Port of Spain Journals

The Land of Calypso and Steel Drums

A June 2004 trip to Port of Spain by gerbear69

Port of Spain Photo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago More Photos
Quote: The island of Trinidad may not be the tourist mecca of the Caribbean, but there are some worthwhile reasons to visit, most notably the diverse ethnic culture and food selections.

The Land of Calypso and Steel Drums


Queen's Park Savannah Photo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad is famous for inventing the steel drum and being the creators of calypso music. Carnival (45 days before Easter) is a celebration of music, culture, and revelry that rivals Rio's festival. Visit the Queen's Park Savannah for fresh coconut water and cricket matches, Maracas Beach for bake and shark, the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, and various open-air markets, and definitely sample Caribbean cuisine.Quick Tips: Carnival is the biggest festival on the island. Plan ahead, as several hundred thousand people visit the small island for the celebration. Be watchful of pickpockets, drink plenty of water, and pace yourself. Locals party for 3 days almost nonstop.Best Way To Get Around: Ta...Read More

Maracas Beach

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Port of Spain Photo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The most popular beach destination in Trinidad is Maracas Beach. The road to get to the beach curves through the mountains, with nice views of Port of Spain, the country's capital, lush green landscape, and the blue Caribbean. Be sure to stop at the lookout along the way for some good photographs and a visit to the shacks that have been set up there. Trinidad's charm is the social gathering. Visits to the beach generally involve several carloads of participants, along with a picnic lunch. At Maracas, bake and shark shops dot the landscape. Be sure to enjoy a cold Carib beer. The prices are inexpensive if you do the conversion from $6TT to $1. The beach itself is attractive, stretching alon...Read More

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