Trinidad offers interesting ecological adventures, from hiking on cliffs overlooking the island's peach-sand beaches to bird-watching in the island's rain forests (watch for toucans and macaws). The island's main city, Port of Spain, is filled with casual restaurants and affordable lodgings, but don't expect to find much in the way of luxury.
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A scenic drive through mountains and rain forest leads to this palm-shaded arc of white sand, where low hills surround a near-perfect blue-water bay.
See the most impressive houses in Port of Spain surrounding the park, then walk north to enjoy the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Emperor Valley Zoo.
On a boat tour of this wetland you may spot caimans, boas, anteaters, egrets and kingfishers; stunning flocks of scarlet ibis gather at sunset.
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British cannons still point toward the Gulf of Paria at this restored 19th-century fortification; on a clear day you can see Venezuela on the horizon.
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Street vendors and cafés sell this sandwich of fried dough stuffed with shark fillet. Locals constantly debate which sauces and toppings are best.
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Forests around Asa Wright Nature Centre host toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, armadillos and iguanas. Visit for the day or stay overnight in the lodge.
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