Of course, we travel for adventure, relaxation and sightseeing, but there’s something to be said for being able to appreciate a destination beyond face value. To jumpstart that appreciation — in preparation for your future trip to Dominica — here’s a brief history of the Nature Island. Early History Dominica’s first inhabitants were the Ortoroids, who settled […]Read more
There are two ways to discover a new place: setting out on your own or allowing a local to show you what you may have otherwise missed. Here at Fort Young Hotel, we encourage a healthy balance of both. For the latter, our experts at the Activities Desk are happy to curate a guided experience to help you discover Dominica like a local. Below, find our three favorite guided tours to discover the many wonders of the Nature Island.
1. Take a guided tour of Roseau’s architecture & markets
Dominica’s capital and only official downtown is not to be missed during your Fort Young Hotel stay. During this guided tour, you’ll see impressive, long-standing buildings like the Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral, the Dominica State House and the Jean Rhys home (named for its former occupant, the late novelist Jean Rhys).
After getting a feel for the city’s history, embrace its culture by admiring and shopping at some of its markets. To enjoy during your stay, pick up some local fruits, spices and oils. To commemorate your trip, check out the vendors selling handmade jewelry, crafts and souvenirs.
2. Hike the Waitukubuli National Trail
The Waitukubuli National Trail spans 115 miles (184 kilometres) from the southernmost tip of Dominica, winding its way to the top. It would take about two weeks to hike from one end to the next, but it’s easy to pick up the trail at one of its 14 segments, making for a great day excursion.
Expect to get in a good workout while making your way through the island’s beautiful forests. No need to worry about getting lost in the wilderness with a guide taking you through the trail.
3. Take a heritage walk through historic Fort Young Hotel
The very hotel where you’ll be staying is a tourist attraction all its own. Join an island guide for a walk around the resort, where you’ll learn about the soulful history of Fort Young Hotel, Roseau and Dominica.
Here’s a quick bit of trivia to get you started! While the hotel opened in 1964, the land it was built on has a history dating back nearly 300 years prior to 1699. The locale has evolved a long way from its origination as a military fort, but its importance to the community and rich character remains.