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

You'll discover a small variety of beaches to visit in the area. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, you will be pleased to know that several of the beaches are fairly secluded and lightly used. You can click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that individual beach.

Douglas Bay: You should have no trouble finding your way here by car. Head north out of Portsmouth on West Coast Rd.

A second option that beach-goers can consider is Secret Beach. On the edge of Prince Rupert Bay as you approach Portsmouth from the south is Dominica's Secret Beach. The ocean is clear and warm, with great spots for snorkeling and diving nearby.

Dublanc Beach: The beach is adjacent to a tiny village and great for watching the movement of local fishermen as they come and go. The waters are calm and warm and the beach is clean and flat.

Portsmouth is home to other beaches to choose from. To navigate to our detailed page about beaches, visit this page.


Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum

If you like to explore other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation.

A landmark worth visiting is Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. It can be found at Fort Shirley and located in Portsmouth. At the Fort Shirley Welcome Center is a small museum that is open to the public. The museum showcases both the natural and historic importance of the grounds, discussing plants that reside along the trails, and some of the area's military history.

The following table offers more details on a museum in the area.

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

In case you like to explore the history of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting a historical site during your stay.

A landmark worth visiting is Fort Shirley. It is located in western Portsmouth. Built in the 1700's, this fort once stood guard for all of Dominica. Today it is part of the Cabrits National Park, and offers tourist a unique window into the history of the Caribbean's colonial past.

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 most enjoyable outdoor tourist attractions. 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.

A second attraction you might enjoy 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.

These examples are just a few of the available options. Click here to check out our guide to natural attractions in and around Portsmouth.


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