Places to see in Dominica
Dominic is just 47 km long and 26 km wide, a making it one of the smallest island nations in the Caribbean. However, what this tiny island lacks in size it more than makes up for in the wealth of natural beauty found here. Roseau is the capital and the main town on the island and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. A colorful Caribbean town, Roseau is known for its lovely old picturesque buildings. In town the main places to see are the Dominica Museum and the botanical gardens. The museum provides some excellent insights into this tiny island nation, while the botanical gardens are a great place to relax and enjoy a summers day.
In Roseau the Roman Catholic Church is worth a visit for its stone edifice and gothic interior, while if you want to mingle with the locals head to the Old Market and the Public Market both of which offer some great buys. The best time to visit Roseau is for Carnival and the week leading up to Independence Day, which is on November 3.
A visit to the Layou River area is wonderful to kickback and relax; here you can also enjoy swimming in the river, when it is not running strong. From here head to the Northern Forest Reserve, which covers most of Dominica’s interior. It is worth coming to visit this reserve to see many of the indigenous flora and fauna found here.
Portsmouth is the second largest city on Dominica and just outside town you will find the Indian River and the Cabrits National Park. Take a boat ride up the river to see some normally inaccessible parts of the island’s interior, while a trip to the Cabrits National Park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon exploring Fort Shirley which is located here. This impressive fort was built in the 18th century by the British.
The Carib Territory is another must see place in Dominica. Home to Dominica’s Carib Indian population, this territory offers some amazing insights into the Carib way of life. There are a number of noteworthy buildings out here. From the Carib Territory head to Emerald Pool which lies at the base of a 12 meter high waterfall. This pool gets its name from its lush green surroundings and is a nice place to take a quick dip in the cool waters.
In Dominica a visit to Trafalgar Falls is a must as is a trip to the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. This national park is home to some wonderful attractions including the Boiling Lake, which is the second largest boiling lake in the world and Middleham Falls. Here you can also find Dominica’s largest lake, Freshwater Lake, which has some great hiking trails in the area.