Soufrière Bay Beach
The Location: Soufrière Bay cuts into the southern tip of Dominica, a small island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.
The Activity: Snorkeling
Soufrière Bay stands out in the Caribbean for its rocky black sand, its non-resort vibe, and the fact that the Soufrière Scotts Head Marine Reserve lies just off the beach. Here, an enormous submerged volcanic crater serves up some of the best snorkeling (and diving) on Earth. Think: active underwater fumaroles, dramatic walls and drop-offs, giant pinnacles rising up from the seabed, and a coral-lined volcano rim teeming with some 200 fish species including parrotfish, seahorses, moray eels, sea turtles, stingrays, and whales
What Else to Do: This isn’t the place for barefoot strolls on the beach, but it’s a great place to hike. Segment 2 (Soufrière Estate to Bellevue Chopin) of Dominica’s 115-mile national trail, the Waitukubuli, passes through. Starting at Soufrière Sulphur Springs, the trail leads to Tete Morne, where you’ll find 360-degree views overlooking the town of Soufrière and the Caribbean to the west, and Grand Bay and the Atlantic to the East. The seven-mile segment ends in the organic farming community of Bellevue Chopin.
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