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Asa Wright Nature Centre

North of Arima, 360 metres up in the Northern Range and about 90 minutes' drive from Port of Spain, the Centre caters for both professional and amateur naturalists and for visitors interested in birds and wildlife. There are eight trails, including one to the home of the world's most accessible colony of nocturnal oilbirds. There is simple, comfortable accommodation; meals should be booked 48 hours before visit. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with guided tours at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M.; bookings should be made in advance (667-4655).

Botanic Gardens

Facing the Queen's Park Savannah on the northern side, the gardens were laid out by Governor Woodford in 1820, with specimens from all over the globe. The official homes of the President and Prime Minister adjoin the Gardens.

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

The home of the Scarlet Ibis is a large area on the north-west coast of Trinidad, part lagoon part swamp, a place of striking stillness and beauty. The birds return at sunset; boat tours start in the late afternoon. The Sanctuary is about 30 minutes' drive from Port of Spain. Contact Winston Nanan (645-1305).

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Finished in 1832 and built of stone from nearby Laventille, this Roman Catholic cathedral stood beside the sea when it was first opened; reclamation has left it well inland, on the eastern end of Independence Square.


The north-west peninsula of Trinidad was occupied by American military forces during the Second World War; several of the old buildings remain. There are grand development plans for the area, which now offers several small beaches, yachting facilities, a Convention Centre and a public golf course. The far end is occupied by the Defence Force.

Emperor Valley Zoo

On the northern side of the Queen's Park Savannah, the Zoo has an extensive collection of Trinidad and Tobago wildlife. lt is next to the Botanical Gardens and the President's House. Open daily 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last tickets 5.30 p.m.). Admission fee charged. Tel. 622-3530.

Fort George

Overlooking Port of Spain and its approaches, this fort dates from the earliest British days; some buildings and armaments remain, but it is mainly the view that attracts visitors now, and the cool mountain air. Closes 6 p.m. No admission charge.

Gasparee Caves

On the offshore island of Gaspar Grande, a short distance from Chaguaramas, the northwest peninsula. There are picnic facilities and the remains of colonial fortifications. Boats are available. Tour guide and entrance fee payable. Open 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. Tel. 625-1503 or 634 4364.

Knolly's Tunnel

The Caribbean's longest railway tunnel, reopened in 1991, is near Tabaquite. You can drive through its quarter-mile length in a horse and buggy, and stay in new thatched cottages nearby. The tunnel was part of Trinidad's railway system from 1898 to 1965.

La Vega Garden Centre

Established in 1988, La Vega now has a huge collection of tropical fruits and plants. It's also a good place to go to relax or picnic among the bamboo groves. The estate is at Gran Couva in central Trinidad, about 45 minutes from Port of Spain. There is no admission charge to the sales area, but tours of the estate should be booked in advance (tel .653-6120).

Lopinot Complex

Five miles off the Eastern Main Road up the Lopinot valley is the restored estate house of a French Count, Charles Joseph de Lopinot, who arrived in Trinidad in 1800 and planted cocoa on this magnificent site. His ghost is said to reappear on dark stormy nights. His house has been turned into a small museum. Lopinot is one of the main centres of parang, the traditional music of Christmas.

Magnifcent Seven

Seven lavish colonial mansions ranged along the western edge of the Queen's Park Savannah, including a school, two episcopal homff and an amazing Scottish Gothic baronial castle.

Maracas Bay

Trinidad's most popular beach, 35 minutes from Port of Spain. Further along the north coast are more beaches, less used though often less sheltered, until the road peters out at Blanchisseuse (you can return over the Northern Range to Arima). Snacks and drinks are available at Maracas.

Maracas Waterfall

In the Northern Range, north of St Joseph, this 91-metre fall is the country's highest, and a popular spot for picnickers, campers, swimmers and bird-watchers. It is an easy 2.4 km. hike from the road.


Ten miles of beautiful, windy, palm-fringed beach along the east coast of Trinidad. There are visitor facilities at Manzanilla. The drive from Port of Spain takes about two hours.

Military History and Aviation Museum

The Caribbean's only military history museum is near the helicopter hangar in Chaguaramas, about 20 minutes from Port of Spain. Its displays cover centuries of military, naval and aviation activity. Open daily 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tel. 634-4391

Mount St Benedict

The largest Benedictine monastery in the Caribbean, founded in 1912, 25 minutes from Port of Spain on the flank of the Northern range, lies 800 feet above St. Augustine with spectacular views of the central plains, beautiful gardens and nature trails. There is a small guesthouse, established in 1932 with simple but comfortable accommodation, which caters for retreaters, eco-tourists and biologists (to whom it offers basic lab facilities with equipment). The teashop serves traditional "Pax Tea" every day from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Access is via St. John's Road, off the Eastern Main Road. Tel. 662-4084.

National Museum and Art Gallery

On the south-east corner of the Savannah, the Museum has a national art collection including paintings by Trinidad's great 19th century painter Cazabon. There are also regular exhibitions and a permanent display on the nation's history. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6p.m., no admission charge. Attendants on hand for information.

Pitch Lake

A dark mass of imperceptibly moving asphalt near the southern town of La Brea: it doesn't look like much at first glance, but it is an extraordinary place. Crude oil or bitumen seeps through a fault line in the sandstone 250 feet below ground, providing an endlessly replenishing pool of bitumen for roads and mastic asphalt roofs. You can walk on the surface, but a car would sink to its axles in a few minutes; sticks soon disappear. Objects vanish and reappear years afterwards as the pitch slowly swirls. There is a small museum.

Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust

A research and conservation centre on 26 hectares of the Petrotrin oil refinery, with trails and a learning centre, dedicated to protecting endangered waterfowl and birds and reintroducing them into the natural environment. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bookings must be made in advance (662-4040 before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. or 637-5145).

Red House

Between Abercromby and St. Vincent Streets in downtown Port of Spain, this lavish building is the seat of parliament. The original (1844-48) was burned down in 1903; the present building dates from 1907. It overlooks Woodford Square, scene of some of the country's greatest political rallies and a place where everyone has the right to hold forth.

River Estate Water Wheel

A monument to the old sugar days, when the sugar estates ran the country and massive water wheels supplied energy. This wheel, at the end of the Diego Martin valley outside Port of Spain, is part of a restored estate house and museum, with picnic facilities.


The north-east tip of Trinidad. A two-hour drive from Port of Spain brings you to the windy Atlantic coast, a series of beaches, and the village of Toco. There is a disused light house on the point, where Atlantic and Caribbean meet. A good day trip.

Trinity Cathedral

The Anglican Cathedral, on the south side of Woodford Square, was finished in 1818 and consecrated in 1823. Its fine roof, supported by mahogany beams, was copied from Westminster Hall in London.

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