Trinidad (Port of Spain)
Located 11 km’s east of Venezuela, Trinidad is the southernmost of the Caribbean Islands. It is very sophisticated and cultural, considered by many to be the most cosmopolitan Caribbean Island.
Port of Spain, the capital, is a bustling commercial center where sophisticated shopping, restaurants and hotels abound. The highlight of the year is the riotous Carnival, a period of festivities that begins after Christmas and culminates in a two-day street parade that ends on Ash Wednesday. Of interest is the Angostura Bitters Factory, St Benedicts Monastery, Maracas Bay and of course city tours of Port of Spain.
Things to See & Do
* Walking tour of Port of Spain
* Asa Wright Nature Centre
* Pitch Lake
* Maracas Bay
* Angostura Bitters Factory
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD; TT$)
Language – English, French Patois & Spanish
Land Area – 4828 sq km’s
Population – 52,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 868
Port Location – Ships dock at the cruise terminal in Port of Spain, known as one of the largest deep water harbors in the Caribbean. The city center is within walking distance from the port, or about a 3 minute taxi ride.
Transport Links – Piarco International Airport (POS) is 25km (16 miles) east of Port of Spain. To/from the airport: Buses are available to the city (travel time - 25 minutes). The national airline is BWIA (BW) which flies to other Caribbean islands and to several towns on the North and South American coasts. BWIA operates frequent services from London (Heathrow), Miami and New York to Port of Spain. The main ports are the Port of Spain and Scarborough. Cruise lines that stop at Port of Spain include Princess and Silversea.
There is a daily (except Saturday) car ferry/passenger service from Port of Spain to Tobago (Scarborough), which takes approximately six hours. Shared taxis are most commonly used to get around Trinidad. Rental cars, motorbikes and mopeds are available.