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Cabrits National Park
Cabrits National Park

Cabrits National Park

St John Parish, Dominica

The Basics

A pair of hills named West and East Cabrit dominates the landscape. From the back of Fort Shirley, you’ll find a trail that leads to the panoramic viewpoint at the top of West Cabrits. With an elevation of about 560 feet (170 meters), the hike takes about 30 minutes from beginning to end.xa0For scuba divers and snorkelers, the park’s underwater domain is also well worth a visit, as dive sites around the peninsula, featuring coral reefs and dramatic lava rock seascapes, are some of the richest on the island.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cabrits National Park is an ideal spot for trekkers, history buffs, and nature lovers.
  • Lying between two low-rising extinct volcanic mountains, the park offers a splendid view of the sea below.
  • At the park entrance, there is a small restaurant and a gift shop.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking.
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How to Get There

Located at the north end of the island, Cabrits National Park lies just north of the town of Portsmouth and about a 45-minute drive from the capital of Roseau via the Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway. A small, secondary cruise ship dock is located on the south side of the Cabrits peninsula.

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When to Get There

Cabrits National Park is open daily year-round. Make sure to start early since hiking up to the fort can take some time depending upon your fitness. Avoid visiting the park on a rainy day since the trail will be muddy and slippery.

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Wildcard

Fort Shirley With commanding views of Rupert Bay, this 18th-century British military outpost and Georgian-style fort once hides some 500 soldiers. Restoration efforts have cleared many of the ruins from the encroaching jungle, and at the small on-site museum, you can learn about the restoration and see some of the artifacts uncovered along the way.

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