Just 40 minutes’ drive from Port of Spain, Maracas Bay has Trinidad’s most popular beach. The wide, white-sand beach, thick with palm trees contrasting against the backdrop of verdant mountains, remains an irresistible lure for both locals and travelers. The following video is from youtube, (https://youtu.be/obrT6nzM5Z4)
The Caroni Swamp is located on the west coast of Trinidad. It is an evening outing you just cannot miss. It is the largest estuarine mangrove system on the island comprising over 5000 hectares of mangrove forest and herbaceous marsh, interrupted by numerous channels, and brackish and saline lagoons, and with extensive mudflats on the seaward side. It is developed along the banks of the Caroni River and its tributaries and is associated with wetland types which include freshwater and salt water marshes to the central section of which has been designated a wildlife sanctuary. The following video is from youtube, (https://youtu.be/vV9XvW2JSVE)
Maracas Waterfall standing at 300 feet is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. Situated on Waterfall Road, in the Maracas St.Joseph Valley, it is a favorite destination for visitors. The falls are within 20 minutes of the Apartments let us know if you are interested in visiting this wonderful relatively easy and short hike. The following video is from youtube, (https://youtu.be/KKjupN3wZnY)
Photos by Peter R Sammy
Chaguaramas Zip-Lining and Water Park
Chaguaramas is located on the North-West peninsula of Trinidad and is transforming into one of the region’s most idyllic investment and entertainment destinations! Perfectly located in a picturesque, calm peninsula, the potential of this breathtaking landscape is being realised through the vision of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA).
The Pitch Lake
“Tierra de Brea”, the “Land of Tar” was the original name of the area surrounding the La Brea Pitch Lake in southern Trinidad. Pitch is just anarchaic English word used by Trinidadians, which simply means tar, or emulsified asphalt to be accurate.
The history of the lake is filled with legends and myths surrounding its existence. To read more about these legends, visit Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. For more information from the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited, click this link!
The following videos are from youtube, (https://youtu.be/6TLoEUJgpLA and https://youtu.be/WHbp-64fGMY)
Asa Wright Nature Center
The Asa Wright Nature Center (AWNC) is a “Not-for-Profit” Trust established in 1967 by a group of naturalists and bird-watchers to “protect part of the Arima Valley in a natural state and to create a conservation and study area for the protection of wildlife and for the enjoyment of all.” It was one of the first nature centres to be established in the Caribbean.
Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, the AWNC’s properties will be retained under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat.
Check out the Asa Wright Nature Center Website!
The following video is from youtube, (https://youtu.be/ojtrqabwGHc)
Lopinot Cocoa Estate and Historical Complex
Lopinot is situated 10km north of the town of Arouca. It is named after the French soldier Compte Josef Charles de Lopinot de la Fresilliere, who acquired 478 acres of land for services rendered to the British crown, and settled in the valley in 1806 with his family and 100 slaves.
Café Mariposa is an open-air restaurant at Lopinot, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful flowers. The unique cuisine and ambience has attracted local and international visitors who are now regulars at the Café.
Mount Saint Benedict Abbey
Mount St. Benedict is the home of the Benedictine monks who live and work in Trinidad and Tobago. They follow a way of life that traces its roots to St. Benedict of Norcia who was born in Italy in the year 480. Today, there are approximately 9,000 men and 18,000 women who follow this way of life, scattered throughout the entire world. In the Caribbean, they can be found in Martinique, St Lucia, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Mount St. Benedict is the oldest monastery in the region, having been founded in 1912. One of the Owners of First Capital Apartments Peter Sammy, was a past pupil of the Abbey School at the Mt. St. Benedict Monastery. First Capital can arrange visits on request.
Learn more at Mount St. Benedict’s Abbey Website
Temple in the Sea
This Hindu temple is regarded as a National Treasure to Trinidad and Tobago. An Indian labourer, Seedas Sadhu, had constructed the first temple on the seashore in 1947. It was demolished because it had been built on MacMillan Park, private property belonging to Tate and Lyle Limited, one of the leading sugar companies. Sadhu was sent to prison.
He subsequently decided to build the temple in the sea. It took him 25 years to build singlehanded with only his bicycle to transport materials. This temple is on a man-made island and is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian causeway. Images and murtis of Ganesh, Siddartha and other Hindu deities are displayed in an exquisite manner.
The Hanuman Murti
One of the more famous religious sites in Trinidad is the 85-foot-high Hanuman murthi — the largest outside India it’s claimed, and the architectural designs of the pinkish/saffron (Kesari) colored Dattatreya Mandir at Orange Field Road, Carapichaima.
The number one destination for local and foreigners to visit is Gasparee Cave, situated at Point Baleine on the northeastern side of Gaspar Grande Island. What makes this cave so unique and appealing is its pool. Sea- water emerges through an underground source to create a translucent blue pond with a depth of 10-20 feet.
The Island’s geological features consist of limestone composed of coral, oolites and seashells. The cave formed by water deposits of carbon dioxide, which dissolved the limestone into crystals of calcium bicarbonate. Over time, the accumulations of crystals create stalagmites, which extend up from the cave floor, and stalactites they extend down from the roof. Those that stem all the way from the roof to the floor called pillars. Some of the crystals transformed themselves into fascinating shapes, and some appear as a dinosaur head, a chandelier, two lovers hugging and even flowers.
Caura Estate and River
The Tacarigua River (commonly known as the Caura River) is a river Trinidad which originates in the Northern Range and drains into the Caura Valley. It passes through the town of Tagarigua in the East-West Corridor. The Caura River is important both recreationally and culturally.
Design Resorts Limited, the parent company of First Capital Apartments, operates a six acre estate at the end of the Tucuragua Road in Caura which has two small streams, a diverse range of local and other tropical trees making up its rain forest vegetation there are many birds, butterflies and small native wildlife on the estate. On request, a day trip is available to guests who want to experience a day trip into this tranquil rejuvenating environment.