Trinidad’s west coast is as far as many visitors venture into the centre of the island, heading down to the Caroni Swamp for a boat tour in search of scarlet ibis, and perhaps stopping off for a look at the remarkable Waterloo Temple in the Sea and Hanuman Murti statue at Carapichaima. But there are some interesting lesser-known attractions, from the family-run Chaguanas potteries at Chase Village, which produce industrial quantities of the deya lights used in Diwali festivities, to the busy and vibrant Chaguanas market, perhaps the most visitor-friendly place on the island to check out all matter of tropical fruit and veg. The area is also pretty easy-access in terms of transport, with turn-offs from the Uriah Butler and Solomon Hochoy highways to all of the small villages and settlements, and plenty of maxis from Port of Spain to Chaguanas, from where route taxis depart for all points in the area. The precursor to the highway, and a slower if more interesting route, the Southern Main Road (SMR) runs parallel to (but quite a way east of) the Uriah Butler Highway from Curepe, but crosses over onto the western side of the highway at Chaguanas and continues south through Couva and Point-a-Pierre.

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