It's Nice to Be Nice
Not sure how to get there but I'm sure the tour guides on the Island can take you.
We got to taste many wonderful things, Can't get any fresher than this!!
Candied Coconut, pineapple, bananas and much more.
They don't ask for money but welcomed donations. Not pushy, Very friendly and fun. They sold beer and water.
I could of hung out here all day.
If your a coffee person you got to buy coffee here. (See photo) I'd go back just to purchase coffee from this guy.
Syndicate Nature Trail
It is one of easiest hike, less than one mile, but it takes you through some of the finest rainforest.
Go early in the morning or later in the afternoon and you have a chance to see the two endangered parrots- the Sisserou and the Jacqout.
The visitorcenter opens up 8 or 9 am till 4pm, depending on how lucky the hitchhiking caretaker is, so come early and give her a ride up. There are restrooms, a café for drinks and snacks and s small display of the areas history.
The trailhead for Morne Trois Pitons? starts half a mile before you reach the parking lot and is signposted. You’ll need a full day for this hike. Forget the Milton Falls, you’ll have to pay to get there.
Address: Syndicate Estate, Nr Portsmouth
Directions: Main Syndicate 'road', coming from Portsmouth turn left towards the mountains on a small signposted road and follow strait through beautiful lush scenery, plantations of banana and coffee for about 15 min.
A local I met invited me to visit his village with him on a Friday night. I met his family , then we went to a small restaurant/bar and had BBQ ribs with chips. After dinner we just hung out and had a few bush rums ( locally produced rum, often flavored by placing cinnamon sticks, spice or herbs directly in the bottle). I watched in fascination as it seemed the whole village was out in the streets. Caribbean music played and people had a good time. Later sensay dancers came out. It was a truly enjoyable experience to share in a moment of local life.
Somewhere along the road from Salisbury to Portsmouth, there is a little road off the side that heads through farms to a huge waterfall. Its not one of the major ones...and you cannot swim here. Syndicate Falls is a source of drinking water for locals...so DONT swim here! On the way you can see parrots in the trees or flying through the air! Really cool. Beautiful place...very serene and few people visit it. The river water is quite tasty and clean. I drank it and didn't die! Pleasant hike..and you will have to cross a few rivers...so your feet might get wet.
When I go back to Dominica..I'll be sure to actually stay in Callibishie! A beautiful stretch of coastline with lots of food opportunities, and a decent beach! Dominica didn't have huge sand beaches...and it was a bit rocky. I got to hold a coconut for the first time of this beach. You can view the ocean and a neighboring island...forget the name, but it belongs to Guadeloupe. The food is good. We ate a restaurant with a black and white checkered floor next to a hamburger stand. Lots of food opportunities here...as well as ice cream!
If you stay at Three Rivers Eco Lodge or are around Rosalie...stop by the village of Grand Fond. Grand Fond is a fairly tough uphill walk from 3 Rivers or a long car ride up a mountain side. Not to many tourists visit this place, but it was great. See how local Dominicans live and go to a local bar. At the end of the village there is a little bar type thing were some cool, very nice people hang out. There is an opportunity to hike to a waterfall...called Denier Falls (spelling might be wrong). We asked a young local to show us how to get there. beware, the trail is small, may be slippery and can be steep...but it is generally safe. The waterfall is beautiful. Its fairly small and drains into a little pool area. It was AWESOME! Its not visited often...no signs of people ever being here. Great place to swim or river walk. if you don't want a guide...just ask locals how to get to it. You have to cross through some locals property, but they are ok with it. Its a great way to view a local Dominican village with a rewarding waterfall...just 20 minutes hiking!
Perdu Temps is a trail that cut across the eastern edge of the island. Going from Geneva on the south coast to Delices on the east, it rises from sea-level to almost 2,000ft.
I'd recommend going from the Geneva end. Allow at least 5 hours - when I did it it took 6. Officially it's 4.8 miles long, but those aren't statute miles, they are Long Miles...
It is a beautiful trail through Dominica's lust rainforest, but it's a grueling hike up to the highest point, and the descent seems to go on forever!
Highlight of the trip (besides getting to the end!) was the surpise view of River Jack waterfall - possible Dominica's tallest.
One of the first things that caught our eyes in Roseau was the lovely, sky blue, ornately decorated Whitchurch building to the right of the pier as you faced the street from the ships berth. So we decided to start our explorations of Roseau there.
This is, of course, a shopping area with a small pub. It also has an interesting meeting room that we saw that would hold a small group. While my wife did some browsing in the shops I took the opportunity to slip down to the dock that was built in front of the area. The dock afforded a very nice view of Roseau on one side and the bay and the mountains beyond on the other side. The weather was exceptional and the water very calm. So it made for really nice photographs.
After leaving the dock I poked my head into various nooks and crannies of the Whitchurch buildings. Working my way towards the back of the building from the water, I found a secluded little patio with some umbrella-covered tables. Just behind the patio was a nice little waterfall cascading into a small pond surrounded by exotic plants. It was really a serene place and I went to find my wife and show it to her.
All of these things can be seen in the photo collage that is included here.
For me it is often the people that make the place. Given enough time I like to talk to the locals and get to know them a little while I am also exploring their towns and mountains and valleys and seashore. Unfortunately, when one only has a day to explore an island it is almost impossible to make those new acquaintances.
This guy is probably as close as I got to actually talking to a local for a little while, while I was in Dominica. He was in the Old Market carving away at one of the booths just past the red wrought-iron marker. He was smiling away, hand carving the figurine you can see in this picture. He owned one of the booths and he had hand carved all of the stuff that was for sale in it. We talked for a few moments and I asked if I could take this picture. He was happy to oblige me and I was happy to have met one of the locals.
Roseau (pronounced 'ruse-oh') is one of the Caribbean's poorer capitals but it is not the shoddiest. Shopkeepers wash down the sidewalks every morning, the streets are lined with old and sometimes colorful stone-and-wood buildings (like the one in the picture), and mountains form a verdant and spectacular backdrop especially at sunset when rainbows are likely to appear.
Roseau has rebuilt its waterfront, which was severely damaged by Hurricane David, and it now boasts a new cruise ship dock and promenade. Interestingly for the visitor, walking Roseau's quieter backstreets feels like stepping back a hundred years in time.
The waterfront area of Roseau is called the ‘Bay Front’ or officially as Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard. The seawall extending along this waterfront is lined with cafes and bars and seems to be a popular gathering place. In order to get a taste of the historic Dominica my wife and I strolled through Roseau, and a few of its backstreets, and had an opportunity to glimpse some of the city's architecture. Many of the wooden buildings we saw, as you can see a little in this picture, were ornamented with fretwork or ''gingerbread,'' balconies and jalousies. A number of the restored older buildings seem to be built of thick masonry walls.
If you do any wandering about town at all you cannot help but notice the very old, abandoned buildings and lots. Some have gates but I noticed that some gates were in such disrepair they do not keep anything out anymore. On the other hand, some enterprising people have converted some of the really old structures into businesses which usually seemed to be catering to the cruise passenger traffic.
Take a drive up to the village of Gallion, which overlooks Scott's Head/Soufriere Bay.
The bay is beautiful enough, but this spot looks over it and has the most stunning views.
The drive is a steep one but worth it. At the main junction in Soufriere, take a left up the hill (rahter than the left to the hot springs).
The Twin Falls are in a beautiful tropical jungle setting, but to find them is difficult, there are NO signs, NO directions and NO maps.
If you want to try and find the Twin Falls you can do it in one of two ways. Take a local guide, or drive from Marigot in the direction of Roseau. About a third of the way there you will find a small store on the right side of the road (that would be the north side). If you stop in and buy some drinks the owner of the store might direct you toward the path that is alongside his store. You will need to take that path into the jungle for about a kilometer before you come to the first of the two falls. Once again, there are no markers, no well made path or trail. This is a definite "Off The Beaten Path" site.
For organised tours try Ken's Hinterland Adventure Tours (KHATS)
Ken and his crew are very pleasant and knowledgeable. The tour desk at the Fort Young Hotel is run by them, although they also offer some tours from other operators, such as Dive Dominica.
At the end of our holiday Ken picked us up from our hotel very early to take us to the hotel. When we arrived at the airport there were no check-in staff to be seen. Ken did not abandon us; he searched the airport and would not leave until he saw us safely checked in - Thanks Ken.
Dominica Botanical Gardens
(off Bath Road),
Roseau, Dominica, West Indies.
The Botanical Gardens is similar to a large park, however, more tropical. There you can see a live exibition of one of the world's rarest endangered birds-the Sisserou Parrot. You can see live photos in my travelogue of this rare feathered friend. You will also have an opportunity to see plants and flowers indigeneous to Dominica and the Caribbean region. I'm actually there in this photo on my very last day on my favorite island. So amazing everytime. My last day here was April 21, 2000.
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