On the top of Morne Aux Diables 
The atmospheric Old Market area
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Old French style

On Morne Bruce, a one-of-a-kind cannon continues to symbolically protect the people of Roseau, the capital of the Dominica located on the Caribbean Sea shore.

From this privileged observation point, the gaze travels from Woodbridge Bay, the port in which MSC cruise ships contribute to creating a pleasant holiday panorama, to the botanical gardens unfolding at the foot of the mountain itself.

Roseau, the most important and oldest settlement of the island, was a French outpost founded in the 16th century on the banks of the Roseau River. It is rich in atmosphere and French colonial style, and its original urban layout can still be seen in the Old Market area. Possible excursions into the surrounding hills are infinite; just choose the one that intrigues you the most. The greatest of them all is a six-hour or so ascent in hot and humid weather to the boiling lake.

But there are also less demanding hikes, such as an excursion to the crater at the top of Morne aux Diables; as well easy treks, such as a walk to a refuge in Jaco Flats built by runaway slaves followed by a bath in one of the numerous coves near Paradise Bar, where the walk begins and ends. Another spectacle is the twin Trafalgar Falls located just 20 minutes away from Roseau. Here, a brief walk will take you from the visitor centre to an observation platform.

The more intrepid visitor can take a refreshing bath in the lake at the base of the smallest of the waterfalls; the less adventurous can relax in the hot pools just short of reaching the foot of the two falls. Another excursion not to miss out on is the one that will take you to Emerald Pool. A cave in the centre of the island framed by a fairy-tale scene that has been featured in many films and served as the setting for weddings. 

Must see places in Roseau

  • Waterfalls in the Rainforest

    Waterfalls in the Rainforest

  • Titou Gorge

    Titou Gorge

  • The sulfur springs

    The sulfur springs

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The land of black beaches
The land of black beaches

When your cruise lands you in Dominica, you are half way across the large parenthesis of islands, islets, reefs, atolls and cays that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea.

Here, however, the beaches are black, not white. Some Carib communities, the ancient inhabitants of these islands who settled here long before Columbus’ days, still live on the eastern coast. During your vacation in Dominica, you can learn more about this ancient and proud ethnic group with a visit to the Kalinago Cultural Center: these were the last natives to lose their land to the colonizers from the old continent. Here, nature reaches the heights of tropical luxuriance: it was not by chance that Dominica was chosen as the location for filming a large part of Disney’s film trilogy on the Pirates of the Caribbean.

The magma concealed within its bowels offers rare and beautiful spectacles, as you can see with an excursion to the Boiling Lake, the second largest steam lake in the world, concealed amidst the vegetation of the hinterland, where welcoming thermal springs create warm lakes and pools in which to relax (or you can choose to spend a few hours in the nearby spa). They say there are 365 waterways, one for every day of the year, with incredible waterfalls opening their way in the heart of the jungle.

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