The best local handicrafts are the baskets made by the Caribs. The earthy colours are created by burying the fibres in the soil for varying lengths of time. American citizens (and probably others) should make sure that the materials they are made of allow them to be taken home.
Dominica is also known for its music, so be sure to buy some local music while you are on the island. Music genres range from jazz, reggae dancehall, calypso and soca to cadence-lypso and bouyon, which are popular Dominican genres. Visit the island on the last weekend in October and enjoy the World Creole Music Festival [www]. If you can’t make it, ask for the best local artists and keep an eye out for bootlegs!
Numerous kiosks and vendors line the shoreline at the main cruise ship dock. An excellent leather goods shop is across the street from the harbour. A few blocks inland is a crowded open-air market that has perhaps the best selection of souvenirs on the island.
Look out for cocoa sticks to make cocoa tea, a nice souvenir to take home.
- JC Ocean Adventures, Mero Village, Dominica, +1 767-449-6957. vary. JC Ocean Adventures offers sport fishing, snorkelling, whale watching, shore excursions, scuba diving and Discover Scuba Diving. We cater to small groups with personal service. We provide all equipment for your chosen tour, snacks and soft drinks. 50-750 US.