Carnival Masks

On February 11 and 12 of 2013, the entire island of Trinidad is going to be one big party as they celebrate Carnival. This yearly festival is actually a month and a half long, starting on December 26, but the two-day festival in February features the “heart-pounding rhythms and jaw-dropping costumes” that are synonymous with Carnival celebrations the world over.

When Johnny visited Trinidad last year he had this bit of advice: “When you design and buy your handmade costume you also get to dance with the locals, which also includes the free food and drink. As well as a workout class. Yeah, they don’t mess around.”

Hotels have announced special Carnival rates and are steadily reaching capacity, but there are still rooms available for travelers who act now to finalize their travel plans. All rates are shown in U.S. dollars.

Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel

Located in the epicenter of the Carnival festivities, each room at the Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel opens a window onto the landscape of the islands’ diverse heritage. With rates starting at $1,875 plus tax, for five nights based on double occupancy between February 6 -13, 2013, Coblentz Inn offers 17 chic rooms, each featuring a private kitchenette and individual style – so no two rooms are alike. For more information, visit or call 868.621.0541.

Courtyard by Marriott

The Courtyard by Marriott features 119 stylish guest rooms and is located within walking distance to most Carnival event venues as well as to shopping and restaurants. On minimum stays of five nights from February 8 – 12, 2013, the hotel is offering nightly Carnival rates starting at $309 plus tax, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit or call 868.627.5555.

Crowne Plaza

Conveniently located near Queen’s Park Savannah, The Crowne Plaza Trinidad features 243 sophisticated rooms along with two restaurants, including the Caribbean’s only revolving restaurant. Between February 8 – 13, 2013 and with a minimum stay of three nights, the hotel is offering nightly Carnival rates of $314 plus tax, based on double occupancy. For more information please visit or call 868.625.3366.

Monique’s Guesthouse

Established by Monica and Michael Charbonnè in 1975, Monique’s is a family-owned and operated hotel that offers guests spacious accommodations and warm Caribbean hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere. On minimum bookings of five-nights between February 8 – 12, 2013, visitors can take advantage of the hotel’s Carnival special that includes daily breakfast. Monique’s Carnival rates start at $1,200 plus tax for five nights, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit or call 868.628.3334.

A View of Port of Spain

The Chancellor Hotel and Conference Center

Located within a comfortable walking distance of Queen’s Park Savannah and the heart of the Carnival celebrations, The Chancellor Hotel and Conference Center offers guests stylishly contemporary rooms with warm local accents. Guests who book a minimum of five nights from February 6 – 13, 2013 receive complimentary breakfast at a nightly rate of $250 inclusive of tax, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit or call 868.263.0883.

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About Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine, and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world-famous Carnival, the birthplace of the steel pan drum, and was the host destination for the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas and the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas, and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit  or or call 800-816-7541.

So go all out and have a wild time. You’ll have the next 40 days and nights to think about what you’ve done.

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