Established in 1890, the Botanical Gardens were originally conceived to encourage
the supply of properly propagated seedlings of varied tropical
crops to the island farmers. Now it is divided into two sections – the ornamental
and exotic plant section and the economic plant section. Beautifully
laid-out, the gardens are well worth a visit and include a bird sanctuary where
you can view Dominica’s rarest parrots. A trip to the Botanical Gardens is
not complete until you venture up ‘Jack’s Walk’. This is a short trail connecting
the Botanical Gardens and Morne Bruce. It is a steep climb to the
hilltop, where a huge cross and cannon share the spectacular view over
Roseau, the bay front and the Botanical Gardens.
The perfect place to learn about Dominica’s rich history and vibrant culture
through photos, exhibits and fascinating artifacts.
Since Dominica is known for its fresh produce, stopping by the market is a
morning must! Fresh fruit and hand picked vegetables, colourful flowers and a lively
atmosphere make this a perfect place to spend a Saturday morning.
Old Mill Cultural Centre
A great place to view an indigenous cultural display or art exhibition
Tucked away in the Roseau Valley are the majestic Trafalgar Falls. This father
and mother pair of falls stand side by side at 38m and 22m respectively. Take
a scenic 10-15 minute stroll from the road to the viewing platform where you
can take outstanding photos of this natural wonder.
Intrepid visitors can climb to the base of the falls and have a relaxing
swim in the cool waters of the mother falls. After heavy rains, the
flow of the water can be very strong, and the rocks are VERY slippery so it
is strongly suggested that visitors be extremely careful and hire one of the
local guides when crossing from the viewpoint to the base of the falls.
Please note that the left side of the father falls is unsafe for exploration.
Find bliss in the Valley of Desolation – have a wonderful and much-needed
soak in this volcano-powered bubbling mixture of sulphur and mud.
This delightful spot is at the start of the hike to Boiling Lake. Strong swimmers
who make it to the end of the gorge will discover a charming little waterfall. (‘Ti
tou’ means ‘little-throat’ in Creole). There’s also hot water close by, making
it a refreshing stop at the end of the exhausting Boiling Lake hike!
Officially known as Warmae Letang, Dominica’s largest lake is high in the
Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a World Heritage site. The lake is used
as a source of hydro-electricity. The area also offers hiking around
the lake. Finish off your day with freshlybrewed coffee at the visitors’ centre.
Reached by a half-mile loop trail, the Emerald Pool is by far the most accessible spot in the entire Morne
Trois Pitons National Park. Emerald Pool is actually a waterfall-fed pool
that appears bright green in the treefiltered sunlight. Climb into this very
cool, crystal clear natural pool and simply relax. Shower in the falls or
just revel in the beautiful, calming surroundings.
Portsmouth & West
Cabrits National Park
The Cabrits National Park is a protected haven of forest, swampland and
beaches, found on a uniquely saddleshaped peninsula formed by the twin
peaks of an extinct volcano and which includes a marine reserve. The term
‘Cabrits’ is derived from the French word for goat; sailors left goats on the
Cabrits as a source of fresh meat for future visits. Cabrits is connected to
the mainland by an emergent wetland, the largest on Dominica. This is a particularly
important wetland for migratory birds. It is best known as the site of Fort Shirley.
Cannons from this 18th century fort can still be found guarding the gorgeous
view of Prince Rupert Bay. Visit the Interpretation Centre and read the
outdoor panels to learn more about this majestic garrison. Some of the
fort’s stone ruins have been partially reconstructed, others are half-hidden
in the jungle and are fun to explore.
Enjoy a relaxing guided tour down this enchanting river. The prolific vegetation
and the always interesting river wildlife make for a fascinating trip.
Syndicate Parrot Reserve
Dominica is home to two unique, indigenous types of parrot. The Imperial
– known locally as the Sisserou – is Dominica’s national bird. The Jaco is
smaller than the Imperial and can be found at lower elevations. The best
place to see these parrots in the wild is the Syndicate Reserve. Keep an eye
and ear out for them as you follow the trail along the rim of the Picard river
gorge. A short hike off the trail will bring you to the river pool below Milton
Falls on the Dublanc River, a tranquil spot to enjoy a traditionally prepared picnic
lunch and take a refreshing bathe in the river.
North East & East
Carib (Kalinago) Territory Interact with some of the Caribbean’s
remaining indigenous people. The Kalinago people (Carib) originated in
South America and could once be found in most Caribbean islands. Unfor
tunately they have suffered the same fate as most indigenous people
worldwide. Now just over 2000 Caribs reside in the 15 sq. km reserve.
Immerse yourself in their rich culture and heritage and visit Kalinago
Barana Autê to learn their fascinating history. Step into the Karbet and enjoy
a traditional dance and song performance. Other attractions in the Carib
Territory include its many craft shops, the L’Escalier Tête Chien, Horseback
Ridge and Isulukati Falls, as well as the Karifuna Cultural Group.
Sulphur springs come in more than one temperature, try cold! Cold Soufriere is
an area with 17 cold sulphur springs on the road between Tan Tan and Pennville.
L’Escalier Tête Chien (The Snake’s Staircase)
A natural lava staircase coming from the Atlantic featured in Kalinago myth
and history. It is believed to have been created by a giant boa constrictor slithering
out of the sea. Tête chien (dog’s head) is the local name for the boa constrictor.
Southwest & Southeast
Explore the ruins of a sugar planation – immerse yourself in the imagery that
Dominican novelist Jean Rhys used for her book Wide Sargasso Sea.
The Coal Pot in Grand Bay
The Coal Pot started as a youth training skills programme and has transitioned
into a small cottage industry offering all natural handmade herbal
products, using locally grown additives and pure essential oils.
Grand Bay Catholic Church
In this simple, charming church you can see a relic crucifix that was carved from
stone in the 1700s. It is the oldest crucifix on the island and watches over the
Scotts Head overlooks a quaint and picturesque bay with rich history and abundant
marine life. The Scotts Head or Cachacrou Peninsula separates the
Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean and was the lookout point for the Scotts’
Guards battalion. Remains of this lookout, which warded off ships from Martinique,
can still be viewed. The bay itself is an extinct volcanic crater which is a
protected marine reserve – great for diving, snorkelling and other marine