Roseau (rose-oh) is Dominica’s compact, noisy, chaotic but vibrant capital, situated on the southwest coast along the Roseau River. Reggae music blares through the narrow streets while people zip around in the daytime, but at night the town all but empties.
Roseau’s streets are lined with historic stone-and-wood buildings in states ranging from ramshackle to elegant. Look closely and you’ll spot a blend of French, Spanish and English architectural elements such as porticoes, louvers, hurricane shutters and verandas.
Roseau is best explored on foot, especially since many sights are clustered around the cruise-ship dock along Dame Eugenia Charles Blvd (also known as Bayfront). The most historic section is the French Quarter, south of King George V St. A bit further south is the coastal suburbs of Newtown, Citronier and Castle Comfort. The latter especially has a number of dive operators and dive lodges.