Getting there & away
Cruise ships dock on the south side of Port of Spain. The large cruise-ship complex contains a customs hall, souvenir and clothing shops, car-rental agencies, taxis and a couple of local eateries. There’s a smaller cruise-ship facility in central Scarborough on Tobago.
A ship leaves for Guiria, Venezuela, at 9am on Wednesdays (arrives at 7am) from Pier One (634-4472) in Chaguaramas. It takes 3½ hours, costs TT$404 and there’s a TT$75 departure tax.
Provided that you have a valid passport, coming and going from Trinidad and Tobago is easy. When you arrive, you’ll fill out an Immigration Arrival Card. Customs officials require that you fill out the line that asks you where you are staying; if you don’t know where you’re staying, list any local hotel.
A TT$100 departure tax must be paid upon departure, payable in TT or US dollars (about US$16). For the ferry to Venezuela, it’s TT$75. At the Trinidad airport, the fee can be paid via a special ATM machine. Keep your receipt, or you’ll have to pay it again at security.
Airlines flying to Trinidad:
LIAT (625-9451; www.liatairline.com) Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Nevis, St Kitts, St Vincent, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St-Martin/Sint Maarten, St Croix, St Lucia, St Thomas, Tortola
Airlines flying to Tobago:
British Airways (0844-494-0-787; www.britishairways.com) London
Virgin Atlantic (454-3610; www.virgin-atlantic.com) London