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The Emerald pool is with out doubt one of the most popular attractions, and is perhaps one of Dominica’s most photographed natural site.

Emerald pool as its name suggest is also known as ‘Crystal Pool. This small waterfall and natural pool is located on the northern edge of the Morne Trois National Park, is filled with glistening clear spring water.

Buses pass the Emerald Pool on their way to the villages of Castle Bruce and Carib Territory, and can be caught be the west outbound bridge in Roseau. Bus fare:EC$6.50 adults and children EC$3.25.

If traveling by car, once at the Pont Casse roundabout take the road to Castle Bruce and Carib Territory. Lookout for the road sign on the left-hand side of the road at the junction.

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Take a short stroll through the rainforest along a easy track, which takes you through magnificent overhanging trees and lush vegetation. Midway of the hike there’s a spectacular overhead view of the pool to the right.

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Some steps up and then eventually down, lead to the waterfalls. Be careful, the rocks around the pool can be very slippery – use your hands to maintain your balance and follow the signs.

Emerald Pool

On warm and sunny days the crystal water turn greenish blue and turns pale green in the evening. Bring along your swimming suit and a towel because you’re going to be utterly seduced by the intensity of the pool’s turquoise colored water, and taking a cool refreshing swim is a definitely a must. Beware that the water is quite chilly, but once you are in, it is quite a good experience. 😀

See our video of the Emerald Pool:

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Beau Rive (www.beaurive.com 767-445-8992) is a truly outstanding “old world charm” hotel in Castle Bruce run by its proprietor Mark Steele.

The hotel normally serves only breakfasts and suppers and only to its guests and its fare is table d’hôte. But because we’re friends and because it was our 37th wedding anniversary and our daughter was visiting from the US and her and best friend and former college roommate paid an additional surprise visit, and because he wasn’t full up with guests and thus had a table free, Mark consented to provide us a meal even though we were not hotel guests.

The meal was outstanding. We had tomato tart appetizers, coconut chicken with breadfruit garnish entree (our daughter Mathilda, a vegetarian, had a special veggie plate) and fruit crumble with ice cream dessert and coffee & tea. The ambience was wonderful, with soft jazz playing and jasmine scent occasionally wafting through.

If you’re visiting Dominica, or live here and want a classy getaway, you can do no better than to lodge at Beau Rive.

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Editor’s note:I’m not a complainer. Really, I’m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, I’m not asserting that “different” is wrong. It’s probably right for here; only I’m unused to it.

So, I’m sucking it up and learning to accept those different things. Still, I think it may amuse Dominicans reading this and help inform and prepare Americans, and Europeans and other “1st-worlders” wishing to settle here as well.

I’ll write about those differences – big and small – from time to time, and will preface it with this paragraph so that you know I’m not complaining.

The Dominican Difference #9: Signs

There’s a sign in Calibishie on a building that used to house Domcan’s. The place of business closed and moved to Castle Bruce about a decade ago, but the sign still proclaims the place is open for business. There’s a doctor whose new office is across form the Police Station on the Bay Street in Portsmouth, but a sign on a pharmacy on the next street still proclaims that the doctor’s office is there, and gives an old and wrong phone number.

I suppose that in Dominica everyone knows who’s who and where things are anyhow, because it’s all a rather small, tight-knot community. And that’s good – as far as it goes. But it sure can mislead and confuse us newcomers!

All I ask is that old and misleading signs either be torn down or painted over. Is that too much to ask?

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