Port of Spain
The Caribbean’s foremost natural attraction
Trinidad and Tobago is an ideal place to take refuge in nature, while also enjoying the folklore, rhythms and flavors of the island enriched by its melting pot of cultures that can be traced back to Africa, India, Europe, the Middle East and China.
Well known for pristine beaches and ancient rainforests, Trinidad’s Northern Range mountains, which cover a quarter of the island, are home to almost 500 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish and 620 types of butterflies. The island has been awarded the title of the world's most environmentally friendly destination, as well as the Caribbean's foremost natural attraction.
Arriving on an MSC Caribbean and Southern Caribbean cruise in the bustling capital of Port of Spain, book one of our scenic drives to experience breathtaking panoramic views of Port of Spain. Drive by striking buildings such as the parliament and the row of colonial houses originally built as private residences known as The Magnificent Seven. Or surround yourself with exotic trees and tropical flowers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, established in 1818.
Leaving town, journey on an MSC excursion to the edge of Trinidad's rainforest to ascend to the Mount St. Benedict's Monastery, known as the Abbey of Our Lady of Exile, 660 feet above sea level. Nestled peacefully in the mountains, the monastery was originally founded by Brazilian monks as refuge for monks and others suffering religious persecution. Here your guide will provide a cultural and historical perspective of the monks who have lived the contemplative life for decades. The monastery welcomes people of all faiths.
Need to unwind? Let us take you to Maracas Bay, a popular beach lined with palms trees and surrounded by densely covered hills. It’s the ideal spot to soak up some sun.
If you’re searching for wildlife, grab your camera and join us on an MSC excursion of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Perfect for bird-watchers, you’ll travel along the mangroves on a flat-bottom boat or kayak and see the nesting home of the scarlet ibis and other species. Or drive through cocoa, citrus and coffee plantations to the Asa Wright Nature Center, nestled in the Aripo Valley, for a walk through the tropical rainforest with a naturalist guide.