Category: Touring

Lopinot estate and historical complex in Trinidad. Photo: William Barrow

Touring Trinidad: Heading North

North Trinidad is dominated by the mountains of the Northern Range and the popular beaches at their bases. Here we go exploring the North Coast & Northern Range: Maraval—North Coast Road—Maracas Bay—Blanchisseuse—Brasso Seco—Arima—Port of Spain (about four hours’ driving)

The Paramin Hills. Photographer: Caroline Taylor

Paramin: a Forgotten World

For most of the year, visitors will find almost nothing to do in Paramin, save study their agricultural techniques. On three days, however, Paramin is comes to life. The second Sunday in November is the Harvest; on the Monday before Christmas, Paramin hosts its famous parang festival; and on Carnival Monday, Paramin becomes the realm of the blue devils.

The rooftop of the Presbytery at Mount St. Benedict, overlooking St. Augustine. Photographer: Skene Howie

Touring Trinidad: Heading Northeast

Rugged Atlantic coast, surf, long beaches, coconut forest, peace: it’s easy to see why eastern Trinidad is a favourite

The Nariva river meets the sea near Manzanilla. Photo: Nicholas Bhajan

Touring Trinidad: the East Coast

Manzanilla and Mayaro: one long, palm-fringed beach runs into the other to shape Trinidad’s dramatic east coast. Developed as coconut estates, the plantations have given this sea-coast its distinctive character.

The Caroni Swamp in Central Trinidad. Photographer: CafeMoka

Touring Trinidad: Central & the West Coast

The landscape of central Trinidad is marked by industrial estates alongside rivers, rolling plains, swamps, and farmland. Explore: the Caroni Bird Sanctuary—Chaguanas—La Vega Estate—Ajoupa Pottery—Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust—San Fernando —Princes Town—Navet Dam; Carapichaima—Waterloo—Point Lisas

The San Fernando Hill, a landmark in the southlands. Photographer: Andrea de Silva

Touring Trinidad: San Fernando

Trinidad’s second city is the commercial centre for the energy-based industries located in the south-west of the island. Out in the countryside you can taste some of the best Indian cuisine on the island, and enjoy beaches with glass-like water in the west and good surfing in the east.

The Pitch Lake at La Brea. Photographer: CafeMoka

Touring Trinidad: the “Deep South”

Trinidad’s at once industrial and bucolic south is in many ways the backbone of Trinidad. The oil which has (literally) fuelled Trinidad and Tobago’s rise as the most developed country in the Caribbean, comes from here; and the fight for workers’ rights began here back in the 1930s. Although the pace of life is hectic in some parts, the south generally cannot compete with the hustle and bustle of the north.

Fort George, Trinidad. Photo: William Barrow

Island Sights

For a single island, Trinidad is incredibly diverse, her human and physical landscapes varying vastly from coast to coast. Starting early and limiting your stops, you could see the entire island in a day if you really wanted to, either on your own, or with guides. Here are our 20 favourite sights.

The National Library (NALIS) headquarters in Port of Spain. Photographer: Edison Boodoosingh

Touring Trinidad: Port of Spain

Port of Spain is a booming, buzzing metropolis, expanding within its boundaries with new business developments stimulated by inward investment. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago, it sprawls from the Gulf of Paria back into the foothills of the rugged Northern Range. When it became the capital in 1757, it was a muddy little seaport. Now, it is one of the busiest commercial centres in the Caribbean, and a hotbed of entrepreneurial and artistic activity as well.