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San Fernando Hill, San Fernando

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San Fernando Hill is a 192-m hill which lies at the centre of the city of San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago. The hill, an outcrop of Argillite is the highest point in the Naparima Plains. Originally nearly dome-shaped with a flattened top, the size was reduced by more than a third as a result of unrestricted quarrying in the 1970s. The Hill originally supported semi-evergreen forest, but this was largely replaced by cultivated species prior to the devastation of the Hill by quarrying.Quarrying on the Hill was not a new phenomenon, but the increase in demand for Argillite aggregate during the oil boom of the 1970s led to an expansion of quarrying to the point where it appeared that the entire Hill would be removed. Protests by citizens' groups led to a halt to quarrying and the Hill was included in the National Parks and Protected Areas plan of 1980. The Forestry Division took over management of the Hill and have since constructed a visitor centre and recreation area on the Hill. When visiting the centre, one can look out over a commanding view of south and central Trinidad, the Gulf Of Paria, and on a clear day, the coast of nearby Venezuela. Several World War II-era bunkers also exist on the Hill, but they are not readily accessible to the public.During the late 1980s the then mayor of San Fernando, Dr. Romesh Mootoo suggested that the City Hall be removed to the Hill, calling it the Acropolis of the Caribbean. Nothing came of these plans, however. With the development of the Hill as a recreation area, the burgess of San Fernando and surrounding have re-connected with the Hill. During the Christmas season, a large star, lit electrically, can be seen all over the surrounding area, from its place on the San Fernando Hill.
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  • best trip with my class, they truly enjoyed the experience. the views are breath taking and the air is amazing.  more »
  • San Fernando Hill is a good place to relax,go on a date or even have a picnic.There are huts as well as lovely breeze to relax and a wonderful view.  more »
  • Great place for a family/group lime! There are places for picnics and to games such as cricket or football. The place is definitely kid-friendly.  more »
  • They should have more beautiful flowers an plants instead of bush. . .the view is breath taking. .
  • Excellent view of South! However more signs need to be visible to visitors guiding them to the location from the highways. It is a great tourist attractions. Visitors can have picnics or just sit and enjoy the view. There is also an area where functions can be held. Another thing I noticed is that there is no visible written history about the hull as people walk around taking in the picturesque environment. Otherwise it is a lovely place.
  • Great place to relax, nice and airy, with lots of people and more than sufficient place to park. Quite secure with the amount of security around.
  • Peaceful and exillarating!
  • I love places that give you wonderful experiences