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Moruga is located in Trinidad and Tobago
Location in Trinidad and Tobago
Coordinates: 10°5′18″N 61°16′49″W / 10.08833°N 61.28028°W / 10.08833; -61.28028Coordinates: 10°5′18″N 61°16′49″W / 10.08833°N 61.28028°W / 10.08833; -61.28028
CountryFlag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago
RegionPrinces Town

The district of Moruga lies on the central south coast of Trinidad at the western end of the Trinity Hills. It is in Victoria County, Trinidad and Tobago, and is served by the Princes Town Regional Corporation.

Moruga - Village on the south coast of Trinidad, West Indies. Main occupations are agriculture and fishing. The well-known Moruga Scorpion hot pepper, one of the hottest pepper varieties, takes its name from the area.
Moruga - Christopher Columbus monument. Columbus landed here on his third voyage in 1498. This is on the southern coast of the island of Trinidad, West Indies
Moruga - Secondary school
Moruga - Columbus historical monument. Columbus landed here on his third voyage in 1498. This is on the southern coast of the island of Trinidad, West Indies. the sea in the background is named the Columbus channel. it separates the island of Trinidad from Venezuela
Moruga coastline - Columbus Channel
Moruga coastline. The south coast of the island of Trinidad is subject to severe coastal erosion. The soft sandstone rocks are constantly battered by rough seas. Stacks, arches, sand spits and lagoons are common coastal features along this coastline.

The village is close to Trinidad's oil reserves, and that and fishing are the area's main economies with some of the residents of the community working in Princes Town and San Fernando. It is somewhat of a rural dormitory district for these larger urban areas.

Moruga was in the national news in 1998 when a historic bridge near the town collapsed as a van was being driven over it (there were no fatalities).

The main communities within the Moruga district (heading south from Princes Town) are Indian Walk, Fifth Company, Preau (St Mary's), Cachipe, Rock River, Basse Terre, Bois Jean Jean, Grand Chemin, La Lune and Marac, with the last three communities located on the coast. Basse Terre has the largest population and Grand Chemin is the location of the major government buildings such as the local police station, library and public health facility. Moruga Proper hosts the Moruga museum, a small museum depicting the history of Moruga and Trinidad.[1]

Moruga is said to be the place where Christopher Columbus landed when he "discovered" Trinidad.

The communities near to the sea are noted nationwide as the locations of good sea-bathing spots such as La Retrait (off Lanse Mitan Road), which is the site of the popular "Ash Wednesday cool-down".


  1. ^ "Moruga Museum". Moruga Museum. Retrieved 2017-01-12.