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Portsmouth, Dominica

Portsmouth is Dominica's second biggest town, resting within the bountiful scenery of the Prince Rupert Bay. Known as the nature island of the Caribbean, Dominica is a riveting destination in itself - unspoilt hiking trails weave their way through grasslands all over its valleys, and its valleys are framed by volcanic peaks the size of which are unrivalled in the entire region.

This is the most mountainous island in the whole of the Lesser Antilles, so expect to bring your hiking boots. This is especially true considering there's such a diverse wealth of natural delights to explore such as lava craters, geo-thermal currents, and if you're feeling like a dose of the serene, beaches abundant with the lush sunshine of the Caribbean.

Sightseeing in Portsmouth

Cabrits National Park

This beautifully scenic peninsula is just 1.25 miles north of Portsmouth – in fact, you're likely to see the twin extinct volcanoes that form the Cabrits Peninsula when you pull into port. In the shadow of these natural behemoths, this unique national park is spread over hundreds of acres, encompassing swampland, mangroves, and palm trees within its boundaries.

There also several surprises to be discovered as you trek through its tall grass and hilly plateaus, the most impressive of which is the site of Fort Shirley. This 18th century British garrison is still home to rusted cannons and bayonets, and has a memorable and haunting atmosphere which will no doubt linger in visitor's memories for years to come.

Indian River

If you head a few miles south of Portsmouth, you can charter a private boat to navigate the serene waters of this mangrove-lined river. It's a thoroughly memorable experience, not least because of the dazzling range of wildlife arrayed within the branches as you head downriver. You can enjoy a close look at species which are both rare and spectacular in appearance, including iguanas, egrets and hummingbirds that weave their way through the air.

Calibishie

The rugged mountains of Pennville surround the entire region of Calibishie, creating an enclosed valley where a mile-long trek can have you travailing seashores, rocky hills and rainforests. With such a cornucopia of sights in such an intimate region, Calibishie has a fabled reputation among the natives, leading to this paradise remaining in perfect condition. On a single hike, you can discover rows of palm trees, hidden bathing pools and cascading waterfalls, all unspoiled by the touch of civilisation. Make sure to bring your binoculars, as exotic birds are regularly gliding their way between the treelines.

Shopping in Portsmouth

The best places to shop in Portsmouth are the local markets that can often be found on the main marina. An island speciality is Carib made baskets, created by hand, and sold within establishments all over the island.

Eating out in Portsmouth

 Blue Bay restaurant serves cuisine which is a cut above the local cafes, with seafood platters and goat and pork dishes cooked to perfection by the head chef. Enjoy your meal with some locally brewed beer for a tantalising authentic taste of Dominica.

 

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