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Trinidad Travel Guide: 78 reviews and 102 photos

Please note that this page is dedicated more specifically to the island of Trinidad. If you wish to see more general notes on my month long stay on both islands, feel free to visit my Trinidad & Tobago page.

Firstly, to recap an important part from my T&T page, it would be prudent to point out that even though the island is less than 60 miles in any direction, Trinis often refer to not only the regions, but the towns in those regions as 'South', 'Central', 'North', 'West', etc.

To someone from the north, living in the 'South' means not only the lower 1/3 of the island, but more specifically San Fernando.
Central is obviously the middle 1/3, but denotes Chaguanas.
The North is the mountainous northern coast, focusing on Port of Spain (PoS).

South - has La Brea and Pitch Lake. It is one of only a few natural pitch lakes in the world. Constantly in a state of flux, we happened to visit in the right season not only to see natural oozing pitch, but to walk out and wade in the water pools collected in its folds. Then on to Icacos, on the extreme south western point. It is definitely at the end of a road less traveled. At the end of a palm forest, pocketed with ponds and birds, you come to a wide flat calm beach, from which you can see Venezuela. Also, located only in the South, are the natural mud volcanoes

In Central, we went to the mangroves, coconut and palm forests along Manzanilla coast near the east coast town of Mayaro. For miles, the road is canopied by rows of palms and the Atlantic side beaches have palm shadows and drift wood benches. In the west of Central (and just south of PoS) is the Caroni Swamp and Bird Sanctuary. At dusk, one can watch flocks of the vibrant red Scarlet Ibis returning to the nests after a day of foraging.

To the mountainous North, Port of Spain is home to most Trini people and businesses. Small by foreign standards, it is still comfortable, rather easy to navigate and has a lot of colonial architecture. Built up into the ever steepening hills, the town makes a mosaic of colorful homes interspersed in the jungle. Fort St. George gives a beautiful lookout of it all. Originally a lookout against raiders and enemies, from there, you can see the north coast, all of Port of Spain, Canori, all the way down to San Fernando hill in the South.

The small winding roads along the north coast are mesmerizing and if you can find a place to pull over, would be great for photos, but alas with steep cliffs, tight corners and healthy jungles, the pull offs are limited. Nestled in the north are famous beaches like Maracas Bay also known for its Bake & Shark sandwiches. On the far Northeast, near Toco, the seasonal nesting of sea turtles is a big draw.

I have addressed a few more specific tips and thoughts on the North (Port of Spain) and of the South (San Fernando)

(for more pictures, feel free to visit my Trinidad & Tobago Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The island is small and can be circumnagivated easily.
  • Cons:Once off of the main highway, roads are not always in the best condition.
  • In a nutshell:Self tour for at least 4 days required to see the variable corners of Trinidad (excluding POS).
  • Intro Updated Mar 14, 2011
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Good tips

    • DSwede's Profile Photo
      Oct 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Thanks! I don't know when it will happen, but I'd like to go back to TnT. I actually just passed through Arlington a couple weeks ago. I stopped in at a cousin's in Alvarado while driving from Freeport to Chicago.

  • appleseed81's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Hey Dave, was searching on Trinidad and saw your pages... Great tips and reviews... I'm hoping to secure a job there for a 1 - 2 year posting... Hope to get it... :)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2009 at 2:33 AM

    Excellent pages of T&T. You have travelled far and wide.

  • alexandria08's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:16 AM

    Trinidad seems like a "home away from home" for me! good detailing yet again!

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:36 AM

    great info.best page on VT..you forgot the portuguess:-) my family lives there...


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