Port of Spain Tourist Attractions
Capital of the nation, this city contains about a quarter of the population. It contains many fine buildings from colonial times, especially those around Woodford Square and around Queen's Park Savannah.The main shopping area is along Frederick Street south of Woodford Square. The air conditioned malls here have food courts serving tasty local lunches at good prices.
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
Just south of Port of Spain between the Uriah Butler expressway and the sea lies the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, a series of Mangrove lined waterways and lakes, the nesting location of the stunning Scarlet Ibis, national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.One visits for the scenery and to watch the evening roosting of these bright red birds. While some other waterfowl are seen such as little herons, egrets and cormorants, viewing of other species is difficult.The only way to see the impressive spectacle of thousands of Scarlet Ibises flocking to three specific trees before sunset is by boat. Several companies conduct these tours departing at 4 p.m. Early morning tours are also available by appointment. The guides aboard these flat bottom boats are usually good at spotting and explaining the wildlife.
Red House Parliament (Woodford Square)
Built in 1906-7 in Renaissance style, the impressive Red House Parliament now serves the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. It is capped with a large square dome. The original assembly building on the site was destroyed by fire in 1801. A second was rebuilt 1844-48 but again gutted during the 1903 water riots.The current structure dominates Woodford Square which is also the site of the courts, library (1901) and town hall on the north and Holy Trinity Cathedral on the south. The square is noted for its large Pink Poui trees which flower in March and April.
Useful tips: Those wishing to view the interior may attend a sitting session of the house or senate, but proper attire is required. Photography is best in the morning.
Holy Trinity Church
This Gothic Anglican Cathedral sits on the south side of Woodford Square. The interior was built between 1818 and 1826 with a hardwood ceiling supported on elaborately curved wooden beams. Also of note are the fine work of the altar, choir and organ.This building replaced an earlier one destroyed in the great fire of 1808.
Independence Square is actually the extra wide median strip of the street which runs between King's Wharf on the cruise port and the Roman Catholic Cathedral. Now set with interlocking brick, benches, trees and artwork, the square has become a lively center. Many flanking older buildings are brightly painted sporting eating spots. Some attractive modern buildings are recent additions to this strip.The square is also named the Brian Lara Promenade after Trinidad's most famous cricketer.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This Roman Catholic cathedral sits at the eastern end of the Independence Square promenade. With its two towers framing the main entrance and peach color it makes an ideal anchor for this urban space. It was built in a new Gothic style between 1815 and 1832.
Cruise Ship Complex
The port is mainly used for ferries to Tobago and Venezuela, though shuttle flights now are the preferred means of travel. Cruise ships also use this port and the Cruise Ship Complex is here to accommodate these travelers during their stop in the Port of Spain.
Map of Port of Spain Attractions