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Best Things To Do in Dominica

Dominica is an eco-traveler's paradise, thanks a relatively unspoiled, lush landscape. But to the surprise of many first-time visitors, this island has relatively few beaches. Scuba diving and snorkeling are still popular activities off of the rocky coastlines, as are canoeing and kayaking in the many rivers. Meanwhile, the interior terrain is a vast playground for adventurous travelers. We recommend exploring one of the many trails found in Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

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#1

#1 in Dominica

Located on the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park (around 6 miles from Roseau), the jaw-dropping Trafalgar Falls are two of the most-visited sights on the island. In addition to being incredibly impressive, they're also easily accessible for the most amateur hikers and adventure seekers. The upper waterfall (colloquially referred to as "Father") cascades dramatically from the Trois Pitons River, across the Titou Gorge and empties into hot sulfur springs, while the lower waterfall ("Mother") flows gently from the river into a natural swimming pool.
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Hiking Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Trafalgar Falls
Located on the west side of Morne Trois Pitons National Park (around 6 miles from Roseau), the jaw-dropping Trafalgar Falls are two of the most-visited sights on the island. In addition to being incredibly impressive, they're also easily accessible for the most amateur hikers and adventure seekers. The upper waterfall (colloquially referred to as "Father") cascades dramatically from the Trois Pitons River, across the Titou Gorge and empties into hot sulfur springs, while the lower waterfall ("Mother") flows gently from the river into a natural swimming pool.
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#2

#2 in Dominica

It sounds amazing, and it is. The Boiling Lake is a fumarole, or an opening in the Earth's crust that releases steam and gas, and it's flooded with hot bubbling water that rises into a cloud of vapor. The site is approximately 200 feet wide, it's located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and it's a must-see attraction.
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Natural Wonders Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Boiling Lake
It sounds amazing, and it is. The Boiling Lake is a fumarole, or an opening in the Earth's crust that releases steam and gas, and it's flooded with hot bubbling water that rises into a cloud of vapor. The site is approximately 200 feet wide, it's located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and it's a must-see attraction.
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#3

#3 in Dominica

If you traveled to Dominica in hopes of catching a glimpse of rare plants or wildlife, look no further than the Papillote Tropical Gardens. Spread across 14 acres, the gardens are located just before the trailhead to Trafalgar Falls, making them an easy stop on the way to or from this popular attraction.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Papillote Tropical Gardens
If you traveled to Dominica in hopes of catching a glimpse of rare plants or wildlife, look no further than the Papillote Tropical Gardens. Spread across 14 acres, the gardens are located just before the trailhead to Trafalgar Falls, making them an easy stop on the way to or from this popular attraction.
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#4 in Dominica

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Though Dominica is known as a hiker's paradise, it's also home to a handful of must-see beaches. While the coastline is often rocky, Dominica makes up for this by having unique black sand beaches.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Beaches
Though Dominica is known as a hiker's paradise, it's also home to a handful of must-see beaches. While the coastline is often rocky, Dominica makes up for this by having unique black sand beaches.
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#5

#5 in Dominica

If Dominica calls out to eco-tourists around the world, then it practically screams for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Volcanic activity, clear water and relatively few tourists make Dominica's coast particularly ideal for underwater expeditioners.
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Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
If Dominica calls out to eco-tourists around the world, then it practically screams for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Volcanic activity, clear water and relatively few tourists make Dominica's coast particularly ideal for underwater expeditioners.
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#6

#6 in Dominica

The Cabrits National Park shelters a few swamps, coral reefs and wetlands near the town of Portsmouth. The park is best known as the site of Fort Shirley though, an 18th-century stronghold with spectacular views down to the Prince Rupert Bay and the remains of a volcanic crater on Dominica's northwest coast. Fort Shirley also holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique history, which includes a mutiny of African slave soldiers. Recent visitors said that Fort Shirley has signs explaining its history, but they still recommend talking with one of the on-site guides who are around the site (although they are sometimes difficult to find, according to visitors).
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Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Fort Shirley
The Cabrits National Park shelters a few swamps, coral reefs and wetlands near the town of Portsmouth. The park is best known as the site of Fort Shirley though, an 18th-century stronghold with spectacular views down to the Prince Rupert Bay and the remains of a volcanic crater on Dominica's northwest coast. Fort Shirley also holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique history, which includes a mutiny of African slave soldiers. Recent visitors said that Fort Shirley has signs explaining its history, but they still recommend talking with one of the on-site guides who are around the site (although they are sometimes difficult to find, according to visitors).
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#7

#7 in Dominica

According to recent visitors, the 15-minute long Emerald Pool Nature Trail in Morne Trois Pitons National Park is perfect for amateur hikers. The trail consists of a slightly rocky downhill trek to a clearing, waterfall and an extraordinarily chilly swimming area. Emerald Pool's easy access increases its popularity (the path is also somewhat narrow), so recent visitors suggest scheduling an early morning visit.
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Hiking Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Emerald Pool Nature Trail
According to recent visitors, the 15-minute long Emerald Pool Nature Trail in Morne Trois Pitons National Park is perfect for amateur hikers. The trail consists of a slightly rocky downhill trek to a clearing, waterfall and an extraordinarily chilly swimming area. Emerald Pool's easy access increases its popularity (the path is also somewhat narrow), so recent visitors suggest scheduling an early morning visit.
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Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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