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Best Places to Swim in Dominica

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Poised between the tumultuous Atlantic and calmer Caribbean Sea, Dominica lacks the raw star power of its neighboring islands' beaches. But it more than makes up for it with natural hot springs and swimming holes under jungle waterfalls. Not to mention a submerged fumarole that releases spectacular veils of bubbles at Champagne Reef!
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Batibou Bay, Dominica
Soft, gray, secluded sands stretch along the island's northeast coast, where the Atlantic is calm enough for swimming. A tiny, rustic bar—complete with hammocks—serves snacks and rum punch; the scene gets especially lively during Sunday barbecues....
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Dominica
Sip a passion fruit punch at this small beach hut beside Soufrière's splendid Roman Catholic Church, Saint Mark, built in 1880. Then hop in the homespun sulfur soaking pools on the shoreline. A fumarole warms the sea water and injects bubbles into...
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Dominica
Geothermal springs on the ocean floor release curtains of bubbles at one of the world's most famous and unusual dive sites. Shallow enough for snorkelers and folks new to scuba, this spectacular reef has lavish sea life, from sponges to parrotfish...
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Dr Nicholas Liverpool Hwy, Dominica
Leap into this deep mountain pool, which shines turquoise in the sun. On the upper reaches of the Hampstead River, the swimming hole even has a natural water slide, a chute of smooth, chafe-free rock! Pack a picnic and wear shoes suitable for the...
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Emerald Pool Trail, Dominica
Stroll 15 minutes down through a lush rainforest to a gorgeous 40ft (12m) waterfall grotto. Railings and a broad, well-maintained trail make this trip accessible even to non-hikers. Located in the World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Pitons National...
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Edward Oliver Leblanc Hwy, Mero, Dominica
This long, lovely stretch of silver-gray volcanic sand is a rarity on Dominica's rocky coastline. Locals enjoy it for the warm, calm waters and Sunday beach BBQ scene—not to mention the toilets, showers, concession stands, and nearby restaurants....
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Unnamed Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Swoops of smooth, scarlet earth overlook the northeast coast at Point Baptise near Calibishie. A mile-long coral reef protects the village's seashore, creating a calm lagoon. But the Atlantic erodes and slaps waves high onto the dramatic headland....
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Wotten Waven, Dominica
The proprietor, Screw, a charismatic Rasta also known as "Irie Man," has spent years building this colorful open-air retreat, just a 20-minute drive east of the capital Roseau. Slip into six pools of varying temperatures on a lush, leafy hillside...
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Ross Blvd., Portsmouth, Dominica
This luxe West Indies hideaway skips communal spaces in favor of in-room pampering, from meals to massages and private jazz concerts! It'll slowly expand from eight villas to 50, hidden among the adjacent valley and ridge: all available for sale....
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Paillotte Road, Dominica
An easy 10-minute trail leads to paired cascades on the west side of the mammoth Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the higher, lefthand Father (279ft/85m) and the smaller Mother (131ft/40m). While the fun officially stops at the viewing platform,...