Port of Spain is not only the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, but also one of the major business hubs in the whole Caribbean. While the island nation is decidedly Caribbean, the island is only seven miles from the coast of Venezuela, and the South American influence on its flora and fauna, culture, and cuisine is palpable. Choose vacation packages in Port of Spain and discover the exotic delights of this vibrant, bustling capital.
Hotels in Port of Spain put you within reach of two tourist attractions that showcase Trinidad's natural beauty. The 7.2-acre Emperor Valley Zoo is compact, yet it boasts 2,000-plus animals representing some 200 species. Creatures native to Trinidad, including the crab-eating raccoon and colorful toucans, are featured prominently alongside such exotic animals as giraffes, white Bengal tigers, and mandrills, the largest and most colorful of all monkeys. Next door is the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you can stroll under the shade of approximately 700 trees. Established in 1818, it is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world. Learn more about Trinidad and Tobago's heritage at the National Museum and Art Gallery. One of its most colorful exhibits displays arts created for Trinidad's annual Carnival.
Port of Spain has most of Trinidad's fine dining restaurants, which you'll find largely along Ariapita Avenue, known as "restaurant strip." High-end Port of Spain hotels also host a number of fine restaurants. For local fare and great nightlife, visit the St. James neighborhood, where street vendors sell jerk meats, Creole stews, and Indian flatbreads. The classic Trinidadian breakfast is doubles – lentil patties filled with chickpeas and topped with relishes. The island nation naturally offers great seafood, from conch to tiny local shellfish called chip-chip. If you really want to eat like a local, every morsel needs a generous dash of vinegary pepper sauce.
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