Fortunately for us the parking lot was nearly empty as the large crowds of cruise ship passengers had yet to return to Dominica in numbers since covid restrictions had started to relax.
After paying our admission fee we started down a wide but steep paved path to the pool area.
A beautiful overlook provided a stop about halfway down the mountainside. We observed several people at the bottom of the path swimming in the large pool below (see above photo)
As we neared the falls we could hear the roar of water as we walked over a small bridge to the swimming area. The Emerald Pool is fed by a large 40 foot waterfall that has carved out a basin at its base. As we reached the pool there were about a half dozen people who had just finished swimming and were drying off. I tested the ice cold water and decided it was too cold for me. The beautiful falls loomed above me surrounded by the greenery of the rain forest which reflected into the pool, giving it it’s name.
After enjoying the serenity of the place we hiked back up to the parking lot. There were booths with ladies selling souvenirs. I fell in love with a handmade wooden jewelry box that the vendor called a “Dominican Queen”. She looked more like a vixen to me and became my favorite souvenir of the trip (after my photos).
We returned to Rosalie Bay for our final dinner at the hotel–they were celebrating Mother’s Day with a special dinner of Caribbean Lobster. Yum!
Our visit continues to Roseau in my next blog.