travel 52 lime October - December 2008 Trinidad l29 Night Mas, Port of Spain Carnival may be famous for its outrageous, sequinned, soca- driven street parades, but try Night Mas in St James. It takes place on Carnival Sunday night into Monday, starting at around midnight. The music is all steel pan. The bands come out from the Panorama final two nights before and play their hearts out. l30 The Asa Wright Nature Centre The verandah at the Asa Wright Nature Centre is one of the largest you'll ever see, but more importantly it is the finest location for bird- watching in the Caribbean. You can expect to see 30 or 35 species before breakfast. Hummingbirds dogfighting, tanagers, oro pendulas in their stuttering flight and bell birds that say ' Boing!' l31 The Pitch Lake From one perspective, the Pitch Lake seems like a massive, slightly springy car park. From another it is the largest naturally occurring supply of pitch in the world. Made of clay, bitumen salt water and ash, it churns constantly, swallowing anything and then turning it up decades later.
October - December 2008 lime 53 Curacao l36 Blue Curacao Factory, Landhuis Chobolobo There are not many blue drinks in the world, but the most distinctive is surely blue Curacao, which is made with the peel of the sour lahara orange that grows in the island. The factory, set in a traditional estate house, can be visited. Tobago l34 largest brain coral in the world Fed by swirling currents and the nutrients washed offshore by Orinoco, the eastern end of Tobago has extraordinary underwater life, including the world's largest brain coral. At around 25 feet across, it is massive, with thousands of tiny jigsaw- patterned polyps. In a drift dive, sometimes the current makes your mask wobble on your face. Where do you like to lime? We'd like to build up a bank of great places to hang out on your island, so visitors can enjoy them too. If you have a favourite haunt which you think merits special attention as one of our top Caribbean spots, share it with us at www. lime- magazine. com. Grenada l32 Fish Friday, Gouyave On Fridays the otherwise quiet town of Gouyave on the leeward coast comes alive with a street party. There's every sort of fish and seafood on sale – from tee- ree- ree ( tiny fish fry battered and fried) to lobster and kingfish fillets. Stroll and listen to story- tellers and drummers, grab an ice cream and dance in the street. Guyana? We've deliberately not included anything on Guyana in this list, because we're so enthused by it's incredible flora and fauna that we're going to run a special feature on it in our next issue. Make sure to receive your copy by subscribing to Lime at www. lime- magazine. com! Dominica l33 Roseau Dominica is so rough and remote that areas of the island still remain unmapped, but interestingly its town, Roseau, is one of the most traditional in the Caribbean. Its ' skirt and shirt' buildings, with a stone foundation and a wooden upper floor, are among the most attractive in the islands. l35 Motmot nests in the Tobago rainforest The Forest Reserve in eastern Tobago is the oldest protected forest in the world. It is full of curiosities. Look out for the very pretty motmot, brown and bright blue, with long ' racquet' tail feathers. Most extraordinary of all, are their nests: tunnels dug two metres into the bank ( to protect their eggs from snakes). The eye- catching Blue-crowned motmot ROGER GIBBS/ CURACAO TOURIST BOARD