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    visit hidden watefall with hot pools

    by hanspeter_W. Written Apr 6, 2008

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    visit the private garden the waterfall and the hot water tubs of ti kwn glo cho
    near Wotten Woven

    henry & june george
    - private hot water tub
    -waterfalls
    -sulphur mud pool
    -bird watching
    -nature view

    at local bar - rum punches with natural spices the young guide from ti kwen glo cho

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    Morne bruce

    by shargurl Written Apr 3, 2008

    Morne bruce (an area where you can see the entire city of Roseau from the top of a hill) great for photos. Ask a driver to take you to this great photo op place. There are vendors there as well for souvenier shopping.

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    Oasis in the rainforest

    by shargurl Written Mar 30, 2008

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    You must go to Emerald Pool in Dominica! This place is AWESOME. Go early so you can beat the crowds. Pictures do not do this place justice. It was simply amazing.
    The hike down was easy enough for kids too, you should be in good physical condition for the hike down and back up. A few older folks were a little winded, but it is easy enough to do. About a 10 - 15 min walk each way.

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    Emerald Pool

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

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    At the base of a gentle 40-foot waterfall, Emerald Pool is one of Dominica’s most popular tourist destinations. Reached via an easy 0.3 mile walk through the rainforest, the pool is particular popular with cruise ship passengers (try to arrive early or late in the afternoon before or after the cruise ship folks have visited).

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    Roseau

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

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    From a tourist standpoint, there isn’t much to see in Dominica’s capital, Roseau. Home to nearly a third of Dominica’s 75,000 residents, Roseau at times feels much larger and at other times much smaller than it is. During the day, it seems like all of Dominica descends upon the town. The streets are alive and bustling and driving is near impossible. At night, nearly everything closes up and the streets are empty. Walking the backstreets and taking in the architecture, which ranges from veritable lean-tos to charming balconied gingerbread style cottages, will take less than a couple hours. Additional places to take in are a couple rather uninspiring churches, a small public market, and the tourist-driven waterfront. One of the best things to do while in Roseau is head to the Botanical Gardens (in and of itself rather unimpressive, but you can see both of Dominica’s endemic parrots in an aviary) and take Jack’s Walk up the hill to Morne Bruce. The wooded hillside is home to several species of birds and the trail full of lizards, and the view of Roseau from Morne Bruce is difficult to beat.

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    Drive from Portsmouth to Pagua Bay

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

    The drive from Portsmouth to Pagua Bay along Dominica’s north coast is perhaps the best drive on the entire island. Snaking through the mountainous jungle, the drive takes in many of Dominica’s varying landscapes including, a drive through volcano, stunning ocean vistas, and lush, green hills and valleys.

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    Cabrits National Park

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

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    Located on a small peninsula north of Portsmouth, Cabrits National Park is a good place to spend a morning or afternoon. For most visitors, the highlight of a visit will be Fort Shirley, a refurbished 18th century British garrison overlooking Prince Rupert Bay and Portsmouth. For the more adventurous, there are several reasonably short trails through dry scrub that lead to various stone ruins. The dry scrub forest is home to numerous species of birds, and hermit crabs and lizards are frequently encountered on the trails.

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    Northern Forest Reserve

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

    The Northern Forest Reserve covers 22,000 acres of the north-central section of the island. Largely inaccessible, the reserve features Dominica’s highest mountain, Morne Diablotins, and is the last stronghold for both of Dominica’s endangered parrots. There is a short trail – the Syndicate Trail – that leads to an opening in a ravine where both parrots are known to roost. In addition to this spot, which is particularly good for the more difficult to find Imperial Parrot (locally called Sisserou), it is worth watching for the birds in the trees and flying around the fruit farms along the road leading to the visitor center. Along the same road you can find the trailhead for the Morne Diablotins Trail, an imposing climb best attempted with guide. Even if you strike out on the parrots, the area is worth visiting to see the Dominican rainforest at its best.

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    Birding

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 7, 2008

    As home to two endangered endemic parrots, seventeen Caribbean endemics, and nine species nearly endemic to the Caribbean, Dominica offers perhaps the best birding of any island in the Eastern Caribbean. The two endemic parrots (Red-necked Parrot or Jaco and Imperial Parrot or Sisserou) are understandably the most highly sought species. Both of these birds, plus several of the other Caribbean endemics – including Lesser Antillean Swift, Purple-throated Carib, Green-throated Carib, Blue-headed Hummingbird, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher, Lesser Antillean Pewee, Brown Trembler, Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Forest Thrush, Rufous-throated Solitaire, Plumbeous Warbler, and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch – can be found in the Northern Forest Reserve and the surrounding fruit farms. Even though this is one of the better Eastern Caribbean islands for birding, it will be a challenge to see more than 50 species even on an extended visit.

    Red-necked Parrot Mangrove Cuckoo Lesser Antillean Saltator Lesser Antillean Flycatcher Broad-winged Hawk
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    Boiling Lake Hike

    by bsfreeloader Written Mar 5, 2008

    Beginning at Titou Gorge and ending at Boiling Lake, the twelve-mile (roundtrip) Boiling Lake hike is nothing short of a beast. Generally considered to be Dominica’s preeminent hike, the trek winds up and down narrow mountain ridges, crosses cold and warm water streams, and passes through a combination of landscapes ranging from lush rainforest to a seemingly barren wasteland of crusted lava, steaming sulfur vents, and inviting hot springs (aptly named the Valley of Desolation). At the end lies the world’s second largest boiling lake, a rather unimpressive crater full of steaming and bubbling boiling gray water. Interestingly, the lake instantly dried up on the exact day the devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia in 2004, a mystery scientists are still attempting to unravel. Expect the hike, which requires a guide ($40 is the going rate), to take the better part of a day and to include a mixed bag with regard to the weather. Nearly every step is either up or down, with the former being murder on the quads and lungs and the latter being murder on the knees, but it is well worth doing if you have the time and inclination.

    Boiling Lake Valley of Desolation
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    Waterfalls

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    I had originally picked to do the four hour bus trip with a walk to the Emerald Pool, but a flyer came out which said that Accessible Dominica which had an optional and shorter walk to a pool at Jaco Falls was available, so I switched. I understand that the authorities in Dominica want to restrict the access to the Emerald Pool in order to keep it from being spoiled by tourism.

    On the tour we took, the roads were very steep and twisty, and the bus often sounded as if it was laboring. Eventually got to the waterfall, which was very pretty (and very photogenic) but not spectacularly tall.

    There were concrete steps (photo 3) down to the level of the stream, and a boardwalk (photo 4) to walk along the side of the stream.

    One of the men was going to swim in the pool, but he said it was only about 18 inches deep - not even enough to float in. They had fruit and drinks for us there and also woven grass baskets and the like for sale.

    Bananas and a banana flower at the falls Steps going down to the river Walkway going to the falls Lady in a red dress at the bottom of the falls
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    Botanical Garden

    by grandmaR Written Oct 11, 2007

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    The Gardens were started by the Crown in 1889 on land which was formerly a sugar cane plantation. The planting of the Gardens began in 1890. The 40 acre gardens are the largest tract of semi-open land in Roseau. It is the setting for cricket matches, national parades and cultural celebrations, religious open air ceremonies and recreational activities. Space was also given to a school

    There are two distinct sections: an ornamental section and an economic section. The latter was devoted to research and the propagation of plants of economic importance. The ornamental section was once exquisitely landscaped with ponds, ornate iron gates, a fountain, and up to 500 species of exotic and indigenous trees and shrubs to enhance the beauty of and interest in the site. Subsequently, between 80 and 100 different types of palms were also planted. Hurricane David did a lot of damage to the trees in the garden, but there are still plants of interest. On the first tour we went through the botanical garden and the guide explained about the trees and plants there (which were numbered and she had a list of what they were).which are numbered so that they can be identified. The van driver on the second trip also drove through the gardens.

    The Gardens is open every day from 6 am - 7 pm.

    Poppies? Palm with number post Cactus
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    Aerial Tram

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 11, 2007

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    The base station is at an altitude of approx. 2,000 feet

    The tram car held 8 people (4 seats with two people) plus a guide sitting in the back. They went up to the top of the mountain on the lower track and came back down on the upper track. First, we had someone take a car around the whole system to be sure it was all working. It was kind of wet, and before we got in, two people wiped down and squeeged the water off the seats.

    There was a plastic cover over the tram, and I observed that there was less water on the back seats, so that's where I aimed for. We didn't bother to get rain ponchos from the store, and of course an umbrella would be useless. I had a digital camera, and also a film camera in case it really started to rain.

    Our guide (who was named Nigel) that rode with us told us many interesting facts about the plants and flowers we were seeing and also identified the bird calls and told us interesting things about the tram and the island. The trunks of Gomier and Chataignier trees are host to a miriad of vines, ferns, anthuriums, bromeliads and other non-vascular epiphytes. The forest floor below is decorated with heliconias, sedges, orchids and a wide variety of ferns, including several species of tree fern. As we approached the top, it started to rain a good bit and I put away the digital camera.

    We could have gotten off at the top and walked down and across a suspension bridge and get back on the tram at a lower stop. But since it was raining harder, we decided not to do that. The upper track is 150 feet higher, and we could see across the canopy to Morne Micotrin (4,006ft.), Morne Anglais (3,683ft.) and the Caribbean Sea. The entire ride lasts for approx. 70 minutes

    Price: per person........................ US$55.00
    per child up to age 12 years..... US$30.00
    children under age 2 years.................. Free

    Tramway Looking down from the top track empty car Suspension bridge Looking out over the trees
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    Stroll around the shops and market stalls

    by crazyman2 Written Sep 25, 2007

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    Just wander, browse around the stalls (and barter!) turn a few corners to get away from the main streets, shop in the commercial shops ---lots of jewellers and trinket sellers.

    Beware: Saturday is early closing ---and so if you are coming off a cruise ship then do check the shopping hours carefully.

    a main shopping area market style! there may be poverty just around the corner....

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    Wireless and internet connection

    by BROOKS Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Dominica is extremely fortunate to have not just reliable telcommunications infrastructure, but also one that has blossomed due to a recent liberalisation of a long-standing monopoly.

    Telecoms services are provided by Cable & Wireless, Marpin Telecommunications, Orange and AT&T/Cingular/Digicel. Internet access ranges from dial-up to always-on DSL, cable modems and dedicated lines such as 256kb up to T1.

    Wireless
    Wireless access to the Net is offered by many hotels - view our Accommodation Listings.

    There are also a growing number of wi-fi hot-spots around the island. Melville Hall Airport is one example.


    Cyber-cafes

    In Roseau:
    CornerhouseCafe (King Geroge V St.) 449-9000
    Cyberland (Woodstone SHopping Mall) 440-2605
    Business Training Center (Great George St.) 448-0248

    In Portsmouth:
    Cyberland 445-4454
    Alpha-2-Omega 445-3370
    Building Service Centre 445-4303
    (Also in Picard 445-6448)

    Cornerhouse computer area, $3 USD/30 mins.
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