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Most of the island’s best attractions can be reached by car, and hiking trails lead to others. Some of the most popular sites are: the waterfalls at the Emerald Pool, Trafalgar, Sari Sari and Victoria; the craft shops in Carib Territory, where a large community of indigenous people make their home; the world’s largest Boiling Lake in the Valley of Desolation; and the remaining buildings at Fort Shirley, overlooking the ocean from Cabrits National Park.

Roseau, near Canefield Airport on the southwest coast, is the capital and largest town on the island. Portsmouth, on the northwest coast, is the second largest town and was originally intended as the capital because of its attractive natural harbor. Most of Dominica’s accommodations and many of its remarkable highlights are located between the two towns along the west coast.

A high ridge of mountains runs north/south through the center of the island, and the lofty Transinsular Road cuts east/west across them to connect the western Caribbean coast with the sparsely populated eastern Atlantic shoreline. Carib Territory, on the Atlantic side just north of the beautiful bay at Castle Bruce, is an interesting spot when seen with a knowledgeable guide. Nearby, the waterfalls of the Crayfish River cascade into rocky pools then flow into the ocean. North and south along the eastern coast are ancient trails to hike, old aqueducts and geological formations to explore, and deserted spots with fantastic views to enjoy.

On the southern tip of Dominica, Scotts Head is a bustling center of laid-back activity – a true beachlover’s village. It backs up to mountains and the sandy coast drops off into an underwater volcano in Soufrière Bay. There’s a fabulous view from the top of a promontory at the often-photographed southern tip of the bay.

Offshore, whales and dolphins follow boats through calm Caribbean waters, and prize-winning blue marlin can be caught from close-in deep-sea fishing sites. The underwater world is as spectacular and untouched as the island itself. Undefiled reefs, dramatic pinnacles and ancient shipwrecks provide divers a world-class experience. Visibility is usually more than 100 feet, and many sites can be explored with a mask and snorkel.

Even though Dominica is only 29 miles long and 16 miles wide, it can’t be seen quickly because of the rough terrain, narrow roads and mountain barriers. The best way to take in all the sites is to take day-trips to different areas from a homebase anywhere along the west coast.

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