Port Of Spain Travel Guide
On the island of Trinidad, and indeed in the whole island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain is king: for nightlife, shopping and restaurants there's nowhere else in the country that comes close. The city is the primary administrative, financial, and retail hub of Trinidad and Tobago, and is quickly becoming a leading city in the Caribbean.
Don't think Port of Spain is all hustle and bustle though, the city is well in tune with the relaxed pace of Caribbean life. Trinidadians love to party, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Port of Spain during Carvinal, where the fun spills out from the clubs onto the streets. For the rest of the year you can enjoy the numerous art galleries, theatres, and nightclubs, and dance to the distinctive sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan calypso music. While clubs come and go, the best areas to party are St James, St Clair and Woodbrook. Western Main Road has a large concentration of shops, restaurants and bars. Port of Spain is home to a number of lively festivals, including the Red Earth Festival, Erotic Art Week, and of course the famous Carnival.
There is plenty to see and do in the Port of Spain, with attractions including beaches like the beautiful Maracas Bay; historical sites like Fort George, The Red House, and the National Museum; and places to relax and enjoy the atmosphere like Queen's Park Savannah, Brian Lara Promenade, and The Market at the Normandie Hotel. The Market, along with Western Main Road, promises the best shopping in Port of Spain, and is a great place to pick up souvenirs.
Port of Spain also makes an excellent base for discovering Trinidad attractions a little further afield, like the coconut estates of Manzanilla and Mayaro, the Nariva Wetlands, and the Bush Bush Sanctuary.
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