Cruise ships dock in the capital, Port of Spain, at the Cruise Ship Complex where disembarking passengers are greeted by locals dancing in dazzling Carnival costumes, singing calypso or playing the steel pan. The cruise terminal houses a Tourism Information Office, duty free stores, clothing boutiques and souvenir shops. Immediately outside the terminal is a craft market and you can also find taxis offering island tours. If you want to explore on your own, Port of Spain’s shopping and financial district is just a few minutes’ walk away.
For a taste of “Trini Sweet Hand” (delicious Trinidad cuisine) visit Ariapita Avenue, the island’s hip-strip, where fine dining, casinos, live entertainment, cocktail bars, street vendors and casual cafes exist side by side. Commonly known as “the Avenue”, the strip is densely packed with entertainment choice and is Port of Spain’s answer to Austin’s Sixth Street or London’s Covent Garden.
Located in the largely residential neighbourhood of Woodbrook, just outside of the capital of Port of Spain, many of Trinidad’s top bars and restaurants are to be found on the Avenue which is a relatively short strip running from the National Stadium in the west to the south-eastern edge of the Savannah (along Cipriani Blvd) three or four kilometres away.
The avenue boasts a variety of cuisine ranging from Italian and local fine dining to high-end casual international and sub-continental Indian to Jamaican and Middle Eastern gyros.
It is also home to many of the country’s most popular mas camps (the design and working base of Carnival masquerade bands) and at Carnival time, Ariapita Avenue, like all of Port of Spain, is abuzz with energy and excitement.
However, the same thing happens almost every Friday and Saturday night. From Friday evening, thousands
of happy locals and visitors congregate on every corner of the Avenue and in front of bars and eating spots and everyone is welcome to join the celebration.
The New Breakfast Shed, La Femme du Chalet,also offers generous portions of indigenous cuisine and is about a five minute walk from the terminal. Expansion and beautification work on the port and waterfront is currently being developed, as the island prepares for growing numbers of cruise visitors.
Cruise Visitor Information
The Tourism Development Company Limited operates a Tourism Information Office at the Cruise Ship Complex Terminal, Port of Spain, offering a variety of services to cruise passengers, including:
o Recommendations on sites and attractions with a focus on Port of Spain
o Tour bookings, taxi and restaurant reservations
o Destination information
o Distribution of destination brochures and information packages
Our friendly Visitor Guides are trained specifically to meet and greet cruise passengers in the down town area.
They provide accurate information on shopping areas, events, attractions and historical sites or assistance to the aged, travellers with disabilities and families with young children.
Visitor Guides are usually situated along the Brian Lara Promenade, a tree lined recreational space in the heart of the city, outfitted in red shirts, which bear two logos on the front – the city of Port of Spain crest and Trinidad and Tobago’s destination logo.
Typical shore excursions for Trinidad’s cruise passengers include beach trips, wildlife sanctuary tours, birding, Indian attractions and the Pitch Lake. Tours range in duration from 2 to 7 hours and cost between US$12 and US$170. Visit the Tourism Information Office at the Cruise Ship Complex for a full listing of tours and prices.
Tours for Cruise Ship Passengers
o Caroni Bird Sanctuary
o City Tour
o Hummingbird Experience (Yerrettes)
o Beach Trip
o Hanuman Murti
o Pitch Lake
o Down d Islands
For up-to-date information on the cost of the tours, please send queries to email@example.com