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Southern Caribbean Cruising — Dominica; Scotts Head


Welcome to Roseau, Dominica

Time to step off the ship and head out toward the pickup point for our tour. But before we start heading south here’s another view of the hurricane damaged Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral and the Bethesda Methodist Church standing in the foreground:

A pair of churches

Along the way to where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean we would pass by Government House, the official residence of the president of Dominica:

Government House

About halfway to our destination we went through Pointe Michel, where we discovered the charming St. Luke Catholic Church:

St. Luke Church as seen from Louberie Road

And about half an hour later we alighted from the bus in Scotts Head. Here, on this small spit of land protruding out into the sea, is where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can tell the difference immediately, as the Caribbean side is relatively calm:

Scotts Head Beach on the calm Caribbean side

While on the other side the Atlantic Ocean rages is a loud surf:

Scotts Head, Atlantic side

The nearby village of Scotts Head gives you some fun photos featuring local colors. Here is Scotts Head Village from the Caribbean side:

Scotts Head Village, Caribbean side

And here’s the village as seen from the Atlantic side:

Scotts Head Village, Atlantic side

Of course the boats stay on the calmer Scotts Bay side, which gives you colorful scenes such as this:

Scotts Head Bay

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Southern Caribbean Cruising — Dominica; Reaching Roseau


The above panoramic is of Roseau, the capital city of the Southern Caribbean island nation of Dominica. Dominica was not on our original Grandeur of the Seas itinerary, but that’s okay. We were originally slated to hit Trinidad before heading back to Barbados, but we’d stayed on both Trinidad and Tobago before. And, as you would expect, this last-minute substitution was related to the pandemic.

Bahamian “Courtesy Flag” on Grandeur of the Seas

We didn’t spend any real time in Roseau, as Ursula had us signed up for another tour. So, today I’m going to show you the sights of Roseau as seen from the decks of our ship Grandeur of the Seas before we take off on Wednesday’s article and start heading south. Let’s begin with this shot looking east on Church Street containing both the Bethesda Methodist Church (foreground left) and Our Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral:

Bethesda Methodist (left) and Roseau Cathedral (background)

In this closer view you’ll notice that the cathedral is missing its steeple, which was lost in Hurricane Maria in 2017:

Roseau Cathedral missing its steeple

Looking south from Grandeur give you a view of the outlying suburbs:

Town of Loubiere in the distance (right)

Looking east along Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Blvd. you’ll see the remains of yet another church. These are the still standing ruins of St. George Anglican Church, which was nearly destroyed by Hurrican David (1979). Hurricane Maria finished off the roof and interior 38 years later)

St. George Anglican Church ruins (right)

As you may have noticed above, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Blvd. is a pretty colorful street in its own right. Let’s line up for a better look and going heading aft. The green building is the Garraway Hotel: (official unsecure website: Garraway Hotel)

Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Blvd.

And looking north, towards the Roseau city cente, you’ll see in the foreground a bunch of neat, touristy stalls with a bunch of neat, touristy merchandise:

Cruise port vendor stalls

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Fun Photo Friday — Southern Caribbean; Puerto Limón, Costa Rica Favorites 2


Puerto Limón

Today concludes Puerto Limón’s visit. Next week we head to… well, let’s just wait for the surprise, shall we?

“The best of lemon is its people”
Vargas Park Color
Balconies and Colorful Doors
Wappin Man (What’s Happenin’, Man); Welcome to Pto. Limón Costa Rica

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