A Day Out in Trinidad

For all our visitors who have a day to spare in sweet Trinidad, we’ve got a guide for you! Whether you’re with us for a layover or you’ve left a free-day in your schedule for  spontaneous fun, here are some activities you’ll be able to enjoy during the few hours you have on our beautiful island!

Family Fun at the Heart of Port of Spain

At the heart of Port-of-Spain lies a plain of greenery, as far as the eyes can see. In the vast concrete jungle that is Trinidad’s capital, the Queen’s Park Savannah is a much needed oasis.

Did you know that the Queen’s Park Savannah is the largest roundabout in the world? That’s right! However, the Queen’s Park Savannah is so much more than meets the eye. It’s circumference holds a host of fund activities that will keep you and the family immersed in Trinidadian culture for the entire day. Here’s what we recommend:

Start the day off early with a trip to the Emperor Valley Zoo.

 

The Emperor Valley Zoo was founded in 1952. It is situated toward the northern side of the Queen’s Park Savannah. With exhibits that spread over seven acres, we promise your family and friends will have lots to see and do at the zoo. Click the photo for directions to the zoo!

ZooVisitors will be able to see a host of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. From the playful otter putting on show for the kids, to vibrant macaws calling out to onlookers; from agile monkeys that swing from ropes and branches to the lazy crocodiles basking in the warm Caribbean sun. Let’s not forget the majestic tigers and lions, prowling around – kings and queens! And best of all those stately giraffes, taller than we could ever be.

The little ones will LOVE some cotton candy, all the colours of the rainbow and no matter your age, there’s no way you can say “no, thanks!” to an ice-cold, creamy, sugary snow cone.

Have we got you interested? Visit the Zoological Society Official Website for information about the Emperor Valley Zoo (Opening Hours, Cost of Admission, Tours etc.)

Next, have a picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Trinidad & Tobago.

Conveniently located next to the zoo, this is a perfect spot for a lunch-time picnic! As the day heats up around mid-day, migrate to the botanical gardens where you can relax in the shade of over 700 varieties of trees.

The Gardens consist of twenty-five hectares of marvelously landscaped grounds. The kids can runs around and your feet can get a much needed break! There’s a path that you can take to walk through the gardens if you so desire and plenty of peaceful spots for lounging in the shade.

Hungry? Walk around the Savannah!

Okay, so what’s next. It’s mid-afternoon right about now, and you’re beginning to feel snack-ish. Don’t worry – food’s not far!

DSC00170Around the Savannah you’ll find a host of local Trinidadian food and drink for an afternoon pick-me-up. Fresh coconut water (straight from the coconut of course), ice-cold homemade ice cream, doubles, polourie and pies, or what about some tantalizing chow? Whether you’re in the market for salty or sweet a quick stroll around the Savannah’s periphery will have you munchies sorted in no time.

What next? Fly a Kite!

The Easter Season, fondly known as “Kite Flying Season” in Trinidad is the most popular time for making and flying kites, as there’s a whole competition organized around it! But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk with one, or buy one from a local vendor and have some fun of your own.

imagesThe winds in the Savannah are ideal for kites of any shape and size to sore effortlessly. By this time the sun should be dipping to reveal magnificent pinks and oranges in the sky above. In a world of screens and virtual entertainment, you’ll be happy for the time outdoors with your friends and family.

Final Stop: Open Air Food Court 

Finally, the sun has laid its head to rest and the stars are out to play. We’ve written a bit about this one before so make sure to hop over to read all about our Top Picks for Street Food in T&T.

In the mean time however, we’ll give you a sneak peak. At night, the once peaceful Queen’s Park Savannah get’s transformed into a hub of street food vendors and lively music. Locals from all over Trinidad converge on a tiny corner of the Savannah, in the cool nighttime Caribbean breeze for delicious local delicacies. Warm corn soup, salty bar-be-que glazed pigtails, spicy souse and creamy punches and smoothies made from local, natural ingredients. As Trinis would say, “Yuh cah go wrong!”.

End your day out with a full belly and a smile on your face. It’ll be time to head home soon and we guarantee, you’ll never forget your day out, in Trinidad.


So we hope we helped fill your day will enjoyment and outdoor fun for friends and family. You can book a stay with us via our website at any time. At First Capital Apartments, we’ve got you covered. Affordable, first-class accommodation? Check! Epic Travel Tips? Check!

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Best Street-Food Hubs in Trinidad!

We blogged all about our top food picks near to First Capital Apartments but did you know that Trinidad is home to some major food strips, where the best in street-food can be found?

The island is home to a rich variety of races, creeds and nationalities which bring with it a myriad of cuisine options and hybrids! So without further ado, here are some of the islands most popular food strips and street food hubs where you can enjoy casual night-dining in the cool, crisp Caribbean air.

1. Open-Air Food Court:

Around the world famous Queen’s Park Savannah lies our first food hub. In the heart of our nation’s capital, Port-of-Spain, you’ll find the best in  Trinbagonian cuisine cooked by the very best: our very own Trini People. Who better than to cook good, old-fashioned Trini food, than the beautiful and passionate people of the island! You’ll find tons of variety here.

Hungry? Try some corn soup, some spicy souse or tender barbecued pig tails. Eat a whole fried fish or bake and shark – there’s no need to share. Thirsty? You’ll be happy to find freshly squeezed juices, punches of all varieties and tastes and for the kids – get a snow cone oozing with extra condensed milk!

You’ll even find cuisine from around the Caribbean with tastes of Jamaica and Barbados making an appearance. After all, we are one family – so join in the fun! Arrive at about 6:00pm, walk with some beach chairs or pop open the trunk and have a feast under the stars! You won’t regret it.

2. The Cross:

Let’s move down South, to “The Cross”, famously known in Trinidad for its band of food trucks. Roadside eating never looked to good! You’ll find trucks of all shapes an sizes ready and prepped to serve you.

Located in San Fernando, Trinidad, The Cross is mostly known for its burgers but recently its become home to gyros, loaded hot dogs, corn soup, tacos – you name it! Parking is available on the strip itself, and there’s plenty of space to stand and eat, or simple stop with some friends for a grab and go dinner. It’s truly a must-see for any true foodie with its mixture of local and international cuisine. Thanks to our multicultural society, don’t be surprised if you find some franken-food that blends many foreign delicacies with a twist of Trinbagonian flare and flavour.

3. Ariapita Avenue

Possibly one of the most popular “liming” strips in Trinidad, Ariapita Avenue is an extremely popular location in Trinidadian street food. The stretch of road is home to night clubs, fine dining restaurants and a wide range of street food. Here you’ll find doubles, gyros, burgers, Trini home-style fried chicken, local artisan pizza, waffles and even Chinese fast-food, with a local twist. You can part and walk down the street easily, but with weekends getting particularly busy, beware of were you park! Wreckers are always on the prowl to be sure to check street signs to ensure that you’re parking in a safe zone.

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4. Grand Bazaar Food Strip

Unofficially named due to its close proximity to the Grand Bazaar Mall, this food strip has become increasing popular over the years. With highlights of local and international cuisine, you’ll be able to find bits of Colombian, Syrian and Mexican food options here along with the good, old Trini bites. The area has been newly renovated with seating options for those who wish to park and have a bite with family or friends. The street can get extremely busy however, during peak weekend hours, so be vigilant at all times. Vendors are usually open from about lunch time, but if you want the true experience, come for dinner when the street comes alive with lights and laughter. You won’t regret it!

So there you have it – just a few options for night life eating. Trinidad is such a diverse island, it’ll be a shame if you visited and didn’t pop by at least one of these epic locations.

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