When it comes to Carnival, Trinidad rivals even Rio when it comes to excitement. Calypso and soca music (a combination of calypso, funk and soul), fueled by the beat of steel pans, provide the soundtrack for the Caribbean’s biggest Carnival of all. Combining slave celebrations with Catholic traditions, you’ll see, and can join in, with the costume-wearing locals who dance through the streets of the capital city. While you’re here, you can also sample flavors and foods that can’t be experienced anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Though Roti is the country most iconic dish, with roti stands and eateries found throughout its capital Port of Spain, you’ll find a diverse selection of cultures and cuisines that create a fusion of South Asian and Caribbean fare. St. James, on the western edge of Port of Spain, is the place to go for street cuisine, abuzz with vendors selling jerk meats and barbecue, roti, Creole corn soup, vegetarian fare, fruit punch and homemade ice cream.