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Travel – Port of Spain – on the northwest coast of Trinidad Island




Port of Spain is on the northwest coast of the island Republic of Trinidad. Port of Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a hub for Trinidad’s carnival, a carnival that is very popular. Port of Spain is the third largest municipality of the country and has a population of about 600,000. It is located on the Gulf of Paria and stretches from Chaguaramas in the west to Arima in the east. It serves as an administrative and retail centre of the country. The two largest banks are housed in this region, it being the financial centre of the country.
Port of Spain has the largest container port on the island of Trinidad, used for exporting Bauxite from the Guianas and Iron ore from Venezuela, from the port at Chaguaramas which is about 8 kms west of the city. Another famous landmark in the city was about a head of Governments meeting: The heads of the state and government of 34 countries gathered here at Hyatt Regency Trinidad for the Fifth Summit of the Americas and this place also hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The official language of this island nation is English with British spellings mostly. Hindi, French Creole or Patios, Spanish and Chinese are other languages spoken here and there.

History: Arawak inhibited the island first, and then Caribs came down here from South America. Trinidad was discovered by Christopher Columbus later, and then the Spanish claimed it. Later, French settlers came here and cocoa plantations were established. The British took over this island in 1798. Over a period of time, immigrants from the following countries – Portugal, France, Germany, China, and most importantly India immigrants came here (or were brought here by force) and settled in this island.
The main economy is based on petroleum and natural gas production. The other cities of the island of Trinidad comprise of Arima, Pointe-a-Pierre, Point Fortin, Point Lisas and San Fernando.

Attractions of Port of Spain and around in Trinidad:

• Downtown: This is the oldest part of the city, located between South Quay (that is to the south) and to the north is Oxford Street, to its east is the St. Ann’s River, and Richmond Street is to the west.
• Woodford Square: This is in the heart of the downtown. To its north are City hall and the Hall of Justice. To its west are the Red House; and the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral to the south; and to its south west is the National library. There are many government offices also in the neighborhood. It is a green oasis as it has a late-Victorian fountain and bandstand, trees, benches, and lawns.
• Independence Square: This is located to the waterfront and has many of the high rise buildings of the city. It is two blocks to the south of Wood ford Square. It was earlier known as Marine Square.
• Columbus square: This is behind the Cathedral that is in the east of Independence Square.
• Port of Spain lighthouse: This is a major landmark now and is no longer used for navigational purposes.
• Eric Williams Financial Complex: These are the twin towers which are on the south side of Independence Square. Nicholas tower is another office building in the vicinity.
• Towers C and D: These are the tallest buildings in Trinidad and Tobago and are considered the 7th and 8th tallest in the entire Caribbean region.
• Emperor Valley Zoo (Port of Spain) and the Botanical Gardens: This is the only zoo in the region, and it features species of lions, tigers, monkeys, birds and fish and it is located in the capital, Port of Spain. The Botanical Gardens contains many species of plants and is next to the zoo.
• Mount Saint Benedict: This is a Catholic monastery that is located near the village of Arima. This is high in the Northern Range. Pax Guest House is famous and Bentictine monks stay here.
• As Wright Nature Center: This is a bird watching center of the world and has cottages. One can go through former cocoa plantation, pointing out interesting species of birds, lizards, and other animals.
• Toco/Matelot/Grand Riviere: This is a scenic place with some beaches.
• Beaches: There are many beaches in Trinidad and Tobago and they are Maracas, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Toco, Mayaro, Chagville, Los Iros and Quinam. The north coast beaches are beautiful with clear water. The beaches that are famous are in Tobogo and they are Pigeon Point, Store Bay and Man-of-War Bay.
• Bucco Reef and the nylon pool: Buccoo Reef is a natural coral reef that is on the North Coast of Tobago. There is a Glass Bottom Boat tour from Pigeon Point and Store Bay. The nylon pool has shallow water on top of the reef, the water of which is crystal clear and appears to be like a fishing line of nylon and so the name nylon pool. One can bathe here too.
• TTPBA Great Race: The month of August hosts an annual boat race from Trinidad to Tobago called the Great race. It starts from Chaguaramas, Trinidad and ends at Store Bay in Tobago and travel around the North West peninsula, then along the north coast then make a bee line to Tobago.
• La Brea Pitch Lake: This Lake is the largest natural reservoir of asphalt in the world. This lake contains sulphur and tourists bathe here as it is said to have healing properties.
• Leatherback turtles on Mathura Beach: The Leatherback sea turtles are seen on Mathura Beach in Trinidad. Turtles nesting can be seen here around Easter.
• Trinidad’s north coast (Toco/Matelot/Grand Riviere): The north coast is unspoilt, and has scenic beaches, and at the North east tip, there is the village of Toco.
• Pre-Lenten Carnival: This is the annual festival with beautiful dances. It is held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Music from steel bands, with calypso and soca music played in this carnival.

Best time to visit / climate:
Trinidad and Tobago has tropical climate, specifically tropical wet-and-dry climate. The rainy season is from June to December and the island is outside the hurricane belt. But hurricanes did damage this place and so dry season is the best time to visit the place. The dry season is from January to May and the best time to visit.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:

Entry requirements:
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Caricom countries (except Haiti), and most EU and Latin American countries do not require a visa for vacation or business of 90 days or less. Other nationalities need to apply for a visa in advance at an embassy or consulate of TT abroad.
By plane: Piarco International Airport is the airport that is in Trinidad, it offers services from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, New York (JFK & Newark), and San Juan, Puerto Rico; Toronto, Canada; London, UK; Caracas, Venezuela; Panama City, Republic of Panama; Paramaribo, Suriname; Georgetown, Guyana; Barbados and various other islands in the Caribbean.
The following airlines serve the place:
? American Airlines
? Caribbean Airlines
? British Airways
? Liat
? Continental Airlines
? Delta
? Copa Air

By boat: Trinidad serves yachts and cruise ships also dock in Port of Spain.

Getting around: One can get around by taxi or car rental. There is Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago that has services from Port-of-Spain, King’s Wharf in San Fernando and various other terminals. There are domestic ferries on the island of Trinidad between the two main cities of Port-of-Spain in the north and San Fernando in the south. Car driving is on the left.
The other two options for travel between Trinidad and Tobago are by ferry and by air. Caribbean airlines have service between the islands and ferry services are fast and conventional.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Tripadvisor
Hotelscombined
Planetware
Hotels.com.au

Blogs / Sites about Trinidad and Tobago:

Travelpod.com
Mytripjournal
Metagini
Travelblog.org
Travelpost.com

Images and photos of Trinidad and Tobago:

Google Image Search
Tripadvisor
Traveljournals.com
Triniview
Greatmirror.com

Videos from Youtube of Port of Spain:

Port-of-Spain Waterfront

Port of Spain Trinidad

Fly away Trinidad Port of Spain

Trinidad Port-of-Spain Independence Square

Driving through Port of Spain

Port-of-Spain 360 Panorama

Port Of Spain carnival in Trinidad & Tobago people watching at Arapita Avenue 7th March 2011

Carnival Tuesday Port-of-Spain 2011




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