Port of Spain is the capital the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a bustling commercial district and one of the most industrial cities in the Caribbean. Trinidad’s airport—Piarco International—is just 45 minutes away from the city center makes for an easy jaunt when visiting the country. Historical and cultural attractions abound, and nature trips are also just a short car ride away from the capital.
Port of Spain enjoys a picturesque setting between the Gulf of Paria on one side and the lush Northern Range on the other. It is also pretty compact, so you can easily explore the area on foot with plenty of visual treats to enjoy along the way. Colonial architecture, art galleries and a bustling carnival vibe are just some of the highlights you will discover while exploring here.
Queen’s Park Savannah is the ideal starting point for your walking tour of the city. The sprawling park is located on the northern edge of Port of Spain. It is home to three playing fields; however, the area is more famous for its impressive collection of outstanding colonial architecture than for its team sports. To checkout the Magnificent Seven—as the row of imposing mansions are called—head to the northwest corner of the Savannah on Maraval Road. Start from the beautiful edifice of the Queen’s Royal College followed by Hayes Court, Mille Fleurs, Roomor, Archbishopís House, Whitehall, and end at the brick and limestone building of Killarney. Although some of these structures have felt the effects of time, you can see that their former glory still shines through.
Take a short stroll from the Savannah to the National Museum and Art Gallery. Enjoy free admission and delight in the collection of historical and archaeological artifacts as well as an exhibition of Trinida’s local art. Of course, there is a dedicated display for the country’s most famous revelry—Carnival.
Continue on your way to Woodford Square, the city’s main shopping district, where you will find all sorts of merchandise to tempt the shopaholic in you. A popular landmark is also located here, the Parliament House In bright red color, it will surely stop you on your tracks. However, if you are looking for a more authentic local vibe, head to the Central Market where you will experience a melting pot of cultures and plenty of fresh fruits and spices to tempt your palate.
If you need to take a break and catch your breath, the Royal Botanical Gardens—one of the oldest in the Caribbean—is the perfect place to chill out where you can soak up the gorgeous setting of vibrant blooms and lush greenery. The nearby Emperor Valley Zoo is also worth a visit if you would love to see some cute, as well as exotic, animals.
Finally, bird watchers should not miss the Caroni Bird Sanctuary located just south of Port of Spain. Hire a boat and go for a scenic tour of the mangrove forest, and prepare to be in awe of the stunning scenery and the rich diversity of bird species in the area.