Tucked away in a corner of the northern peninsula in Dominica, a little garrison called Fort Shirley sits on the protected national park of Cabrits Surrounded by pristine Caribbean wildlife, tropical forests and coral reefs, Fort Shirley is a prime example of Caribbean fortresses built in the 18th century and makes for some of the easiest and most scenic hikes on the island of Dominica.
Originally erected by the British to defend against invading forces like the French and Dutch, the garrison was later abandoned and then restored to its Colonial prime in 1989. Today, visitors can hike the lush lawns, see the panoramic vistas of the harbor from the cannon walls and experience the history of the Caribbean and its colonial roots firsthand on a guided tour.
Fort Shirley is located in Cabrits National Park on Dominica, just north of Portsmouth. Cost is $5 US for adults.