Attractions in Roseau

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Modern meets Victorian era in the capital city of Roseau, yet if you stand in just the right spot and gaze towards the mountains or the sea, you might just feel as though you're living on an island that has remained untouched by human hands since the time it was formed.  While natural attractions are important on Dominica, here in the capital you also have a number of cultural landmarks that  play their role as well. 


Attractions Map

You will find a large number of beaches to visit in and around the area. Click on the beach names for a detailed article concerning that specific beach.

Botanical Beach: This beach runs along the coastline of Dominica's capitol, Roseau. It's a great beach to watch boaters and cruise ships head to port.

A second alternative for beach-goers to consider is Donkey Beach. Possibly the easiest beach to get to on Dominica, Donkey Beach is right to the southwest of the airport.

Woodbridge Bay Beach: This beach has docks on its shoreline and boats on its waters, so be careful swimming. The shoreline is gray sand and it's just feet from the main road, so it's not a place where you'd want to hang out for the day.

Roseau and the surrounding areas have several other beaches to choose from. If you're interested, you can get more details by following this link.

Landmark Attractions

Dominica Museum

A landmark worth visiting is Old Mill Cultural Centre. It is found within northern Roseau. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is situated in downtown Roseau. Built in the 1700s, this cathedral partially marks the end of Anglican suppression of Catholicism as well as the spread of the Catholic Church in the British colonies. While the building stands in near ruins, mass is held here on occasion, and visitors are welcome to join in during their trip.

Dominica Museum: Overlooking the Old Market, the Dominica Museum is a small museum that showcases the history of Dominica, from the geological aspects all the way to present day social history.

This region is home to quite a few other notable landmarks. Those wanting to find out more about landmarks in this area by following this link.

Natural Attractions

One of the worthwhile natural attractions is The Botanical Gardens. The large gardens have been part of Dominica since the 1890's, and since than have been a popular spot to visit on any trip to the island. Since the garden's founding, it has grown to include different sections, as well as a bird sanctuary where you can go and look for the rare and colorful birds that have made this garden their home.

Another local site you might enjoy is Parrot Sanctuary. Dominica's unique birds are prized inhabitants of the island, and at the Syndicate Parrot Reserve, they are given a safe home. When searching the island for a view of the beautiful parrots, this reserve is your best bet.

Roseau offers other choices. To find out about other natural attractions in this area, use this link.


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