Top Ten Trinidad and Tobago Attractions

Top Ten Trinidad and Tobago Attractions

       Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. It shares maritime boundaries with other nations including Barbados to the northeast, Guyana to the southeast, and Venezuela to the south and west. The country covers an area 5,128 square km (1,980 square mi) and consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and numerous smaller landforms. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the main islands, comprising about 94% of the total area and 96% of the total population of the country. The nation lies outside the hurricane belt. The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the capitulation of the Spanish Governor, Don José Maria Chacón, on the arrival of a British fleet of 18 warships on February 18, 1797. During the same period, the island of Tobago changed hands between Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers. Trinidad and Tobago was ceded to Britain in 1802 under the Treaty of Amiens. The country obtained independence in 1962, becoming a republic in 1976. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steelpan, calypso, soca, Carnival, chutney and limbo.

  1. Port of Spain

    Port of Spain, also written as Port-of-Spain, is the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the country’s 3rd largest municipality, after San Fernando and Chaguanas. The city has a municipal population of 49,031 (2000), a metropolitan population of 128,026 (1990) and a transient daily population of 250,000. It is located on the Gulf of Paria, on the northwest coast of the island of Trinidad and is part of a larger conurbation stretching from Chaguaramas in the west to Arima in the east with an estimated population of 600,000. Port of Spain is Trinidad and Tobago’s most developed city. The city serves primarily as a retail and administrative center and it has been the capital of the island since 1757. It is also an important financial services center for the Caribbean and is home to two of the largest banks in the region. The city is also home to the largest container port on the island and is one of several shipping hubs of the Caribbean, exporting both agricultural products and manufactured goods. Bauxite from the Guianas and iron ore from Venezuela are trans-shipped via facilities at Chaguaramas, about five miles (8 km) west of the city. The pre-lenten Carnival is the city’s main annual cultural festival and tourist attraction. Today, Port of Spain is emerging as a leading city in the Caribbean region.
    Links: Top Ten Ports, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Spain,
  2. Parlatuvier Bay, Tobago

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    Links: Top Ten Bays, Top Ten North American Bays,
  3. Pigeon Point, Tobago

    Pigeon Point is a Heritage Park (PPHP), which is often considered Tobago’s most beautiful beach and is home to the famous thatch-roofed jetty that has become an internationally recognized signature of Tobago. The resort includes a long stretch of white sand beach with warm aquamarine waters. There are excellent beach facilities such as bathrooms, showers and beach-chair rentals as well as bars and a restaurant. Tourist amenities include souvenir and water-sports shops. Unfortunately, the peninsula has been the subject of major controversy over recent years after the property was bought by Dr. Anthony Sabga, founder and chairman of the Trinidad-based Ansa McAl conglomerate. In early 2005 the government promised to purchase the property; by compulsory purchase order if necessary. A deal was struck and the peninsula became the property of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) in late 2005 at a cost of $106 million TT dollars. The controversy that surrounded PPHP was the establishment of an entry fee for usage of the facility. This remains even after the considerable expense to purchase the property and return it to Government control. The entry fee to PPHP is set at TT$18 (US$3/£2) per person (children aged 6–12 half-price and children under 6 free).
    Links: Top 100 Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Point,_Tobago,
  4. Mayaro Beach

    Mayaro is a town in Mayaro County on the island of Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. The Rio Claro-Mayaro Regional Corporation is headquartered in Mayaro.
    Links: Top 100 Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayaro,_Trinidad,
  5. Marabella

    Marabella is a former town in southern Trinidad, between San Fernando (to the south) and Pointe-à-Pierre (to the north). Originally a separate town, it was incorporated into the City of San Fernando in the 1990’s. Marabella is home to the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, one of the four major stadia in Trinidad and Tobago. Nicknamed “The City That Never Sleeps,” the city is always active as its nightlife of food vending and bars goes almost 24/7. Marabella provides a melting pot for the wide ethnic groups to “lime” and “ole talk.” Marabella’s location near the Solomon Hochoy highway and Southern Main Road makes accessibility to all parts of Trinidad easy. This accessibility cuts down commuting time and thus many people choose to live in the area. Marabella is home to several hot spots such as Amin Roti shop, Belair store, the Southern Marines Pan-Yard, Morris Chang Grocery, Trinpad, Riverside Road, Hobosco Theater (Now Pegasus Members Club), Glasses Rum Shop and the green house in marabella since the St. Romain family have been painting it green since the 1980’s. The most popular place is The Classic Seamen Hotel (formerly Villa Capri Hotel). Marabella, like many other areas in Trinidad, has a large population living below the poverty line in areas such as Bay Road and The Line. Marabella is also known for its highly skilled street footballers.
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  6. Tunapuna

    Tunapuna is a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. For over 100 years, Tunapuna has been a Carnival venue. Each year this regional carnival, which is a showcase for traditional and conventional mas, steel band and stick fighting, is organized by the Tunapuna Carnival Committee.
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  7. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_and_Tobago,