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About Port of Spain

Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad & Tobago, has an incredibly striking 'Red House' parliament building - originally designed in Greek revival style, built in panels and shipped over from England! Independence Square is a popular place to congregate and houses some of the city's finest architecture including the grand Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Seek refuge in peaceful Woodford Square, with its beautiful gardens and grand Victorian fountain or the city's largest open space, Queen's Park Savannah, spanning 260 glorious acres.

Port of Spain occupies Trinidad's northern coast between the Gulf of Paria, Northern Range and the Caroni Swamp. Northern Range is a string of hills with stark ridges and lush rainforest. The highest peaks are El Cerro del Aripo and El Tucuche, each over 900m tall. The 3278-hectare west coast mangrove area, Caroni Swamp, has 160 native bird species including striking national symbol, the Scarlet Ibis.

 

Shore excursions in Port of Spain

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Argyle Waterfalls

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a wonderful opportunity to discover the beauty of the Argyle Falls, one of Tobago’s most majestic.

Enjoy a scenic drive along Tobago’s windward coast passing Fort King George and Barbados Bay. Upon arrival at Roxborough, your tour will continue on foot along the Argyle Waterfalls Trail, which enters the oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere.

The walk will be led by a local naturalist guide, who will take you on a walk through the lush forest, pointing out interesting vegetation and wildlife along the way.

Arriving at the three-tiered Argyle Waterfalls, you’ll be mesmerised by the cool waters plunging down vertical rocks into an inviting pool. There will be time to take a dip in the natural pools and enjoy the tranquillity of these beautiful surroundings before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. A water or fruit juice will be provided after the walk. This tour involves approximately 1 hours’ walking over rough and uneven surfaces, some of which may become slippery when wet. Enclosed, flat, non-slip walking shoes are mandatory. Please remember sunscreen, and for those wishing to swim, your swimwear and a towel. Following prevailing weather conditions, the water at the waterfall may not be suitable for swimming.

Tobago Highlights and Folklore

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Take in the highlights of Tobago and its scenic vistas,then enjoy a local folkloric show depicting island life.

Enjoy a drive to Scarborough, nestled at the foot of the surrounding hills, and venture up to Fort King George. As well as being one of the island’s major historical sites, the Fort offers magnificent views over the east of the island and, on clear days, across to Trinidad.

You’ll continue to Plymouth and on to Fort James, which affords wonderful views over Great Courland Bay and is home to the tomb of Betty Stiven, dated 1783. The Mysterious Tombstone inscription defies interpretation and local legend has it that it was a riddle giving the location of pirate treasure. During the stop, take a look at the inscription and see if you can solve the mystery.

Afterwards, you’ll head along the Caribbean coast through Mount Irvine Bay Resort via the highway. You’ll enjoy a brief photo stop at the popular tourist resort of Store Bay, before arriving at the Canaan Accord Community Centre. Here, you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing fruit juice or rum punch, before enjoying an entertaining local folkloric show. This colourful production brings alive the local life and cultures of Tobago.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Any walking is at passengers’ own discretion. At some stops there may be some uneven terrain.

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