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  • Hiking to Middleham Falls

    by szumlanski Updated Aug 30, 2005

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    One thing everyone forgets to tell you is that you can go swimming in the pool below the falls. Granted, it is very cold, but once you're in you get are so exhilarated that you forget it. Swim across the pool, and when you get to the other side, climb up into the cave (wear aqua shoes) and enjoy the scenery and spray!

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  • When at Syndicate.. go to Milton Falls!

    by delphis Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    Syndicate Estate in the north of the island is a magnet for those interested in seeing Dominica's unique Sisserou Parrot.

    Often overlooked though is a great little waterfall not far off the road on the way to Syndicate: Milton Falls. Get your tour guide to take you - it's a pleasant, short walk from the trail and well worth it.

    Milton Falls
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  • Hot Waterfall Slides!!!

    by PrunedInWA Updated May 20, 2004

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    Imagine a waterfall in all of it's glory. You see locals diving into pools at various landings from 25 feet in the air. Lush greenery all around, you decide to go for a swim and oh my....someone's heated this baby up! It's like a hot tub! You see a few people sit at the edge of the pool and then disappear. So, you follow.

    Trafalgar Falls is a hot water waterslide. Well, quite a few actually. The slides are small and short, nothing daunting. They are great fun because they're slippery not too many sharp edges. Naturally. I'm talking some kind of local red clay. The staining kind. In other words, don't wear a white swimsuit.

    This is the place you'll talk about the rest of your life! I am!

    One more word of caution, however. Your clothes should be fine to leave while you play, but keep your valuables in a waterproof bag on your person. I had an inexpensive "NY" watch stolen from in between all of my clothes. No big loss, but it could have been.

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    The spectacular twin falls of Trafalgar

    by dlytle Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    The first major stop on our tour was to the Trafalgar Falls. To get there we had to drive into the highlands where we saw the tropical growth of the island first hand. The sun, clouds and high volcanic mountains make Dominica what it is, the lushest island in the Caribbean. Dominica is a verdantly green, rugged, mountainous land where man has really not encroached. Every few miles we would cross one of their rivers -one for every day of the year, the Dominicans say - that coursed through a luxuriant landscape. But what we had come to see were the waterfalls.

    And waterfalls there are! They cascade in spumes and torrents, filling the air with the sound of arcing water. Often showcased by the deep green of the tropical vegetation but also occasionally by the red-orange flamboyant trees flaring on the vivid green hillsides. What makes all of this possible is Morne Diablotin, more than 4,700 feet high and the highest in the region. It captures the water-filled trade winds as they make their way from Africa, pulling nearly 300 inches of rain per year onto Dominica.

    Trafalgar Falls, on the slopes of Morne Micotrin, are the most popular waterfalls due partly to their spectacular nature and to their proximity to the city of Roseau and visited by local Dominicans for bathing and by a wide variety of tourists including cruise ship tourists such as myself.

    There is a waterfall viewing platform overlooking these twin falls that allow for some impressive photographs like the ones shown here. These falls are known as ‘mother’ and ‘father’ falls. The left hand one (the father) is the larger at about 120 feet high (37 m). I was told it had a hot spring at its base that provides an excellent place to bathe. Unfortunately a 1995 rockslide filled in the pools and covered the hot springs making them mostly inaccessible. Now most of the bathing is done under the ‘mother’ falls and in its pools.

    Trafalgar has beautiful twin falls
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    Old British fortifications on Morne Bruce

    by dlytle Written Jan 26, 2004

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    In addition to the scenic view from Morne Bruce, there is a crucifix and the ruins of an old British garrison to see on the Morne Bruce plateau as well. Also on this site there was a fine stone cistern built by the French before they blasted and destroyed it when ceding the island to the British in 1761.

    In 1763, at The Peace of Paris, Dominica was officially ceded to Britain but the British realized that to send the existing French settlers packing would mean disrupting the growing agricultural economy of the island. So the British respected a kind of peaceful co-existence. But the British built forts, the largest at the Cabrits above Portsmouth and here, above Roseau, at Morne Bruce. Over the next few years there would be battles between the British and French before the British finally won outright control in 1781. There would also be some terrific hurricanes and fires that would ravage both Roseau and the fortifications.

    All that are left now are some picturesque ruins.

    Fortification ruins on Morne Bruce near Roseau
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    Panorama of Roseau from Morne Bruce

    by dlytle Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Our first major stop on the ‘Best of Dominica’ tour was on top of a hill, a few miles southeast of Roseau, called Morne Bruce. It provided a very pretty, panoramic view of the capital city of Roseau and of its port. This spot really gives you a moment to experience the sheer awe of Dominica’s graceful beauty and to contemplate the rare 21st century phenomenon occurring here, to wit, man has influenced very little of Dominica.

    ‘Apres Bondi, c’est la ter’ is the national motto meaning ‘After God, it is the land’. Both are highly valued and prized here in this almost untamed and unhampered paradise.

    After standing on Morne Bruce and gazing down upon Roseau from its heights, I would be willing to bet that this is the place from which the majority of the most famous pictures of the city of Roseau are taken.

    Morne Bruce itself is a plateau in the highlands above Roseau providing a bird’s eye view, down below, of Roseau and the Botanical gardens as well as the harbor. The large town cemetery can also be clearly seen from here on a nice day. Since Dominica is an oceanic rainforest, and rain does fall here by the bucket load, this view is probably only assured during the drier months of their year.

    I was told that you could also hike up to this overlook from the botanical gardens that we could see below. I guess the trail begins just east of the parrot aviary and takes about 15 minutes to walk if you are in good shape.

    View of Roseau from Morne Bruce
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    The Ruins Spice Shop

    by dlytle Written Jan 26, 2004

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    The Ruins Spice Store really is a place you should visit while you are in Roseau. When you walk in the place your nose will find it to have a very aromatic ambiance. There is container after container containing spices from around the world. All of them are labeled so it is easy to browse and find some of your favorites in this shop.

    The store also carries some liqueurs and, when we were there, they were allowing customers to sample a few of their better ones. We imbibed a little at the store and wound up buying a tasty one from the very friendly proprietors.

    If you ask them they will show you the area where they plan to extend their shop. It is an ancient basement area and they will be glad to explain to you the historical significance of the room.

    It really is a place worthy of spending a little bit of your time in Roseau!

    The Ruins Spice Store in Roseau, Dominica
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    Roseau charms you with its buildings and people

    by dlytle Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    I found Dominica's small capital city of Roseau (pronounced ruse-oh) to be like a beautiful picture postcard; colorful buildings marching down from the lofty, undulating green ridges, which hem the town in on one side while crystal clear seawater contains its growth on its other side. Approaching from the sea, what you see first is a street full of old British colonial buildings sparkling in the overhead sun. The oldest buildings all seem to have jalousies and gingerbread porches or balconies. The friendly Creole women can be seen selling everything from trinkets and baskets to bananas and even livestock. Many of the men are scurrying about trying to get the tourists to take a tour or visit a shop or they even just stand in small groups smiling and talking.

    Arriving in Dominica is like stepping into the past. There are very few modern buildings, not much traffic and, I was told, almost no crime. It is a place that modern tourism seems to have largely bypassed. And therein, I think, lies its charm. It doesn't have much in the way of beach areas, but a greater portion of Dominica is still covered by rain forest than any other major Caribbean island. Blend its remarkable natural gifts with maybe the most friendly people I've come across in the Caribbean, and you've got all of the makings of an island that you never want to leave.

    I’ll bet that you fall in love with this poor but colorful place before you realize it. It’s charm reaches out to you from its natural setting, its buildings and its people alike.

    Dominica's Capital City of Roseau
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    Quaint, ancient Old Market in Roseau, Dominica

    by dlytle Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Roseau’s rustic and interesting Old Market is located in a cobblestone square, behind the Post Office, about one-half block up from the cruise pier. The square housing this market, dating from the 16th century, was the colorful center of the City’s commercial activities until the early 1970s.

    This historic area has seen slave auctions and public executions as well as the sale of produce to the local populace. It is currently a delightful and colorful pedestrian craft market. For folks into history, a red-painted, wrought iron Victorian-style memorial within the old market denotes the ancient slab where slave auctions took place.

    Currently, the Old Market is primarily a craft and souvenir market for cruise ship tourists. There are stalls where local people sell handicrafts like baskets and carved wood and gourds as well as other souvenirs. It seems to me, however, that an ironic twist of history is occurring. In Roseau’s early days there were black people brought by ships who were subsequently sold, like other products, by white people. Nowadays, there are white people that come by (cruise) ships and the black people are now selling products back to them. Kind of interesting I think. Also interesting is that I was told that when no cruise ship is in port then this old market is deserted.

    Chances are good that when you visit the old market you might find yourself mixed in with the teeming masses from at least one disembarked cruise ship as they pore over the local souvenirs looking for some bit of treasure to take home. I certainly was. Although we were on the only ship in port, it was the large Sun Princess.

    Old Market viewed from the slave auction slab
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  • water that doesn't stop falling

    by dominicafan Written Jul 2, 2003

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    A trip to the Space mountain Falls was the highlight of my visit. A 2 hour hike through incredibly lush rainforest, up and up and up until reaching a series of 5 waterfalls and cascades, one above the next above the next.
    Each waterfall is completely different and climbing through the falls to reach the higher ones was a humungous wet challenge.
    The views spectacular, the falls incredible, and the hike was quite a challenge.

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  • Dominica's Carnival!

    by delphis Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    It's not Rio, but it has a charm of its own.

    Held at the traditional pre-lenten time, it's known as the Caribbean's most original Carnival. Several shows in the days before, but the big events are the two days of street jump-up held on Carnival Monday/Tuesday.

    Things to look out for: Sensey costume, Bwa Bwa (stilts).

    Carnival Street Parade
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  • East Coast Waterfalls

    by delphis Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dominica has many falls, but my favourite are the two east coast falls, Sari-Sari and Victoria. Both involve a 2-hour round trip rock-hopping along a river to a spectacular fall. And you can swim in the pool at the bottom!

    Victoria Falls, Dominica
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    Carib Territory

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The "Carib Territory" is located on the eastern seacoast, just north of central and south of Marigot. These are the original natives of Dominica and you can see several examples of their homes and art there. The picture shows a tribal home.

    Carib Indian Home, Dominica
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  • Take a hike through lush...

    by TheMiche Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take a hike through lush tropical forest to the Falls (cant remember the name).
    Go to the Carib territory.
    Drive around the island, the mountain formations are unreal.
    Stop at the Inn and Restaurant on the river for lunch.

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    Trafalgar Falls

    by steph4867 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Five miles up from the Roseau River Valley, in the south-central sector of Dominica, Trafalgar Falls can be reached after you drive through the village of Trafalgar. Shortly beyond the hamlet of Trafalgar and up a short hill, there's a little kiosk where you can hire a guide to take you on the short walk to the actual falls. In all, allow about 1 1/2 hours for this excursion from Trafalgar to the falls itself. This is the only road or pathway into the falls. Here, however, you have to approach on foot, as the slopes are too steep for vehicles. After a 20-minute walk past ginger plants and vanilla orchids, you arrive at the base, where a trio of falls converge into a rock-strewn pool.

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