LACCCB 2018 Visitor Information

This document contains some information which you might find useful when packing your bags and once you arrive. Make note of this online map of the St Augustine area

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Airport arrivals

Your arrival will be at Piarco International Airport. The airport code is POS, and some airlines list the airport as “Port of Spain”. For those of you who don’t require a visa in advance, you will obtain a 90 day visit visa on arrival at Piarco airport. You might be asked for evidence of your intention to leave so best to keep a copy of your return ticket handy. You will also be asked to provide an address and contact in Trinidad – the name of your hall of residence (all are in St Augustine – see below) or hotel should be sufficient. The contact can be Lee Ann Beddoe (662-2002 ext. 83739).  We will also send a letter with details of the conference for you to print and present at immigration. Please review Entry Requirements for Visitors to Trinidad & Tobago or contact your respective country embassy services.



The country code for Trinidad and Tobago is 1-868

In cases of emergency, you can reach the police by dialling 999 toll-free from any phone in Trinidad and Tobago

There are some public telephones but they are rare, and only take 25 cent coins. You can also use a Companion phonecard which you can buy from supermarkets, newsagents, etc. Follow instructions on the card.


Airport taxis

Taxis from the airport have a set price through the Piarco Airport Taxi Cooperative (Tel 669-0282). You can pay in US$ or TT$.

Make sure you confirm the price when you get in.

As a guideline, for Milner Hall this should be US$ 20/30 (daytime/night) or TT$ 130/200 (daytime/night)


Milner Hall

Milner Hall’s address is:

St Augustine Circular Road

St Augustine

Tel: (1-868) 662-2002. Ext 82246/83019

There is a 24 hour porter who will let you into your room on arrival. Accommodation is clean but fairly basic. There are kitchen facilities but these are not equipped with utensils, other than those left behind by term-time residents. You may wish to bring or purchase other items (cutlery, bowl etc).  


Paying for accommodation in Halls of Residence

Delegates staying in Halls of Residence will be given an invoice individually. You need to take the invoice to the Bursary Office (located on campus – see map in welcome pack) and pay there either in US$ or the TT$ equivalent. The Bursary accepts most credit cards although it has experienced difficulties with some newer cards with chip & pin. If this happens, you will have to withdraw money (there is a Republic Bank with ATM on campus – see map) and pay in cash. Once you have paid, you will be given a receipt which you should then return to the Office at the Hall of Residence.


The Cashier at the Bursary is open Mon to Fri, 9 – 3pm.


What to bring

Daily temperatures range between 22-32°C (89-71°F). Generally speaking it is hot, sunny and humid. It cools a little in the evening but not much. However, at this time of year showers are quite common.


  • Bring clothes suited for the hot climate – loose linen shirts and trousers are ideal. Sandals are fine. However, note that indoor areas tend to be air conditioned so bring a shawl/cardigan/jacket.


  • Rain falls sporadically and we are approaching the rainy season. Bring a small umbrella or lightweight waterproof.


  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat.


  • Insect repellent and anti-bite cream. If you are sitting outside in the evening, long sleeves/trousers are advisable. There is no malaria in Trinidad, but there are sometimes cases of Dengue fever, so it is worth taking precautions against being bitten. Those who are particularly sensitive to bites may wish to bring a transportable mosquito net.


  • Cash. Bank cards are not as readily accepted in Trinidad as they are in USA/Europe. US dollars are accepted for some tourist activities although for everyday things you will need TT dollars. Note that street food vendors, ‘maxi taxi’ drivers, etc. may not accept $100 notes so hang on to small change. There is an ATM machine at Piarco airport where you can withdraw money. There are also two ATM machines on campus. Don’t bother with traveller cheques.


  • Exchange rate (16/2/18) is approximately TT$10 = GBP£1 = US$1.5 = € 1.2


  • Toiletries and medication. There is a very small shop on campus and some supermarkets and pharmacies on and in walking distance of campus. Massey Stores (the nearest large supermarket) also has a pharmacy inside. However, we suggest you bring all the toiletries and medication you need.


  • Water bottle/flask, which can easily be topped up on campus which has many water fountains.


  • It is not a legal requirement to carry ID in Trinidad but a good idea to carry some form of ID.




Non-residents can get medical treatment at one of Trinidad’s public hospitals but you might have a lengthy wait. There are also private medical centres. If you need any medical assistance during your stay, please contact one of the committee for advice. Pharmacies are abundant in Trinidad.


Internet access

Milner Hall provides an internet connection although you will need to bring an Ethernet cable OR purchase one from Milner Hall at a cost of TT$40. We recommend that you try and bring an Ethernet cable with you.

There is also a computer room which is open to all Milner Hall residents, where you can use the internet for free.

The UWI St Augustine campus has wireless access in most locations. No password is required.

There is also a separate, free wifi connection in Rituals coffee shop on campus (see map).

Those travelling from outside of the Americas will need to bring an adaptor plug for their computers and other electronic equipment. See here for details: 


Food and drink

We will be providing lunch each day of the main conference, but outside of this you may want to explore some local options:

Street food is excellent, most notably ‘doubles’ - a messy and addictive mix of fried dough (barras), curried chickpeas and chutney, and alloo pies which are potato and chickpea curry in a fried dough.

‘Roti’, a stretchy flat bread stuffed with a veg/chicken/goat/shrimp filling.

Be sure to specify ‘no’, ‘slight’, ‘medium’ or ‘plenty’ pepper with each order of doubles or roti, depending on your preference!

Halls of residence do not provide breakfast. However, you should be able to find something on or near campus. Doubles are traditionally eaten for breakfast, and there are a couple of vendors around (see map). Fresh smoothies can be bought in the food court. Veg Out cafe (at the back of the food court, outside) offers vegetarian and vegan lunches and snacks - as well as tea, coffee and local bean-to-bar fine chocolates. There is also a ‘Rituals’ coffee shop on campus (see map) which sells muffins, doughnuts, cookies and cakes – as well as some savoury options, and of course tea and coffee!  

There is an excellent fruit and veg market in Tunapuna, which is about 10-15 mins walk from campus and open in the mornings. It is larger at the weekends.

There is a small mini mart on campus and supermarkets within walking distance.

The largest supermarket nearby is Massey Stores which is a 10 minute walk along the Eastern Main Road towards Port of Spain (if you exit campus at the North Gate, walk through the tunnel and turn left).

Most tap water is drinkable. Water fountains on campus provide chilled, filtered water from which you can refill water bottles.



Transport within Trinidad

“Maxi taxis” are the usual form of public transport. They are minibuses and do particular routes – the main one here being between Port of Spain and Arima (campus is at the half-way point).  You get on and off as you please (press the button or ask the driver to stop). From campus, it costs less than $7 each way to get to POS. “Route taxis” also do particular routes. They look like a normal car except they have an “H” registration. They cost one or two dollars more than maxi taxis. Maxis use both the Bus Route (above the tunnels as you come out of the North Gate) and the Eastern Main Road (through the tunnels) – these run parallel, but the former is faster.

The airport is not accessible via public transport, so make sure you either organise a lift or book a private taxi. You can book a taxi back to the airport through the Piarco Airport Taxi Co-operative Tel: 669 0282; Kalloo’s Tel: 669-5673; Martin’s 625-3002. Agree a price by telephone (based on guidelines above).

Car hire is most easily done at the airport, and the offices are based within Arrivals. I believe Econocar is one of the most competitive companies.

Getting from your accommodation to the conference


Milner Hall – 3 minute walk (see map)

Hyatt – catch a maxi in direction of Arima (ask hotel staff)

Pax – Mt St Benedict shuttle then short walk/maxi (ask staff at pax)



Safety and dress

In cases of emergency, you can reach the police by dialling 999 toll-free from any phone in Trinidad and Tobago

Unfortunately it is not advisable to walk around after dark in any part of Trinidad, especially alone. It is also a good idea to exercise general caution e.g. by not wearing flashy jewellery, being careful near ATMs, etc. We would also not recommend taking public transport late at night, unless in a group.

We would suggest that women try to avoid wearing revealing clothes, even vest tops that show your shoulders can sometimes attract (usually harmless) unwanted attention especially when you are also a foreigner. It is also noteworthy that vests and shorts are not commonplace on campus or elsewhere, for men or women, and long sleeved/legged options would be preferable.


Tourism information:


Wildlife watching

Asa Wright Nature Centre:
Eco-lodge in the Northern Range:
Caroni Bird Sanctuary tours:
Hummingbird viewing:  (1 868) 663 2623 or 373 1379 or 360 6033 (book in advance).
Mt Plaisir Hotel, Grande Riviere for turtle-watching:
Hacienda Jacana Eco haven:
Leatherback Turtles:


Guided hikes and other outdoor activities

Paria Springs Tours

Limeland Tours

For beaches, diving and sheer relaxation, you might want to visit Tobago. It is a short hop by plane. Unfortunately the ferry has been extremely unreliable in recent years and we do not recommend attempting to reach Tobago by boat. Flights can be booked online:


Accommodation in Tobago:

Crown Point:


There are some public telephones but they are rare, and only take 25 cent coins. You can also use a Companion phonecard which you can buy from supermarkets, newsagents, etc. Follow instructions on the card.