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If you are one of numerous fans of the Hollywood blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” you might be interested in visiting one of the places where the film was made. It’s one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches of Dominica island.

A 500-yard-long Hampstead beach was chosen by Gore Verbinski for the “Dead Man’s Chest” due to its perfect match with his vision of a pirate island in the Caribbean Sea.

The beach fringed by coconut trees, white mangrove, wild almond, and sea grape, is as well a popular place for picnic. An interesting fact is that some species of turtles, mainly green turtle, hawksbill and leatherback, chose the beach for nesting. They come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Nesting season lasts from April till June.

photo: hampstead Beach in Dominica
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All in all, while having rest at this beautiful place, you can feel the atmosphere of your favorite movie and try to imagine that you are either Captain Jack Sparrow of Will Turner. Wearing the pirates’ clothes is welcome!

Hampstead Beach: natural arch on the east
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The Black shimmering sand of Hampstead beach can be found to the west of Calibishie village on the main road along the north-east coast. The photo above shows the stone arch at the eastern end of beach, which is closest to the turn in the track from the main road. If you pass through the coconut grove heading west you will reach the broad and beautiful and perfect for bathing Hampstead River at the beach’s western end.

The Hampstead beach can be reached by following the main road west of Calibishie. There is a “Welcome to Calibishie” sign at a sharp bend within 100 feet of the Wind Blow ridge road. You will get to beach without any difficulties. The road is not bad at all. However you may meet some challenges when the weather is rainy and wet. The road then turns into mud. The beach can be accessed by taking a turn to the left and driving along the shore. The road here is very picturesque as it curves among the numerous coconut trees. All the way to the Hampstead beach you can see these trees at the west end of the beach. Sometimes this beauty can be dangerous. Just remember not to park or sunbathe under coconut trees as sometimes nuts fall and thus can cause you damage.

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veranda view inn in calibishie

Calibishie, on Dominica’s beautiful northeast coast, is fast becoming a favorite tourism haven.

Besides its own beauty and being a friendly village that boasts a nice general store at each end of the road by the bay, a tourist information center, a credit union, an auto rental agency with a full-service automobile repair/maintenance shop, a fishery, a gasoline station and a nice pub, Calibishie is also very close to beautiful natural wonders such as its own bay, Red Rocks, Napier’s black and white sand beaches, Hampstead Beach where scenes from the 1st and 2nd “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies were filmed, Blenheim Bay where the “Rhino’s Horn” from those movies juts from the sea, the Chaudière Plunge Pool in the adjacent village of Bense, and fine hiking.

It has been some time since I last wrote a restaurant review for Dominica Weekly. But now that my wife Ruth and I are retired and living permanently here on the Nature Island, I hope to contribute some reviews more frequently. Incidentally, since my last contributions, two restaurants have (apparently) closed. Kokonutz in Calibishie changed ownership and after a while closed down, it seems for while expansion and renovation proceed. There’s no word when it may re-open. And Silks in Hatton Garden shut abruptly; the telephone and e-mail aren’t answered and there’s a sign at its gate saying simply “closed”. I will let you know if I learn of either of them re-opening.

This review is of the Veranda View Inn & Restaurant in Calibishie. Look for the Veranda View on the main road heading towards Melville Hall Airport on the left not far after you’ve passed the primary school and tourist info center on your right shortly after you’ve gone over the bridge and you reach the bay and enter Calibishie village proper. There is a sign for the Veranda View. Enter through the little black iron gate.

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The Veranda View has been a Calibishie landmark for over 20 years. For over a year now it has been under new, reinvigorating ownership. Your hostess and proprietor is Hermein Kuis. The Veranda View specializes in seafood dishes and wonderful homemade deserts. Both are wonderful. The restaurant serves breakfasts and dinners. It’s a good idea to call ahead, especially if one desires a particular or hard-to-get seafood item. The phone number is 613-9493 (mobile) or 445-8900 (land-line). You can surf to for additional info.

Prices at the Veranda View Restaurant are in the range of what I’d term “tourist moderate”. That is, not the very small price one would expect to pay at a “native” place, but most definitely lower than charged by some of the “tourist traps”. A very nice dinner with drink and desert will set you back about EC$85.

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You should bask in the ambience at Veranda View. You can have a drink at your table or the beach bar. There’s usually soft music playing on the stereo. You can step down to cool your feet in the bay. The view is magnificent, with Guadeloupe’s peaks prominent ahead and slightly to the left and Calibishie’s “Devil’s Gate further left. Display tables on the veranda groan under loads of fresh fruit. Shells, coral and sea fans complete the décor. And the garden adjacent to the veranda is lush and beautiful. In season the aroma of jasmine wafts from the garden to the tables.

I recommend the Veranda View for a dinner treat.

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Rumor has it that a small production team and cast from pirates of the Caribbean will be back in Dominica sometime in mid January. It is believed the team with be shooting some scenes for the new sequel Pirates of the Caribbean 3: “At world’s End”.

Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was a blockbuster in 2006 at the US and European Theaters. Undoubtedly our played a essential role ine the movie hugh success. As to where the production crew will be staying and how long they will be on the island is unknown.

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