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"Roseau charms you with its buildings and people" Dominica Things to Do Tip by dlytle

Dominica Things to Do: 102 reviews and 261 photos

  Dominica's Capital City of Roseau
by dlytle

I found Dominica's small capital city of Roseau (pronounced ruse-oh) to be like a beautiful picture postcard; colorful buildings marching down from the lofty, undulating green ridges, which hem the town in on one side while crystal clear seawater contains its growth on its other side. Approaching from the sea, what you see first is a street full of old British colonial buildings sparkling in the overhead sun. The oldest buildings all seem to have jalousies and gingerbread porches or balconies. The friendly Creole women can be seen selling everything from trinkets and baskets to bananas and even livestock. Many of the men are scurrying about trying to get the tourists to take a tour or visit a shop or they even just stand in small groups smiling and talking.

Arriving in Dominica is like stepping into the past. There are very few modern buildings, not much traffic and, I was told, almost no crime. It is a place that modern tourism seems to have largely bypassed. And therein, I think, lies its charm. It doesn't have much in the way of beach areas, but a greater portion of Dominica is still covered by rain forest than any other major Caribbean island. Blend its remarkable natural gifts with maybe the most friendly people I've come across in the Caribbean, and you've got all of the makings of an island that you never want to leave.

I’ll bet that you fall in love with this poor but colorful place before you realize it. It’s charm reaches out to you from its natural setting, its buildings and its people alike.

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2004
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