Natural Attractions in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is an ideal destination to explore the natural side of Dominica.  Within less than 10 miles of the city center there are three very important nature preserves, almost a dozen shimmering waterfalls, and even two bodies of water which are said to have healing powers.  

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Cabrits Historical and Marine Park

Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You can experience a variety of different hiking trails and some nature preserves in and around the area.

Cabrits Historical and Marine Park is a nature preserve located in western Portsmouth. 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.

Those wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Morne Diablotin National Park. Established in the year 2000, Morne Diablotin National Park serves as a safe haven for the Sisserou Parrot, the symbol of Dominica that has sadly been driven to the verge of extinction.

Check the table just below to learn more about nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Portsmouth
Name Type Location
Cabrits Historical and Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Portsmouth
Morne Diablotin National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Northern Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 8.8 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: Borne to Penville Hiking Trail 1.8 mi. East of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: Capuchin to Cabrits National Park Hiking Trail 3.8 mi. North of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: Colihaut Heights to Syndicate Hiking Trail 7.0 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: First Camp to Petite Macoucherie Hiking Trail 8.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: Penville to Capuchin Hiking Trail 4.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Portsmouth
Waitukubuli Trail: Syndicate to Borne Hiking Trail 4.1 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth

Waterfalls and Caves

Although most visitors come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Portsmouth and nearby areas some great choices, including 7 waterfalls and a cave.

Attractions Map

You may enjoy visiting Brandy Falls, which is located within Portsmouth. To reach this waterfall, an ATV is recommended, as the trail leading to it is slippery and can lead to injury. The trail is located off the main road that passes through Dos D' Ane, and cuts of the North Peninsula from the rest of the island.

An additional place to consider is Milton Falls. It is found 5.5 mi. South-Southeast of central Portsmouth. Near Syndicate Estate is a secluded water fall called Milton Falls that attracts guest because of the easy 15 minute trail walk, and the mesmerizing beauty.

The table directly below offers more details regarding waterfalls and caves.

Waterfalls and Caves In and Around Portsmouth
Name Type Location
Brandy Falls Waterfall 1.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Brenner Falls Waterfall 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Portsmouth
Fond Morgan Waterfall Waterfall 18.6 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Milton Falls Waterfall 5.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Pointe Baptiste Cave Cave 7.6 mi. East of Central Portsmouth
Soltoun Falls Waterfall 13.0 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth
Spanny's Twin Falls Waterfall 13.6 mi. Southeast of Central Portsmouth

Parks

Vacationers can spend some time in several parks in and around Portsmouth.

Cold Sulphur Springs is located 3.0 mi. North-Northeast of central Portsmouth. While a sulfur infused mud-bath may not seem like the recipe for relaxation, it is claimed to work and also be good for your skin. Enter this bubbling bath that is fueled by the volcanic activity beneath the island.

The parks worth looking into are listed directly below.

Parks In and Around Portsmouth
Name Type Location
Canna Heritage Park Park 4.1 mi. North of Central Portsmouth
Cold Sulphur Springs Park 3.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Portsmouth
Hot Springs Park Central Portsmouth

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Portsmouth are provided here:

Land Formations In Portsmouth
Name Type Location
Douglas Bay Bay 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Portsmouth
Portsmouth Commercial Dock Harbour 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Portsmouth
Prince Rupert Bay Harbour 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Portsmouth
Prince Rupert Bluff Point Point 1.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Portsmouth

If you would prefer having a wider variety of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you might want to look beyond these choices. To reach our detailed guide to other attractions, click this link.

 

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