Regions in Dominica
Administrative areas. 10 parishes: St. Andrew, St. David, St. George, St. John, St. Joseph, St. Luke, St. Mark, St. Patrick, St. Paul, St. Peter.
Cities in Dominica
- Roseau – Capital
- Portsmouth – the second largest city in Dominica. Ross University, a major American medical school, is nearby.
- Scott’s Head – A beautiful village situated at the end of the road on the south-west corner. Scott’s Head winds around the edge of a gently curving bay, which happens to be the former crater of a volcano. Luckily for divers, you can bring your own snorkelling or scuba gear and head out to see what’s left: a 160-metre-deep, coral-lined hole that stretches for hundreds of metres. Several quaint huts serve decent food at decent prices. The villagers are curious because there are few visitors. The main road ends at a small point on a hill from which there is a great view of Scott’s Hed below and Roseau to the north.
- Calibishie – Stretching from the rugged mountains of Pennville to the quaint fishing village of Calibishie and the crashing waves of Marigot’s beaches, the coastline is one of the few places in the world where you can go from sea to rainforest in just one mile. Discover palm-fringed beaches, freshwater rivers with secluded pools, waterfalls and the gentle wonder of the rainforest with its exotic birds and lush vegetation, all within a few days’ walk.
- St Joseph – Situated halfway along the west coast of Dominica, St Joseph is one of the most urbanised villages on the island. Historically called “Senjo”, the village is known for its fishing, cricket matches and lively festivals. Although not typically on the tourist trail, it is close to the popular Mero Beach and Layou River. St Joseph’s was featured in the 1988 Demi Moore film “The Seventh Sign”.
Other destinations in Dominica
- Melville Hall
- Morne Trois Pitons National Park – It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains many attractions such as Boiling Lake, Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls. Boiling Lake is a 12-mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep, mostly up steps and switchbacks. A hiking guide is recommended for inexperienced backcountry hikers, the terrain is rough, especially when wet (which is almost always). The trail is well marked for most of the way. The trail is indistinct in Desolation Valley, but picks up speed where the vegetation begins. The hike is beautiful and the bare volcanic peaks offer unforgettable views of rolling peaks and smoking volcanic vents. The trail ends at Boiling Lake, a 100-metre-wide lake heated and boiling by a volcanic vent.
- Champagne – A snorkelling spot on the south coast. The volcanic underwater vents give off continuous streams of bubbles that make the place look like a giant champagne glass. The fish and corals are slightly below average.
- Glassy – An incredible, short 2-3 hour day hike in the south-east of the island. The trail starts nicely enough through some farmland, then dips into a deep jungle valley and approaches the coast along steep cliffs on one side (not for those afraid of heights). The trail ends at an ancient volcanic river that juts into the sea, waves roll all around and crash on all sides, small ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and a few corals and fish make the ponds their home. As you approach the edges of the cliffs, be aware that the waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or, worse, into the ocean to certain death.
- Jaco Steps – Cross the ford of Belles Creek and walk through the rainforest on the side of an almost inaccessible forest plateau. In 30 minutes you will reach the Jaco Steps. There is no clear consensus as to why these steps were built decades ago. A circular trail that follows the river upstream adds at least an hour to your journey and requires several river crossings along the way.
- Central Region – The central region, richly forested and cultivated by hand, is sparsely populated and considered by many to be the most beautiful region. It consists of several villages:
- Dleau Gommier
- Jacco Estate Currently a rainforest with a few small farms, once a coffee plantation and before that the headquarters of the Maroons.