Where to stay in Dominica
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 21, 2013 9:24 PM Last Post By: chriskean1
Jul 14, 2013 2:00 PM
Where to stay in DominicaI'm going to spend a few days in Dominica next month, and I'm interested in doing some hiking, especially in the Morne Trois Pitons national park, to Boiling Lake etc. I'm wondering whether it's better to base myself in Roseau, and travel up and back every day - or will that eat up a lot of the day, and maybe it would be better to stay somewhere nearer? If so, any recommendations for where to stay? To complicate matters, having read the Lonely Planet description of driving in Dominica, I don't think I have the courage to do it, so I'll be dependent on taxis or hiking guides to bring me to where the hikes start.
Thanks for any advice you can give!
Jul 16, 2013 8:02 AM
The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is very large, and it may be a good idea, particularly a you will not have a vehicle, to split your stay between two places.
You could spend some of your time in The Roseau Valley, close to the trails for the boiling lake, hot springs, freshwater lake and a few others.
Depending on your budget, Coco cottages in trafalgar, roxy's mountain lodge in laudat, tia's bamboo cottages in wotton waven, or papillotte in trafalgar amongst others
Then you could cross to the east coast and do the emerald pool, hike the morne trois pitons peaks, and a bit more. That way you can dedicate your time to hiking and not travelling between hotel and trail heads.
Depending on your budget, Rosalie bay resort in rosalie, 3 rivers eco lodge, in rosalie, rosalie forest eco lodge in rosalie, or emerald pool cottages near the emerald pool
Jul 20, 2013 7:00 AM
Jul 21, 2013 9:24 PM
3I don't recall the LP descriptions of driving in Dominica specifically. However, if you don't otherwise mind driving and mindful of the fact that it makes it much easier to get all around the island, I will note that LP and other guides generally treat every drive involving curves as a white-knuckle challenge you can be proud to have survived. It's just a cheap effort to make things seem more interesting (including the intrepid reader) than they really are, but unfortunately it ends up putting some people off driving when it wouldn't be a big deal at all.
I found the country very easy to drive around; there is little traffic, the potholes are avoidable, the curves easily negotiated. And having a car will let you be able to stay anywhere you like.
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