San Fernando & the West Coast  
 
San Fernando has a seasonal tropical climate with a wet season lasting from June to December and a dry season lasting from January to May. Located just over 10 degrees north of the equator and in the path of the Northeast trade winds, Trinidad & Tobago enjoys a tropical climate with very little change in temperature during the year. The annual temperatures range between about 21 degrees C and 32 degrees C.
The average annual rainfall is about 200 cm.

The South Trinidad Chamber of Industry & Commerce [STCIC] celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006.

A national Chamber from South Trinidad instrumental in the development of the world-class port Point Lisas

  • There are few restrictions on non-national establishing companies in Trinidad & Tobago and very few restrictions on foreign ownership of land and other assets.
  • Trinidad & Tobago has a well educated and trained labour force
Point Lisas
The Point Lisas industrial estate is  850 hectares of near Point Lisas. With its abundant supply of natural gas and well established infrastructure, this unique estate offers unrivalled facilities for industrial clients. The estate contains about 90 tenants comprising a mix of world class petrochemical and steel plants, medium sized manufacturers and smaller service companies providing a range of support services. The complex near Couva, fuelled by offshore natural gas; it is a world-ranking exporter of methanol, ammonia, fertilizer and steel.

The Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO) is the landlord.
PLIPDECO also manages the Point Lisas Port.

This has been a primary site for direct foreign investment into sub-sectors such as methanol, ammonia and other petro-chemicals.  There has also been major investments into the Atlantic LNG facilities at Point Fortin and into up-stream oil and gas production, mainly off the east and north coasts.  There are also a large number of international energy service companies who have established companies in Trinidad to service the energy sector

The two best known politicians in TnT, the current and prior prime ministers are from San Fernando
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Annual Events
San Fernando Jazz Festival, which usually happens in July,
San Fernando Jazz Festival, which usually happens in July, at San Fernando Park
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Annual Events
Sando Jazz Festival on San Fernando Hill usually happens in July, since 2004
Sir Walter Raleigh discovered the pitch lake in 1595 and used it for caulking on his ships. He reported his find to Britain who maintained commercial operations there as recently as 1978.
 

 

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Southern Main Road was replaced as main southern highway by Uriah Butler Highway more directly connecting Chaguanas with the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, and  Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway  to  San Fernando. The Southern Main Road is still the major road connecting San Fernando with Point Fortin, but plans are underway to extend the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin.
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Point Lisas immediately west of the town of Couva. second largest port in the country and is a major cargo port. It also serves the heavy industry located in the area dependent on the natural gas supply including Caribbean's largest steel works
The Navet Dam is one of the major reservoirs supplying potable water in Trinidad and Tobago. The dam was completed in 1962 and expanded in 1966 and 1976. It supplies San Fernando, Debe, Penal, Princes Town, Rio Claro, South Oropouche, La Brea Moruga, New Grant, Plaisance Park, La Romaine and Fyzabad.
. The Cipero, Vistabella, Marabella and the Godineau Rivers all enter the sea within the San Fernando city limits.
The Borough of Chaguanas is the largest (67,433, 2000 census) and fastest-growing town in Trinidad and Tobago. Located in Central Trinidad about 18 km (11 miles) south of Port of Spain, Chaguanas began life as a Convict Depot. It grew in size due to its proximity to the Woodford Lodge sugar refinery. It remained a minor town until the 1980s when it began to grow rapidly. Although it originally drew people for bargain shopping and moderately-priced housing, the growth of the town has seen property values increase dramatically.
The Guaracara River, separates Marabella (the northernmost portion of the city) from Pointe-ŕ-Pierre.  It forms the boundary between the city of San Fernando (to the south) and the Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo Regional Corporation It is heavily polluted
 San Fernando is a coastal town, is located in western Victoria County. The city is bounded by the Guaracara River to the north, the Solomon Hochoy Highway to the east, the Southern Main Road to the southeast, and the Oropouche River to the south. The city proper is located on the flanks of two hills - San Fernando Hill (more correctly, Naparima Hill) and Alexander Hill. Several Mansions on the pinnacle of Alexander Hill house some of the more prominent San Fernando families. The Cipero River, the Vistabella River, the Marabella River and the Godineau River all enter the sea within the city limits.
Location of Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo
Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo Regional Corporation is a Regional Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a land area of 719.64 km˛. Urban areas within Couva-Tabaquite-Talparo Regional Corporation include Claxton Bay, Couva, Point Lisas, St. Mary's, Tabaquite and Talparo.
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Aloe Vera found and sold thoughout the island
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The west coast can be gritty and industrialized, it also contains the most visited National Park and wide assortment of deserted beaches. Most of the region, however, can be reached from Port of Spain in a day trip, unless you plan to spend time on the south and southeastern coast.

Accommodation in the region is limited, with most hotels geared more towards business people rather than to tourists and options getting very spotty "down south" on the peninsula which frames the Gulf. The highly rated Cara Suites in Pointe-A-Pierre is the only standout. The southern tip surprisingly has nothing to speak of despite its scenic space on the island.

Restaurants do not get much beyond Indian, Chinese and fast food. There's are many small bars and rum shops and the occasional club, often located in a shopping mall.

Trinidad's busy second city, San Fernando, populated predominantly by people of Indian descent,  is built on hills including the most famous in Trinidad ---San Fernado Hill. San Fernando is very much a Carnival city, experiencing a full build-up to its own wide assortment of competitions in Skinner Park as well as energetic parades.
It makes an easy connection with Port of Spain via the Uriah Butler–Solomon Hochoy Highway.

Places To Stay: Southwest
carahotels.com/ Cara Suites 659-2271 Southern Main Road, POBox 4185 Claxton Bay,  Pointe-A-Pierre
Average price*: $157 minutes from San Fernando free high speed internet access throughout the hotel. Opening another hotel at the airport in 2008
Ranks #2 of 44 hotels in Trinidad in TripAdvisor's popularity index
This is a beautiful hotel, the rooms with the balcony was gorgeous, the view of the pierre was quite "breathtaking". The hotel itself and bar area is quite lavish and the food was delicious,
marions-place.com Marion’s Place 13 rooms
15 Railway Avenue, Plaisance Village Pointe-A-Pierre Tel: 868 659 2584/4688 Fax: 868 659 2584 Owner/Manager: Audrey Smart
Just 10 mins away from the Wild Fowl Trust and 45 mins from the Pitch Lake. Situated just 10 mins from the city of San Fernando, 5 mins north of the Petrotrin oil refinery and 8 mins south of the industrial estate of Point Lisas. Facilities include a swimming pool and conference room, television in room,
Tradewinds in St. Joseph Village (868) 652-WIND.
Aksent Villa, St. Joseph Village (868) 683-2413
pariasuites.com/ South Trunk Road, La Romain, Trinidad Tel: 1 (868) 697-1442 / 1443 64 rooms The 100 plus staff member team at Paria Suites Hotel & Conference Centre understand that small things make a big difference. Services include a business center, high-speed internet access, currency exchange, courier and taxi service and secretarial service. Other facilities include wedding and event planning, swimming pool, conferencing and banqueting facilities, restaurants and laundry service.
  Gulf View, La Romaine (868) 653- 0120,796-6005.
San Fernando
royalhoteltt.com/
Royal Hotel (1978) Limited 46-54 Royal Road, San Fernando, Trinidad WI Phone/fax: 868-652-4881  60 rooms
All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and outfitted with modern facilities for your every comfort, including wireless internet access. Ideally suited for weddings, cocktail parties and seminars. Restaurants available.

tradewindshotel.net Tradewinds Hotel and Members Club 36-38 London Street, St. Joseph Village San Fernando Tel/Fax: 868 652 9463 40 rooms
Business visitors have the convenience of easy access to all major business centres in San Fernando, Pointe – a – Pierre, Point Lisas and Point Fortin. The hotel has complimentary safes, swimming pool, poolside grill and bar, gym and spa facilities, business centre, complimentary high-speed internet access, conference room and offers a complimentary airport shuttle.

Harry's Guest House , San Fernando, Trinidad - (868) 652-2038
Hotel Tokyo 43-45 St. James Street, San Fernando, Trinidad - (868) 652-3257

Kalke Hotel   Rooms: 7 price*: $58
60 North Street, St.Joseph Village, San Fernando, 60
868-657-4951 FAX: 868-657-4951

Royal Hotel on Royal Road (868) 652-3924 / 4481
Venus Hotel 22 Shah Street, San Fernando, Trinidad - (868) 653-3847
Chaguanas

Chagaunas is the first major town on your journey from Port of Spain to south Trinidad and the center of East Indian culture in Trinidad. Nearby is the Caroni Bird Sanctuary is Trinidad’s and most popular eco attraction. To get here, drive out Uriah Butler Highway and look for the turn-off sign to Chaguanas

The fastest-growing urban area in Trinidad, Chaguanas is the heart of the sugar-belt, crowded and bustling. Novelist V. S. Naipaul's family lived in the Lion House, not far from the highway. A mile or two south, on the Southern Main Road, traditional potters produce and sell Indian craft.  As you come in on Main Road you'll think you've miraculously arrived in Calcutta. A hodgepodge of shops sell Indian clothing, jars of spicy chutney, and Bollywood music.

  Chaguanas  still attracts bargain shoppers. Retail development expanded with the construction of three malls in the downtown in the 1980s (Mid-Centre Mall, Centre City and Centre Pointe Mall). More recently, construction of Price Plaza in Endeavour expanded upscale retail opportunities.
Radika's Pottery, 183 Edinburgh Village (tel. 868/665-4267), run for three generations by the Pickal family, which is acclaimed around the world for its exquisite pottery -- jugs, pots, candle holders, and more.
Also f
ind a collection of pottery shops in Chase Village, as well as many other small family-run potteries in outlying areas.

DIVALI NAGAR Events Center
For nine days and nights of Divali in October, locals and visitors flock to the site and find themselves immersed in Indian culture. A 12-metre statue of Swami Vivekananda keeps a watchful eye over the Divali Nagar site just outside Chaguanas.
For events at other times of the year contact National Council of Indian Culture at 656-6733 or 671-6242.
Kendra Phagwa Festival, held in an open park area off Longdenville Old Road. A riot of colour and music, it imarks the Hindu Holi festival and is held around the first full moon in March, the end of the Hindu calendar’s twelfth month.

The Lion House: The ancestral home of the Capildeo family is one of the architectural wonders which contributes to the heritage of the small Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Built between 1924 and 1926 the Lion House still stands majestically on the Main Road in Chaguanas. It is the only building of its kind in the Western Hemisphere conceived, designed and constructed by the late Pundit Capildeo. It is the standing symbol and memorial to the indentured Indian immigrants who came to Trinidad from 1845.

San Fernando
The southbound Uriah Butler Highway is a fast moving two-lane road that will carry you to San Fernando in less than an hour from POS. San Fernando is a bustling oil port although far quieter than Port of Spain and with few tourists

Most of the historical sights and shops are located on and around the Harris Promenade , a broad, elegant boulevard running west from the foot of the hill.  High Street is San Fernando's main shopping street, lined with clothes stores and street vendors. At its southern end is Happy Corner , location of a few renovated colonial buildings and King's Wharf , where you can buy fresh snapper, kingfish and shark at the local fish market. On Carib Street

stands the city's oldest building, the Carib House - an eighteenth-century Spanish colonial building - while neighbouring Coffee Street is home to many of the south's steel bands , including the highly acclaimed Fonclaire.

The population was estimated to be 62,000 as of 2002. The former Borough of San Fernando was elevated to the status of a city on November 18, 1988. The motto of San Fernando is: "Sanitas Fortis" - In a Healthy Environment We Will Find Strength.

San Fernando Hill:  now a national park of 65 acres and 200 metres high is quite a site with flattened with steep protruding points. The hill the result of past quarrying activity - overshadows the town centre and makes for a pleasant recreation area with picnic tables, a childrens' playground and panoramic views. 
The San Fernando Hill is the most popular of South Trinidad's landmarks on clear days, one can even catch a glimpse of the Northern Range and an outline of neighboring Venezuela.
The Hill, the top of which is 586 feet above sea level, was once a source of construction-grade limestone. Quarrying stopped 20 years ago when playwright James Lee Wah headed a citizens' action group to protest against its continued destruction. The Roman Catholic Church for its annual Good Friday re-enactment walk of the Stations of the Cross and it is the spot chosen by many newlyweds for wedding photos. Open 9am-6pm daily  

Villa Capri in San Fernando is the only place with good reviews in Trinidad for sex tourists according to worldsexguide.com. Price is 200TT for a 1/2 hour.

There are no buses or maxis traveling within San Fernando, and route taxis charge a flat fare of TT$2 for most journeys, with an added dollar or two for off-route drops; you can hail one on any main street. . San Fernando is the hub of the south's transport system; from here you can catch maxis, buses and taxis to Port of Spain, La Brea, Princes Town and Point Fortin.

Caroni Lagoon National Park
Caroni Bird Sanctuary   Off of Uriah Butler Highway Caroni, TT
Curepe, Port-of-Spain, or San Fernando +1 868 645 1305
The third largest swamp [337 Acres] in Trinidad. At least 157 species of birds inhabit it.  Fish and Fauna abound.Visit the nesting grounds of the stunning scarlet ibis on a boat trip through eerie mangrove swamps. 
In Search of the Ibis

The scarlet ibis return to roost at sunset; boat tours start in the late afternoon

 About 60 percent of the mangroves found in Trinidad occur in the Caroni Swamp, covering approximately 30 square kilometers. The white mangrove is found scattered among the red and black mangrove areas and rarely form distant stands.

Towards the landward side, the Button mangrove (Conocarpus erectus) occurs. The brackish areas to the east are occupied by a wide variety of shrubs and herbs. The entire area is a beautiful complex of flora and fauna, water and sky.

The avifauna is rich  indigenous waterfowl or wildfowl, rely on our wetlands for feeding and nesting. Temperate species use them as important migratory stopping-off areas. Many birds  including the national bird, the Scarlet Ibis, depend on them for their survival. The diet allows the feathers of the red ibis to sparkle iridescently in sunlight

Caroni Lagoon National Park: This new national park was recently commissioned to help preserve Trinidad's wildlife.
The Caroni River is the largest river in Trinidad and Tobago, running for 40 km (28 miles) from its origins in the Northern Range on the island of Trinidad, through the northern lowlands of the Caroni Plains and enters the Gulf of Paria at the Caroni Swamp.

Gran Couva

Lady of Montserrat -TORUGA RC CHURCH  located in the Montserrat Hills, Gran Couva. Built by French priest and architect Father Marie Jules Dupoux at the end of the 19th century. The restored stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes were made in France between 1880 and 1890.
However the reason most visitors come is elsewhere housed in a separate shrine is the Black Virgin statue, also called the Lady of Montserrat.
 
La Vega Garden Centre
Established in 1988, La Vega now has a huge collection of tropical plants and flowers, and is a good place to relax in or picnic among the bamboo groves. It is near Gran Couva, about 45 minutes from Port of Spain. There is no admission charge to the sales area, but tours of the estate should be booked in advance (tel. 653�6120; TT$10 per person for a group of 10, children under 12 TT$6).

Carapachaima

WATERLOO TEMPLE  located west of Carapachaima,
Labourer Siewdass Sadhu spent 25 years building it in the sea after he was not allowed to construct it on sugar land. The effect of sea erosion prevented Sadhu from ever completing the structure
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, but in 1994, the government finished the temple in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. At low tide, the mudflats around the temple are excellent for bird watching. The temple is often used for weddings on weekends.The Waterloo Temple is open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 7 pm. Its grounds are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm.

Hanuman One of the most impressive statues in Trinidad  is theDownload 85-foot statue of the Hindu god Hanuman, which is reputed to be the tallest of its kind outside India. Towering above the Dattatreya Yoga Centre and Mandir at Orange Field Road, Carapachaima, it has become a landmark

Palmiste National Park
Still in the early stages of development, the park covers 40 acres of land on the edge of San Fernando. During the year work is expected to proceed on a jogging track, picnic areas, eco trails, recreation areas and an arboretuem.

Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust

The setting is unlikely, near an industrial area of the state-owned Petrotrin oil refinery, with flames spouting from flare stacks in the sky. However, in this seemingly inhospitable clime, wildfowl flourish amid such luxuriant vegetation as crape myrtle, flamboyant soursop, mango trees, and even black sage bushes said to be good for high blood pressure. You can spot the yellow-billed jacana, plenty of Muscovies, and, if you're lucky, such endangered species as the toucan or the purple gallinule.
 Indigenous waterfowls such as the Wild Muscovy Ducks and wading birds such as the Scarlet Ibis are kept. Brilliant hues are provided by the Tropical mockingbird, the yellow headed Amazon Parrots and Blue Gold Macaws.
The Trust breeds endangered species of waterfowl and birds and reintroduces them into natural wildlife areas. Large member organization which overseas a wildlife reserve, which encompasses two lakes and about 25 hectares of land within a major petrochemical complex.  The lakes that are used as reservoirs for the refinery’s emergency fire and cooling systems. There is a captive breeding program where birds such as anhingas and scarlet ibises are hatched out.
The Sanctuary also offers a Learning Center with a small archaeological exhibit with unique Amerindian artifacts.
The Oropouche Lagoon, located along the Southern Main Road, roughly 6 km south of San Fernando, is connected to the Trust. It is a sanctuary for the fish and endangered wildfowl raised in the Trust’s breeding program. This is a mangrove swamp. You will be able to view a wide variety of birds and butterflies here as well as a significant fish and shrimp population It is an excellent place to view butterflies.
GETTING THERE:
(Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. You can only visit and see the grounds by appointment. Admission is $5, which includes a guided tour. Call 658-4200 to make a booking.
Tours
Godineau river is also known as the South Oropouche River.
Kayaking
in the Godineau area takes you through a variety of habitats, from saltwater mangrove swamp to fresh water marshland to partially cultivated areas. A variety of birdlife can be seen on these kayak trips including Scarlet Ibis, Southern Lapwing, Osprey, Savannah Hawk, Wattled Jacana, Cattle Egret, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Whistling Duck and a variety of migrating ducks (during the northern winter).

The Godineau River is one of the rivers in Trinidad that provides a year round kayaking opportunity as the water level is always sufficient. This kayak trip can be started either from the sea along the area known as the Mosquito Creek or inland from the Woodland area.