Port of Spain Travel Guide & Information

Port of Spain, the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is one of the largest municipalities in the country and serves as a shipping hub of the Caribbean. Founded near the site of the Amerindian fishing village of Cumucurapo, Port of Spain is emerging as a leading city in the Caribbean. Located amidst the picturesque Gulf of Paria, Northern Range and the Caroni Swamp, the city presents a perfect opportunity for travelers looking for a comforting and relaxing vacation.

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Travel to Port of Spain, a city that is home to a rich cultural life, with countless art galleries, panyards and theatres. Flights to Port of Spain are your ticket to a busy, vibrant city with something for everyone, while still retaining the relaxed pace of Caribbean life. Known as a bustling and friendly city, Port of Spain is a great place to spend a couple of days and is home to Trinidad's famous carnival.

Among the cities other offerings, are cricket and football matches, year-round festivals, botanical garden, malls, museums and historic buildings. The commercial center and major port is also home to several nightclubs and entertainment houses to ensure that the fun never ends. Port of Spain, with so much to offer, travelers have deemed this a “must visit” destination.

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Things to do in Port of Spain

Museums:

Port of Spain offers visitors insight into its vibrant past through its world class museums.

National Museum and Art Gallery: Located on Frederick Street of Port of Spain, the Museum manages a collection of some 10,000 items, including a collection of paintings by, Michel-Jean Cazabon. Among the many items on display in seven major galleries, are petroleum and geological exhibits, the permanent national art collection and a small gallery about Trinidad's Carnival arts.

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Chaguaramas Military History and Aviation Museum: The museum was founded by Gaylord Kelshall, a former officer in the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard, and a former pilot. An exciting collection of memorabilia, including uniforms, ammunition and radio equipment used by soldiers in World Wars I and II can be toured here. Visitors can enjoy the experience of being in a simulated bunker, replete with the sounds of gunfire, as well as tour massive tanks, battle ships and fighter jet models.

Prominent Landmarks:

Besides museums Port of Spain is no stranger to world class attractions.

Caroni Bird Sanctuary: is a series of Mangrove lined waterways and lakes in the nesting location of the stunning Scarlet Ibis, the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago. Caroni is the roosting site for thousands of Scarlet Ibis. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded nesting in the area; some of them include Cook’s tree boas, caimans and anteaters.

Maracas Beach: An hour's drive from the city is often regarded as one of the most well known beaches on the island. The mountainous drive to Maracas beach provides breathtaking scenery. One of the most famous aspects of Maracas Beach is the dozen Bake and Shark huts. Bake and Shark is a Trinidadian native dish that consists of deep-fried shark stuffed in a pocket of deep-fried batter, called "Bake".

Botanical Gardens: is a perfect place to relax and offers a perfect escape from the lively city life. It was designed in 1818 by Governor, Ralph Woodford, and is home to several varieties of tropical and sub-tropical trees, along with trees from India, Burma and South America.

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Where to Stay in Port of Spain:

Port of Spain offers visitors a great variety of fantastic cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, resorts and spas, beach hotels, hostels, extended stay hotels and more.

Downtown: The oldest part of the city is the downtown area, between South Quay, Oxford Street, the St. Ann's River and Richmond Street. Woodford Square is a green oasis in the heart of the city, with a late-Victorian fountain and bandstand; trees, benches and lawns. With lots of sightseeing, the area is home to several renowned hotel chains and budget hotel chains.

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Woodbrook: The area is a perfect choice for travelers planning to visit the city on a business trip or to enjoy the Carnival. Premier attractions like Hi-Lo - Big supermarket, The Savannah, Botanical Gardens and the Magnificent Seven can be found in Woodbrook. Woodbrook has several bars, restaurants and nightclubs on Tragarette Road and Cipriani Boulevard. Woodbrook also features several self service apartments and budget hotels.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Port of Spain, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

For US Citizens:

* A valid passport is required of U.S. citizens for entry to Port of Spain.

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* U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourism or business-related visits of 90 days or less.

* Visas may be required for travel for purposes other than business or tourism. For further information concerning entry, employment and customs requirements you may visit the Embassy of Trinidad & Tobago Website.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Port of Spain.

* The passport must be valid for the duration of the stay. A valid return or onward ticket and sufficient funds are also required.

* Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required if you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Port of Spain

With some world class attractions and an abundance of natural beauty, Port of Spain is a wonderful destination all round the year. However, the most popular time to visit is during the dry season. The period around the Carnival is another busy period for Port of Spain.

Budget travelers can choose to travel during the months of June to December. Though these months are during the wet season, travelers can expect bright mornings, cheaper airfare and better hotel rates.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (January to May)

Low season: (June to December)

Port of Spain Weather

Port of Spain has a seasonal tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate.

* Though the climate may be described as tropical, travelers might not experience extreme heat conditions thanks to trade winds.

* The wet season lasts from June through December and the dry season lasts from January to May. The temperature during the dry season is mild with sunny rays make the beaches quite enjoyable.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

We advise you to exchange cash and purchase travelers checks before arriving in Port of Spain. Similarly, contact your bank and let them know your dates of travel and what the fee is for cash withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the official.