Dominica: Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

Yes you read it right… black sand. Not yellow, not white, not cream – black. Well that might be pushing it a little. It was more like a dark grey in Mero beach in Dominica. But the point is this isn’t your ordinary beach.

It’s made from volcanic ash. And it makes for a great Instagram photo. Around the edge of the beach there’s bars and places you can get a snack. There’s also often live music and entertainment to lift your spirits.

So how else can you cool off in the hot sunny weather? Head down to the UNESCO world heritage site emerald pool. Make sure you have sturdy shoes as the 15 minute walk through the rainforest is uneven and can be slippery.

It’s named the emerald pool because the green plants surrounding it reflect in the water making it look green. Within the pool a tall waterfall cascades down into the centre – it’s said when you take a bath in the water you feel ten years younger…

The problem though? It’s a major tourist attraction and so the relatively small area can be packed at peak times. Kind of ruins the magic. So head over there either early morning or late to have the best experience possible.

Finally head on up to the top of the island for a panoramic view. You won’t regret it.

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