Port Of Spain (Trinidad And Tobago)

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Port of Spain is capital of Trinidad and Tobago since 1757 and also a greatest place for travelers to spend few days. It is a bustling and friendly city, more known for carnival festival.

Called as the true Caribbean, Port of Spain is the third-largest municipality of the country after Chaguanas and San Fernando having a population of 250,000. Being an important financial services centre for the Caribbean, it also serves as the administrative and retail centre for Trinidad and Tobago.

It is largest container port and important shipping hub of the Caribbean and biggest stock exchange too in the Caribbean.

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Transportation

The bus service in the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago is operated by government-owned Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC). Privately-owned buses, cars and maxi-taxis also ply. Intra-city transportation is also available in Port of Spain from various streets.

Ferry service is also available from Port of Spain to Scarborough. The cargo areas of the ferries can also carry cars. Water Taxi Service too operates between Port of Spain and San Fernando, but it is expensive.

Piarco International Airport is about 40 minutes away from the center of the city and is served by several flights including American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines, WestJet and Surinam Airways.

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Sightseeing

Emperor Valley Zoo

Opened in 1952 for the public by Governor Sir Hubert Rance, the Emperor Valley Zoo is located north of the Queen’s Park Savannah and west of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It has more than 2300 animals and more than 200 species.

National Museum and Art Gallery

Located at the top of Frederick Street and opposite to the Memorial Park, the National Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1892 and as the Royal Victoria Institute. It has collections of about 10,000 items and includes an audio-visual room for active educational programme. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Queen’s Park Savannah

Spread in an area of about 260 acres, the Queen’s Park Savannah is a largest open space in Port of Spain.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Spread in an area of 62 acres, the Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1818 and is one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the world. It is located on the Circular Road of Port of Spain and houses trees from every continent. The facility also has a small burial plot used for burying of Governors of Trinidad since 1819.

There are other sites too including Woodford Square, Fort George, Stollmeyer’s Castle, Royal Princess Members Club, Nelson Mandela Park, Hayes Court and Port of Spain Lighthouse.