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Trinidad Busy Caribbean melting pot of Europeans, Africans, and Asians. Birthplace of steel band, calypso; world-renowned artists. Fabulous flora and fauna: hundreds of bird species, rain forests, mountain trails, turtle watching. Excellent nature guides. Good creole cuisine, active nightlife. Carnival rivals Rio's. Small to midsize hotels. $$. English, Creole. Tip: See scarlet ibis's sunset arrival at Caroni- spectacular.