Fort George (Trinidad)#1 in Best Things To Do in Trinidad & Tobago
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Not to be confused with Tobago's Fort King George in Scarborough, this historic Trinidadian structure provides visitors with a taste of the island's colonial heritage. Fort George was built in 1804 by former British Governor Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop to protect the Port of Spain from any perceived military threats. However, the formidable structure never saw conflict and the military eventually retired it in 1846.
One of Fort George's best known features is its intricate wooden signal station, which provides a stark contrast to the fort's original cannons and dungeons still on display here. Constructed in 1883, this less intimidating, almost quaint structure was designed by Prince Kofi Nti, an Ashanti royal from West Africa who immigrated to Trinidad in 1881.
While both structures are worth exploring, past visitors said the fort's grounds and panoramic views are what make the visit here worthwhile. Once you make the steep drive up to the property, you'll immediately notice Fort George's green cannons and the expansive views of the Gulf of Paria, St. James and Port of Spain. If you're lucky, you may even spot the coast of Venezuela.
Although Fort George's grounds have several picnic tables available to the public, there are no nearby food vendors; pack a light snack or meal if you're hoping to take advantage of this scenic picnic spot. Public restrooms are also located within the fort, as well as a small visitor's center. There is no admission fee to visit Fort George, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Previous travelers, though, recommend visiting in the late afternoon so you can watch one of Trinidad and Tobago's beautiful sunsets from this unbeatable vantage point.
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#2 Store Bay (Tobago)
A cheaper alternative to neighboring Pigeon Point, Store Bay's free beach offers travelers a relaxing place to soak up some sun and cool off in Tobago's famous clear, blue waters. But visitors don't just come for the beach. Beachgoers can watch planes come in and land at nearby Arthur Napolean Raymond Robinson International Airport. Store Bay's other big draw is its array of street food vendors, which serve up affordable, local delicacies like crab and dumpling, bake and shark, and pelau (a mixture of rice, vegetables and meat or crab that’s been browned in sugar). Additionally, this beach is one of two departure points for trips to the area's popular snorkeling spot Buccoo Reef.
The beach at Store Bay is free to enter, but visitors looking to use one of the beachside loungers or changing facilities should expect to pay a small fee. Some recent beachgoers also warn that Store Bay may not be ideal for those who are elderly or in need of handicap accessible ramps since beach access sits at the bottom of several flights of stairs. The beach is open 24 hours daily, but for those looking for an on-duty lifeguard, plan your visit between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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