Trinidad seems to be the hurry-come-up sibling of Jamaica. After a week of partying there for Carnival, and seeing some of the country during trips to parties and back to the house, I think I can now qualify as a Trinidad expert.
Port of Spain seems both richer and poorer than Kingston. Smaller too - but with much worse traffic jams (but maybe that was just Carnival traffic). Where as in Jamaica everyone has to impress with their wheels, with SUVs and BMWs being the order of the day - everyone in Trinidad seems to drive second hand Nissan Sunnys. Much of their buildings seem a little delapidated and not terribly attractive - picture Vineyard Town. But gleaming skyscrapers are now being built. Their hills would be impressive, if our mountains weren't more so.
The climate was not as hot as I expected - which is a good thing. And the neighbourhood we stayed in was very well kept, with green grass on the sidewalks and large homes on small lots. There seems to be more shanty type buildings and less mansions in the hills overlooking the city than is the case in Kingston.
I had a feeling of greater security there than here - although the opposite is the case for wealthy Trinis who visit here.
Yes - the two cities - if not countries are definately related. Jamaica is more beautiful - but they have more money. And money improves the looks of just about anybody.