Our top ten things to do for free in Trinidad
If you’re here for Carnival, listen to the steelbands rehearsing in the panyards, watch the costumed bands on Monday and Tuesday; catch traditional Carnival characters appearing in the week before Carnival. All for free.
Birds and butterflies
Visit a Hindu temple
Those in central Trinidad have become quite grand. The one on Ethel Street in St James was the first in the country to be built with actual architectural plans. For some fine colonial architecture, look out for Anglican and Catholic cathedrals and churches.
Hit the beach
Discover the artists
Port of Spain has some good private, commercial art galleries, often showing work by leading painters, sculptors and jewellers. The National Museum and Art Gallery has some treasures too, but the space itself is not in excellent condition.
On Roberts Street in Woodbrook, this is a contemporary arts/performance space and network, and there’s usually something interesting going on there. www.aliceyard.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/aliceyard
Queen’s Park Savannah
Walk, ride, or run around the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. Nearby, the Botanical Gardens and the row of eclectic, eccentric buildings called the Magnificent Seven. Hot work maybe – have a coconut or sno-cone for recovery. Or both.
The Chaguaramas peninsula, west of Port of Spain, has a new waterside boardwalk. Find out what the “bamboo cathedral” is, or walk to Edith Falls from the car park of the golf course; check out the marinas and enjoy the breeze off the sea and the boats at anchor.
Check the calendar for celebrations and festivals
It’s a rare week when there’s nothing happening, secular or religious, day or night. Carnival, Divali, Hosay, Emancipation Day, various Borough Days, Independence and Republic Days. You can often catch live music at various clubs and bars (check the daily papers).