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Welcome to Port of Spain, Trinidad

On arriving by sea in Port of Spain, you quickly see that this city is home to a thriving and interesting culture. From our ship we could see we were in a very active section of the city. A crafts market was taking place on the pier. In the small terminal, visitors shopped for souvenirs, while local woman were perusing the trendy little clothing shops there. People seemed friendly and genuinely glad to see visitors. I was impressed with "Port of Spain." I regret not being able to visit a beach, or make a side trip to Tobago--the local culture of the island, not to mention the beautiful scenery is worth the time spent to discover it.

Some Facts about Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad, one of two islands comprising the republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is situated off the northern coast of Venezuela. It is separated from the continent of South America by the Gulf of Paria and lies near the mouth of the Orinoco River. Tobago island is quite a bit smaller and is located off the northeast corner of Trinidad. Tobago is known for its fine beaches and as a vacation spot for islanders.

This pair of islands has a total area of approximately 1,980 sq. miles with a surprisingly large population of 1,100,000 people. Trinidadians are a mix of African descent (38%), East Indians (40%), mixed (20%), and others including Western European and Middle Eastern descent (2%) ( statistics courtesy of VT's own "AlbuqRay"). The predominant language is English, but Spanish, Hindi, and French Patois can also be heard.

Trinidad and Tobago have an interesting colonial history which explains its many various ethnic group inhabitants and the country seems to thrive and have a very harmonious, blended culture. Some refer to Trinidad as the "Rainbow Country."

Trinidad and Tobago's economy is such that its citizens have a per capita income well above the Latin American average. While Trinidad produces important agricultural products such as sugar cane, the exportation of refined Venezuelen petroleum accounts for as much of its income as any other single factor. However, an increasingly important export product is natural gas. Trinidad is one of the most industrialized islands in the West Indies.

A Very Brief History of Trinidad

If you are wondering how Trinidad came to be, look no further than the most important explorer of his time, Christopher Columbus. It is said that Columbus named the island for the way the three major peaks there reminded him of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity also gave its name to an architecturally significant cathedral which stands today near Woodfront Square.

While Trinidad & Tobago have been under the rule of a succession of countries including Spain, England, Holland and France spanning its history, Trinidad and Tobago managed to become an independent state in the COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS in August, 1962, and thereafter became an independent republic in 1976.

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  • Pros:Lively, friendly people, and interesting mix of cultures!
  • Cons:Can be very, very hot & humid!
  • In a nutshell:"A Friendly Island" and interesting culture
  • Last visit to Trinidad: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 24, 2013
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    It would be interesting to visit at carnival time! Nice to arrive from sea!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Mar 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Hi Malena, thanks for visiting my Trinidad page! I enjoyed our visit there -- it seemed quite different from most islands in the Caribbean because of its unique culture.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Fantastic page, thanks for introducing Trinidad to me ;-)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2009 at 3:40 AM

    How nice that is to be able to watch the beautiful birds while you sip tea on the terrace of your little cottage. And, I have heard before that Trinidad puts on quite a party for Mardi Gras.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    Nice page on Trinidad. Pax Guest House sounds like good accommodation. Mmmm..... walking on knees thing. A bit too extreme for me- but I understand pilgrims would do it. I have read books about the Indian communties in Trinidad. Interesting backgrounds.

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    I have continued my journey on the Caribbean with you, great tips about a great but very hot destination. Thanks for the visit on my Helsinki. Best. L.

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Fascinating trip and great Trinidad Pages Sylvia ... must be interesting to meet these friendly people, and thanks for visit the Komodo pages, until next, greets Roy

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    My favorite on these pages are the information about Benedict Monastery. Too bad the shopping was not as good as the rest. But, the scenery is certainly fantastic. Great write-ups.

  • Jan 24, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    i like the picture from: The Monastary at Mt. St. Benedict

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    I once had a penfried there for a short while when snail mail was still popular.

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Thanks for the tips on Trinidad. It is a beautiful place. Everyone should "jump up" at Carnival there at least once in their lives. My mother-in-law and her twin sister were Sorzanos from Trinidad. I learned much from each of them.

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