Arima is one of 3 Boroughs in Trinidad.
Arima is one of the central locations in Trinidad. It can easily be reached from any major hub via maxi taxis or regular taxis. There are public buses to and fro Blanchisseuse, Brasso Seco, Carapo, La Horquetta, Malabar, Morne La Croix, Mundo Nuevo, Port of Spain etc although that for the less popular routes are infrequent. The schedule on the Trinidad & Tobago public transit website is also unreliable. If you are staying somewhere in Arima, it is likely that you will need to take additional transportation after getting to the main part of Arima.
From the Piarco Airport: Look for drivers with officially registered badge (for the rest are likely to overcharge), expect to pay about 70 TT$. Less expensive option is to take the shared taxis that will get you to the Arima dial for about 5 TT$. If traveling during the Carnival (or similar festivities) it might require a transit at Arouca.
From Port of Spain: The buses (4 TT$ on the Limited stop; $2.50 on the All stop) are fairly reliable . Regular maxis (7 TT$) leave from the maxi taxi section of City Gate (next to the bus terminus) for Arima taking roughly 40-45 minutes. Taxis (7 TT$) leave from the corner of Henry's and South Quay and are ideally the fastest option, but may be stuck in traffic during the peak hours for they take the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway unlike the maxis that take the Priority Bus route.
Given the buses are infrequent and often fail to run on schedule, (shared) taxis are the best and possibly the only option. In theory only the ones that have number plates starting with "H" can be hired, but in practice it is possible to get a ride in those with "P" (for private) - just be careful and stick to advice from locals regarding which cars to use. The usual fare is 3 TT$ within the town while taking the taxi off the route closer to your destination is allowed for an extra but nominal charge.
During the Christmas season, there are numerous venues that host Parang [] concerts. Recently, a new form of Parang has emerged, dubbed as "Soca Parang". This new sub-genre combines instrumentation from traditional parang with soca and is sang in Trinidadian English, usually centred on the festivities of Christmas as opposed to the birth of Jesus.
The Arima Dial on Pro Queen street is an unassuming but important landmark Arimanians are proud of. It is with reference to this central point in Arima downtown that directions are referred to. The original dial was donated by the then-mayor Francis Wallen (1898-99) in 1898 and was purchased from France. It was replaced in September 1985 with a Dial compatible with modern technology. However, it stopped functioning and had to be replaced in August 2011. Despite this, the time shown on the four different faces of the dial often does not match.
Asa Wright  Located in Arima Valley, this is one of Trinidad's major tourist attractions. The best way to get there is via hired taxis or private vehicles - arrange a return trip. Activities: bird watching, nature walk, swimming in the small pond.
Cleaver Woods Recreational Park A very small museum of Amerindian relics is located at Cleaver Woods. There is also the possibility of a nature walk. The opening hours of the museum are not fixed.
First Peoples Arima has a special place dedicated to the descendants of the First Peoples aka Amerindian descendants, formerly known as the Carib community of Arima. This place is located off DeGannes Street Arima and there are sometimes cultural events hosted there.
Steelbands Several steelbands have their homebase in Arima and therefore would be open to visitors during practice sessions before Carnival weekend. Practice safety when attending any nighttime events and ensure you have a reliable means of transport to return to the place where you are staying.
Carnival Carnival also takes place in Arima for Carnival Monday and Tuesday and the Sunday before for the kids. Carnival Monday is usually the bigger celebration of the two days in Arima. Festivities begin early in the morning with J'Ouvert, after which there is a break during the day until party-goers return during the evening for massive celebrations in the streets of Arima. Although Carnival is a relatively safe event in Arima, there have been a few incidents where fights took place. However due to the large presence of the police and army, fights are quelled very quickly.
For the launch of Arima Carnival, there is usually a special event with performances by soca artists. This event is not well-publicised however so it is usually patronised by a small crowd.
Sport Cycling has been a major sporting event in Arima for many years. The Easter Grand Prix draws cycling enthusiasts from within the region. Following this is the highly anticipated "West Indies vs. the World" event where the West Indies cycling team competes against cyclists from other nations at the Arima Velodrome.
Mannette Ranch Looking for a nearby river for bathing? Try visiting Mannette Ranch, located about one and a half miles up Blanchisseuse Road. Call 667-6586 for bookings. Cost: ~$60 per person to use this private facility.
Groceries Hearty Foods - Corner of Sorzano and Pro-Queen Street Hi Lo - At Ridgewood Plaza - at the corner of Woodford St. and Hollis Ave.
Clothing, Shoes The Dial is not just something Arimians are proud of because it's been a major landmark for a long time, it's the hub of most businesses in the borough. There are several clothing and shoe stores in the immediate vicinity of the Dial.
Stationery WIthin the vicinty of the Dial, there are several places to buy stationery. There are also a few bookstores, north and east of the Dial. Naipaul's Book Store and Handicraft Centre is at the corner of Pro Queen and Sorzano St. Jadoo's is along Broadway, east of the Dial.
Personal Items/Hair Products/Cosmetics Some pharmacies, variety stores and also groceries in the vicinity of the Dial will have such items available, but the best one stop location is Pennywise Cosmetics located just east of the corner of Hollis Ave and Pro Queen Street (listed at maps.google.com)
Like most places in Trinidad, the majority of food outlets are fast food chains, Chinese restaurants and roti shops, in addition to Trinidad's famous street food, doubles. This is not usually appealing to the health conscious traveller though, and finding a complete, balanced/nutritious meal may be difficult if you are not planning to spend time in the home of someone who is as conscientious about health as you are or if you do not have the opportunity to cook food yourself. There are not a great many healthy options available in the frozen food sections of the grocery either. However it is not completely difficult if you have access to a stove, to whip up some steamed vegetables or if you don't to create a healthy salad with items from the grocery store.
Beneficial Eatery located at #25 Hollis Avenue, next to the Arima Diagnostic Clinic is one of the few healthier options. If you are dining in, you may be served on dinnerware instead of disposable styrofoam containers. Accepts cash, and debit/credit cards.
Gyros Express one block south of the Arima Dial, on the left. Very ordinary, but offers a possible tasty escape from the greasy fast food some Trinis are in love with. They do not serve whole grain wraps however. Cash transactions only.
Doubles Although there are a handful of vendors across the town, one at a few steps north of the Arima Dial (usually right next to a coconut vendor) seems to be the most popular. Cost: $4 TT. The best recommended Doubles are sold by Rufina's - this stand has a sign (unlike most others) and the servers usually wear a t-shirt imprinted with the name. Most vendors generally come out at evening, however there are a few that also sell in the early morning period for the breakfast crowd. Cash transactions only.
Pizza Pizza Boys at the corner of Green Street and Pro Queen Street. Free wifi available: Flow. The free wifi works best upstairs although there is a big area for sitting downstairs. Located in the former home of Windsor cinema on Hollis Avenue, is Pizza Hut. Free wifi is also available courtesy the bzone. Accepts cash, and debit/credit cards.
Oysters On the south side of the street, at the junction of Hollis Ave and Woodford St, there is an oyster vendor who sells mostly at evenings/nights. There is no place to sit or lime, but the oysters deserve a try. Cash transactions only.
There are several clubs in the Arima area.
Coffee Rituals Coffee is located in the same space as Pizza Boys. Average price for a cup: $22 TT. Free wifi (Flow) works best upstairs although there is a big area for sitting downstairs.
Coconut Water Fresh coconut water (in the pod) is available near the junction of Woodford St. and Hollis Ave. Look for a pickup truck with coconuts on it. Cost: $7 (2014). The coconut water price seems to be increasing every year, sadly. About a few metres north of the Dial on Pro Queen Street, there is another coconut vendor however this one usually is sold out before afternoon. The vendors are usually able to provide you with straws and fill a bottle for you if you wish, at a cost.
To Port of Spain Maxi taxis travelling via the Bus Route, are at the north east corner of Broadway and St. Joseph street: $6 TT Taxis at the corner of Broadway & Woodford St. (one block east of the maxi taxis)
To places between Arima & Port of Spain Maxi taxis travelling via the Eastern Main Road are at the south west corner of Broadway and St. Joseph street. Fare varies depending on destination, no more than $5 TT maximum.
To Chaguanas and San Fernando/South Trinidad Get to Curepe Junction via the maxi taxis that go to Port of Spain via the Bus Route and transfer to a taxi or maxi taxi at Curepe Junction to go to Chaguanas or San Fernando. Other option for San Fernando: ferry from Port of Spain. The 45 minute ferry ride runs approximately every two hours, the last one leaves San Fernando at 4:30pm. This is slightly more expensive than the bus: $15 TTD. The ferry terminal is located a few metres west of the Tobago Ferry terminal along South Quay.
To North East or South East Regular buses, maxis and taxis run from Arima till Sangre Grande which is the transit point either for the North East or South East. The Manzarilla beach is about half an hour ride south east off Sangre Grande. The Mafeking village and the Guayaguayare beach are further down south on the Manzarilla road. Infrequent buses (unavailable on weekends) and regular maxis run till Toco in the North East. The road forks at Toco; 3.5 km further east is a small lighthouse and about 30 km west is the desolate village of Matelot, both literally being edges where roads end in the North-East Trinidad.
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