On the coast is the fishing village of Moruga, which is reached by a fascinating drive through the Trinidad countryside. Every year around the middle of July they have an unusual celebration of Columbus’ 1498 landing on the beach. Fishing boats are decked out as caravels, complete with the red Maltese cross. Columbus, a priest and soldiers are met by Amerindians (local boys, mostly of East Indian and African extraction); after the meeting everyone retires to the church compound where the revelry continues late into the night.
The Karamat Mud Volcano, Moruga, erupted in 1997. Thick mud spurted 50 m high, killing one man, burying animals alive and engulfing houses, leaving 100 homeless. Seek local advice before visiting. From Penal Rock Rd proceed west to the 8-mile post. On the right head down Haggard Trace driving south until the Moruga West oil field gate. Enter on the road and continue left for 1 mile. Pass a series of tank batteries, No 7, on the left, and continue to an oil pump on the right. Take the side road for 400 yds. Park near the oil pump at a well-head. Do not take the side track into the forest road. Continue up hill.
It is quite difficult to get beyond Arima and San Fernando by bus, but there are route taxis, privately-operated maxi taxis, or you can hire a car or motorcycle.