One of our guests’ favorite activities during their stay at Fort Young Hotel is bird watching—looking out for dozens of native species within the surrounding rainforest. Whether you’re scouting solo or on a guided tour, here are some of the benefits of bird watching you may not have expected. 1. It’s a reason to get […]Read more
Inside the lush landscape of Dominica lies endless forests, peaks and, of course, waterfalls. These natural falls create breathtaking views and endless opportunities for exploration. Here are some of the many local favorites that you can expect to see during your stay on the Nature Island.
1. Trafalgar Falls
Trafalgar Falls is comprised of a famous pair of twin waterfalls that create one of the most spectacular views in the country. The falls sit just 20 minutes inland from Fort Young Hotel and provide hours of adventure for people of all ages. For those that want to enjoy the falls from afar, there is a close viewing platform that allows you to capture the beauty of the twin falls from many different angles.
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, you can hike up the trail that leads you to the top of the falls. On the way, you’ll come across warm springs flowing across the path along with pools of hot springs that you can take a soak in. The trail is lined with pure greenery and many beautiful species of flowers. In total, the hike takes around 20 minutes, but there is a lot to see along the way that can extend your adventure time and create a full day of fun.
2. Emerald Pool
Emerald Pool got its name for its emerald green waters, completely emerged in the stunning lush green land that is a staple in Dominican culture. This greenery reflects into the water, creating a shimmering emerald pool that draws you inside. The pool is fed by the clear mountain water rushing from a 40-foot waterfall that amplifies the color with vibrant spring water.
Just a 30-minute drive into the lower western end of the Central Forest Reserve, the pool provides a quick and easy escape into the forest from Fort Young Hotel. The hike into the pool is just about 10 minutes. Because of the natural landscape and lush greenery, hikers must come prepared with slip-resistant shoes or water shoes. Once inside, the pool is deep but is excellent for humid days to cool down and relax.
3. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of the largest falls in all of Dominica. The waterfall reaches 165 feet and flows into the White River that is sourced from the Boiling Lake, creating a beautiful, vibrant pool that has become a hot spot for locals and tourists to enjoy throughout the year.
Victoria Falls is on the opposite side of the island as Fort Young Hotel. The hour-long drive will bring you through quaint villages, forests, and beautiful ocean views. Once you get to the falls, you will start your journey up the trail. Throughout the hike, you will pass through rivers, pools and endless forest landscape. There are many viewpoints along the trail that boast spectacular views of the breathtaking falls. This hike is excellent for families and hikers of all levels, and while the route can get a bit complicated, the trail itself is manageable for most hikers. There are several spots to soak, sit, and relax along the trail as well, making it a great day activity for groups.
4. Middleham Falls
Middleham Falls pose a challenging hike with an intense payoff. The hour-long hike is perfect for intermediate hikers looking for both an active and relaxing trail. Middleham Falls sits just 20 minutes inland from Fort Young Hotel. Often, hikers tackle this alone, but we can suggest guides if needed.
Middleham Falls is a striking 200 feet tall with a narrow stream dropping into a chilly pool. Throughout the hike, you will pass through treacherous obstacles, but many viewpoints make the challenge worth it. When you get to the end, you will be begging to hop into the cool water.