Roseau (rose-oh) is Dominica’s compact, noisy, chaotic but vibrant capital, situated on the coast and the Roseau River. Reggae music blares through the narrow streets while people zip around in the daytime, but at night the city all but empties. Roseau’s streets are lined with historic stone-and-wood buildings in states ranging from ramshackle to elegant. Look closely and you’ll spot a blend of French, English and Spanish architectural elements, such as porticoes, louvers, hurricane shutters and overhanging verandas.
Roseau is best explored on foot, especially since many sights are clustered around the cruise-ship dock along Dame Eugenia Charles Blvd (also known as Bayfront). The most historic section is the French Quarter, south of bustling King George V St. Just south of the center, along the coastal road, are the ‘suburbs’ of Newtown, Citronier and Castle Comfort.
Roseau destination guides
Trek the Waitukubuli National Trail Dominica
Trek the stunning Waitukubuli National Trail, exploring Dominica's rugged and beautiful virgin forests, marine parks and mountainous interior
Morne Trois Pitons National Park Day Trip from Roseau
While you’re in Dominica, don’t miss Morne Trois Pitons National Park, one of the island’s most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Encompassing 17,000 acres (6,880 hectares) in the southeast corner of the island, straight east of Roseau, the park is mountainous and jungle-clad, and boasts waterfalls, lakes and gorges.