The multi-cultural Caribbean capital and carnival central
Port of Spain is the capital city of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is the major administrative and commercial centre of the island and one of its largest container ports. Port of Spain has a superb nightlife, with bars, clubs and discos catering to a range of tastes. Restaurants offer international flavours from Mexican, Chinese and Indian to Italian and of course Caribbean cooking. Nightclubs attract top international music stars and live entertainment venues keep the carnival atmosphere going well into the night. There is no shortage of cultural attractions within the city and shopping fans will feel at home in Trinidad's commercial centre, while the green spaces of Woodford Square present an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
Holidays in Port of Spain are a different proposition to most Caribbean holidays, with the friendly, carnival atmosphere of the Caribbean transplanted to a more sophisticated urban setting. Enjoy great shopping, nightlife and some excellent dining in top international restaurants.
When to Go?
Trinidad has a wet season from about late May or early June to December, when it can be cool and breezy, especially at night, and rain can come down in buckets. There is often a lull in the rainfall between mid-September and mid-October, but the dry season from January to May is by far the most popular time to visit. Inevitably flights to Port of Spain and hotels are pricier in the dry season.
How to get there?
Flights to Port of Spain in Trinidad are operated by British Airways flying from London Gatwick. Port of Spain flights land at Piarco International Airport (POS), which about 15 miles east of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain. Alternatively, you could get a flight to Trinidad’s sister island Tobago on BA or Virgin, and then either fly from Crown Point Airport (TAB) to Piarco on one of the twelve daily flights, or catch a ferry between the two islands.
Attractions on holidays to Port of Spain include the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, which houses artefacts from the island's early settlers, as well as contemporary artworks from local and international artists, often depicting life on the islands. Queens Park Oval is the largest capacity cricket ground in the West Indies and has hosted several important test matches, as well being a venue for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The oldest part of the city is the downtown area where the Red House, Trinidad's parliament building, is located. Visit just before Easter to catch the Trinidad carnival, a massive colourful street party.