Cabrits National Park is an essential place to visit when exploring the island of Dominica. Located on the north end of the island, Cabrits Dominica is actually a peninsula that jets out into the sea. This park is home to tropical forest, wetlands, and coral reefs that extend to more than 1,000 acres, which is one of the factors that places Dominica among the best scuba diving destinations in the world. Cabrits has become popular with adventurous travelers who take the time away from the beaches and tours to see a wilder side of the island. Hiking to Fort Shirley, an English garrison, has become a favorite activity for visitors looking to get some exercise and see a historic site at the same time.
Established in 1986, Cabrits National Park is also a popular place for photographers. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, pack your camera along to capture the details of the tropical forest or the coastline of the peninsula. While the park is known for its natural beauty, it is best known as the home of Fort Shirley. This eighteenth-century garrison was at one time home to over 600 soldiers. Some of the stone ruins have been reconstructed while others are half-buried in the jungle. The fort was last used by the British in 1854 and today is the most important historical site on the island.
Cabrits Dominica is located north of Portsmouth, and it makes a very scenic day trip. Other destinations on the island include Champagne, and Morne Trois Pitons, but Cabrits National Park is one of the most stunning. If you think that the beaches of Dominica are peaceful and relaxing, just wait until you venture into the tropical jungle of this national park. Hiking trails are clearly marked and you can also request maps from the concierge of your hotel. The path that leads to Fort Shirley is a well-traveled one, so you should have no problem reaching this historical site.
Cabrits Dominica is a great place for families to explore. If your kids are growing restless on the beach, put on their hiking boots and head to this national park to burn off some energy. They will love exploring the jungle for ruins of Fort Shirley and are sure to feel like archaeologists when they make a discovery. Many parents look for ways to make a beach trip educational as well, and by visiting this historic site during a trip to Dominica, you will have that (sometimes difficult) task accomplished! Doing a little research on the national park and the significance of the fort will give the excursion even more context for your kids.
Fort Shirley got its name from Sir Thomas Shirley, who was the governor of Dominica during the years when the fort was being built, between 1774 and 1776. Used as a headquarters and main defense post for the British Army, soldiers here were lucky to be stationed in paradise! Many visitors come to Dominica without exploring anywhere beyond the luxury hotels and restaurants. When you choose a car rental you can break out of the regular tourist routine to see fascinating sites such as this national park and its famous historic fort.