Natural Attractions on Trinidad

Trinidad is a popular bird watching destination

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With a total area of 1,981 square miles, the topography of Trinidad and Tobago is diverse. From mangrove swamps to mountain tops, vacationers on a mission to get outdoors have the opportunity to explore it all.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

ASA Wright Nature Center

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to find out that the island has a good selection of nature preserves on it.

ASA Wright Nature Center is a nature preserve northern Trinidad. With birding of special interest to most visitors at ASA Wright Nature Center, the center has created the Dunston Cave especially for the breeding of the nocturnal Oilbird. There are over 400 birds that nest throughout the property, as well as 97 mammals, 55 reptiles, 617 butterflies, 25 amphibians, and over 2,200 types of plants.

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Daily boating trips and other tours are available daily. These include a General Tour which takes place at 4:00 p.m., a Photography Tour, a Bird Watching Tour, a Family Picnic Tour, and a Fishing Tour.

Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust: Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust teaches daily environment education programs about local waterfowl and their link to all human beings, as well as the wetland ecosystems, with the end result being a tour of the property.

Take a look at the table just below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Trinidad
Name Type Location
ASA Wright Nature Center Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.6 mi. North of Central Arima
Arena Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.7 mi. Southeast of Central Arima
Blanchisseuses Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Blanchisseuse
Caroni Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.8 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Port of Spain
Caroni Lagoon National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.6 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Port of Spain
Central Range Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central Trinidad
Forest & Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Maracas Bay
Matura Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Matura
Melajo Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.9 mi. North of Central Oropouche
Parva Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.8 mi. East of Central Blanchisseuse
Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central Trinidad
Siparia Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Siparia
Southern Watershed Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.4 mi. South West of Central Morne Diablo
St. David Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. South of Central Grande Riviere
Trinity Hills Wildlife Sanctuary & Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.7 mi. West of Central Guayaguayare
Tumpuna Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.9 mi. North of Central Four Roads
Victoria Mayoro Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.5 mi. South of Central Ecclesville
Yarra Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Blanchisseuse

Waterfalls

Even though most vacationers are attracted by the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Trinidad offers some great options, including two waterfalls.

You should consider visiting Edith Falls, which is northwestern Trinidad. A sign pointing to Edith Falls will guide you to the start of your hike just before the Chaguaramas Golf Course.

The following table summarizes more details regarding waterfalls.

Waterfalls On Trinidad
Name Type Location
Edith Falls Waterfall 3.4 mi. North of Central Chaguaramas
Maracas Waterfall Waterfall 6.6 mi. Northeast of Central Belmont

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

Visitors can visit one of the many parks, as well as 2 botanical gardens on Trinidad.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Royal Botanical Gardens, which is located in St. Ann's, Trinidad. One of the oldest gardens in the world, the Royal Botanical Gardens was established in the year 1818, and for almost two centuries have been pleasing visitors with the colorful flowers and native plants.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are provided below.

Parks and Gardens On Trinidad
Name Type Location
Jackson Square Park 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Lord Harris Square Park 0.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Memorial Park Park 0.8 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Nelson Mandela Park Park 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Public Service Association Grounds Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Park Oval Park 1.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Park Savannah Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Royal College Sports Ground Park 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Rock Garden Botanical Garden 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Royal Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Siegert Square Park 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Victoria Square Park Downtown Port of Spain
Wild Flower Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Woodford Square Park Downtown Port of Spain

Zoos and Aquariums

Emperor Valley Zoo

If the thought of passing some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, 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 On Trinidad
Name Type Location Island/th>
Emperor Valley Zoo Zoo 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain Trinidad

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these on Trinidad are shown in the chart below.

Land Formations On Trinidad
Name Type Location
Balata Bay Bay 9.3 mi. Northeast of Central Port of Spain
Blanchisseuse Bay Bay 1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Blanchisseuse
Boca de Navios Bay Northwestern part of Trinidad
Bocas del Dragon Bay Northwestern part of Trinidad
Carenage Bay Bay 1.5 mi. East of Central Chaguaramas
Columbus Bay Bay 2.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Fullarton
Cyril's Bay Bay 3.0 mi. West of Central Maracas Bay
Gaspar Grande Bay Bay 8.1 mi. West of Central Port of Spain
Grand Riviere Bay Bay 0.5 mi. North of Central Grande Riviere
Las Cuevas Bay Bay 3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Maracas Bay
Madamas Bay Bay 3.6 mi. West of Central Sandy Point
Maracas Bay Bay 0.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maracas Bay
Matelot Bay Bay 0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Sandy Point
Matura Bay Bay 1.9 mi. East of Central Matura
Mayaro Bay Bay 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. Margaret
Paria Bay Bay 5.3 mi. East of Central Blanchisseuse
Pitch Lake Lake 0.8 mi. South West of Central La Brea
Salybia Bay Bay 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Old Road Town
Tyrico Bay Bay 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Maracas Bay
Yarra Bay Bay 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Blanchisseuse

Bear in mind, Trinidad is home to other attractions. Use this link to see our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for Trinidad.

For more nature on Trinidad and Tobago, just walk outside and take a look around. The beauty of Mother Nature's bounty abounds no matter where you look.

 

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