Dominica

Main attractions

Dominica - mountainous island rising from the Caribbean
Dominica - mountainous island rising from the Caribbean / Francisco Daum, / CC BY 2.0

Dominica is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands.

Highlights of this small, green island are:

  • Geothermal features, including the second largest hot spring lake in the world - Boiling Lake.
  • Waterfalls - scenic and powerful falls in a lush jungle setting.

Natural landmarks

Geothermal features

Valley of Desolation in the mountains of Dominica
Valley of Desolation / Jean & Nathalie, / CC BY 2.0
  • Boiling Lake - Saint Patrick. Flooded fumarole, filled with bubbling greyish-blue water and enveloped in a steam. Diameter of this lake is some 63 m. Temperature of water is 82 - 100 C°. At the late 19th century in the centre of lake formed a geyser which was up to 18 m high. Second largest boiling lake in the world.
  • Champagne Beach - Saint Luke. In this underwater site countless bubbles and hot water rise from a lava bed.
  • Soufriere Sulphur Springs - Saint Mark. Hot sulphuric springs, a sacred place.
  • Valley of Desolation - Saint Patrick. Spectacular geothermal area with steam vents, fumaroles, hot springs and boiling mud pots.

Waterfalls

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica
Trafalgar Falls / Anthony Quintano, / CC BY 2.0
  • Middleham Falls - Saint Paul. 86 m tall waterfall.
  • Sari Sari Falls - Saint Patrick. Beautiful waterfall with a spectacular, vertical plunge.
  • Trafalgar Falls - Saint George. Spectacular, approximately 36 m tall waterfall of powerful river in rainforest.
  • Victoria Falls - Saint Patrick. Approximately 30 m tall waterfall in primeval forest, ending in a blue lake.
  • Wavine Cyrique - Saint David. 23 m tall waterfall, one of the few waterfalls which falls directly into the sea.

Other natural landmarks

  • Titou Gorge - Saint George. Spectacular gorge, created by hot springs. Walls of this chasm are covered by lush tropical vegetation. In some places walls almost meet.

Man made landmarks

Cannons in Fort Shirley, Dominica
Cannons in Fort Shirley / Jean & Nathalie, / CC BY 2.0
  • Bois Cotlette - Saint Mark. One of the earliest French estates in Dominica, established in the 1720s. Still owned and inhabited by the family of its developers. Contains the only windmill tower in Dominica.
  • Dominica Museum - Saint George. National museum of the country, located in historical post office, which was constructed in 1810.
  • Fort Shirley - Saint John. Once important English fortification. Includes Officer's Quarters - Georgian structure, built in 1774 and gun batteries.
  • Roseau Cathedral - Saint George. Catholic cathedral in Neo-Romanesque - Neo-Gothic style in 1850 - 1916. Ornate interior.

List of described attractions by parishes

Dominica is divided into 10 parishes:

Saint Andrew
Saint David
Saint George
Saint John
Saint Joseph
Saint Luke
Saint Mark
Saint Patrick
ArrowBoiling LakeGeothermal features
Saint Paul
Saint Peter

Map of Dominica

Featured: Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake, Dominica
Boiling Lake / Jean & Nathallie, / CC BY 2.0

The second largest hot lake in the world is Boiling Lake in Dominica - only the Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand is larger.

At the bottom of this lake is located fumarole - a vent which emits hot steam and gases with high content of sulphur and arsenic.

As a result the lake is constantly bubbling: it emits gases and is some 90 °C hot in the middle. Bubbles of boiling groundwater rise up through the lake and heat the lake water.

Recommended books:

Dominica (Other Places Travel Guide)

It's hard to find a nation that dances to a friendlier, more laid-back tempo than Dominica. The island rises majestically out of a turquoise-blue sea and provides a visually stunning backdrop to an easy-going way of life. Anna, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer on Dominica, and Zak, a long-time resident on the island, use their island-wide network of experts and friends to provide local, insider knowledge into this unique Caribbean island.

Dominica, The Dark Island: A Misadventure in Eden with Zombies, Rastafarians, and Other Revolutionaries

The author in his remarkable story writing ability, truly captures the authenticity of untold events and painful memories at a time in history that culturally many in both America and the Commonwealth of Dominica will never know about or choose to forget.

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