Roseau's waterfront and the area surrounding Old Market Square are colorful and authentic--probably the least spoiled capital city left in the Caribbean Islands. (There is no vulgar gated cruise port at the harbor with obscene chain stores like Diamonds Intl, Columbian Gems, etc.) We found the compact and low-rise cityscape to be wildly varied with architecture ranging from old wood structures with filagree balconies to the no less decorative cement buildings ubiquitous in the Caribbean...all maintained to various degrees. Some Dominicans set up tents under which to sell their wares while others put merchandise on tables out on the irregular sidewalks (where they existed). People were very friendly, and we bought a number of souvenir items like T-shirts, mugs, and hats after some mild bargaining. But our experience with the native crafters was that they were proud, unwilling to negotiate, and we had to respect that. Since we found Roseau to be one of only a few port cities on our 15-island cruise where the emphasis wasn't on crass commercialism, it earned a *very* special place in our hearts.
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