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Purely Dominica

Purely Dominica

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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1 Comment »

Comment by Marcus
2011-09-14 15:20:45

Actually, I know the guy who took those photos, he’ll be chuffed to know it’s on such a coll site.
Got to love Dominica, although whenever I go the weather seems to be dodgy…

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