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Independence Square

Address: Port of Spain, Trinidad
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Also called Brian Lara Promenade, this crowded area runs the width of the center of Port of Spain.
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Also called Brian Lara Promenade, this crowded area runs the width of the center of Port of Spain.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is not an area that should be a tourist attraction. It is a historic and important landmark, yes, BUT it is also a bustling hub for public transportation and some unsavory characters. Nearly every mugging of a tourist I have heard of happen in Independence Square. If you do choose to go here, please make smart decisions and leave... More 

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USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Port of Spain downtown (inner city) shopping area. Visit in daylight only. Not for the naïve visitor. A rather sketchy area. Be sure you have smaller denominations of TTDs to pay for any purchases (skip using your credit card or other currency). Bakery had tasty baked goods, albeit there are vertical bars from the counter tops to the ceiling to... More 

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Heat, high traffic and the possiblity of being robbed. Not any appeal to us. Please be safe when travellig in the area.

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Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Very crowded, noisy, unsanitary place, not worth going Hot human bodies , cars, merchants, all in one

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Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I agree with most people that it is not really a highlight to visit, but me and my friends spend quiet some time sitting at a bench watching the local people and actually really enjoyed our time! We had great BBQ lamb and chicken and listened to the street music. Although it was night, no one was bothering us. We... More 

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Reminds me of being in an American city, with all honking cars, fast food resataurants, and heaving with people. Advice keep clear

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Oakville, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

If you decide to go in to Port of Spain for a shopping experience then definitely walk through Independence Square. On one side are financial buildings and on the other are the small shops and stores. We went up Federick Street. Up one side and down the other. We had lunch at a food court in the upper level of... More 

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Maturin, Venezuela
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

You could visit a really nice cathedral (Trinity). Lot of people wondering around, you could buy fruits, there are a lot of vendors. It is a place like any downtown in my country: people people people

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Kingston, Jamaica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is located in the center of the business district. and provides a natural green space for the populous to just stop and sit. The square is an oasis in the business center of Port of Spain.

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Singapore, Singapore
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1,440 reviews 1,440 reviews
896 attraction reviews
755 helpful votes 755 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It's really a walkway but broken up by traffic crossings. There's not too much of interest to look at on the way. Felt safe enough walking around here alone on a Monday morning with my daypack (having taken the bus into town while on a long transit at Piarco).

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