Places to Visit in Portsmouth, Dominica, America

Places to Visit in Portsmouth, Dominica, America

Portsmouth is the 2nd largest town of Dominica located at an altitude of 43 meters, about 45 kms from the national capital Roseau. It is the birthplace of Dominican politician, Roosevelt Douglas. The seaport of Portsmouth is located in Prince Rupert Bay. Portsmouth belongs to Saint John Parish.


Geography of Portsmouth:

Portsmouth is situated on the northwest coast of Dominica on the Indian River between 15°34′06″ N latitude and 61°27′23″ W longitude. It is surrounded by Cabrits National Park and Ross University School of Medicine which is one of the major educational institutions in Dominica.


History of Portsmouth:

Portsmouth served as the capital of Dominica in 1760 and in the same year malaria affected Portsmouth, because of this reason the capital was moved to Roseau.


How to reach Portsmouth?

Melville Hall Airport is the nearest airport to Portsmouth located at a distance of 32 kms away. It has good connectivity with Sint Maarten, Porlamar, San Juan, Antigua, Barbados, Sint Maarten, Saint Luc and other major Caribbean locations. Melville Hall Airport is served by Seaborne Airlines, LIAT, Conviasa and BVI Airways.

Tourists can use taxis or rental cars for local travel and there are also some minibuses operating services between Portsmouth and Roseau.


Food and Shopping in Portsmouth:

Farmers market is the best option to purchase traditional handicrafts, jewels, cotton clothes and archeological items and market runs every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday of the week.

The major food corners in Portsmouth are as follows:

  • The Champs Restaurant
  • The Tomato Cafe and Deli
  • Indigo Restaurant
  • Sugars Coffee House


Things to do in Portsmouth:

  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Shopping
  • Visit historical places


Places of interest in Portsmouth:


Portsmouth Fort:

Portsmouth was constructed during British colonial period and during the peak tourist season a small fee may be charged for entry. It is situated on the north-west coast of the town and tourists can spend 2 hours easily here.


Syndicate Falls:

Syndicate Falls is one of the best falls of Dominica offering a great feel to the eyes of tourists. Tourists can explore it by guided tours.


Cabrits Dive Centre:

Cabrits Dive Centre is the only dive centre in the North Dominica and only PADI 5 Star Dive Centre of Dominica. It is advised for tourists to take the help of staffs to enjoy the best diving experience.


Other places of interest in Portsmouth include:

  • Boiling Lake
  • Cabrits National Park
  • Watt Mountain
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • The Dominica Museum
  • Champagne Beach
  • Roseau Museum
  • Dominica Botanic Gardens
  • Morne Diablotin National Park
  • Old Market of Roseau
  • Middleham Falls & Ti Tou Gorge
  • Papillote Tropical Gardens


Best time to visit Portsmouth:

From October to December will be the best time to travel Portsmouth, while hotel room rate becomes cheaper.


Accommodation options in Portsmouth:

There are many top class luxury hotels in Portsmouth providing superior world class amenities and services to the visitors who accommodate in such hotels. Apart from providing standard accommodation, hotels in Portsmouth also serve guests with delicate Dominican cuisines and soups. Advance booking will be better to get hotels as per the requirement and budget condition of tourists. The prominent hotels and resorts in and around Portsmouth are as follows:

  • Secret Bay
  • The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar
  • Manicou River Resort
  • Portsmouth Beach Hotel
  • Comfort Cottages
  • Rejens Hotel
  • Iso’s Bed & Breakfast
  • Heaven’s Best Guest House & Restaurant
  • Sisters Sea Lodge
  • Picard Beach Cottages
  • Indigo Tree Cottage
  • Crusoe Cottage at Indigo
  • MALALIA VILLA ile de la Dominique

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