Attractions in Portsmouth

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The second largest town on the island, Portsmouth's major attraction is the nearby Cabrit's National Forest.  This allows the town to draw in a crowd of visitors who prefer to spend their days outdoors seeking out adventure and learning about the local environment.  Those who would rather spend their time learning about history and culture will find a fort and museum in town, while the attractions that appeals to the most broad array of visitors are the beaches. 


Attractions Map

There are a handful of beaches to consider in the area. If you are hoping to have a long stretch of sand to yourself, you're likely to be pleased, since some of these beaches are relatively secluded and free from development. You can click on the name of each beach for more detail concerning that part of the coast.

Douglas Bay: The expanse of clear blue ocean and sky stands is stark contrast to the lush green hills that surround this area. Featuring underwater rock formations with abundant marine fauna, this beach's real treat is the snorkeling.

A second place for beach-goers to consider is Secret Beach. Small and quiet, this beach is hidden from the view of the road by trees, but isn't far off Leblanc Highway as you approach Prince Rupert Bay.

Dublanc Beach: Access this beach by heading north from Roseau on Leblanc Highway and enjoy the stunning coastal sightseeing on the way.

Of course, you will find additional beaches to choose from in the area. To get more information about beaches, follow this link.


Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum

If you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Portsmouth.

One popular destination is Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. It is a part of Fort Shirley and located in Portsmouth. The historic fort stands as a showcase to the past; allowing visitors to experience a time on Dominica that has long since passed. While the fort is mostly in ruins today, attentive visitors will realize and learn of the strategic importance it played on the island.

The table just below shows more information on a museum you might enjoy in Portsmouth.

Museums In Portsmouth
Name Phone Location Island
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (767) 445-6009 1.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Portsmouth Dominica

Historical Sites

Fort Shirley

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of countries you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while on vacation in Portsmouth.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Shirley. It is found in western Portsmouth. Today, much of the fort is intact or rebuilt, allowing visitors to see what the area must have looked like back when the fort was operational. Those who climb the walls will be able to look out into the bay past a row of canons, just as they would be waiting for a ship to come into range.

Historic Sites In Portsmouth
Name Type Phone Location Island
Fort Shirley Historical Site (767) 445-6009 1.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Portsmouth Dominica

Natural Attractions

Cabrits Historical and Marine Park

Cabrits Historical and Marine Park is one of the outdoor attractions you might enjoy visiting. This nature preserve is a mixture of forest and swampland that today is the location of choice for both tourists and migratory birds. In addition, the site is also home to a large fort built by the British in the latter part of the eighteenth century that included around 50 different building.

Another site you might want to visit is Brandy Falls. Brandy Falls is an inland flow that appears to clear its own path down a steep slope through the forest. This exciting waterfall is great for the whole family.

Needless to say, there are a wider range of natural attractions. To visit our full guide to natural attractions in and around Portsmouth, check out this page.


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