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Best Places to See While on a Look-See Trip to Dominica (Plus, Itineraries)

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're thinking about relocating to Dominica but haven't decided on a particular city or town yet, taking a discovery trip to explore several sought-after expat locales can offer valuable perspectives. Check out these recommended destinations for your exploratory journey in Dominica.

Embarking on a Look-See trip to Dominica is an essential step for anyone considering relocating to this lush Caribbean island. Such a trip allows potential expats, retirees, and digital nomads to get a firsthand feel of the island's culture, lifestyle, and communities. It's an opportunity to explore housing options, understand the cost of living, and assess the local amenities and infrastructure. By visiting various cities and towns, one can make an informed decision about where to settle down and whether the island's way of life aligns with their expectations and needs.

Recommended Itineraries

For a comprehensive Look-See trip to Dominica, consider crafting an itinerary that covers a mix of urban and rural areas, as well as coastal and inland regions. A 10-day trip could focus on the major towns and nearby attractions, while a 20-day trip allows for a deeper exploration of the island's diverse communities. For the shorter trip, start in Roseau, then visit Portsmouth, and explore the nearby villages of Calibishie and Mero. If you have 20 days, add in the regions of Marigot, Scotts Head, and the interior villages of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, such as Laudat and Trafalgar, to get a full spectrum of living experiences in Dominica.

Roseau

Roseau, the capital city of Dominica, is a vibrant hub with a population of around 15,000. It's known for its colorful timber houses and bustling markets. Expats and digital nomads are drawn to Roseau for its cultural activities, restaurants, and relatively developed infrastructure. The cost of living here is moderate, and the city offers convenient access to healthcare services, shopping, and entertainment. Roseau is also close to several natural attractions, making it a great base for those who love outdoor adventures.

Travel Tip: While in Roseau, be sure to visit the Dominica Botanic Gardens for a peaceful retreat from the city life. For a taste of local cuisine, try the coconut fish at the renowned Old Stone Grill & Bar.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the second-largest town in Dominica and offers a more laid-back atmosphere compared to Roseau. It's situated on the northwest coast and is popular among expats for its beautiful beaches and the historical Fort Shirley. The town has a growing community of expats and digital nomads who enjoy the slower pace of life and lower cost of living. Portsmouth is also home to Ross University, which adds a diverse, academic flavor to the town.

Travel Tip: Don't miss a chance to explore the Indian River by boat, where you can enjoy the lush mangrove forests and spot local wildlife. For dining, check out the waterfront restaurant The Champs, which offers stunning sunset views.

Calibishie

Calibishie is a picturesque coastal village in the northeast of Dominica. It's known for its friendly community, stunning beaches, and dramatic cliffs. Expats and digital nomads often favor Calibishie for its tranquility and natural beauty. The cost of living here is relatively low, and the village provides a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Calibishie is also a great spot for those who enjoy eco-tourism and exploring untouched natural environments.

Travel Tip: Visit the Red Rocks in Pointe Baptiste for an otherworldly landscape of red clay formations. Enjoy a meal at the local favorite, Poz Restaurant & Bar, where the seafood is always fresh and the views are spectacular.

Mero

Mero is a small village known for its black sand beach and relaxed lifestyle. It's a popular spot for both locals and visitors looking to unwind by the sea. The village has a growing expat community, attracted by the affordable cost of living and the friendly local population. Mero is ideal for those seeking a beach-centric lifestyle without being too far from the amenities of larger towns.

Travel Tip: Spend a day lounging at Mero Beach, and when hunger strikes, head over to Romance Café, a beachfront spot known for its delicious smoothies and local dishes.

Marigot

Marigot is located on the northeast coast and serves as a gateway to the Douglas-Charles Airport. It's a quiet town with a small population, offering a peaceful environment for those looking to settle away from busier tourist areas. The cost of living in Marigot is on the lower end, making it an attractive option for retirees and digital nomads on a budget. The town is also close to some of the island's best nature reserves, providing ample opportunities for wildlife watching and hiking.

Travel Tip: Explore the nearby Northern Forest Reserve for a chance to see Dominica's national bird, the Sisserou parrot. For a hearty local meal, try the Coral Reef Restaurant, known for its fresh fish and friendly service.

Scotts Head

Scotts Head is a small fishing village located at the southern tip of Dominica, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. It's renowned for its excellent diving and snorkeling spots, including the Scotts Head Pinnacle. The village has a tight-knit community and is favored by expats who are passionate about marine life and water sports. The cost of living is reasonable, and the area offers stunning ocean views and a serene lifestyle.

Travel Tip: Take a dive or snorkel around Scotts Head Marine Reserve to witness the vibrant underwater world. After a day in the water, enjoy a meal at Chez Wen, known for its fresh seafood and Creole dishes.

Laudat/Trafalgar

Laudat and Trafalgar are small villages located in the heart of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. These communities are surrounded by rainforests, hot springs, and waterfalls, making them perfect for nature lovers and those seeking a cooler climate in the mountains. The cost of living is low, and the lifestyle is very much centered around the natural environment. These villages are ideal for expats looking for a quiet, rural life with plenty of outdoor activities at their doorstep.

Travel Tip: Visit the Trafalgar Falls and take a dip in the nearby hot sulfur springs for a relaxing experience. For a unique dining experience, try the meals offered by the small local eateries that serve organic, farm-to-table dishes.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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