Port of Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s known for its huge Carnival, with calypso and Caribbean soca music. Port of Spain offers a range of nightclubs and entertainment complexes.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Trinidad and Tobago is from January to May when the skies stay clear.
Top Places to Visit
1. Maracas Bay
About 40 minutes drive northeast from Port of Spain, Maracas Bay is one of Trinidad’s most famous beaches. A deep bay protects this palm-fringed strip of golden sand, one of the most beautiful beaches close to the city. From Port of Spain, the scenic drive through mountainous rainforest provides breathtaking views of lush peninsulas jutting into the sea. Food vendors and showers are available by the beach.
2. Queens Park Savannah
Queen’s Park Savannah is a park in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Known simply as “the Savannah,” it is Port of Spain’s largest open space. A huge open space between downtown and the Northern Range, it is the favourite haunt of joggers and walkers, footballers and cricketers, connoisseurs of coconuts, roast corn and oysters, skateboarders and kite- flyers. A former sugar estate preserved for the people, the Savannah is to Port of Spain what Central Park is to New York. Marlon Rouse captures some of its many moods. It is a jewel, a lake of natural beauty in the middle of a city of asphalt and concrete. It is the city’s heart and lungs. It is The Savannah, and it waits for you.
3. Royal Botanic Gardens
The Gardens, which were established in 1818, are situated just north of the Queen’s Park Savannah. This is one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the world. The landscaped site occupies 61.8 acres (25 hectares) and contains some 700 trees, of which some 13% are indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago, whilst others are collected from every continent of the world .he Gardens are open to the public every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. National Museum and Art Gallery
The museum was established in 1892, as the Royal Victoria Institute. The building is an example of Victorian era colonial style of the British West Indies. The Museum manages a collection of some 10,000 items, including a collection of paintings by Michel-Jean Cazabon. Among the many items on display in seven major galleries are petroleum and geological exhibits, the permanent national art collection, and a small gallery on Trinidad’s Carnival arts. The facilities include an audio-visual room which is used in an active educational programme. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday 10:00. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Carnival in Port of Spain
Port of Spain comes alive the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with Carnival. The Trinidad Carnival is one of the best in the world and hotels can be guaranteed to fill up when it is held and double their rates! Taking place in the days before Lent it is a mixture of parades and music and calypso competitions. Participants wear elaborate costumes and parade dancing through the streets to the sounds of a steel band or a soca band. Each year on Carnival Sunday a competition is held to award the King and Queen of Carnival. On Carnival Monday and Shrove Tuesday, the bands compete to win the “Band of the Year” title.