It was in the late 1800's Leon Victor emigrated from Basse Terre on the Island of Guadeloupe on his way to Venezuela. Here he stopped in Vistabella, San Fernando, where he acquired several parcels of land on which he built two houses.
He brought with him his knowledge from the islands, love of nature and thus planted the Balata Tree and several other garden species found in Guadeloupe and neighbouring islands. This tree, the surrounding gardens and this house are what survives of his legacy.
Nestled beneath the San Fernando Hill with spectacular views, a historic “San Fernando house " fully refurbished; totally air conditioned, all new features still retaining character feel.
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Things to do in and around San Fernando
There are several things to do while using Trinidad's southernmost city as a gateway to the sights and attractions including:
Explore the city's culture and heritage: Visit the Harris Promenade, which showcases Trinidad's colonial and architectural history, or the National Museum and Art Gallery, which features works by local artists and historical artefacts.
Enjoy the Carnival: San Fernando is home to Trinidad's second largest Carnival celebration, with a variety of music, dance, and street parties taking place throughout the city.
Visit the beaches: Take a day trip to La Brea Pitch Lake and the nearby Vessigny Beach, or head North to Maracas and Las Cuevas Beaches which are known for their scenic beauty and excellent surf.
Go on a nature hike: Trinidad is home to several nature reserves and parks, including the Asa Wright Nature Centre and the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, which are popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers. Home of the Scarlet Ibis and flamingo.
Shop for local goods: San Fernando is home to a variety of local markets, where you can purchase handmade crafts, local spices, and other goods.
Enjoy local cuisine: Try some of the delicious street food and local restaurants in San Fernando, nearby Penal and Debe which offer a vibrant market and known for "doubles city".
Explore the cocoa plantations of Moruga, Montserrat Hills Gran Couva, Buenos Aires.
These are just a few of the many things to do in and around San Fernando. Whether you're interested in culture, nature, or relaxation, San Fernando has something for everyone.
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Trinidad and Tobago was once responsible for “producing 20% of the world’s cocoa, and by 1830 was the world’s third highest producer of cocoa.” (Bekele 1). This was a time when Cocoa was considered to be king.
The Cocoa House
In the days “when Cocoa was King“, the dried cocoa beans would come in sacks from the cocoa estates in Moruga and Gran Couva. Here the sacks would be stored to be shipped all over the world. This has been restored to a garden room /atelier for painting, reading, yoga and the occassional massage..
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Surrounded by nature.
It’s hard to describe the biodiversity and the tranquility that exists here so close to the city centre.
It’s a closely guarded habitat for birds as you hear several singing birds in the morning and evening.
There’s the corn bird (crested oropendola) that’s built it’s distinctive hanging nest as well as the woodpecker living in a tree trunk.
The fruits, mango, balata, sapodilla, plantains, silk figs all attract these birds as well as the vegetation.
Anyway, I wont want to give away any spoilers, come visit yourself and discover what birds, flowers and plants you will find.
Discover the enchanting harmony of nature in a garden near the city, where vibrant butterflies dance among blooming flowers, and the air is filled with the melodies of singing birds. Engage in the beauty of conservation efforts that protect these delicate creatures, ensuring a thriving ecosystem for generations to come.