One of the most beautiful beaches on Dominica is the wild Batibou Beach, located on the north coast of the island. On the way to go there you might wonder if you are in the right place. You’ll have to travel over a bumpy road of one and a half kilometer and park on the beach. This is a stunning wild crescent shaped beach with coconut palm trees swaying along the coast. There are good swimming and snorkeling opportunities here as well.
The native people of the island of Dominica are the Kalinago. They are part of the 70,000 islanders and travelers can visit their village of Kalinago Barana Auté and even spend the night there in a local setting with one of the families for an unforgettable experience. This gorgeous model village is located near the coast and offers amazing views of the Atlantic coastline. You can get a tour here and see the traditional small huts (ajoupas) and main hut (karbet). You’re more than welcome to participate and join in various activities such as canoe building, processing of cassava, weaving baskets, etc. Culture lovers can learn everything about the Kalinago and local flora and fauna here.
The Ti Tou Gorge is one of the most unique swimming spots in the Caribbean. The gorge can be found right at the end of a hike. This is a very nice narrow natural gorge with a waterfall at the end. The sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as molten lava cooled and split apart. The way through Titou Gorge is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural pools and openings which are formed by high cliff walls. The water is refreshing and cool and traversing the gorge is a memorable experience.
The Cabrits National Park is located on a peninsula on the north end of Dominica and just beyond the town of Portsmouth. The park consists of tropical forests, coral reefs and wetlands and is situated between low-rising mountain ranges and dormant volcanoes. From higher ground you’ll have incredible views of the surroundings. The waters of the Cabrits National Park are well-known for their untouched and beautiful coral reefs and marine life. Here you can swim around peacefully and easy as there are almost no tides. You can also easily take walks through the park and paths are marked clearly. A perfect destination for a day trip.
The Boiling Lake can be reached after an adventurous, tough hike of several hours with a guide along waterfalls and through a valley with sulfur springs. The walk towards the lake is just as great, and you get the opportunity to go through forests and see various birds along the way. Geologists believe this lake is a flooded fumarole, which is an opening in the earth's crust from which hot gases and vapors escape. The escape of the gases and vapors makes the lake look like a huge natural bubble bath, except it has a water temperature of about 95 degrees Celsius, so it is not recommended to swim here. The color and water level of the lake are constantly changing as well, which makes this a very dynamic place to visit. However, the layer of vapor or mist that covers the lake is almost always there and you can hardly see the bubbling water in between. The Boiling Lake is definitely one of the most mysterious places in the Caribbean.