Arima was among the earliest settlements on the islands, founded in 1757 by Capuchin priests who had come to establish a mission and convert the native peoples. They built a church, which was later dedicated to Rosa, an Amerindian girl from Lima, Peru who had been canonized as a saint. Arima is home to what is left of Trinidad’s Amerindian community. Arima and its outskirts boast many interesting sites quite unlike any found on other parts of the island, including an Amerindian museum, a bird watching retreat, a racing track and a hiker’s paradise.
The Larry Gomes Stadium, located in Malabar, Arima, is named after West Indies cricketer Larry Gomes. The stadium was constructed for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago and can hold approximately 10,000 people.