Climate-wise, if you struggle in intense heat and rain, it is probably best to avoid booking a flight to Port of Spain whilst the weather is extremely humid and rainy during the months of June to December. Temperatures have been seen to soar to a scorching 36C which can prove uncomfortable when walking around and exploring the city. Being on the coast, Port of Spain enjoys a pleasant maritime tropical climate with breezes from the northeast trade winds. The island is close to the equator, however, so protection from the intense sun must be taken.
A great time to book flights to Port of Spain is during Carnival which is reputed to be one of the best in the world so, not surprisingly, hotels fill up quickly and prices go up. It’s a fantastic time to visit depending on your budget, as it will be difficult to find cheap flights to Port of Spain during this period. The timing of this lively mix of parades and calypso varies from year to year as it takes place just before Lent starts. If you are in the city in the run up to carnival you will be able to enjoy the steel bands rehearsing in the streets.
Port of Spain is the capital of the Caribbean island group that is Trinidad and Tobago. It is a vibrant mix of the crowded and noisy city areas surrounded by stunning rainforest. The Royal Botanic Gardens on Cotton Hill have been an oasis for the town since the early 19th century and are probably one of the oldest established gardens in the Caribbean. Here you will find a fantastic display of indigenous trees as well as welcome shade from the sun. The main area for shopping is on Charlotte Street, which runs into Independence Square (or Brian Lara Promenade, named after their famous cricketer). Here you will find a mixture of traditional shops and market stalls selling everything from meat and fruit to CDs and jewellery. At night, this area comes alive with locals sampling food from the stalls and chatting to their friends. To get a real feel for the town and its people this is a great time to hang out. The island of Trinidad is a stunning place with its tropical beaches and lush rainforests, interspersed with rivers and cascades. It is certainly worth taking time out from the city to explore.
Taxis are plentiful but make sure yours carries an ‘H’ on its licence plate as private cars often stop to offer lifts. ‘Maxi-taxis’ or minibuses also provide a service and prices vary, depending on the number of passengers, or they can be privately hired. There are also some local bus routes. Both buses and taxis only accept cash, but will accept dollars or euros. If you are lucky enough to be on the island around Easter, take one of the tours organised by conservation groups to see the Leatherback turtles laying their eggs on Matura Beach. You are sure to enjoy your visit to this lively and friendly city and island.
Piarco International Airport (POS), which receives flights to Port of Spain from across America and Europe, is about 45 minutes by car from Port of Spain, although in the rush hours it is best to leave yourself a little longer as the traffic is always hectic. Taxis are available at the airport but these are expensive. During the day buses run into Port of Spain approximately every 15 minutes.