Portsmouth Attractions

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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 good group of beaches to visit in the area. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, you are likely to be rewarded, since some of these beaches are relatively secluded and lightly used. You can click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that part of the coast.

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

A second location that beach-goers can consider is Secret Beach. This beach has beautiful views of a rocky overhang on the shore and great snorkeling and diving in the nearby waters.

Dublanc Beach: Dublanc Beach is the western coastal edge of the village of Dublanc. The shore is rocky and gray and the there is just a thin strip of coastline between the buildings and the sea.

Portsmouth offers other beaches to choose from. Readers can find out more on this page.


Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum

If you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Portsmouth.

One popular destination is Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum. It is situated at 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 following table offers some details concerning 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

Enjoy learning about the historical roots of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might want to visit a historical site during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Fort Shirley. It is located within 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

One of the better known outdoor tourist attractions is Cabrits Historical and Marine Park. <p>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.</p>

Brandy Falls is another site worth considering. <p>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.</p>

These are just a few of the available choices. Navigate to this article concerning natural attractions in and near Portsmouth if you want to discover more specifics.


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