Roseau

Roseau, Dominica © Andrew Mawby
Roseau lies in a small area on Dominica's west coast, where rugged green hills meet a deep blue sea. A mix of French and British colonial structures run along its narrow streets, punctuating the modern concrete buildings and recalling the capital's history.

Most visitors gather along the Bayfront before browsing through the Old Market. Historically speaking, the area hosted the slave trade. These days, its craft and souvenir stalls are popular among cruise-ship passengers. Tourists should also explore the compact museum in the Old Post Office if time allows. Otherwise, seeing the island's natural beauty should be the priority. The botanical gardens are certainly a worthwhile stop in this regard. A hillside enclave called Morne Bruce lies above them and offers a breathtaking view of Roseau.

All in all, the destination appeals to travellers who want a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, though the local hotel bars and clubs can be lively. The World Creole Music Festival makes visiting in late October a special treat.