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Nothing much to write about and one can see it all in a few minutes. A small harbour town with the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shelley B
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Busy with lots of area crafts

Old Market Square is located just through the Dominica Information Centre across from the cruise... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
silverbrook
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is the place to buy souvenirs such as refrigerator magnets, painted tiles, hats and T-shirts. It's the typical cruise-ship port offering.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is an interesting area and the stalls only really come out if there are cruise ships in. Great old cobbled square and pavments which are really uneven, so watch your footing. Felt most of the stalls were selling similar tourist items but did not see anyone buying anyjthing. Look for the Slave Market buiding which was amazing and full of history.
Fort Young Hotel nearby has some better jewellery stores. Did not ask for any of the prices so cannot comment on value. People selling here just seem to eke out a living.
People were friendly and courteous.
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Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank george650000
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Always getting out and about where the local population works, shops and socialize is the best way to learn about a different country and their culture. We visited with ladies while they braided our hair and enjoyed learning about coconuts and coconut water as we sipped fresh coconut water right after it was prepared for us on the street! You have to be careful even walking in a country that drives on the left side of the road, because that's the way people walk, too, and you end up walking into people if you're not careful!

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

You can see a bit of the local life and culture here. Fairly scabby surroundings, but a lot of history if you look close enough in certain areas. The people are friendly and worth a visit if you've time.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Scott D
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