Caribbean Tourism

Beaches & Watersports

Trinidad

TRINIDAD the most southern of the Caribbean islands, lying only seven miles off the Venezuelan coast, is one of the most colourful of the West Indian islands. It is an island of 1,864 square miles, traversed by ranges of hills, the northern and southern ranges, running roughly east and west, and the central range, running diagonally across the island. Apart...

Tobago

Tobago is not as bustling as Trinidad but tourism is booming. Nevertheless, it is ideal for those in search of relaxation. The tourist area is concentrated on the southwest end and about six miles from the capital, Scarborough. There are small hotels and guest houses scattered all around the island, however, offering peace and quiet in beautiful...

Scarborough

The town is pleasant but perhaps not worth an extended visit. In Scarborough itself the Botanic Gardens on the hill behind the Mall are worth a visit. There are also some interesting buildings, such as the House of Assembly on James Park (built in 1825), and Gun bridge, with its rifle-barrel railings. New development has included a new deep water harbour...

Port of Spain

Sights You can see most of the sights of Port of Spain by walking around the town centre. For further afield, however, there are taxis, buses, route taxis and maxi taxis, see Essentials section at the beginning of the chapter for an explanation of how they work and appropriate fares. Port of Spain lies on a gently sloping plain between the Gulf of Paria and...

East of Port of Spain

The east corridor from Port of Spain is a dual carriageway and a priority bus route through the industrial and residential suburbs. At St Joseph, which was once the seat of government, is the imposing Jinnah Memorial Mosque. North of St Joseph is the Maracas Valley (nothing to do with Maracas Bay), which has a 300 ft waterfall about two miles from the road...

Chaguaramas

Midway along the Western Main Rd to Chaguaramas a road runs off to the north, through the residential area of Diego Martin. The Blue Basin waterfall and natural landmark, on the Diego Martin river, is off this road, about a five-minute walk along a path from the town. (If you do leave your car to visit the fall, leave nothing of value in it. You are also...

Arima

Arima is the third largest city, 25 km east of Port of Spain, reached by bus or route taxi. It has a small but interesting Amerindian museum at the Cleaver Woods Recreation Centre, on the west side of town housed in a reproduction Amerindian long house, entrance free but donations welcome. In Arima there is a group of people who regard themselves as...

Beaches & Watersports

The best beaches on Trinidad are on the north coast and the views from the coastal road are spectacular as you drive through forest and look down on sandy bays and rocky promontories. Close to Port of Spain Maqueripe Bay has a sheltered beach. Maracas Bay, 10 miles/16 km from the capital, has a sheltered sandy beach fringed with coconut palms; despite small...