Dominica Beaches#4 in Best Things To Do 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.
Mero Beach is probably the island's most popular spot, thanks to its fine, black sand. Conveniently located near the capital of Roseau, Mero Beach draws both tourists and locals hoping to bask in the sun. If you visit, you'll want to bring sandals – recent tourists warned that the black sand makes the beach exceptionally hot.
Meanwhile, fans of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series – as well as anyone looking for a less crowded stretch of coast – ought to check out Hampstead Beach. Located near Calibishie on the north end of the island, this strip of sand once played host to Captain Jack Sparrow. Now, it is visitors' turn to drink rum while taking in the beach's rising cliffs and black sand.
There are a handful of additional beaches scattered along Dominica's 92 miles of coastline, especially in the island's second-largest city, Portsmouth, where you'll find the popular Purple Turtle Beach. Check to see what's near your accommodations and plan accordingly (most are best reached via taxi). Beaches are free to visit and accessible 24/7. Some have amenities, such as snack bars and showers, but the more remote shorelines, such as Hampstead, may offer few amenities.
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#1 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.
The park has standard facilities, including bathrooms and a parking lot. Sometimes, young locals loiter around the park entrance or at the base of the falls, offering to assist you on your tour of the area. Keep in mind that taking them up on their offer will cost you more than the meager entrance fee to the park, and in the case of the Trafalgar Falls, is probably not necessary. The trek to the waterfalls is only a short walk. If you do decide to purchase a guided tour, be sure to remember to negotiate a fee for the tour before agreeing to one.
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