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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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#1 Fort George (Trinidad) 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 ... Read more » quillons / Flickr

#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 ... Read more » neiljs / Flickr

#3 Fort King George (Tobago) Much like Fort George in Trinidad, this mountaintop fort mixes stunning ocean and city views with a dose of Tobago's military and colonial history. Built after the French captured ... Read more » David Kirsch / Flickr

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Fort George in Trinidad offers history and military buffs a taste of the island's colonial heritage. This 1804 fort also provides sweeping views of Port of Spain, the Gulf of Paria and even neighboring Venezuela on a clear day. quillons / Flickr

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Photography buffs should visit Fort King George in Tobago (not to be mistaken for Trinidad's Fort George). This 1770s mountaintop relic offers travelers picturesque views of Rockly Bay and Scarborough. David Kirsch / Flickr

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Bird-watchers cannot miss a trip to Yerette in Trinidad's Maracas Valley, where 13 of the country's 17 species of hummingbirds are known to frequent. Len Blumin / Flickr

Daily glass-bottom boat tours leave from both Pigeon Point and Store Bay to bring visitors to and from this popular snorkeling spot. cheesy42 / Flickr

Vibrant scarlet ibises can be seen throughout Port of Spain's Caroni Bird Sanctuary. cheesy42 / Flickr

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