References in the links to Port of Spain suburbs should be considered neighborhoods and they are all walkable or just a few minutes away by maxi taxi. Their commercial/residential character is giving way to Port of Spain's new metro look featuring higher density buildings. Just to the west of the downtown is.
Port Of Spain || Listings || Explore Port Of Spain "PORT OF SPAIN is the hub of Trinidad's booming economy, and the main port of arrival for many immigrants from other Caribbean islands. It's also the centre of Trinidad's rich cultural life , with countless mas camps, art galleries, panyards and theatres. The city is bordered by the Gulf of Paria on one side and the Northern Range on the other, providing its 51,000 inhabitants with both mountain and sea views.
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The public/private mini bus system of transit in Port of Spain is fast, frequent and cheap and it's worth investing the time to know the set routes. These are also called maxi taxis while route taxis look like private cars except for the H number plate. Taxi drivers should quote you the rate for your destination before you agree to get in their car, they are relatively expensive.
Car You will need a car if you're not staying in Port of Spain, which are difficult to rent during Carnival. Exploring the island by car works well once you adjust to driving on the left side of the road.
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King's Wharf and the Cruise Ship Complex
further info:PoS 625-4906/3055; Tobago 639-2417
The Ferr yby visittnt.com ||
Ferry Cruise by tntisland.com
|Places to Eat|
Trinidad offers not only its own cuisine but also Chinese, Indian, Creole, French, Italian and the latest in Continental dishes. There is a growing number of restaurants with table service but to experience Trinidad cuisine in all its glory you will want to adopt an adventurous attitude. Their Callaloo soup, pastelles, roti, and jerk chicken are now popular in Caribbean restaurants throughout the world.Eating Out by mepPublishers.com || The Trini eating experience
Eating Out: Trinidad and
Tobago Style visitTNT.com
What to expect for Breakfast, Main Meals, Deserts and drinks
Restaurants Trinidad (last updated in 2003) by islandersfantasy.com
Spreadsheet List with special dishes
Restaurants Trinidad (26 as of 2006) & Tobago (22 as of 2006) by visitTNT.com
Spreadsheet list of dining establishments
Eating Out by Discover Trinidad & Tobago
A survey of cuisines and restaurants around Port of Spain
|Food & Drink|
Representative dishes must begin with
considered a national dish. It is a creamy and spicy
side dish made of
leaves, ochro or
coconut milk and
shado beni (from "chardon bénit," French thistle or Fitweed)
or bhandhanya or culantro.
a rice-based dish is also a much loved local Cuisine.
Popular street foods include most importantly doubles, pholourie, geera pork, souse, corn soup, Maracas shark & bake, and black pudding.
The Cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago is indicative of the blends of Amerindian, European, African, Creole, Chinese, Indian and Lebanese gastronomic influences.
Popular standard like the national soup, Callaloo, and the pea, rice and chicken dish known as Pelau. TnTers love their peppers, and the street food called Roti which is similar to a burrito and is a flatbread of Indian origin often served with of curried potatoes, channa (chick peas) and meat. Dhalpuri is a type of roti which has a middle layer of ground dhal, or split peas. Other local dishes include aloo choka, coconut bake, stewed (caramelised) chicken, sancoche, macaroni pie and breadfruit oil down
A representative main dish from Trinidad and Tobago is is also a standard dish in Trinidad and Tobago. Another popular food is roti-- this is .
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"Small takeout places offer good deals and let you get in touch with how the islanders eat. Don't be afraid of them"
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|caribbeer.com TnT's #1 beer and a popular export. Check for the carib girls next event on their busy schedule|
Calypso tents and mas camps. Year round you can enjoy all the usual
Nightlife And Entertainment
Trinidadians seem to live to party, so it's no surprise that Port of Spain boasts excellent nightclubs , though fetes - large outdoor parties advertised by posters - are a better option if you want to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Trinidad souvenirs discovertrinidad.com
Pepper sauces & preserves; Angostura bitters; T-Shirt art; Tie-dyed or batik fabrics. "Music be it pan, contemporary or ol’ time calypso, fresh soca, or chutney" as long as its home grown.
"Bargains can be found in fabrics, carvings, leather & ceramics. Most shops take US dollars at a reasonable exchange rate. The main Port of Spain shopping areas are Frederick St, Queen St, Henry St and Charlotte St (fruit and vegetables"
"The heart of the city is the downtown area, with the Queens Park Savannah at the northern edge and the Brian Lara Promenade to the south, linked by Frederick Street"
Kids & Family
for Children and Youth (7)
Books to enchant all generations. Is TnT a state of mind?
Storyteller Sonja Dumas, captures the rhythm of Caribbean storytelling using universal themes.
|Day Trips & Beaches|
Head high to the hills
above Port of Spain for eye-catching views of the city, sea, and
Go up Lady Young Rd, about two miles from Savannah, to a lookout 563ft above
sea level. If you are more daring you can also take Lady Chancellor Rd to a
look-out 600ft above sea level through the tougher Laventille Hills. Try to
catch the view from the tower of the shrine of Our Lady of Laventille.....
"http://www.fortunecity.com/village/foster/727/" Fort George, a former signal station at 1,100ft, can be reached by taking the St James route taxi from Woodford Square and getting off at Fort George Rd. From there you need to walk uphill through some fairly tough residential territory for about one hour. You can continue further to the broadcast towers too.
The Bocas at Charuaramas
Chagdev.com is Chaguaramas || Tours
Where Caribbean and Continent Converge A short 20-minute drive from Port of Spain the former US military base now hosts large community of international yachts, hotel rooms, restaurants and so so beaches.
Gasparee Caves - 634-4364 - A short boat ride from Cahuaramas, to the nearest of Trinidad's offshore islands - Gaspar Grande (Gasparee) - an accessible complex of caves awaits. Also picnic facilities and the ruins of a colonial fortification. Call to negotiate tour access (bodies & flexibility help) Also you might call Fantasy Island on Gasparee Island
Phone (868) 622 6285 to find your one way to the main island.
Trinidad's many beaches are mostly found on the island's north and northeast coasts from Las Cuevas to Balandra Bay.
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MARACAS, LAS CUEVAS , MAYARO, VESSIGNY
Including Chagville (15 mins from Port of Spain (P.O.S.) plus 21 other beaches in T&T.
Beach Map by islandersfantasy.com
Pretty & topographic
Beaches- Tobago || Map
Pigeon Point, Mount Irvine, Store Bay, Speyside Beach and six more
The eight top beaches w/ an update on new facilities by netcarib
MARACAS is the main beach for Port
of Spain. To get there requires a stunning 40-minute ( 20 km) drive along
beautiful but windy mountain roads. An inexpensive maxi taxi ride is your
best bet. You will be impressed by the long sandy beach and infrastructure
(inc.lifeguards & handicapped access ) waiting
for hotels when you get there.
Trinidad's Best Beach "make sure your children don't go out too far as the waves can sometimes overwhelm people
The Beach of Love "the most pleasant atmosphere ever imagined
A little further south is the popular hiking spot; Maracas WATERFALL, a 90-foot (27-meter) cascade. LAS CUEVAS 3 kilometres from Maracas Beach is another popular beach and targeted for two major hotels as well.
Blanchisseuse Experience by visittnt.com
The drive on the North-coast road ends at Blanchisseuse, the last of a chain of bays accessible by car.
Explore by discovertrinidad.com
Take nothing but pictures,
Birds of Trinidad & Tobago
Asa Wright Nature Centre
Eco-Tourism sites by islandersFantasy.com
Hiking and Bird-watching visittnt.com/
A guide looking for a few more links.
Plus a link to many more:
Good description, url & click-thru data. Plus a very helpful search, since 1999.
An enigmatic place of mystery.
Tobago by discovertrinidad.com ||Tobago beaches by meppublishers.com || Touring Tobago || Exploring Tobago || Eco Tobago || Restaurants || Tobago flavour || Dining & Liming || Tobago after dark || Beaches || Diving || Sports || Shopping || Tobago traditions || TobagoGuide.com
Chris & Berthlyn
12 miles and 800 feet from Port of Spain is Arima, the cultural center of the original island settlers
African religious deities are often found to be significant influences in
Carnival cultures of the
New World. The ancient polytheistic West-African Yoruba deities might even have served as
models for similar Egyptian and Greek gods and goddesses. These psychic energy models are
not jealous gods and thus often allow an individual to renew a discarded or wounded
relation with the spiritual with little initial personal risk.
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