All posts by Discover Trinidad & Tobago

A team of of writers discovering Trinidad & Tobago for 26 years and counting!

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

Touring Trinidad: the east coast

Manzanilla, Mayaro, Guayaguayare & the east coast Manzanilla and Mayaro: one long, palm-fringed beach runs into the other to shape Trinidad’s east coast. Developed as coconut estates, the plantations have given this sea-coast its distinctive character. Discover the east coast Back in Valencia where the road divided, the right fork (the Eastern Main Road) takes

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

Touring Trinidad: heading north

Exploring the north coast & Northern Range: Maraval—North Coast Road—Maracas Bay—Blanchisseuse—Brasso Seco—Arima—Port of Spain (about four hours’ driving) North Trinidad is dominated by the mountains of the Northern Range. This includes Trinidad’s highest mountain, El Cerro del Aripo, and its oldest rock formations. The northern slopes meet the Caribbean Sea, and the southern slopes end

The historic police headquarters, San Fernando. Photo by Chris Anderson

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.

The great Icacos lagoon is bisected by a narrow road leading to the CGA Ltd's coconut estate and further to the town of Icacos. Photo by CGA Ltd (the Coconut Growers Association)

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

Maracas Bay, Trinidad. Photo: Stephen Jay Photography

Touring Trinidad: heading northeast

Exploring the east-west corridor, east & northeast coasts: Port of Spain —Northern Range valleys (two hours)—Toco (two hours)—Matelot (three hours)—Manzanilla/Mayaro (two hours)—Guayaguayare (three hours) Although the East-West corridor, stretching from Port of Spain to Sangre Grande, is Trinidad’s most densely-populated area, it’s quick and easy to leave the heat and suburban sprawl behind to enjoy

Queen's Hall, St. Ann's, Trinidad

Touring Trinidad: the Port of Spain Suburbs

Port of Spain’s residential communities fan out to the valleys and hills around the western Northern Range: Belmont & Laventille, Woodbrook, Newtown & St. James, St. Clair, Maraval, St. Ann’s & Cascade

Masquerader. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

The Trinidad Carnival season

The ritual of Trinidad Carnival involves more than buying a costume and jumping in the streets for two days. Let us initiate you into the customs of Carnival. It’s a season — a lifestyle!