Information on arriving into Trinidad or Tobago, Customs and Immigration, and what to expect in Chaguaramas or Tobago.
Information on what is happening in and around Chaguaramas. Including: Emergency Medical Information, Events, Information on Marinas and Anchorages, Marine Services and Contractors, and where to obtain parts and supplies in Trinidad. Answers to Frequently asked Questions.
Shopping and Food
Where to shop for what you need and information on the unique foods of Trinidad and Tobago. Where to find something good to eat.
How to get around Trinidad and Tobago, and
There are vast opportunities to enjoy all that is offered in Trinidad. Beaches and hiking, Watching birds and wildlife, Exploring Port of Spain, The history and culture of Trinidad, Night life, Out of the way places around the island, and Adventures and Sports.
Many events are seasonal. The first event of the New Year is Carnival in February or March. Other events dot the year finishing with Diwali and lastly Christmas.
Information on Weather, Links on the internet of interest to cruisers, forms for the local net, to search for specific information and how to file a float plan.
Yacht Entry Procedures
Covid-19 ushered in new requirement for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. While many are no longer applied some remain.
Passage & Arrival in Trinidad
The majority of cruisers arrive in Trinidad after a passage from Grenada, but others come from further afield. Information on what to expect during the passage, hazards, weather and arrival information, Communications and Float Plan details.
Customs and Immigration
The paperwork can seem daunting at first, but taken one step at a time and with good humor, it can be easily taken in stride. Information on where to clear, procedures and costs. Additional information on clearing parts and pets.
Chaguaramas is the center of yacht activity in Trinidad. Information on local places to shop and eat, local activities, and where to find additional information.
Weather is of prime importance to cruisers. The weather page gives a brief overview of some of the weather issues affecting Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean.
Emergency Medical Information
Medical services of all types are available to cruisers. Locating them is sometimes a chalange.
Much is happening around the marinas in Chaguaramas. Join your fellow cruisers for each of these.
Yards, Marinas and Anchorages
Chaguaramas Bay has changed a lot since the days of being an American Military Base during World War Two. It now has one of the finest collection of marine services and skilled workers to be found anywhere in the Caribbean. There is very little that cannot be found, fabricated, or repaired here. All with the unique Trini style.
Chaguaramas is a commercial port and has a long history of supporting the yachting community. There are a wide range of services available for the cruising sailor. A lot resides in the yacht yards, but there is also a community of highly skilled contractors and businesses providing marine supplies and services.
A Table of Marine Services
A table is provided to aid in locating a services or contractors.
Services outside of Chaguaramas
While Chaguaramas has a lot to offer, there are many services important to cruisers that are available elsewhere in Trinidad. Check here for medical information.
Frequently asked Questions from Trinidad Cruisers Facebook page
The Trinidad Cruisers Facebook page provides answers to many of the Frequently asked Questions. These questions and answers are provided here.
There are a number of good places to shop between Port of Spain and Chaguaramas. Most can be reached by a short Maxi-Bus ride along the Western Main Road or as part of Jesse's weekly organized shopping trips.
Shopping in Port of Spain and beyond.
Port of Spain provides a great array of shops for any need. There is a large area of fabric shops, a good music store, electronic shops and various small to medium sized department stores. Just outside of Port of Spain is the fresh food market. Along the major highways to the east and south are other stores to serve most of a cruiser's needs.
Jesse's Taste of Trini Tour
A number of years ago, he came up with the idea of getting the cruisers out of the marinas in Chaguaramas and introduce them to local foods that Trinidadians eat, and along the way have a lot of fun.
Local Foods to Enjoy
Getting Around Trinidad and Tobago
Getting around Trinidad and Tobago is relatively easy. There are Maxi-Buses, Large route buses, some taxis and of course rental cars. Jesse can proved a car and driver to meet specific needs.
Trinidad and Tobago are safe. The usual caviat applies that there are some areas, as in any country, that you should avoid.
Outdoors: Beaches, Hiking and Camping
Some Cruisers have yet to discover the many Opportunities of outdoor Trinidad. The are many beaches, hiking trails, caves to explore, and waterfalls to be found.
Wildlife & Nature
Trinidad has many unique birds and animals. There are many places to observe them without having to venture too far into the forests or Savannahs. Excellent guides are available to assist in the understanding of what you might see.
Port of Spain
While many think of Port of Spain for shopping, there are lots to see and do downtown: cricket at the Queen's Park Savannah, the Botanical Gardens and Zoo, or Fort George overlooking downtown.
Trinidad History and Culture
Trinidad and Tobago's history is interesting and as diverse as her people. There are many places around Trindad and Tobago to see a bit of that History and Culture.
Further Afield in Trinidad
With a car or as part of an organized trip, there are a number of interesting places to visit. The Pitch Lake in the southwest corner of the island or the Temple by the Sea on the west coast are just a few.
Sports & Activities
Whether you are interested in watching football or cricket, or like to participate in a hash, or golf or tennis, there is much to do.
Cricket is the national sport. Its followers are fanatical and the country gets swept up in the excitement. Trini life grinds to a halt whenever the West Indies team comes in for a test match. Shorter 20/20 or 50/50 matches are easier to watch for the uninitiated.
A Steelband Competition often held around the time of Carnival.
Diwali in Felicity
In late October or Early November, Trini's celebrate the Hindu festival of Lights. Everyone flocks to Felicity to see the display of lights.
Christmas in Trinidad has the unique island flavor. There are many events assocated with the holidays.
New Years Eve and Day
From Fireworks on New Year's Eve to GAMs on New Year's Day.
Carnival in Trinidad is arguably the best in the world. Carnival here consists of a great number of different events spread over more than a month leading up to the main parade downtown Port of Spain on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
While the major threat of Covid-19 has passed it remains active. Source of current accurate information are important.
Weather is of prime importance to cruisers. Often, however, cruisers are not aware of all the resources available to them.
There is a vast amount of information available on the web. These are some of the sites I have found useful. I try to keep them current, however, if you find one broken or would like to suggest a new one, let me know.
A table of topics that can be found on this website.
Please go here to download the morning net script.
Please go here to download the morning net weather script.
File a Float Plan
Please go here to file a float plan.