Top 10 Things to do in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

January 17, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Looking for a Caribbean cultural melting pot renowned for its Carnival and pulsating to the beat of steel drums, soca music, and calypso? Trinidad is also lined with relaxing beaches and rainforest waterfalls. Nature watching is colorfully kaleidoscopic, with over 450 bird, 600 butterfly, and 700 orchid species. Golf, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, kayaking, fishing, and boating are among the outdoor pastimes. Cool off with fresh cane juice and sea moss milkshakes. Vegetarian food is plentiful. Eat curries and explore India’s influence at Maha Sabha Indian Caribbean Museum and the Waterloo Temple over the sea. Visit Port of Spain, and stroll and jog in Queen’s Park Savannah, near the Botanical Gardens, Emperor Valley Zoo, and Magnificent Seven buildings. The Savannah attracts truckloads of fresh coconuts, and doubles men sell coveted aloo pies. Walk around Independence Square and the Brian Lara Promenade. The Central Bank Money Museum in downtown’s financial district displays doubloons, gold bars, and Slave Savings Bank memorabilia. View Columbus Square’s 1836 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Parliament meets in Woodford Square’s Red House. King’s Wharf is where cruise ships and Tobago ferries dock. The Venezuela ferry docks at Williams Bay. Near the Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum is a marina with yachts, sailboats, dry docks, and boat hires. The South Quay’s Fort San Andreas, built by Spain in the 1700s, has a small Port of Spain history museum branch of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago.
Restaurants in Trinidad

1. Yerette

Valley View | Located in Maracas Valley St Joseph, not Maracas Bay., Maracas Bay, Trinidad +1 868-663-2623
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Yerette

Reviewed By Bob-a-JobSussex - Sussex, England

We enjoyed our trip to Yerette very much. Theo is a wonderful photographer with such a detailed knowledge and love of the hummingbirds and his wife's lunch was delicious. We did find the talks rather long. However, the hummingbirds in the garden were wonderful. Theo was very hospitable and made us feel very welcome and encouraged us to take lots of photos. Thank you so much.

2. Asa Wright Nature Centre

Blanchisseuse Rd | Arima, Trinidad +1 868-667-4655
Excellent
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4.5 based on 357 reviews

Asa Wright Nature Centre

This small resort, buried among Mountains deep in the Trinidad rain forest, is famous for its amazing diversity in animal and plant species.

Reviewed By RosieRolo2 - Halifax, United Kingdom

We visited the centre for the day,from our cruise ship and had the most fabulous time. We may well try to go back for a couple of nights at some time in the future, so we can trek some of the many footpaths and see even more. This time we concentrated our efforts on the balcony and the immediately surrounding Gardens and had the most fabulous views.
Lunch was included and was quite simple, but very nice.
We would recommend a visit to anyone, whether they’re birders or not. It will open your eyes to the wonders of nature and provide well deserved support and income to the Trust.

3. Caroni Swamp

St. Ann's, Port of Spain, Trinidad +1 868-645-1305
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4.5 based on 229 reviews

Caroni Swamp

Reviewed By NinaS587 - Mersea Island, United Kingdom

Stephen Broadbridge who is a photographer and naturalist in Trinidad, accompanied us to view the Scarlet Ibis. This memorable trip commenced around 3.00 when we alighted a boat which took us down river through the mangroves. The boat's engine made no sound at all as we slowly went down river, stopping to view various birds and wildlife. We saw numerous heron and other water birds as well as a snake coiled up in a tree and a sleeping ant-eater. As the sun went down we wended our way to a lake where we moored up to watch the Scarlet Ibis arrive to roost. The sight of them arriving at first in small groups and then in swathes, was breathtaking and the sheer beauty of all those beautiful birds was quite moving. Around an hour later we returned up river and this in itself was wonderful. A silent boat in the fading light accompanied by bird song. It had to be one of the most peaceful and beautiful trips I have made in a while and one that will remain with me for a long time.

4. Maracas Bay

Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Maracas Bay

This popular beach spot fulfills the fantasy of the ideal Caribbean beach, but is just as famous for the scenic rainforest drive that must be made to reach it.

Reviewed By worldtraveller460 - Trinidad

beautiful north coast beach of the island Trinidad a home for bake and shark while relaxing on the beach

5. Mount St. Benedict Monastery

Trinidad
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

Mount St. Benedict Monastery

This peaceful community of monks, one of the oldest in the Caribbean, has a guesthouse for visitors.

Reviewed By Meera R - Tunapuna, Trinidad

The view from the Mount is beautiful. You see the central plains and facing south and the beautiful Mountains trails facing north. For a Spiritual journey and to catch a moment of peace you must visit this historic landmark in St. Augustine. It has become a bit run down over the years but this adds to its mystique. You can visit the shop and purchase the Abbey's Homeade Yogurt and Honey or book a room at the Pax Guest house for a peaceful retreat. We have visited the tea shop on many occasions and you get true home made cakes and sandwiches. Most delicious. The area here is great for bird watching and the Pax Guest house back verandah has the birds coming in to you. Beautiful from morning to nightfall. It is not an area to go to alone or without transport but the atmosphere up at the Church and on the grounds is what a soul needs from time to time. You can bring your own candles or purchase from the shop. Say your prayers for a return visit.

6. San Fernando Hill

Circular Courts Rd, San Fernando, Trinidad +1 868-653-9563
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

San Fernando Hill

Reviewed By ubscltd - San Fernando, Trinidad

Serene ,Picturesque.Amazing view of the City of San Fernando and coastline.Ideal for weddings,parties,events . An ambience worth experiencing.

7. La Brea Pitch Lake

La Brea Village, Trinidad +1 868-651-1232
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

La Brea Pitch Lake

This 100-acre lake releases asphalt from the depths below and is the largest natural asphalt lake in the world.

Reviewed By ebo1984 - Trenton, New Jersey

fun and educational day. 1.water shoes 2. sunscreen 3.sunglasses 4. clothes you don't mind getting wet or a little dirty. 5. Tour Guide was amazing got participation out of two teens and even found ways for my three year old to participate.

8. Queen's Park Savannah

Port of Spain, Trinidad 18687258674-18683251143
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4 based on 519 reviews

Queen's Park Savannah

This park features mansions from the Spanish colonial era, interesting stores and street vendors.

Reviewed By Lawrence W - Baltimore, Maryland

Almost nobody was there when I walked through a little after noon. It was not worth staying. Maybe it picks up in the evening or on weekends. It it mostly a vast expanse of grass punctuated by soccer goals. Around the edge are coconut water venders ( mostly sleeping when I was there), a ring of trees and some park benches. The “magnificent seven” mansions at the west side did not accept visitors — an opportunity to advance tourism squandered.

9. Royal Botanical Gardens

Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad +1 868-622-1221
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4 based on 286 reviews

Royal Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By TravelerfromNJ2 - New Jersey

We stopped at these Gardens as part of a shore excursion from our cruise ship. There's an interesting variety of plants in a nicely laid-out setting. We spent about 45 minutes there, which was about right for our group.
It's a beautiful place and well-worth a stop when in Port of Spain.

10. Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue

Datta Dr. At Orangefield Rd., Carapichaima, Trinidad, Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue

Reviewed By Wendell G - Tacarigua, Saint George, Trinidad and Tobago

A cultural and architectural experience you would not want to miss. In central Trinidad in a village with an Indigenous name, Carapichaima, lies, hidden in its' bowels, two Temples magnificently built in the same yard. The first, the largest Hanuman Statue outside of India, 85ft. tall, standing atop its' Temple. Sitting quietly and patiently in front of the Temple is his Camel, painted in Gold. At times, if you are lucky, you see worshipers perform their rituals, taking off their shoes, ringing a bell a few times then walking around the Temple saying their prayers preparing themselves to go into the Temple. As you continue your walk through the yard, you come upon a beautifully designed Yoga Temple. You will marvel to know that everything you see, all the carvings of musicians and elephants were done by hand. These carvings covers the roof and part of the ceiling. Again, you just might be lucky not just to see inside but to go in. Getting to go in is almost magical to experience, to see they use the alignment of the Planets etc. . You must go to experience this.

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