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  • Location:Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Heading south out of Port of Spain and down the west coast, your circle island journey begins. You'll see the spectacular scenery of places such as the Gulf of Paris, Mayaro Beach, and Manzanilla. You will also visit the town of San Fernando, the second largest city of Trinidad.

Highlights

  • Tour around the island of Trinidad
  • Gulf of Paris, Mayaro Beach and Manzanilla
  • Town of San Fernando
  • Cocoa plantations
  • Scenic towns of Sangre Grande and Arima
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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What You Can Expect

Island Circle Tour

Travel through cocoa plantations in Trinidad

This tour gives all passengers the opportunity to truly understand the lifestyle in Trinidad and Tobago while visiting many of the famous landmarks. A great and educational way to view the best the island has to offer, including the agricultural belt, rapid industry and stunning nature.

Heading south out of Port of Spain and down the west coast, your circle island journey begins. You'll see the spectacular scenery of places such as the Gulf of Paris, Mayaro Beach, and Manzanilla. You will also visit the town of San Fernando, the second largest city of Trinidad.

The journey then takes you eastward, into areas overlooking the lush coconut palms which fringe the 14 mile (22.5 km) Mayaro Beach. On the return, travel through Manzanilla, cocoa plantations and Virgin Forest all on the East Coast of the island.

Leaving Manzanilla, you will pass through the picturesque towns of Sangre Grande and Arima before traveling through the east-west corridor and back to the Port of Spain.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The driver was on time to take my wife and i on the scheduled tour.The tour was on a public holiday, so it gave us, I am told, a less labored and cluttered road travel.The driver was informative and helpful with information as we proceeded on our tour. It was a good opportunity to learn about a literal cross-section of the country and countryside of Trinidad.
I would recommend the experience to anyone who wants to see at first hand some of what Trinidad is.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

All three tours were excellent because of the guides. However, dealing with the agency in Trinidad was most discouraging. They would not respond to phone calls, even when the hotel made the call for me. I was never sure when I was being picked up at my hotel.

The guides were not part of the agency; they worked as independent guides. Think twice before dealing with that agency.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

A great way to see different parts of Trinidad. There are not many stops, but lots of beautiful vistas and towns to pass through.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

I stayed in the Port of Spain during my visit to the islands of Trinidada and Tobago. My tour guide, Andy, arrived on time, picking me up in the lobby of my hotel. I paid $139.00 for my seven hour personal tour. I was pleased to be the only person because I wanted a low-key, less "touristy" experience. Andy provided just what I wanted. He didn't feel the need to talk on endlessly but allowed me to set the tone for the tour.

When I felt compelled to aske questions Andy was able to provide an asnwer to the question; when I just wanted to sit back and look out the window. He offered to stop at any point, allowing me again to set the pace and course.

The car was clean; he kept his music low. I felt safe during our the drive.

We stopped in the town of Rio Claro for lunch. Prior to heading out, we agreed on a pick up spot. As a woman traveling alone, he was reassuring and provided safety a few safety guidelines..

Though the Island Circle Tour didn't circumnavigate the whole island, it did cover Caribbian, inland and Atlantic views that provided a good overview of the third-world like country.

My experience with Andy went so well that I hired him a few days later to take me to the Caroni Swamp, where I joined a group of tourists for a swamp tour and visually stunning dusk dance of the island's Red Ibis as flocks filled the sky and made their way to their evening perch.

Simon H
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

My fiancee and I really enjoyed ourselves. Our personal driver took us to a couple of beaches, and was quite happy to wait for us to finish without rushing us at all. He even took us to a place that we had wanted to see - which was slightly off route - with no charge whatsoever. He was very nice and patient, very friendly and looked after us a lot.

Iris T
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

The driver was very helpful and the trip was interesting but evident neglect of a good deal of the country's agriculture and forestry was disappointing.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2015

I did not like the guide.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2014

We were glad this tour was not cancelled, like 2 other tours we took in the Caribbean (one by Viator.com was cancelled 45 minutes in advance). This tour (5 hours) is in fact a drive (with 2 stops), with a drive along the highway to the south, a road across the island to the east coast, a nice drive along the east coast, and back to Port of Spain. Although mentioned in the tour description, we did not see the Bay of Paria nor the Town of San Fernando. Altough it is nice to get an impression of the Island, we expected more from this tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2013

"Circle Tour" is 80% driving around the island and there are only two stops: Manzanilla which is downright touristy in atmosphere and some shore lined with coconut trees. At the price paid it is not good value compared to other Viator tours I have taken. Again I do not fault the driver with this. In fact realizing that I was after authneticity he stopped me at two provincial towns typical of Trinidad. I suggest you enrich the tour itinerary with such stops otherwise a Trinidad would be not much more than driving around as if it was just a coach bus tour. I am interested to hear of your reaction to this suggestion. Thanks.

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