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- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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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).
Most people who visit Dominica do so for the intensive adventure activities, but if you need a down day or have a history enthusiast in your group, consider taking a trip to the site. The park and namely, Fort Shirley, have been undergoing restorations for the past couple years. For a minimal cost of around EC$14 ($5) you can tour the improved grounds and enjoy the scenery. Keep in mind: Fort Shirley is 30 miles north of Roseau, so the taxi ride there can be a bit expensive.
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