The Eco-Vacation in Trinidad

When traveling it’s often hard to avoid the excesses of traditional hotels and restaurants, but for the eco-conscious tourist it is possible to find earth-friendly accommodations that celebrate and protect nature’s beauty. My husband, Steve, and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Trinidad and I hoped to explore it in the greenest way possible. I surfed the net and was happy to discover that ecotourism thrives on the island. I booked a small family run hotel called Acajou, www.acajoutrinidad.com, in the rain forest and near the fishing village of Grande Riveriere on the north coast, about a three and a half hour drive from Port of Spain airport. After negotiating a winding and often rocky road, we arrived at the resort in the wee hours of the morning. A security guard led us by flashlight to one of five wooden cottages. The air was thick and humid; my hair became a mass of frizzy curls within seconds. There was no need for clothing so we shed our travel togs, flopped down upon a very comfy king-sized bed and released the mosquito netting tied to the bedposts, letting it billow around us. The pungent floral scents of the forest wafted through the screened windows and the swishing of giant palm trees lulled me softly to sleep. I awoke to the sounds of birds, singing many different...

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