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Caribbean Outdoor Life

Brought to you by the Outdoors Trinidad Web Site

January 2008

In this Issue

Dealing with Snakes when Hiking

Sports Bra 

Why your workout clothes matter

Top tips for easier training

Beyond Blanchisseuse

Chaguaramas Cycling Areas

Revisiting Trinidad's railway past

 



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Dealing with Snakes when Hiking

By Brian Ramsey

Many individuals when encouraged to go hiking express a fear of snakes and this fear keeps them from experiencing the beauty of our natural world. The fear of snakes is an exaggerated concern and by following some simple rules most persons will never have any threatening experiences with snakes.

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Sports bra

by Fitness sports store

To reduce pain and movement of the breasts when exercising, women should always wear a well-fitting sports bra. The dub sports bra can be used for many activities Weight training, Yoga, Spinning, Running, Aerobics etc.

Which sports bra should I wear, that is the question

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Why your workout clothes matter

By Julie Russell

Some people don't seem to care what they wear for their workouts. Learn how the wrong clothes will not only affect your performance, but they will also affect your confidence level. It's not just about fashion!

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Top tips for easier training

By Katina

There's many factors which have to be taken into consideration when running. These tips include how far to run, how fast, where to run and when to head out, read the article to find more useful tips.

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Beyond Blanchisseuse

By Brian Ramsey

For many individuals beach going ends at the spring bridge that spans the Marianne River. While many believe that the beaches end at the bridge, hikers have long known that there are beautiful beaches beyond. A short distance after the bridge are two beautiful small beaches. For those who do not want to endure the full rigors of a hike to Paria but still want to enjoy the gifts of our North Coast, a hike to these two beaches is a perfect introduction.

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 Chaguaramas Cycling Areas

By Brian Ramsey

Many persons use the Chaguaramas peninsula for cycling and the most popular area is the Macqueripe Road. Although this road has reduced vehicular traffic, there is still significant vehicle traffic. Chagaramas however provides several cycling areas with little or no vehicle traffic while mentally refreshing you with the sights of nature.

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Revisiting Trinidad's railway past

By Brian Ramsey

Located within the Petrotrin complex at Pointe-a-Pierre is the refurbished Pointe-a-Pierre train station. Situated in the midst of a grove of Samaan trees, the refurbished train station is on the exact spot where the original station was located.

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Caribbean Outdoor Life

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February 2008

In this Issue

Out and About in Nassau

Claxton Bay Maiden

Tips for running in the dark

Cycling in a Group

Fishing Bait 

Choosing Women's Hiking Boots

Sleeping bag: Synthetic or Down?

 



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Out and About in Nassau

By Brian Ramsey

Mention the name The Bahamas and sparkling blue water with pink or white sand beaches spring to mind. Conch fritters, Conch salad, 700 islands, duty free shopping and Junkanoo are all terms that are synonymous with the Bahamas. Nassau has myriad outdoor recreational activities that are perfect for burning off the pounds gained from eating all those conch fritters or adding some variety to your holiday or business trip.

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Claxton Bay Maiden - A Tale of Undying Love

by Brian Ramsey

Trinidadians love to provide stories of supernatural beings. Along the Solomon Hochoy Highway in the vicinity of the Claxton Bay Exit, tales are told of motorists who see a young lady walking across the highway. Providing an interesting addition to this story is the statue of a young lady that is located immediately before the exit and a tale of love.

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Tips for Running in the Dark

By Blaine Moore 

Running in the dark can be a challenge and presents some unique challenges. Running in the dark can also be very exhilarating, especially when you run in a group. Here are some basic questions that you need to answer before going out for a run, and a few items that you can take with you to make your run easier and safer.

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Cycling in a Group

By Matt McCullough 

Riding in group can be both a daunting and exhilarating experience for those starting out in the sport. If you catch onto a riding group while out on the road or head out with a group of friends there a number of simple but specific things you'll need to know to both remain safe and become a smooth part of the riding group.

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Fishing Bait 

By Nicholas Tan 

There is such an assortment of bait that it is difficult to recommend any particular color, size, or type as the best. There are more than a thousand good baits on the market. All will catch fish at some time or another. 

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Choosing Women's Hiking Boots in 5 Easy Steps

By Sarah Holt 

Are your hiking boots delivering blisters and sore ankles instead of providing comfort and support? Choosing women's hiking boots that will not leave you aching can be achieved in 5 easy steps.

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Sleeping Bag: Synthetic or Down 

By Allan Lehman

When considering what kind of sleeping bag you want to purchase, there are a few things you want to consider.

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Caribbean Outdoor Life

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March 2008

In this Issue

Trekking to Bathsheba

Penal Island Park 

River Crossing Safety Tips for Hikers

Camping Games for Adults

How to Stay Clean when Camping 

Mosquito Control

Choosing a Camp Site 

Beach Safety

Jet Ski Rentals

 



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Trekking to Bathsheba

By Brian Ramsey

Bathsheba, the name evokes images of a mystical place and in Barbados it is a special place. Bathsheba on the east coast of Barbados has dramatic beauty with wide sand beaches on a rugged coast with striking rock formations. As beautiful as Bathsheba is, the journey to this quaint seaside village is equally enchanting.

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Penal Island Park

by Brian Ramsey

Located just off the Siparia Erin Road, between Penal and Siparia on Water Well Road is what we call the Penal Island Park. The park is centred around a large lake that has a small island in the middle and is ideal for a range of recreational activities.

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River Crossing Safety Tips for Hikers

By George Spearing 

Crossing rivers. Some safety tips for hikers and backpackers. River crossings can be deceptively hazardous. Even a very shallow swiftly flowing body of water can pack enough force to 'skittle' the unwary. If a river is in flood, then wait for it to subside. If in doubt as to whether a river is safe to cross, then find an alternative route. However, if that is not possible, then here are a few tips for water crossings-

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Camping Games for Adults

By Nicole Munoz 

We've all had tons of fun playing I Spy or taking part in a camping scavenger hunt. There are plenty of board games that are ideal for playing by the campfire and a deck of cards is a must have on any camping trip. But what about some fun camping games just for adults?

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How to Stay Clean when you are Camping

By Gray Rollins 

Going camping and cleanliness seems to be almost opposite goals. After all, the very act of camping means going out into nature, living with the animals, subjecting yourself to the elements and cooking, eating and sleeping on the ground. However, as you'll soon learn, staying clean is a goal that can be accomplished while camping.

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Mosquito Control 

By Steve Gillman 

Mosquito control when backpacking isn't a minor issue. At one time mosquitoes were a nuisance more than anything. If you backpacked and camped in areas that had a lot of these pesky insects, you expected to be bothered. You expected to lose sleep even.

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Choosing a Camp Site

By Eugene Brenner

Careful thinking and planning are necessary when choosing a campsite. Follow these tips and pointers to assure a successful camping trip.

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 Beach Safety

Most of us visit the beach on a regular basis and it is important to be alert to the risks at the beach. This article will provide advice on beach safety to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time.

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Jet Ski Rentals

by Brian Ramsey

Up to the present the only choice for those in north Trinidad who wanted to rent a jet ski was one individual in Chaguaramas at Williams Bay. Well, that situation is about to change. A new marina is being constructed in the Chaguaramas area that will offer jet ski rentals. Keep reading this magazine for future developments.


This monthly ezine is brought to you by Outdoors Trinidad. For information on outdoor recreational activities and places of interest in Trinidad visit us at http://www.trinoutdoors.com/. You can contact us at info@trinoutdoors.com or at 868-620-3569

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Caribbean Outdoor Life

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April 2008

In this Issue

Castara Baking

Dominica Hiking

Carenage Fishing

Undiscovered Camping Area

Which way to hold the camera 

Choosing the proper backpack 

Surfs Up

Staying Hydrated while Hiking 

 



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Castara Baking - Old Time Baking, Old Time Flavor

By Brian Ramsey

What is so special about baking in Castara to warrant an article encouraging people to visit? The answer is an aroma and taste that can only be obtained by truly old style baking methods.

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Dominica - A Hiker's Paradise

by Brian Ramsey

Dominica, calls itself the Nature Island and rightfully so. Its landscape is covered with lush untouched natural rain forest. Within those forests are tall cascading waterfalls, hidden fern grottoes, mountain lakes, boiling lakes, hot springs and mysterious regions of volcanic activity. All these natural wonders within a 29 mile by 16 mile island that has almost 300 miles of footpaths, so that in almost every part of the country, trails weave their way into gorges and across valleys, climbing up to 4,000 foot mountains, creating a hiker's paradise.

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Carenage Fishing

By Brian Ramsey

The recent construction of a jetty in Carenage has provided an additional location for those whose hobby is fishing.

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The Undiscovered Camping Area

By Brian Ramsey

The Trinidad dry season is a very good time for camping and many individuals take advantage of the public holidays during this period to camp along the beaches. Unfortunately the popular beaches of Maracas, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Blanchissuesse, Sally Bay, Balandra and Salybia can get quite crowded. While the camping crowds suit some persons, especially for security reasons, not everyone wants to be camped next to someone with speakers as big as a house and music playing all night. If you want a little serenity in your camping, there is a perfect beachside location that seems not to have been discovered by the crowds.

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Which way to hold the Camera 

By Christine Peppler 

Do you know the basic rules as to which way to orient the camera when taking a picture? Find out here.

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Choosing the Proper Backpack

By Abhishek Agarwal

If you are looking for an outdoor sporting activity, camping is one and the other is hiking. Whichever of the two you may choose, you will need good quality equipment to keep you from missing the luxury of your apartment back home.

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Surfs Up - A beginner's guide to surfing

By Megan Foster

There is a common misconception that surfers are laid-back dudes. While they may look the part, it is important to note that surfing is anything but laid-back.

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Staying Hydrated while Hiking

By Trevor Kugler

For anyone who spends time hiking, staying hydrated is a problem that must be dealt with. If you cover a lot of ground while hiking, carrying water with you can be a pain in the butt. You can only carry so many bottles of water effectively before they really get in the way.

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This monthly ezine is brought to you by Outdoors Trinidad. For information on outdoor recreational activities and places of interest in Trinidad visit us at http://www.trinoutdoors.com/. You can contact us at info@trinoutdoors.com or at 868-620-3569

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Caribbean Outdoor Life

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May 2008

In this Issue

Grenada's Treasures

Miami Truly Wild

Valencia Pillars

What makes a good fishing trip

Buying and Storing a Kayak

Sighting Night Birds

Other Camping and Fishing areas in Trinidad

 

 

 



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Grenada's Freshwater Treasures

By Brian Ramsey

The beaches of Grenada are truly beautiful. Some would argue that Grand Anse is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean. If you can tear yourself away from these wonderful beaches, Grenada has other water treasures of the fresh water variety. Grenada's mountainous nature and pristine environment gives rise to several waterfalls.

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Miami's Truly Wild Side

by Brian Ramsey

Miami has a variety of attractions for tourists that revolve around animal and bird life. These include the Miami Seaquarium, Parrot Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle and Miami Zoo. However even more attractive are the truly wild animals and birds that can be seen in South Florida. For the best experience, South Florida, in the areas around Miami, has numerous parks where the truly wild can be seen in their natural environment.

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Valencia Pillars

By Brian Ramsey

Every weekend hundreds of cars go along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway. On a holiday weekend, as people head to Manzanilla, Mayaro, Matura and Toco, these cars on the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway go past four pillars. Two of these pillars are just opposite the Santa Rosa housing development in Arima on the outskirts of Wallerfield and the other two pillars are on the eastern edge of Valencia village. But what are these pillars and how did they come to be there?

To find out more click here.


What makes a good fishing trip

By Brian Ramsey 

What makes a good fishing trip? The obvious answer is fish and preferably fish that are biting your bait. While fish that are biting is the key element in a good fishing trip there are several other elements that help to enhance your fishing experience.

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 Buying and Storing a Kayak

By Vicki Churchill

If you are considering taking up kayaking as a hobby or sport the first thing you need to consider is how much you are prepared to spend on a new or used kayak together with the cost of the essential kayak accessories you will need. The next thing to consider is where you will store your kayak when you are not using it.

For more of this article, click here.


Sighting Night Birds

By Richard Chapo

If you think that the birding world really comes alive first thing in the morning, you may be surprised to know that many birds wake up after the sun has gone down. Some birds are real night owl's (and yes, they come out at night too), so get ready for some late night birding.

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 Other Camping Fishing Areas in Trinidad

If you would like to learn about other camping areas and fishing locations in Trinidad, visit the Camping Page and the Popular Fishing Areas Page  at Outdoors Trinidad to see the new information added to the site.


This monthly ezine is brought to you by Outdoors Trinidad. For information on outdoor recreational activities and places of interest in Trinidad visit us at http://www.trinoutdoors.com/. You can contact us at info@trinoutdoors.com or at 868-620-3569

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Caribbean Outdoor Life

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June 2008

In this Issue

Climbing Mt. Liamuiga

Guyana - A Peek

US Army Bases in Trinidad

Preparing for a 5K

Choosing a mountain bike

Tour Operators and Accomodation in Trinidad

Additional Turtle Nesting areas in Trinidad

 

 



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Climbing Mount Liamuiga in St Kitts

By Justin Birch

Regardless of where you are in St. Kitts - from the beaches to rainforests - one majestic mountain will always be in view. Mt. Liamuiga, the island's famed dormant volcano, is almost impossible to miss.

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Guyana - A Peek at South American Fauna

By Brian Ramsey

Guyana is an amazing country, part of the South American continent yet still considered part of the Caribbean. Home to Kaieteur Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in the world at 741 feet. Within Guyana there are rivers that contain islands which are larger than Barbados. Guyana is among the countries with the highest biodiversity in the world, having 1,168 vertebrate species and 1600 bird species.

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Former US Army Bases in Trinidad

By Brian Ramsey

Many people know of the US military bases at Chaguaramas and at Cumuto, but how many individuals realise that there were numerous other US military bases in Trinidad. In all there were 225 U. S. military bases in Trinidad.

To find out more click here.


Choosing a Mountain Bike

By Andrew Caxton

How to choose a mountain bike depends on what you are going to do with it. If all you want to do is go for an easy ride in the park then you do not need to spend too much.

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 Preparing for a 5K

By Joshua Quintana

Throughout my experience of running marathons, triathlons, and small 5&10K races, I found that the beneficial and enjoyable races were my local 5k's. If you've ever thought about running one I highly suggest getting out there trying it. Here are a few helpful hints on preparing yourself for one.

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Tour Operators and Accomodation in Trinidad

If you want to experience the natural attractions of Trinidad but want an experienced individual to accompany you, or not able to go on the public organised hikes then hiring a Tour Guide is your answer. Our new Tour Operators Page provides a listing of organisations that provide Trinidad Tour Guide services.  

Looking for somewhere to spend your vacation or a long holiday weekend, then check out our Accomodation Page.


Additional Turtle Nesting Areas in Trinidad

The viewing of the nesting of the leatherback turtles is a popular recreational activity in Trinidad. Most individuals go to either Grande Riviere or Matura to witness this annual event as these are the most well known locations for this activity. There are however other locations used by nesting leatherback turtles and other species of sea turtles. On the Outdoors Trinidad web site we have added information on these other turtle nesting sites and how you can visit them. 

Click here to learn about the turtle nesting sites in Trinidad


 

Caribbean Outdoor Life

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July 2008

In this Issue

Searching for the Scarlet Ibis in Cedros

Hell hath no meaning as in Grand Cayman

Snorkeling

12 Outdoor Safety Tips

Simple Tips for taking better photos

The Company Villages

Chacachacare Lighthouse Hike

Knollys Tunnel

Saturday Hikes

811 for Emergencies

 



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Searching for the Scarlet Ibis in Cedros

By Brian Ramsey

Most individuals when thinking about Trinidad and the Scarlet Ibis immediately think about the Caroni Swamp and the guided boat tours that take visitors into the swamp to see these birds coming in to roost. The Scarlet Ibis however is much more widespread in Trinidad. For some if they can witness flocks of Scarlet Ibis and other birdlife without leaving the luxury of their car, they would consider it perfect, a kind of drive-thru nature watching. Well in Trinidad such nature viewing exists and it can be done in Cedros.

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Hell hath no meaning as in Grand Cayman

by Justin Birch

On the picturesque Caribbean island of Grand Cayman, there is place known as Hell. Just a short drive from five-star resorts and pristine beaches, rests an ominous field of brimstone with a fascinating geological history.

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Snorkeling - Floating through an underwater world

By Basil C Hill

Snorkeling is a fancy word for breathing underwater while floating. It is the heavenly experience of weightlessness, when the human body relinquishes all fear, all negativity, and your eyes take your mind through an inverted bubble as you wade through tunnels of friendly fish, lurking lobsters, flowering sea fans, colorful corals, sea sponges, silent and slothful sea cucumbers, sleeping sea rays, and gigantic green and huge hawksbill sea turtles. Imagine you just received a personal invitation from an animated sea creature to go on a tour through a giant fish tank the size of a football field. That is what a snorkeling experience is to those who never experienced the natural high that snorkeling provides.                                                                                     To find out more click here.


12 Outdoor Safety Tips

By E. Lee Reid

I have hiked, camped, hunted, and fished from the Sahara desert in Libya to the Canadian mountain wilds. A very important consideration before any outdoor camping or hiking trip is safety. The most effective way to prevent mishaps and stay out of danger is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense, can help make your camping or hiking trip enjoyable and safe. Following in this article are twelve proven hiking and camping tips based on my many and varied outdoor experiences.

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Simple Tips for taking better photos

By Dana Larson

Take better photos and add exciting artistic effects to your photos using HP digital cameras. These can be edited using in-camera design gallery features.

For more of this article, click here.


The Company Villages

By Brian Ramsey

The Moruga Road passes through a series of villages known as Third, Fifth and Sixth Company. These names are the result of settlement in Trinidad in 1815 and 1816 of comapnies of nego soldiers who fought alongside the British in the American war of 1812.

There are however another group of company villages that are not as well known as those in the Moruga area.

To learn more click here


Chacachacare Lighthouse Hike

By Brian Ramsey                                                                                    This hike goes to the highest point on Chacachacare island and enables you to visit a lighthouse that was constructed in 1870 and is still functional.

Click here to learn about this hike


Knollys Tunnel

Located in the village of Tabaquite is the only man-made tunnel found in Trinidad. This tunnel was constructed in 1898 and during its time this tunnel was an attraction and many people rode the train to Tabaquite simply to experience going through the tunnel.

To learn more, click here.


Saturday Hikes

One of our hiking groups, Hikers World, has now introduced Saturday hikes under the name Fitness Walkers. This is a great opportunity for those who previously were unable to go on the Sunday hikes because of church or family committments.                                                                                      To see the hikes that are scheduled for the different saturdays, visit our Events Calendar.


New Telephone number for emergency ambulance

A new telephone number has now been introduced for calling for an emergency ambulance in Trinidad. The new number is 811, which will connect you direct to the ambulance control center.


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This monthly ezine is brought to you by Outdoors Trinidad. For information on outdoor recreational activities and places of interest in Trinidad visit us at http://www.trinoutdoors.com/. You can contact us at info@trinoutdoors.com or at 868-620-3569  

 

Caribbean Outdoor Life

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August 2008

In this Issue

Hidden Toco Beaches

Graeme Hall

Explore Aruba's southern coast

Laventille Horse Trough

Another Hanuman

Diego Water Wheel

The best sandals for outdoor

Hiking Basics

Scuba Mask

Saturday Hikes

 



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Hidden Toco Beaches

By Brian Ramsey

The Toco region is on the north-eastern peninsula of Trinidad and so there are numerous beaches along the peninsula. While most of the beaches are easily found being just off the Toco Main Road and seen as you drive by, there are several lovely beaches that require slightly more effort to find. Among these hidden Toco beaches are 21 Mile Marker Beach Guyama, Adventist Beach Cumana, Gajadhar Trace Beach, Cumana, and Trois Roche Beach.

To get the information on each beach, click on the beach names above.


Graeme Hall - the Hidden Bajan Paradise

by Brian Ramsey

Every year thousands of persons flock to Barbados to enjoy the blue waters, beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Many of these visitors spend their time on the south coast which has a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs, bars and pubs that are alive during the day and even more alive at night. Many individuals traverse the south coast, sampling the delights of a Bajan holiday, yet never discover the hidden paradise that is the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.

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Explore Aruba's Southern Coast by Kayak

By Justin Birch

Though scuba diving may get all the attention, Aruba has plenty of other water sports opportunities. One of the best activities in Aruba for every type of tourist is kayaking. On the leeward side of the island, kayakers can paddle through calm waters and visit some popular sites along the way. If you want to explore this beautiful island in a unique way, a kayaking expedition along the southern coast offers incredible opportunities.

To learn more click here


Laventille Horse Trough

By Brian Ramsey

On the Eastern Main Road on the outskirts of Port of Spain, just below the Success Laventille Government school, exists a historical landmark. Most persons who pass this landmark probably do not notice it or if they do, do not think of its historical significance. Indeed to the present generation the Eastern Main Road has always been there.

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Another Hanuman Statue

The Hanuman statue at the Dattatreya center in Carapachaima Trinidad is well known and has developed into a tourist attraction. There is now another larger than life Hanuman statue that can be easily viewed and this one in in north Trinidad.

For more on this statue click here.


Diego Martin Water Wheel

The water wheel at Diego Martin is probably the only remaining complete water wheel in Trinidad.  To learn about viewing this surviving agricultural technology, click here


The best sandals for outdoor activities

By Lee Judkins

Sandals are ideal footwear for outdoor activities because they offer protection for your feet, allow your feet to breathe, and are generally comfortable. Outdoor sport activities offer an array of activities, such as golf, walking, and rafting with different requirements for your feet. It is a good idea to choose a style of sandal that is suitable for the type of outdoor activities you perform on a regular basis.

For more of this article, click here.


Hiking Basics

By Nancy Jackson  

Gear up for an exhilarating day in the great outdoors. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran hiker, being prepared and following a few hiking basics can help make your adventure as safe as it is sensational.

To find out more click here.   


Choosing a good Snorkeling mask

By Greg Deskin

Choosing a good snorkeling mask can be difficult. Follow these simple steps and you will have a good mask that will last a lifetime of vacations.

For more of this article, click here.


Saturday Hikes

One of our hiking groups, Hikers World, has now introduced Saturday hikes under the name Fitness Walkers. This is a great opportunity for those who previously were unable to go on the Sunday hikes because of church or family committments.

To see the hikes that are scheduled for the different saturdays, visit our Events Calendar

 

Caribbean Outdoor Life

Brought to you by the Outdoors Trinidad Web Site

September 2008

In this Issue

Bet Olam graves

Ruins of Tulum

St Stephen's Church

Toll Gate Monument

Blanchissuesse

Knife Rust Prevention

Fishing Rod Maintenance

 



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Bet Olam Section of the Western Cemetery

By Brian Ramsey

In the Western Cemetery of Port of Spain (also called the Mucurapo Cemetery) on the eastern side of that cemetery are a particular series of neatly kept graves lying side by side. At any time of the year that you visit this cemetery these graves are well maintained, with all the head stones having a constant coat of white paint.

These are the graves of the "Calypso Shtetl" and "The Calypso Jews".

To learn more about the people in these graves, click here


Exploring the Ruins of Tulum

by Justin Birch

While Cancun is home to beautiful hotels, resorts and numerous attractions, the area surrounding the city is known for its wealth of Mayan ruins. About 2 hours south of the city rests one of the most beautiful ancient sites in Mexico, the ruins of Tulum. Perched above the Caribbean Sea on a rocky cliff, the ruins are simultaneously captivating and foreboding.

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St Stephens Church

By Brian Ramsey

St Stephen's Anglican Church lies at the western entrance to Princes Town and has both religious and historical significance for Trinidad.

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Toll Gate Monument

By Brian Ramsey

Sitting quietly on the grounds of the National Museum in Port of Spain is a monument to the effort it took to provide road transportation during the early years of Trinidad's colonisation.

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Blanchissuesse Beach Update

In this issue we update the information on the Outdoors Trinidad web site regarding the beaches of Blanchissuesse.

For more on these beaches click here.


Knife Rust Prevention Secrets

By Santiago Gutierrez

Developing rust on a knife after only a week can be a very frustrating occurrence. Believe it or not, rust can and will develop in such a short period of time even on a stainless steel knife! In this article I will share with the reader some of the best practices for knife owners to use on a daily basis to prevent rust and corrosion.

To find out more, click here. 


8 Steps to Fishing Rod Maintenance

By Dean Carl

So often we read or hear about proper care of fishing reels, yet what good is a well maintained fishing reel if you do not have a good fishing rod for that reel to be used with? No matter how much or little you have spent on your fishing rods, you can help your rods have long and productive lives by following some basic maintenance tips.

To learn more, click here


 

 

Caribbean Outdoor Life

Brought to you by the Outdoors Trinidad Web Site

October 2008

In this Issue

Focus on San Fernando

Shopping and Birding in Miami

Canari Bay Hike

Water Resistant Flashlights

Waterfalls Update

Videos Added

 


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Focus on San Fernando

By Brian Ramsey

San Fernando is the second largest city in Trinidad and has a proud history. Some of the historic buildings in San Fernando include the Police Station, the Carib Building, the Court House and the Town Hall.

To learn more about these historic buildings and places, click on each place name.


Shopping and Birding in Miami

by Brian Ramsey

South Florida and Miami in particular is a magnet that draws shoppers from South & Central America and the Caribbean. Shopping in Miami is year round but seems to reach a fever pitch on the 3rd Friday in November which is the day immediately after the American Thanksgiving holiday. Known as Black Friday, it is a day of deep discounts that marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. South Florida is also a good location for bird watching.

To read about, Shopping and Birding in Miami click here


Canari Bay Hike

By Brian Ramsey

The Canari Bay hike is one of the hiking trips that provides some variety on any hiking schedule, as it is on Trinidad's southeast coast and so makes a change from the Northern Range hikes.

To learn more about the Canari Bay Hike


Water Resistant Flashlights

By Ben Anton

If an emergency occurs and someone is in distress, professional divers, firemen and rescue works must respond to the challenge immediately. Waiting for ideal weather conditions or better lighting is not an option when lives are at stake and the potential for destruction is high. It is no wonder that these professionals demand the highest quality in their lighting equipment.

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Waterfalls Update

We have updated the information on the Waterfalls Page of the Outdoors Trinidad web site, with additional information on some waterfalls plus added more waterfalls 

For more on Trinidad waterfalls click here.


Videos Added

On the Outdoors Trinidad web site we seek to give the reader a full understanding of what can be found at each place of interest or what each outdoor activity is like. For that reason we use a large number of photographs on the site. Recognising that videos can further enhance a reader's appreciation of a place or activity we have now added videos to several parts of the web site.

You can view the videos on our Beaches Page, Camping Page, Waterfalls Page, Surfing Page , Bird Watching Page and Other Recreation Page.

 

Caribbean Outdoor Life

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November 2008

In this Issue

Exploring Havana

Kayaking Hart's Cut

St James Barracks

Point Cumana Beaches

St Chad's Church

Binoculars for Birders

More Videos Added

 



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Exploring Havana Cuba

By Frank Benitez

Cuba's identity owes a great deal to the fact that it is surrounded by sea as well as to its geographical position. It is sometimes called the "key to the gulf" because of its strategic location between North and South America at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, and the island has been a crossroads since the beginning of the Colonial period. As a result, the island's early population consisted of European settlers, a few native Indians who had survived struggles against invaders. In general, Cubans are outgoing, talkative and sociable.

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Kayaking Hart's Cut Bay and Masson's Bay

by Brian Ramsey

Hart's Cut Bay and Masson's Bay is a kayaking area that gives you the opportunity to kayak in a relatively sheltered bay and at the same time observe natural flora and fauna.

To go kayaking with us, click here


St James Barracks

By Brian Ramsey

Located in the Port of Spain Trinidad suburb of St James is a compound fondly known as The St James Barracks or more simply as The Barracks. To most people the St James Barracks is associated with the Police Service as it houses the Police Training School and every police officer certainly from the 1930's to the present (2008) has attended that institution in order to join the Police Service. The St James Barracks however was not always a police institution.

To learn more about St James Barracks click here. 


Point Cumana - Carenage Beaches

By Brian Ramsey

During the 1920's and the early part of the1930's the Point Cumana and Carenage districts in Trinidad were popular seaside vacation areas. There were beach houses available for rent and families would take their children to enjoy the school holidays. With the advent of mass ownership of automobiles, the popularity of these areas has declined. Point Cumana and Carenage however still have several small beaches that are convenient for those in the Port of Spain area who desire a quick sea bath.

For the full story on the Point Cumana Beaches, click here


St Chad's Church

Along the Macqueripe Road in Chaguaramas in Trinidad is an old church that was first constructed in 1850.

To learn the history of St Chad's Church click here.


Binoculars For Birders

By Roy Smallwood

Investing in new binoculars is a proposition that can present itself in daunting ways. The optics field is quite large and the number of products is considerable. How does one choose a binocular? Here are my suggestions.

For advice on purchasing binoculars, click here.


More Videos Added

We have added more videos on outdoor activities in the Caribbean. You can now see Island Life in Bathsheba, The Birds of Barbados, The Sari Sari Falls Hike in Dominica, The St Kitts Volcano Climb and Tour the Everglades National Park


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Caribbean Outdoor Life

Brought to you by the Outdoors Trinidad Web Site

December 2008

In this Issue

Equipment Store

Suriname

Cabildo Building

St Lucia

St Michael's Church

Camping Security

Mountain Bike Helmets

Fishing Knives

Fishing Rods

Digital Camera

 



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This month marks the 12th issue of Caribbean Outdoor Life magazine and it has been an enjoyable experience sharing with you the beauty of the Caribbean outdoors. In 2009 we look forward to providing you even more of the Caribbean. We also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and as in this issue we visit a parang area we also give you the wishes in spanish, Feliz Navidad.

Brian Ramsey


Recreational Equipment Store

Outdoors Trinidad launches its recreational equipment store in association with Amazon. You can find equipment for your hiking, camping, fishing, cycling, surfing, photography, wind surfing and other recreation needs. You can also get Trinidad and Tobago Travel Guides and books by Trinidad and Tobago authors.

Click here to visit the Outdoors Trinidad recreation store


Suriname - A Maverick Destination

By Monique Pool

Suriname is one of those secret destinations that savvy travelers love to keep under the radar. It is a country with a unique cultural mix of people who live in a stunning rain forest location. The small group of tourists who come here leave with treasured memories of a happy people who live a high quality of life in a beautiful tranquil atmosphere. Want to live in harmony with nature? Try Suriname!

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Cabildo Building

by Brian Ramsey

On Sackville Street in Port of Spain Trinidad, sandwiched between the Police Headquarters building and the office of the Attorney General is a small building called the Cabildo Building. There is a widely held belief that this building was the office of the Royal Cabildo, but was it really?

To learn more about the Cabildo Building, click here


St Lucia where it's at

By Caitlin Moore

St. Lucia, located in the Eastern Caribbean amidst a handful of other exotic, pleasure-filled islands, is a scenic and friendly place known for its volcanic beauty and unique French-infused culture. It attracts honeymooners and families alike with its abundant charms and makes sure that all vacation visions and goals are properly realized.

To discover more about St Lucia click here. 


St Michael's Church

By Brian Ramsey

Set on a wide flat plain looking up at the rich green hills of the Maracas valley but often dwarfed in focus by its sister church at St Joseph, this church is also a key part of Trinidad's history and a cornerstone of the development of the Maracas valley.

To discover the history of St Michael's, click here

 

Camping Security

Many individuals like the idea of going camping but are concerened about their personal safey. When going to remote camp sites it pays to stay alert and preparation is the key to your personal safety.

Click here to discover other ways to stay safe on remote camp sites.

 

Buying Mountain Bike Helmets 

By Alison Addy

You may think that mountain bike helmets are all the same but in fact you would be wrong. Whilst all helmets are designed to protect your head, some are better designed than others. If you take more care choosing the right helmet to suit you then you will have less of a risk of injuring yourself if you do fall off your bike.

Click here to see how to choose a mountain bike helmet


Fishing Knives and Scissors

By Ben Anton

Fishermen and women preparing for a season of angling fun must make sure their tackle box is stocked with the necessary equipment. This article outlines what you should look for in a fishing or fillet knife, a must-have component for any angler.

For advice on fishing knives, click here.


Choosing the right type of Fishing Rod

If you're looking to purchase fishing rods, then you should know that it's not a one-size-fits-all market. You have to know your purpose before purchasing the right fishing equipment for the tasks ahead.

See the rest of this article for help in choosing the right type of fishing rod


 

Choosing a Digital Camera

By Don Roberts

Choosing a digital camera can be a very frustrating and time consuming experience with so many makes and models to choose from including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic and others. Although the most significant feature when choosing a digital camera is the number of megapixels, which determines the quality of your photos, it is not the only consideration when choosing a digital camera.

Click here for steps in choosing a digital camera


 

 

 

 
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