Port of Spain is located on the Gulf of Paria, on the northwest coast of the island of Trinidad, and has a metropolitan population of over 80,000, but the transient daily population grows to over 250,000. It is part of a larger population area stretching from Chaguaramas in the west to Arima in the east with an estimated population of 600,000.
Although not the largest town in Trinidad, it has been the capital since 1757 and Port of Spain is a great place to spend a couple of days with plenty to see and do for at least a day if not 2-3. Plus, it is the hub for Trinidad’s famous carnival, which many consider to be one of the top two in the world.
Some of the highlights of the city include:
Emperor Valley Zoo – It has over 2300 animals and was established in 1952. I will talk more about it on Thursday
Royal Botanic Gardens – It was established in 1818 and I will write more about it on Sunday
The Magnificent Seven – I will discuss these seven beautiful building next Tuesday
Queen’s Park Savannah – A large park in the middle of the city with a circumference of 3.5 km and is a popular spot around sunset for joggers and walkers
National Academy for Performing Arts – Designed to represent Trinidad’s national it opened in 2009 (see photo)
National Museum & Art Galley
National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago
Main shopping area is on Frederick Street and Charlotte Street between Independence Square (Brian Lara Promenade) and Park Street. Here you will find stores and stalls selling everything you might want
Independence Square – Wandering along in the evening is a great way to get a feel for Trinidad
If you to Trinidad by boat, then you probably have it anchored or dry docked in Chaguaramas. The good news is there is a great bus system that will take you into town to the main terminal and everything is within walking distance or a short cab ride.