Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

How do I meet people in Port of Spain?

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When we asked people living in Port of Spain about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There is plenty of night life in Port of Spain. Some renown clubs/lounges are Zen,Katalyst, Alchemy, 51, and Aura, just to name a few. There is a American Women's association, and also maybe a Latin American Women's association. During carnival, there are MANY fetes to go to which take place 2-3 months prior to carnival. Average price to a fete is $50 US," remarked another expat who made the move to Port of Spain.

What is life like in Port of Spain?

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When we asked people living in Port of Spain what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Trinidadians are not known for extreme work ethic. But known more for lime'in (Trini chilling/hanging out)," remarked another expat who made the move to Port of Spain.

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What are the schools in Port of Spain like?

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"It's generally a good school. My main concern is that most of the students are Trinidadian. I thought this would be a good thing, helping us to integrate with this society, but I was very surprised at how reserved Trinidadians were (not their first impression, though, which is quite friendly). So even though my children are very extrovert and friendly, we are finding that their classmates are not encouraged to socialise with non-Trinidadians. Only with their extended family members or old family friends. Very difficult and isolating when you don't share any sort of background with them. Trinidadians are still curteous, but certainly won't "mix". We are considering moving school because of this, as social connections for an expat is very important and I don't want my children (which are noticing already) to be affected. We hear that the other International School, which is mostly expat, is more aware of the importance of these social connections," commented one expat when asked about Maple Leaf International School in Port of Spain.

"Contact the school and make an appoitment to visit before enrolling and ask as many question ask you may have to the principal," remarked another expat living in Port of Spain with children attending St. Andrews private school.

"Think twice and look at the other options on offer in Trinidad. The American and Canadians both have good internaional school's in POS.Also some of the local schools are very good," said another expat in Port of Spain with children at British Acadamy Port Of Spain.

"None if you are an expat coming from the US there is no other school to attend so your choice is limited to this one. For others If you are looking for a cultural experience forget it its non existant in this school it just a typical american school catering for the american populace," remarked another parent with kids at International School of Port of Spain in Port of Spain.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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