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Sangre Grande
Sangre Grande.PNG
Corporation Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 668, 691

Sangre Grande is the largest town in northeastern Trinidad, in Trinidad and Tobago. It is located east of Arima and southwest of Toco. It is the seat of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation. The town falls into the Toco/Sangre constituency of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. The Member of Parliament for the Toco/Sangre Grande constituency and by extension of Sangre Grande itself is Rupert Griffith.


The name Sangre Grande means "big blood", and it has been suggested that the town was named for a battle that took place between the native Amerindians and the Spanish settlers. However, this interpretation is not supported by historical records. The true origin of the name refers to when, in the late 1770s, Spanish surveyors who were charting the island for the purposes of creating a map, found that the waters of two of the tributaries of the nearby Oropouche River were red as blood, hence the name.

Similarly, the neighbouring town is called Sangre Chiquito ("small blood") is named for the presence of a smaller, similarly colored river in that town. Sangre Grande grew as a result of the growth of cacao cultivation in the late nineteenth century. It grew further when it became the terminus of the railroad. Construction of the railroad caused the town to migrate down the hill to meet the railroad. When the town relocated to the foot of the hill, the name Sangre Grande moved with it. As a result, the name of the pre-existing village, Cunapo, was largely, but not entirely, lost.


Sangre Grande is more developed than its surrounding areas. Many residents from surrounding areas depend on Sangre Grande for Government facilities as well as for shopping. Many residents in surrounding villages also come to Sangre Grande as a means of getting transportation to larger towns for example Arima and Port of Spain.


Sangre Grande has both a Government hospital (located on Ojoe Road) and a Government Health Clinic.


There are many roads that lead in and out of Sangre Grande. The Eastern Main Road is the most important road leading into Sangre Grande as the Churchill Roosevelt Highway ends in Wallerfield. The Eastern Main Road connects Sangre Grande to the east to Sangre Chiquito and Manzanilla and to the west to Arima and Port of Spain. The second major road in Toco Road connects Sangre Grande to villages in the northeast, for example Toco and Matelot.


The railways in Trinidad closed in the late 20th century, but many traces of the railroad's passage through Sangre Grande still exist. The current Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) terminal was formerly the train station. Additionally, tracks leading into Sangre Grande have been converted into roads, although it still bears the name of Railway Road. However, with growing road traffic congestion on the nation's roads, there are plans in to introduce a rapid rail whose first stage of development will stretch from Sangre Grande to Port of Spain.


Buses still ply the routes in and out of Sangre Grande. The bus terminus in the heart of Sangre Grande was recently upgraded.

Maxi taxi[edit]

Maxi taxis as well as traditional taxis service Sangre Grande. The Maxi taxis were first situated in the vicinity of the PTSC bus terminus, however the busyness of this location combined with the growing number of Maxi taxis had exascerbated traffic problems in the area and the old PTSC service station and washing bay on Brierly Street was converted to a maxi taxi hub instead. Here, Maxi taxis heading to both Arima and Port of Spain can be found.


Taxis heading to Port of Spain and Arima can still be found around the bus terminus, while those heading to Mayaro, Manzanilla, Toco, to name a few, are found in other areas of the town.


As in the rest of the country, Sangre Grande is home to primary and secondary schools which fall into three categories: Government-run, Government-assisted and private. However, while private primary schools exist in other parts of the country, there are none in Sangre Grande.

Primary schools[edit]

Government-run primary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Government
  • Guaico Government Primary School

Government-assisted primary schools:

  • Cunapo (St. Francis) R.C. School
  • Sangre Grande Hindu School
  • Sangre Grande Seventh Day Adventist Primary School
  • Upper Sangre Grande R.C. School
  • Guaico Presbyterian Primary
  • SWAHA Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Government-run secondary schools:

Private secondary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Educational Institute
  • Bates Memorial High School
  • SWAHA Hindu College

Notable persons[edit]


Sangre Grande is home to many sports teams that take part in national competition such as the North East Stars football team and the Sangre Grande All Stars basketball team , Team Elite Karate.

Steel orchestras[edit]

Sangre Grande is also home to the Sangre Grande Cordettes which has been a mainstay panside in the area for many years. The band often makes the national finals of the Panorama competition, where it currently competes in the medium band category. The band's music used to be arranged by one of the most famous pan arrangers in Trinidad, Jit Samaroo. For the past few years, the band has had a new secret weapon, choosing the wildcard arranger from Denmark, Anders Kappel to carry it forward into the panorama competition.

Other bands exist in the area, including the Tamana Pioneers (small band category). Several schoolbands in the area also participate in the school panorama competition every year.



Coordinates: 10°34′00″N 61°08′00″W / 10.56667°N 61.13333°W / 10.56667; -61.13333

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1880 news items

Trinidad News

Trinidad News
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:07:59 -0800

This was the feat achieved by the Tulsi Manas Mandir of Coalmine Road, Sangre Grande, when they lifted the Chandrawatie Persad March Past title for the fifth consecutive year. The event took place at the 21st Annual SWAHA Sports and Family Day held at ...
Trinidad Guardian
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:18:45 -0800

They took our information and then took us to Sangre Grande Hospital,” Sookdeo said. All four hikers were treated. Sookdeo said they all had sore muscles and some came down with the flu because of their night in the forest. “I have a fever and runny nose.


Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:03:01 -0800

The Dust Bowl es un cuarteto de Torres De Berrellén (Zaragoza) que publicaba hace un par de meses su segundo disco, “Sangre Grande”, en el que muestran un excelente dominio de sus influencias para obtener un resultado altamente recomendable.

Trinidad Guardian

Trinidad Guardian
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:52:30 -0800

“(I'm) from (Sangre) Grande, so the velodrome would've been more convenient for me but I don't mind it here. I like the crowds. The location is good. There are enough facilities and it's safe,” George said. He thought the current location of the semis ...
Trinidad Guardian
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:30:00 -0800

Earlier polls showed the PP Government trailing the PNM in the Toco/Sangre Grande, Arima, D'Abadie-O'Meara, Lopinot/Bon Air West, Tunapuna, and San Fernando West seats. Voters felt that ministers Vasant Bharath, Fazal Karim, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, ...
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:00 -0800

However, having read the reasons (Express, January 23) these local government representatives from Couva, Sangre Grande, Point Fortin and the Rio Claro corporations offered to justify expenditure on annual retreats in Tobago-based hotels and spas to ...
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:45:00 -0800

Chairman of Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Terry Rondon, said yesterday the only reason the corporation had not yet gone on its retreat to Tobago was because of the flooding disaster last year along the east coast. And it will not be cancelled, he ...
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:18:45 -0800

THE SKELETAL remains found in the Sangre Grande area are believed to be those of a man reported missing since last December. But police did not want to release the name of the man until he has been positively identified. Police said, around noon on ...

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