Arima is one of 3 Boroughs in Trinidad. Its name is derived from the Arawak language, and it means "water".
Arima lies in central northern Trinidad, at the eastern edge of the densely populated East-West Corridor. It is located appr. 10 km east of Piarco Airport and 30 km east of Port of Spain. Public transport (buses and maxi taxis) connect Arima with both.
There are many taxi and maxi taxi stops in Arima, but there is also public transportation provided by the Government. The Public Transport Service Company (PTSC) runs many bus services throughout the town. The main bus depot is the PTSC Terminal Bus Stop on Pro Queen Street.
Before Christmas time there is an upsurge in "parang" music which is a mixture of French and Spanish folk music. There is also an abundance of parks, many dedicated to the Amerindians who once lived in the area. Santa Rosa RC Church may be another place of interest, being a historical site.
A trip to the Santa Rosa Park may be in order, the best horse-racing track in Trinidad and Tobago. Larry Golmes Stadium, in the O'Meara Estate, is a stadium mainly used for track and field and football activities.
Apart from vendors selling fried bake and shark, "doubles", and various drinks, Arima has an array of food outlets and restaurants. Fast food chains abound and Chinese food restaurants are almost everywhere. For cheap, fast food, KFC, Subway, Royal Castle, and Burger King are in good supply. The Chinese food is relatively good, but there are no high society dining options in Arima.
There are several clubs in the Arima area.
- Joseph's For those who like to shoot pool and have a few drinks.
- The Living Room, corner of Queen and Sorzano St. They hosts artistes occasionally.
- The Paddock for those who like to sip drinks in a smoke free environment