Port of Spain

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One of the largest cities in the small Antilles, the main city of Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain has a great variety of cultures and a diverse population. Port-of-Spain – a city of circular, hot temperatures, warm seas, and thorny vegetation.

Port-of-Spain was founded on the site of a settlement of indigenous people of Trinidad on the coast of the Gulf of Párda. It was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and was named Kunkerrabia. In the late 18th century, Connecticarabia was the administrative center of the present country. In 1797, the island was taken over by the English, and the city was changed to Port of Spain (Port of Spain). Until the 1830s, there was a thriving economy. ×Black-bearded noblemen were working on the sugarcane plantations. When labor was abolished, the influx of workers came at the expense of migrants from other countries (mainly China) and from the Great Britain, mainly from India. From the middle of the 19th century the Port of Spoigne transformed – a shipbuilding yard appeared, and natural asphalt deposits were developed. Then, too, the Port of Spain became the center of an industrial movement, particularly active in the 1930s and 40s. In 1962, after the Declaration of Independence, Port of Spain became the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Currently, Port-of-Spain is undergoing a plan of modernization and economic development.

The most famous native of Port-of-Spain – sprinter Ato Boulogon, world champion and Olympic medalist.

The look of the Port of Spain is a combination of the architectural traditions of the ethnic groups that inhabit the city. There are Christian cultural structures, Muslims, Indians, and Chinese influences. The main cultural sites of Port-of-Spain are the Cathedral of the Anglican Church (1823), the Catholic Cathedral (1832), the Art Gallery, « Savannah; – the Corological Garden, the National Archives, and the National Museum. Also not to be overlooked are the Magnificent Seventeen Park, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Independence Square, and the Museum of the History of the Country.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Ambiguous
  • Population: 37,000 people
  • GDP: $17,646 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Internet: 14 Mbps
  • Best wireless: bmobile
  • Tipping: In general, Trinidadians do not tip. But as anywhere else in the world, even if it is not expected, a small tip is appreciated. Most restaurants include a 10% service charge on the bill.
  • Apartment listings: Trini Apartments
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best coffee 24/7: LaunchRockit
  • Best coffee: Jaffa at the Oval
  • Best hospital: West Shore Medical
  • Best short-haul air carrier: United
  • Best intl air carrier: United
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1400
  • Monthly costs for family: $2300
  • Monthly costs for local: $650
  • Meal: $7.5
  • Small Cola: $0.8
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.5
  • Coffee: $1.2

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