Papillote Tropical Gardens#3 in Best Things To Do 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.
After arriving, guests have the option of meandering the garden themselves or taking a guided tour. Past visitors insisted the best way to experience the gardens is by eating an outdoor lunch at the nearby restaurant before embarking on the guided tour. If you have extra time, take a dip in the hot pools that punctuate the property.
The gardens are open from November to August from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A guided tour of the Papillote Tropical Gardens costs around EC$27 ($10) per person, plus an additional EC$2.70 (around $4) if you plan on soaking in the hot pools. A taxi is the most reliable way to get to the gardens, but minibuses also often make the trek. For more information, visit the gardens' website.
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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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