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10 Extraordinary Family-Friendly Holiday Destinations in Trinidad

When planning a family outings it’s easy to default to the regular kid-friendly destinations like, the beach or the zoo. But if you want to create lifelong memories, introduce your kids to adventure and really discover the beautiful island of Trinidad, then you have to shake things up a bit!

Here are 10 surprising kid-friendly destinations that your children and you will love. These awesome adventures will connect you with nature, expose you to Trinidad culture, create unforgettable animal encounters, and make you a rock star with your kids this holiday.

1Tour the Gasparee Caves!
Descend 100 feet underground and walk through a magnificent limestone caverns to discover extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites and a crystal clear salt water pool at its base that shimmers like glass.

Every visitor and local alike should have this cave tour on their bucket list. This fun tour which combines a boat ride along the scenic north-west peninsula; an easy hike; and a cave adventure 100 feet underground is a once in a lifetime experience. Gasparee Caves is a natural system of limestone caverns and caves created by millions of years of wave action and slightly acid rain on the island of Gaspar Grande. At the bottom of the cave (100 feet underground) you will find a mysterious clear tidal pool. The cave contains interesting stalagmite and stalactite formations which have been given nicknames such as "The Buddha", "Virgin Mary" and "The Lovers".

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2L’eau Michel Mud Volcano and Beach Tour
Spend an awesome day of adventure that includes fun hikes, a soak in a mud volcano, and a rejuvenating beach bath.
Our tour takes us to South Trinidad where we take a scenic drive through Chaguanas, Couva and San Fernando. Our final destination is an exciting Mud Volcano (approx. 45 mins hiking). We hike through an abandoned sugar cane plantation and teak forest which consists of undulating hills with gentle inclines. The mud volcano is a large circular pool of clay filled material that have active vents which can be identified by the bubbles at the surface. It is said that the mud from the volcanoes cleans and rejuvenates your skin! After experiencing this amazing natural attraction, we hike an additional 30-45 minutes to the calm, warm and inviting beach which is perfect for washing off all the mud with a rejuvenating sea bath.
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Ziplining in Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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This internationally certified ziplining adventure park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad offers a thrill of a lifetime with 7 lines and 5 canopy walks/net bridges through the trees of the beautiful Tucker Valley. Safe, thrilling adventure!!!.
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4Galera Point
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Here literally at Trinidad's easternmost point; behold a dramatic watery struggle where the waters of the Atlantic intermingle with the Caribbean Sea giving you a feeling that you are actually at world's end.
Galera Point is one of the most beautiful and dramatic ocean destinations in Trinidad. Literally the furthest eastern point of the island, Galera Point is the location of the Toco Lighthouse that overlooks the turbulent stretch of water known as the Fisherman's Graveyard, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. The Toco lighthouse, a white stone tower built in 1897, shines a red light that warns vessels of the rocky waters below. Take a walk past the lighthouse down a narrow path through a small gate in the fence to the windblown rocky cliffs below where large waves crash against jagged black rocks. Here literally at Trinidad's easternmost point you will behold a dramatic watery struggle where the waters of the Atlantic intermingle with the Caribbean Sea giving you a feeling that you are actually at world's end. Outdoor furniture and carat sheds around the lighthouse make for a relaxing breezy picnic location.
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5Fort George
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Built in 1804, by Sir Thomas Hislop for protection against the Napoleonic fleet. The fort looks over the city of St James and has a great view of the Gulf of Paria.
Formerly called La Vigie, Fort George is situated on the hills to the North of St. James overlooking the Gulf of Paria. The fort, which was part of a complex of fortifications, is the best destination for one of the most spectacular views of Port of Spain and the sea. In addition to the beautiful vista at this well preserved structure one can see the original cannons, dungeons, artefacts of the day and a signal station which was established in 1802 and designed by Prince Kofi Nti, son of King Kofi Calclai of Ashanti, West Africa. Built in 1804 under the direction of the then British Governor, Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop, the fortifications at Fort George consisted of sea defences and a series of supporting batteries: V. I. Z the York; Princess Charlotte; Abercombry and Cambridge on the lower slopes and Cumberland to the North above the Fort. Considered well-nigh impregnable in the day, it was the major defensive position in the Trinidad, but it was never to experience military action. In times of rumours of war the merchants of Port of Spain would store their records, cash and valuables here. Fort George ceased to be a Military establishment in 1846.
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6Temple in the Sea
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This Hindu Temple at Waterloo in Carapichaima, Trinidad is testament of one man’s love of Hinduism. The Temple was the 25-year attempt of Siewdass Sadhu to construct a worship centre at no-man’s land - the sea. Sadhu was denied land to build his beloved temple and took his struggle offshore, toiling and unloading buckets of dirt into the Gulf in an effort to create artificial land.
This Hindu temple was built through perseverance and strength. The Waterloo Temple, better known as Temple in the Sea, is an octagonal- shaped colourful structure. At the entrance of the temple, stands a statue of its designer Seedas Sadhu. Flags and statues adorn the temple’s perimetre. Before entering, you must remove your shoes because once inside, you are on holy ground. The beauty of reverence is reflected in the well-crafted murtis of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Mother Durga and flowers adorned around them. The temple was first built in 1947 by indentured labourer Sadhu, whose dream was to build a place of worship. That dream was short lived as, five years later, it was destroyed by the government of the time since it was built on State-owned Caroni land. Not discouraged, Sadhu rebuilt the temple - this time in the sea to avoid the further incident. For the next 25 years, Sadhu dedicated himself to completing the temple. On his bicycle and in a leather bag, he carried stone by stone, assembling the base of the temple. In 1994, the government at the time helped finish the temple in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the coming of Indians to the country. A pier was added to ensure the Waterloo Temple could easily be accessed during high tide.
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7Asa Wright Nature Centre
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The connection with nature, the relaxed pace and peaceful environment brings a sense of contentment
The Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) is a Not-for-Profit Trust established in 1967, it’s Mission: “To preserve a part of the Arima Valley in its natural state; to create a conservation and study area and to protect  the wildlife therein for the enjoyment and benefit  of all persons of this and succeeding generations”. The Centre was selected by the Ecotourism Society and listed in the October 1999 issue of Audubon Magazine as one of the finest eco-lodges in the world, it was also selected as the model for a case study on “Eco-tourism as a Strategy for Sustainable Development”. As you make your way along the Blanchisseuse road, the adventure has begun, vines hanging, blind  corners and precipitous  drops, lush Christophene farming and nature sounds, you are definitely getting nearer to your destination. The AWNC and Lodge is a must to experience, it is the best destination in Trinidad for unique birding and natural history experiences. Overnight guests wake up to the alarm of a variety of bird sounds, and as they gravitate toward the veranda they help themselves to our plantation grown robusta coffee, found only at Asa Wright. Breakfast is all local, with our very own whole wheat bread, local jams and jellies made from fruits harvested in our garden. Daily we welcome visitors as we are open to the public from 9am – 5pm,we offer daily natural history tours at 10.30 am and then at 1.30 pm. We serve creole food in our restaurant please call ahead with your dietary requirements so that we can cater to your needs. Families are encouraged, the allure of our small clear water pool, the connection with nature, the relaxed pace and peaceful environment brings a sense of contentment we all need to experience.
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Shark River, Matelot, Trinidad
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Shark River is beautiful river destination that is ideal for a good ’Trini’ river lime. With many shallow spots for wading complemented by deep crystal clear pools for swimming, it is a river that everyone can enjoy.
Shark River is beautiful river destination that is ideal for a good ‘Trini’ river lime. With many shallow spots for wading complemented by deep crystal clear pools for swimming, it is a river that everyone can enjoy. The clarity of the water is astounding and in deep areas, the surrounding lush vegetation gives the water an amazing emerald green tinge. Shark River, is so named because at one time visitors would witness sharks swimming up the river from the nearby Caribbean Sea. But have no fear, this has not occurred for some time and it is safe to swim in the beautiful water. Located between the villages of Grand Riviere and Matelot, it is a lovely destination to spend a relaxing day. Unlike many other river lime destinations, the banks of Shark River are equipped with concrete seating and tables for those who wish to have a meal. The more adventurous can explore upstream where you will discover various pools, gorges and waterfalls.
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