Caribbean Weekly: Dominica and Its Beautiful Attractions
To round up our week in the nature isle, we decided to place the spotlight on five of Dominica’s most popular attractions.
Named for its distinguishing green colour, mainly as a result of rainforest vegetation around it, the Emerald Pool is one of the most popular locations on Dominica. The water of Emerald Pool runs through a volcanic canyon and over into a grotto, an impressive waterfall that cascades 40-feet down into the pool. It is a favourite stop among visitors, especially ones that arrive by cruise ship.
Located within the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the Titou (Ti tou’ means ‘little-thoat’ in Creole) Gorge is not only famous for being the beginning to the trek to the next featured attraction, Boiling Lake, it is also famous for being the backdrop in a famous scene in the second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies.
As mentioned earlier in the week, Boiling Lake, has the distinction of the being the second largest hot spring. Temperatures are said to be around 180 to 197 °F (82 to 92 °C) along the edge of the lake. It normally can be reached by 3-4 hour hike from nearby villages.
These twin falls are often referred to as the “Father” (to the left) and “Mother” (to the right). The father falls with a drop of around 65m and its source is a river that runs from the Freshwater Lake through the Titou Gorge in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The mother however falls with a drop of 35m and has its source from the Morne Trois Pitons River (better known locally as the Breakfast River). Trafalgar Falls are located next to Watt Mountain and are located in Saint Patrick, Dominica.
Cabrits National Park
The Cabrits National Park is a beautiful and open-air museum that was once the site of the most impressive military installation in the West Indies. It is situated to the west of two famous mountain ranges, Morne Aux Diables to the North and Morne Diablotin to the South. The park encompasses the surrounding coastal area, as well as the island’s largest swamp. It also has a good view across the bay and has serene spots for picnics.