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Welcome to Port of Spain

Port of Spain

On the island of Trinidad, Port of Spain is king: nightlife, shopping, restaurants, there's nowhere else on the island that comes close. The city is the primary administrative, financial, and retail hub of Trinidad and Tobago, and is quickly becoming a leading city in the Caribbean.

Don't think Port of Spain is all hustle and bustle though, the city is well in tune with the relaxed pace of Caribbean life. Trinidadians love to party, and nowhere is this more obvious than during Carvinal, where the fun spills out from the clubs onto the streets. For the rest of the year you can enjoy the numerous art galleries, theatres, and nightclubs, and dance to the distinctive sounds of the Trinidadian steel pan calypso music. While clubs come and go, the best areas to party are St James, St Clair and Woodbrook. Western Main Road has a large concentration of shops, restaurants and bars. Port of Spain is home to a number of lively festivals, including the Red Earth Festival, Erotic Art Week, and of course the famous Carnival.

There is plenty to see and do in the Port of Spain, with attractions including beaches like Maracas Bay; historical sites like For George, The Red House, the National Museum and Art gallery; and places to relax and enjoy the atmosphere like Queen's Park Savannah, Brian Lara Promenade, and The Market at the Normandie Hotel. The Market, along with Western Main Road, is the best shopping in Port of Spain, and a great place to pick up souvenirs.

Port of Spain also makes an excellent base for discovering Trinidad attractions like the coconut estates of Manzanilla and Mayaro, the Nariva Wetlands, and the Bush Bush Sanctuary.

Information & Facts

English is the official language in Trinidad and Tonago.

The unit of currency is the Trinidad and Tobago, or TT Dollar (TTD), which is divided into 100 cents. Most ATMs and stores will accept international credit cards. Travellers cheques, US dollars cash and credit cards are accepted by most establishments. Money can also be changed at bureaux de change offices. Banks are open from Monday to Friday.

Local time in Trinidad and Tobago is GMT -4.
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