Anse-a-Liane Cottages
Anse-a-Liane Cottages

Places to see, things to do

Anse-a-Liane Cottages is nestled within a beautiful valley 15Km away from the city of Portsmouth. Its and area surrounded by natural beauty in an uncluttered region. However, all the amenities are within easy reach. Outdoor activities for people of all ages and interests are accessible right outside your door.

 

Be sure to take advantage of our outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking - why not hike to Syndicate the local bird reservation area and catch sight of the rare Sisserou parrot. 
  • Boating - why not hire a local fisherman with knowledge of the sea to take you on a tour.
  • Fishing - fish with the locals and learn their expertise.
  • Mountain biking
  • and more

Sight seeing

  • Scott's Head — beautiful village at the end of the road on the southwest corner. Scott's Head wraps around the lip of a gently curved bay that happens to be the ancient crater of a volcano. Luckily for divers you can bring your own snorkel or scuba gear and walk out and admire what remains, a 160m deep coral lined hole that stretches for hundreds of metres. Several quaint shacks serve decent fare for decent prices. Villagers are curious as visitors are few. The main road ends at a small point on a hill that provides stunning views of both Scott's Head below and Roseau to the north.
  • Beaches close by:  Coconut beach, Mero, St Josep offers miles of sandy calm waters ideal for family life. There are local food bars and refreshments offered on these beaches and they are all situated on the West Coast of the Island.  Mero beach is the closest around 5 miles away. 
  • Syndicate - Bird reservation area about 5 miles away.
  • Toucari Bay: Toucari is a small fishing village located on the northwest coast of Dominica. The calm caribbean bay boasts some of the best snorkeling and dive sites in the country. A sunken wreck off the bay is said to be a World War I German vessel, which is popular with divers. The “Trou Quarre” was the French name for the sandy cove north of Douglas Bay, but today it is written as Toucari. It is the site of the establishment of the first Roman Catholic chapel in the north of Dominica by French missionaries early in the 18th century. In an advisory to British sailors it was noted as the first bay of shelter for ships sailing from the north or east of the island.
  • Waitukubuli National Trail :  Anse-a-liane is segment 10 of this trail.  A 115-mile (184km) hiking trail from the southern tip of the island (in the town of Scots Head) to the Cabrits National Park (near Portsmouth) in the northwest. Generally well-marked in yellow and blue, it includes sections that overlap roads, as well as well-marked wilderness trails. It is divided into 14 segments of varying (but generally moderate) difficulty, most of them estimated at about 6 hours to complete. Much of the terrain is lush rainforest and/or steep mountain trails, but some parts are on roadways. It goes through the Carib territory. It is conceived as being walked from south to north -- the markings are sometimes a little less intuitive if you're going the other way (ie starting at a segment boundary and walking backwards).
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park — A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains many attractions such as the Boiling Lake, the Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls. Boiling Lake is a 12 mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep mostly on steps and switchbacks. A guide is recommended for inexperienced back country hikers, the terrain is rough especially when wet (which it almost always is). The trail is well marked most of the way. The trail is indistinct in the Valley of Desolation but picks up again where vegetation begins. The hike is stunning and the bare volcanic mountain tops make for unforgettable views of rolling mountain tops and steamy volcanic vents. Trail ends at the Boiling Lake, a 100 metre wide lake that is being heated by a volcanic vent and is boiling.
  • Champagne — A snorkelling spot on the southern coast, underwater volcanic vents emit continuous streams of bubbles making the place feel like a giant glass of champagne. The fish and coral are slightly below average. For our guest we have organised at 10% discount on all services: all types of diving, fishing and Whale watching etc.
  • Glassy — An incredible and short 2-3 hour day hike in the southeast of the island. The trail begins nicely enough through some farm land and then plunges into a deep jungle valley then approaches the coast skirting steep cliffs to one side (not for those with vertigo). The trail ends on an old volcanic flow that juts into the ocean, waves roll all around crashing on all sides, little ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and some coral and fish make the ponds their home. When approaching the edges of the cliffs be aware waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or worse yet pulled them into the ocean to their certain death.

 

 

The Boiling Lake.

  • Jaco Steps — Ford the creek in Belles and hike into the a rain forest up the side of a nearly inaccessible forest plateau. In 30 minutes you will reach the Jaco Steps. These steps were constructed by escaped slaves (maroons) under the leadership of the African-born Jaco many decades ago. Their inaccessibility protected Jaco's maroon camp from the authorities for 40 years. To do a circular route by following the river upstream will add a hour at least to your journey and will involve multiple crossings of the river en route.
  • Central Region — The lushly forested and hand-farmed central region is sparsely populated and considered by many to be the most beautiful region. It consists of several villages:
  • Belles
  • Penrice
  • Dleau Gommier
  • Wet Area
  • Stone Hill
  • Jacco Estate Currently a rain forest with a few small farms, previously a coffee plantation and prior to that, the headquarters of the Maroons.
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