Trinidad

The intensely urban atmosphere of Port of Spain belies the tropical beauty of the countryside surrounding it. You'll need a car and three to eight hours to see all there is to see. Begin by circling the Queen's Park Savannah to Saddle Road, in the residential district of Maraval. After a few miles the road begins to narrow and curve sharply as it climbs into the Northern Range and its undulating hills of dense foliage. Stop at the lookout on North Coast Road; a camera is a must-have here, and be sure to try some of the sweet or savory snacks sold under the tents. You pass a series of lovely beaches, starting with Maracas. From the town of Blanchisseuse there's a winding route to the Asa Wright Nature Centre that takes you through canyons of towering palms, mossy grottoes, and imposing bamboo. In this rain forest keep an eye out for vultures, parakeets, hummingbirds, toucans, and, if you're lucky, maybe red-bellied, yellow-and-blue macaws. Trinidad also has more than 600 native species of butterflies and far more than 1,000 varieties of orchids.

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  • 1. Winston Nanan Caroni Bird Sanctuary

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This large swamp with mazelike waterways is bordered by mangrove trees, some plumed with huge termite nests. If you're lucky, you may see lazy...Read More

  • 2. Emperor Valley Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    The cultivated expanse of parkland north of the Savannah is the site of the president's and prime minister's official residences and also the...Read More

  • 3. Galera Point Lighthouse

    Historic District/Site

    This essential stop when touring the northeast was constructed in 1897 on a stunning cliff. It's still used to warn ships about the rough waters...Read More

  • 4. Grande Riviere

    Beach

    On Trinidad's rugged northeast coast, Grande Riviere is well worth the drive. Swimming is good, and there are several guesthouses nearby for...Read More

  • 5. Las Cuevas Bay

    Beach

    This narrow, picturesque strip on North Coast Road is named for the series of partially submerged and explorable caves that ring the beach....Read More

  • 6. Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This impressive temple site was constructed by artisans brought in from India. It is well worth a visit to admire the intricate architectural...Read More

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