Turtle Rex Hotel

Trip Start Jun 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 25, 2007

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

This is where the Latvian Courlander Gathering takes place every 2 years, celebrating the history of the 17th C. Latvian settlement headed by Duke Jakubas.  Several place names in Tobago are Latvian in origin: Courland Bay, Liepaja, Runnemede, Kursu Licis, etc.  There is a permanent exhibit at the Turtle Rex Hotel showing the artifacts and historical literature of that period.  The Turtle Rex Hotel is a great place to stay - right on the beach, where each night during turtle season, you will see at least one Leatherback Turtle coming on shore to lay eggs.  These turtles are a protected species and were near extinction a few years ago, but now are more in numbers.  Their size of shell length can reach up to 7 ft!  Their head is as big as a human head, and does not retract into the shell.  It is that primitive!  We couldn't photos while we observed them though, so I scanned in a postcard to show their scale.
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