Natural Attractions in Port of Spain

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In a busy city like Port of Spain, you might expect to have to forgo any natural explorations within the city limits.  Port of Spain breaks this general rule with flourishing green landscapes like Queen's Park, a popular botanical gardens, and even a zoo.  If you're the type who likes to explore the local eco-sytem over the historic landmarks, you won't be disappointed here. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation outside? You might be happy to learn the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Caroni Lagoon National Park is a nature preserve located in Port of Spain. The most popular thing for visitors to the park is to take part in a boat tour down through the forest. As you slowly move down the river under a canopy of trees fill of birds, mammals, (and maybe a snake or two), you'll get an idea of how close you actually are to the rain-forests of South America.

Those hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Caroni Bird Sanctuary. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is a swamp popular among eco tourists for its plentiful offering of bird watching opportunities.

You can look through the following table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Caroni Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.3 mi. Southeast of Central Port of Spain
Caroni Lagoon National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.2 mi. Southeast of Central Port of Spain


Even though most visitors to the area are drawn by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port of Spain multiple choices, including two waterfalls.

You might want to visit Edith Falls, which is situated in Port of Spain. A sign pointing to Edith Falls will guide you to the start of your hike just before the Chaguaramas Golf Course.

The chart below summarizes some details concerning waterfalls.

Waterfalls Near Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Edith Falls Waterfall 7.8 mi. Northwest of Central Port of Spain
Maracas Waterfall Waterfall 8.5 mi. Northeast of Central Port of Spain

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

Vacationers can enjoy one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in Port of Spain.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Royal Botanical Gardens, which is located within Port of Spain. The Royal Botanical Gardens contains over 700 trees throughout the property, and guests will see them all as the walk the gardens. Additionally, within the gardens are a small group of tombstones, the resting place of the Trinidad Governors who have served past 1819.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are listed here:

Parks and Gardens In Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Jackson Square Park Downtown Port of Spain
King George V Park Park Downtown Port of Spain
Memorial Park Park Downtown Port of Spain
Public Service Association Grounds Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Park Oval Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Park Savannah Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Royal College Sports Ground Park Downtown Port of Spain
Royal Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden Downtown Port of Spain
Siegert Square Park Downtown Port of Spain
Victoria Square Park Downtown Port of Spain
Woodford Square Park Downtown Port of Spain

Zoos and Aquariums

Emperor Valley Zoo

If the concept of spending some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, you should visit Emperor Valley Zoo. Although the Emperor Valley Zoo was first built in 1947, it wasn't until 1952 that the doors were opened to the public. To this day it remains a popular family attraction, showcasing both regional and exotic animals and furthering the cause of animal conservation.

Zoos In Port of Spain
Name Type Location Island/th>
Emperor Valley Zoo Zoo Downtown Port of Spain Trinidad

If you would prefer having a wider range of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to look at other locations. Navigate here to view our page concerning other interesting attractions for Port of Spain.


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