Once an out-of-the-way island, Grenada is gaining in popularity as a cruise ship port of call. The capital of St. George is considered by many as one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque towns wrapping around a half-moon shaped harbor. Called the spice island it is also a great place to shop for nutmeg and other spices.
Where the Ship Docks – St. George has a well equipped cruise pier and terminal located below Fort St. George and attached to the Esplanade shopping mall.
Getting around the island usually requires a taxi, water taxi or renting a car. Rental cars are available in St. George but you will need to pay about EC$30 for a temporary drivers license.
Taxis – Taxi fares are reasonably inexpensive with a trip around town costing less than EC$11 or US$4 or out to Grand Anse Beach for EC$27 or US$10.
Money – Grenada is part of a group of islands that form a common market and use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar with EC$2.67 equal to one US Dollar. US Dollars and credit cards are normally accepted.
Beaches – Grenada has an abundance of great beaches but the most popular is Grand Anse Beach not far from the pier in St. George.
The Rain Forest – This island is blessed with some of the richest rain forests in the Caribbean offering a number of nature trails and waterfalls to visit.
Spices – Known as the spice island you can find dozens of opportunities to buy spices at really remarkable prices. If you have the time take a tour of a plantation. One of the most popular spices grown here is nutmeg.
The Cruise Port of Roseau, Dominica
The rainforests of this tiny nation are what draw visitors to this island along with some incredible snorkeling and diving sites. Dominica is home to numerous hiking trails, many leading to the islands beautiful waterfalls.
Geologically Dominica is one of the most recently formed Caribbean islands. Created by volcanos rising from the sea millions of years ago, this island lies on the line between two opposing tectonic plates. Even today there are a number of steaming springs and fumaroles dotting the islands landscape. The volcanic forces that created Dominica explain why this island, smaller than Manhattan, has mountains reaching almost to 5,000 feet. It’s those mountains that pull moisture from the northeast trade winds with heavy rainfall contributing to its flowing stream and waterfalls.
Dominica is a safe island in the Caribbean with tourist-targeted crime being very rare and locals are generally friendly and more than willing to help you.
Where Your Ship Docks
Cruise ships dock at a pier right at the capital of Roseau, located on the western side of the island. Taxis are common but public facilities are not readily available. Walking off the ship will find you in the center of town within a block or two.
Getting Around Dominica.
The easiest and often the least expensive way to get around the Roseau area is by taxi but to see more of Dominica you should take a tour or rent a car, as the major sights and destinations are fairly spread out. Rental cars and taxi services are available in downtown Roseau and while there are local minivan buses that are cheap and run regularly along the coastal routes between Roseau and both Scotts Head and Portsmouth, figuring out routes and times can be a challenge. Also bus service is reduced after business hours with almost none on Sundays.
Dominica uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) as its official currency. The currency is also shared with Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and Anguilla, and all are members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. U.S. Dollars are widely accepted along with major credit cards.
OFFICIAL DOMINICA TOURIST SITE Dominica is a place for adventures. With volcanic peaks, lush rainforests, rugged coastlines and sparkling waterfalls, which is why it is called the nature island. If you are looking for tropical beaches, they are few and far between. The islands geological history has left most of its shoreline rugged and often beaches are covered in rocks rather than sand. The big attraction here is to explore some of the worlds most interesting rainforest trails with many well maintained and marked.
Other attractions include Fort Shirley, part of the Cabrits National Park and located on a scenic peninsula just north of Portsmouth. This fortress is most famously known for a revolt by African slave soldiers in 1802, an event which would lead to freeing of all British slave soldiers in 1807.
Dominica is home to the Kalinago Indians, the descendants of the island’s original people who were known as Carib Indians throughout the Caribbean. The Kalinago are some of the best rainforest guides and offer a number of tours as well as programs demonstrating their way of living and culture.