Natural Attractions on Trinidad

Trinidad is a popular bird watching destination

Photo credit: © Gail Frederick
 

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 enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You may be pleased to know the island has quite a number of nature preserves on it.

ASA Wright Nature Center is a nature preserve northern Trinidad. Established in 1967, the ASA Wright Nature Center is a non-profit eco-center dedicated to keeping the protected area in its natural state and study conservation. This spot is particularly favored amongst birders for the 400 birds that nest here annually.

Vacationers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places 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.

Check out this table 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

Although most visitors are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Trinidad offers some great choices, including two waterfalls.

You might want to visit Edith Falls, which is northwestern Trinidad. Edith Falls is well visited both because of the easy hike it takes to get to it and because of its beauty. If you've only got time for one fall on the island, the 20 to 30 minute trek is definitely worth it during the raining season when the production of water from the falls is at its greatest.

The table right below shows more details on 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 spend some time in one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens on Trinidad.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Royal Botanical Gardens, which is found in St. Ann's, Trinidad. 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 you'll be able to find are displayed in the table 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 idea of spending some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, consider visiting Emperor Valley Zoo. Most of the animals on display at the zoo are local to Trinidad and Tobago and nearby South America. Still, there are a few exotic animals that make their home at the zoo.

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 go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Trinidad are listed here:

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

Of course, there are a nice selection of types of attractions. To see our detailed guide to other attractions, see this page.

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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