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Port of SpainPort of Spain, the vibrant capital and the third largest city of Trinidad and Tobago, entices travellers from far and wide with its undeniable charm. Basking in a tropical climate that ensures a constant dose of hot, humid weather, this city has become a beloved hotspot for tourists seeking an all-year-round beach paradise, caressed by the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Gulf of Paria to the east. With a plethora of hotels, restaurants and shops, Port of Spain promises a truly memorable experience.
The PortUnlike its more popular Caribbean counterparts, Trinidad is not commonly frequented by cruise ships. As a result, disembarking at Port of Spain offers a unique experience that sets it apart from other cruise ports in the region. This distinction can be attributed to Trinidad and Tobago's status as a highly industrialized nation, with its port being a bustling commercial hub. Consequently, the cruise terminal in Port of Spain may differ significantly from the typical Caribbean cruise ports, adding a touch of distinctiveness to your visit. If your cruise ship docks on the island of Tobago, your cruise ship will likely make its berth at Scarborough, the conveniently located cruise terminal nestled in the heart of the town. On certain occasions, however, ships may anchor off the western tip of the island and tender passengers to Pigeon Point, which is situated approximately 8 km away from Scarborough. Due to its southerly position in the Caribbean, Trinidad receives fewer visits from major cruise lines compared to other destinations. Notable cruise lines that include Port of Spain in their itineraries are Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Fred.
The CityLocated on the northwest coast of Trinidad Island, Port of Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. This bustling metropolis is famous for its rich history and diverse cultural influences, not to mention its vibrant nightlife, colourful festivals, delicious cuisine and its golden sand beaches. Since Spain was one of the countries colonizing the islands, the city was originally named Puerto de los Españoles, which translates to Port of the Spaniards. Columbus stumbled upon Trinidad and Tobago on his third voyage in 1498. Back then, Trinidad was inhabited by the Arawak Indians, who were wiped out by early European settlers. The island was colonized by the Spanish in 1592 and continued under their rule until 1797, when it was captured by the British. Today, with a transient daily population of about 545,000, Port of Spain's culture is a blend of various cultural influences including Indian-South Asian, African, Indigenous, European, Chinese, North American, Latino, and Arab cultures. Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Port of Spain is not dependent on tourism. The city has a diversified industrial base that includes the production of various goods such as rum, beer, margarine and oils, cigarettes, plastics, and building materials. Port of Spain is an exciting destination that offers something for everyone. Its convenient location and beautiful natural surroundings make it a must-visit stop for any Caribbean cruise itinerary.
Restaurants & CafesTrinidad and Tobago's cuisine is popular for its diverse array of seafood dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Although Callaloo, a hearty stew made from young dasheen or taro leaves, is considered the national dish of Trinidad & Tobago, there are other famous dishes such as curried crab, dumplings, fish soup and saltfish buljol. Trinidad and Tobago offer a delightful range of beverages to try. Don't miss the creamy and indulgent peanut punch, the refreshing Angostura Chill made with bitters, and the robust Demerara rum crafted from sugarcane along the Demerara River. These drinks showcase the unique flavours and traditions of the islands. Make sure you make time to try Trinidad and Tobago's divine cuisine and exotic drinks.
Do & See
Port of Spain is a thriving, major city in the Caribbean. Its tall buildings, busy streets, and bright lights, might make you think it is similar to many other cities, however, Port of Spain has a unique Caribbean flair. The city boasts a range of activities such as cricket and football matches, shopping centres, an art and history museum, historic landmarks and of course, the Trinidad Carnival in Easter. What is also worth checking out during your visit to Port of Spain is Calypso music, an Afro-Caribbean musical tradition that emerged in Trinidad and Tobago. There are many bars and clubs in the city where it is possible to experience Trinidad's Calypso music. There are several stunning beaches in the region, ranging from the ones most frequented by visitors on day trips from Port of Spain to peaceful and secluded spots, which are preferred by the locals.
Port of Spain offers a diverse range of souvenirs and products for different budgets. Some of the common items bought on the island are; palm hats, hand-made jewellery, paintings and leather sandals. Trinidad is also famous for its local musicians selling their Calypso music CDs, which are great souvenirs to take home. Most shops are concentrated in Port of Spain and San Fernando. Opening times may vary, but for the most part, most shops open from Monday to Friday 8am–5:30pm and Saturday 8am–5pm. Shopping centres typically open from 10am to 8/9pm. Supermarkets are generally open from 8am to 8pm daily.