A Brief Introduction to Point Fortin and its Famous Oil Refineries

A Brief Introduction to Point Fortin and its Famous Oil Refineries


The community of Point Fortin is situated on the south western side of Trinidad and Tobago, on the island’s north coast, at the entrance of the Carida River. This point is part of the National Park ‘Straits of Justice’. The fort was originally a British fort constructed in Trinidad during the colonization period. It was destroyed during the invasion front by the IRA during the war.


The boundaries of Point Fortin are marked on the mainland with white triangular bordered pillars on white sand, and on the island they are lined with six flagpoles. It is considered as the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, and the seat of the government. It is also a postal code station for postal addresses within the state of Trinidad and Tobago. On the south shore of the Island of Trinidad and Tobago, on the south side of the island, is the village of Point Fortin and the white sand beach of the bay known as the ‘Gold Coast’. Point Fortin is an important tourist destination and tourist accommodation area, which are a popular tourist destination for visitors to Trinidad and Tobago.


As far as the history of Point Fortin goes, it began as a fishing village in the mid eighteen hundreds, before it became a colonial settlement for the gold industry. The fort served as a hospital for the local people and as a prison for criminals. There is a sanatorium attached to the fort, which was opened in nineteen eighty-six and a sanatorium known as the Blue Flag Hospital was built in nineteen seventy-one. There are two sanatoriums in Point Fortin, which are open to the public.


Traveling from Port Louis to Trinidad and Tobago on the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago, via the coastal highway, takes you through the village of Fortipela, where the capital was established by the Portuguese. At the southern end of the village, there is the San Pedro Ambergris Caye, which is known as the White Water Bay. This bay was originally a channel for the San Pedro Canal, which connected the mainland and the San Fernando Lagoon. This channel is still used today as a transport mode for those travelling from the island of Trinidad to Tobago.


Moving on from San Francisco to Trinidad and Tobago, you will pass through three estates on your way to Point Fortin. The three estates are, Fazenda de Los Dedos, Fazenda de Los Paseos, and the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace was constructed in seventeen thirty-eight by the Spaniards and is one of the largest palaces in the world. All the three estates to the south of San Francisco are beautiful places to visit. Travelling from San Francisco to Point Fortin by road, you will notice that you arrive by the San Francisco Ferry and take a ferry to reach the three estates.


The Royal Court is built on land that is roughly divided between the Royal Estates, the Royal Palace, and the Fortinales. The buildings all consist of the century old colonial style structures and are built on what was the huge pebble beach that had been formed when the islands were part of the United States possessions. You will be amazed at how this small village now still thrives with the same spirit and energy as it did when it was only a small fishing village. Travelling on the San Francisco – Trinidad and Tobago Railway, you will have a chance to visit the three estates, visit the different churches, and have a look at the large oil refinery that is located on the opposite side of the harbour from the three estates.