Landmarks of Dominica

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

Most interesting landmarks of Dominica

Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Dominica.

Natural landmarks of Dominica

Geothermal features

Valley of Desolation, 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 center 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 Sulfur Springs – Saint Mark. Hot sulfuric 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 of Dominica

  • 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 of Dominica

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 1720ies. 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.

Described landmarks of Dominica

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Boiling Lake: 15.318363, -61.294133

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.

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 sulfur 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.

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