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The Best Things to Do in Dominica

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Dominica has a lively Caribbean Creole and Amerindian culture, but its natural beauty tends to hog the spotlight. Two-thirds of the island nation is covered by rain forest, while 20 percent is protected by national parks. Spend your time here exploring the steep flanks and warm, bright waters.
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Unnamed Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Swoops of smooth, scarlet earth overlook Dominica’s northeast coast near Calibishie. At Point Baptiste, a mile-long coral reef protects the seashore, creating a calm lagoon. Farther down the coast, however, the Atlantic erodes and slaps...
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This twin-peaked headland—and the ruins of the 18th-century Fort Shirley garrison—preside over Prince Rupert’s Bay, Dominica’s largest wetlands and a docking area for smaller cruise ships. An 1802 revolt here led to the...
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Portsmouth, Dominica
For a unique way to see the island, visitors in the know turn to Rainforest Riding Dominica, a friendly, family-run outfitter that offers horseback tours to the beach, through the forest, or in Cabrits National Park. Located just outside of...
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Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica
Already a popular day trip, this jade-colored waterway rocketed to fame as the site of Calypso’s house in Pirates of the Caribbean. Hire a guide and colorful rowboat—most seat up to eight passengers—for the one-mile excursion...
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Named after its highest mountain, this 17,000-acre area was established as a national park in July 1975 and named a World Heritage site in 1997. Its Valley of Desolation is a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers, its Boiling Lake is the...
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Emerald Pool Trail, Dominica
Stroll 15 minutes through a lush rainforest to this gorgeous 40-foot waterfall grotto, located deep within the World Heritage site of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Railings and a broad, well-maintained trail make the trip accessible even to...
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15°20'35.4"N 61°20'33., 6 Dominica, Recoleta, Dominica
A 1.5-mile, intermediate hike through the rainforest will lead you to Middleham Falls—the highest waterfall in the eastern Caribbean. Set in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Morne Trois Piton National Park, the trail teems with orchids,...
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Nestled in the rain forest leading up to the famous Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge features cool, deep waters and smooth cliff walls formed by molten lava. If you’re wearing water shoes and a flotation device, you can actually get down in the...

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Paillotte Road, Dominica
An easy, 10-minute trail leads to these paired cascades on the west side of the mammoth Morne Trois Pitons National Park—the higher, lefthand fall is known as Father (279 feet) and the smaller as Mother (131 feet). While the path stops at...
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Boiling Lake, Dominica
In the heart of Morne Trois Pitons National Park bubbles this deep, flooded fumarole—the second-largest of its kind in the world. The hike to this dramatic, blue-grey cauldron traverses steep, rain-forested river valleys and skirts around...
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An hour’s cross-island drive takes you to Kalinago Territory, officially established in 1903 as the Caribbean’s only autonomous enclave for indigenous people. The settlement covers six square miles, and many of its 3,000...

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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 barbecue scene—not to mention the toilets, showers, concession stands, and...
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Layou River, Dominica
Make a splash in the “Land of 365 Rivers” with a Wacky Rollers river-tubing excusion. The high-energy—and highly organized—outfitter sends its guests swirling downstream on the clear waters of the Layou, Dominica’s...
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Bath Rd, Roseau, Dominica

Laid out by the British back in 1890, the Dominica Botanic Gardens in Roseau are as fine as any in the Caribbean. After suffering considerable damage during Hurricane David in 1979, the park was restored and replanted—though visitors can...

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Roseau, Dominica
Known as the whale-watching capital of the Caribbean, Dominica is home to 14 species of marine mammals, the star of which is the sperm whale. Gentle giants despite being the world’s largest toothed animals that still exist, sperm whales have...
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Scotts Head, Dominica

At the southern tip of Dominica, where the calm Caribbean meets the turbulent Atlantic, you’ll find the Soufrière-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve. Set in an extinct volcanic crater, the watery reserve features a fish...

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Scotts Head, Dominica
The Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking trail runs 115 miles south to north. Fourteen segments break Waitukubuli into manageable day hikes—important for rule-followers, as camping is tolerated but not technically legal in...