As the capital city in Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain offers travellers a great way to spend a few days soaking up the sun on vacation or getting to important business meetings. Skyscanner can help visitors find the most cost-effective choices for car rentals, hotels, and flights to this spectacular city in the Caribbean.
Port of Spain Car Rental Choices
The best spot to rent a car in Port of Spain is at the airport. The entire island of Trinidad uses the Piarco International Airport, which is 10 kilometres west of Port of Spain. Rental companies found in the North Terminal outside of customs include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National Car, and Sixt. Most rental companies have many different types of cars available for travellers, but they need to specify if they want a vehicle with automatic transmission.
The minimum age for car rental in Port of Spain is 25, although the legal driving age is 17. Visitors also need to have had their license for at least two years.
Tips When Driving in the Area
Drivers in Trinidad drive on the left side of the road. It is illegal to turn left when there is a red light. It is also illegal to make a U-turn. Only front passengers must wear seatbelts, but those in the back should wear them if the vehicle has them. Driving while on a cell phone is also illegal.
Within the entire Caribbean, Port of Spain has one of the busier roadways. Traffic delays typically occur in the morning and evening rush hour. Drivers should also be wary of pedestrians crossing the road when they want and not waiting for lights to change.
In most places on the island, parking is free. However, travellers might consider parking in secure lots to keep themselves and their vehicle safe.
Places to Visit in Port of Spain
Since Port of Spain sits on the northwest coast of the island, it offers stunning views of the Caribbean waters. The area's most famous event of the year is the Trinidad Carnival, which occurs just before Easter.
Just north of Port of Spain, about 40 minutes from the airport is the Emperor Valley Zoo. Opened in 1952, the zoo is home to many exotic animals, including mandrills, giraffes, and macaws.
Established in 1818, the Royal Botanic Gardens gives travellers a chance to check out one of the oldest gardens in the Caribbean. Drivers should head down Churchill Roosevelt Highway about 25 kilometres from the airport to reach the gardens. With 25 hectares of land, the gardens have more than 700 trees that represent every continent.
Near the Royal Botanic Gardens is the National Museum and Art Gallery, housing artefacts from the country's earliest settlers, known as the Amerindians. This museum is more than a century old and has more than 10,000 items displayed in seven main galleries.
No matter why travellers head to Port of Spain, Skyscanner's app can help them find the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals. With the help of the app, they can enjoy all the sights and experiences that Port of Spain has to offer.