Things to Do in Port of Spain

There are plenty of options for things to do in Port of Spain, so visitors to the Trinidad and Tobago capital shouldn’t have trouble keeping busy. Checking out the 1800's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then heading over to the adjacent Central Market to check out the fruits and spices are just two ideas for things to do, and it doesn’t cost anything to enjoy the Royal Botanical Gardens on the northern edge of town. Also free is the National Museum and Art Gallery, and the zoo that is attached to the Royal Botanical Gardens doesn’t cost much.

Guided tours that highlight the main Port of Spain attractions can be arranged with ease. For those who are interested, it is also possible to arrange Port of Spain tours that include more than just a city tour. You might also be treated to some beach time at Maracas Bay or a scenic drive along Saddle Road, for example.

Queen’s Park Savannah

Queen’s Park Savannah
Queen’s Park Savannah

One of the most popular things to do in Port of Spain is visit the Queen’s Park Savannah. Covering nearly 200 acres on the northern side of town, this park of sorts is home to rugby, football (soccer), and cricket fields, not to mention plenty of open green space in general. It’s a fun place to relax or enjoy a variety of recreational pursuits, and it should be mentioned that the park serves as a major venue for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival events.

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven

No visit to Port of Spain would be complete without seeing the Magnificent Seven. This group of historic buildings that date from the early 1900's includes such architectural marvels as the Queen’s Royal College, the gingerbread house, and Whitehall. It is interesting to note that Whitehall became a military headquarters for the U.S. Army during World War II. It is now the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago’s main office. You can find the Magnificent Seven Trinidad buildings on the western edge of the Queen’s Park Savannah. Maraval Road is the avenue that they call home.

Stollmeyer’s Castle

Stollmeyer’s Castle
Stollmeyer’s Castle

Stollmeyer’s Castle is one of the renowned buildings that make up the Magnificent Seven. Built for a retired asphalt company supervisor from the U.S., this elaborate mansion was completed in 1904. The designing architect hailed from Scotland, and it is common belief that he took his inspiration from Balmoral Castle. As is true of Whitehall, Stollmeyer’s Castle was used by the U.S. military in the 1940's. Today, it is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago government and is primarily used for diplomatic affairs.

Beaches Near Port of Spain

Beaches Near Port of Spain
Beaches Near Port of Spain

When a break from the city is in order, the beaches near Port of Spain provide visitors with some good options for places to have some fun in the sun. The most popular beach near the city is known as Maracas Bay Beach. It takes about 45 minutes to get there from Port of Spain, and upon arrival you will notice that there is no shortage of places to get something to eat or drink. Not too far from Maracas lies Las Cuevas Beach. The distance between the two strips of sand is approximately seven miles to be more exact. While the swimming isn’t as good at Las Cuevas Beach, it is less crowded on average. Should an even more uncrowded beach be what you have in mind, it’s only about another seven miles down the North Coast Road to the peaceful beach at Blanchisseuse Bay.

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