MY CONTACT INFORMATION
My number in Trinidad will not change. I will be using my US number, (803) 622-0499 and will also be available on Whatsapp at that number for the duration of our trip.
GROUP COMMUNICATION - GET WHATSAPP!
I would strongly encourage anyone who has not done so yet, to install Whatsapp and notify me to be added to the "LP:TS Carnival Crew" Group Chat. You can download for any smartphone at www.whatsapp.com. Most of the group communication will take place in there.
Click here to access. Please note that the departure times listed here are tentative and can change as needed.
HOTEL CHECK INS
Upon arrival, give your name at the front desk to check in. Check in time is 3PM, so if you arrive early, either ask the front desk to hold on to your luggage and walk around to kill time or call me to store your luggage in my room.
HOW MUCH CASH TO BRING
MEALS: Estimating a budget of US$30-50 for each meal you have to purchase. On our itinerary, for days with fetes marked "AI" (All inclusive, meaning food and drinks are included) you would not need to purchase meals for that time of day. Since all of our events are all inclusive, US$400 for meals should be enough cash.
TRANSPORTATION: Outside of the itinerary, you may want to make some personal runs. Taxi fare may be about US$45 on average for around town travel, depending on distance. There will be taxis at the front of the hotel at all times.
SHOPPING: Consider your personal budget for any shopping you may want to do while in Trinidad.
"VEX MONEY": In case you get "lost" or left for not adhering to departure times, you may need money for taxi fare. Add this to your budget. Average: US$50 one way.
LOCAL MOBILE PHONES, SIM CARDS & TOP UPS.
The two major providers in T&T are bMobile and Digicel. I recommend bMobile (personal preference) for those thinking about purchasing a local phone. Booths are open reasonably late for Carnival so if you arrive before midnight, they would probably still be open. bMobile is located directly outside Immigration. Digicel, further down.
For US Verizon Customers, we recommend registering your device for Verizon's TravelPassSM.
Use your EXISTING voice and data plan in Trinidad & Tobago for US$10/day ONLY WHEN USED! I do!
The daily charge only applies on days you use your service. With this plan you can make calls within the country you are in or back to the US. TravelPass requires a World Device and you must be on a qualifying plan.
Visit their Trip Planner for more information, such as country-specific dialing instructions, coverage maps and more.
DO YOU NEED FOREIGN EXCHANGE?
I personally recommend and do use Credit Cards that have no foreign transaction fees. You will benefit from the exchange rate this way.
The exchange rate you will be paid for your US cash in Trinidad is about TT$6:US$1. Most businesses will accept US$ at this rate, so its not absolutely necessary to convert your money.
AIRPORT PICKUPS - YOUR DRIVERS
Your drivers will be waiting for you when you exit Customs, most likely holding an LP:TS Welcome sign. Look out for it! If need be, contact numbers for your assigned driver is:
See who is on your flight and who your assigned driver is here.
****IF YOU HAVE FULL PACKAGES WITH LP:TS, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO BUT SHOW UP WITH YOUR ID TO COLLECT YOUR COSTUME ON FRI @ 11AM.
For those collecting on others' behalf or purchased costumes, remember to print/bring the following:
The owner's authorization for you to collect, complete with a copy of their ID
The original receipt for moneys paid by the current owner
Funds for the balance owed (NB: CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. CASH ONLY)