone. Not only that, but I'd imagine Jamaica would attract a lot of 'hey dude, where can I get some weed' aka 20-year-old college kid dudes and brahs.

But, to be honest, I'd just at any opportunity that came my way, to make a trip to either one anytime.

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Old 08-02-2014, 03:15 AM
 
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Trinidad and Tobago seem way cooler. I don't subscribe to choosing whichever destination treats and sets up tourists better because we are talking about entire countries here, not a private summer cottage. The people of either are not obligated to make you feel at home.

For Trini, the landscape looks nicer, and the food and vibe are more appealing to me. Jamaica is a little too flat for my tastes, and I'm not really in to the rasta or package deal thing, which I'm sure must get rubbed in your face pretty hard.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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Are you kidding me? Trinidad & Tobago is known as a tourist destination. It gets a great size of tourism, especially being a crossing point and transit point to other various nations & localities.

Most visitors to Trinidad are overseas based Trinidadians, or business people or visitors from neighboring islands. Trinidad gets far fewer leisure tourists from points beyond the Caribbean than most other Caribbean islands.

So no Trinidad is NOT known as a tourist destination outside of carnival.

Tobago has a more tourism based economy, but hasn't been that successful either. Fewer than 50k international visitors travel to Tobago, mainly from the UK. Even Dominica does better than that.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Jamaica is a little too flat for my tastes, .

I guess if you went to Jamaica you stayed in a hotel. Jamaica is one of the most mountainous islands, and Blue Mountain at 7,400 is one of the Caribbean's highest peaks, indeed only the island of Hispaniola having higher peaks.

Your other comments have validity in that much of Jamaica's tourist product is very "packaged" while one can sooner gain access to the real "Trini" vibe, because they have no interest in impressing tourists to attract them. They have a thriving energy based economy with a buoyant financial and professional services (engineering, etc) and manufacturing base as well.

But if one wants to escape the manufactured for tourist image of Jamaica it is also possible.

I really don't think that one island is better than the other. They are different, but have much appeal. Both also have their share of crime as well so the adventurous need to be cautious.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Trinidad seems fascinating to me. Real interesting mix of cultures, etc. Carnival is there as well.

Jamaica...I'm burned out on the image already. And for some reason, it seems like it would be difficult to interact with locals. Seems like things are way too setup for tourists to be removed from everyone. Not only that, but I'd imagine Jamaica would attract a lot of 'hey dude, where can I get some weed' aka 20-year-old college kid dudes and brahs.

But, to be honest, I'd just at any opportunity that came my way, to make a trip to either one anytime.

The very fact that Trinidad doesn't cater to tourists might also present difficulties for a visitor who doesn't know any one. Tourism isn't a priority, so interacting with foreigners isn't. The locals in the urban northern part of the island are just as busy as people in urban environments tend to be.

For visitors to Trinidad I suggest they go with a Trini, or arrive with contacts on that island, so that they gain entrance into society.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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You will have a more unique experience in Jamaica.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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You will have a more unique experience in Jamaica.
What makes you say that?

As been discussed Jamaica is a typical tourist destination so people will most likely be only in the tourist resort areas while Trinidad doesn't have a developed tourist industry the economy doesn't rely on tourism as much as other islands.
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Old 10-04-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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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.
Highest kidnapping in the world, in a smallish Carribbean Island?
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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Highest kidnapping in the world, in a smallish Carribbean Island?
I think both places are worth a visit.
Trinidad has stuff to actually see. You just need to actually take the effort to see it.
It is a shame Trinidad does not have more tourism.
Tobago is beautiful.... and has more tourist appeal in terms of a beach vacation.
I was really in guard when in Trindad after hearing all sorts of negative reviews and crime warnings from family living there.
When there though I actually never had any problems.

The key tourist type things we did where....

1. The Pitch Lake
2. The Bird Sanctuary ( really really beautiful and fun )
3. Temple by the Sea
4. Seeing the big Hindu Temple with the Hanuman Status ( I think the 3rd largest in the world).
5. The Zoo in Port of Spain
6. The Beach
7. Walking around the Savanah to see the old historic houses.

In Trinidad as a tourist you need to rent private transportation. Lots of driving to get to places. Lots of traffic and lost of mountain type roads. Driving to the beach from port of Spain is SCARY! It was SCARY as a kid and more Scary as an adult.

Oh yeah and Carnival events.

Jamacia has loads of high end resorts and more groomed beach areas. They have done a great job developing that industry and the commerical "Come to Jamacia and Feel all right".... helped market the heck out of tourism there. Who ever created that jingle deserves an award! It is simple, effective and memorable.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:19 AM
 
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T&T is not really known as a tourist destination, especially when compared to Jamaica; so this poll doesn't seem to be quite 'fair'. Maybe comparing Jamaica to other hot destinations like Puerto Rico, Barbados, Dominican Republic, even Cuba; would had been better.

Then again, this is City-Data. lol
These countries are very different. Jamaica is a tourist destination, but also an island with a rich culture. Trinidad is more a business destination and one for the traveler because of its very rich and diverse range of cultures.

They aren't interested in tourism, and indeed look down on islands which are tourist dependent. If all one wants is a beach Trinidadians will direct you to Tobago or to another island. They are more of an industrial/service economy based on its petro chemical sectors.
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