Caribbean Tourism

Getting Around

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...

The South Coast

The South Coast 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...

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...

Buccoo: Goat-racing Centre of the World

Think of famous sports arenas around the world: Lords and cricket, Twickenham and rugby, Henley and rowing and the name of Buccoo doesn’t loom large. But Buccoo is the goat-racing centre of the world. The Buccoo Goat Race Festival was started in 1925 by Samuel Callendar and has had several venues around the village before the current purpose built track...

Getting Around

Air Caribbean flies the Trinidad-Tobago route offering seven to eight daily flights; the crossing takes 20 minutes and costs US$75 return, for visitors, even standby. Departures, however, are often heavily booked at weekends and holidays, particularly Christmas and afterwards (at other times tickets can be bought the day before, even standby). Land Car:...