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Uncommon Attraction: Skirting Two Seas at Scotts Head, Dominica

Uncommon Attraction: Skirting Two Seas at Scotts Head, Dominica

Amazing things happen where two bodies of water come together, nowhere more so in Dominica than at Scotts Head.

The most southern point of The Nature Island, Scotts Head is itself the pinnacle of a long dormant volcano that sprang from the ocean floor many centuries ago. It was its own separate island back then, but the persistent natural wave action of the two seas that meet here – the Atlantic and the Caribbean – created a land bridge over the years.

The difference between the two bodies of water is striking to see and experience here.

Looking out at Scotts Head with mainland Dominica at your back, the Atlantic chops and churns at the left, a stiff and steady breeze crashing waves into the land bridge, salt spray extending all the way across to Soufrière Bay on the other side.

At the right, the calm Caribbean waters in the bay bear nary a ripple. You’d think they’d have to be worlds away to be so different. Instead, a thin piece of land of their own making is all that separates them.

The contrast is fantastic to take in while walking along the land bridge, though that’s not the only draw here.

Hiking up and around Scotts Head reveals a look into Dominica’s past. The point is named for Colonel George Scott, who played a key role in the British invasion that saw France lose Dominica in 1761. Scott eventually became Lt. Governor of the island and built a fort on Scotts Head, the ruins of which can still be explored today.

The sights and adventure below the waves here, though, are apparently even more thrilling.

I didn’t get to into the water during my stop here this past February, but if you’ve taken the plunge at Scotts Head and can share some insights, please share in the comments section below…

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  • Joe Trocino

    Geologically speaking, the narrow sand bar that attaches Scott’s Head to the mainland is called a “tombolo.” It is one of the many types of isthmuses that are found throughout the world.

  • Simon Walsh

    The snorkeling and diving around Scotts Head are absolutely amazing. If I want to take people to see hte best snorkeling on the island this is where I go. If you enter at the small beach on the Caribbean side and swim around the corner keeping the wall on your left you come to an amazing plateau full of colourful sponges and reef life. The plateau is fringed by a drop off that just disappears into the depths and makes for a very dramatic view. If you are up on the Fort and look North towards ROseau you can see this plateau and the drop off from up there. This wall is also one of my favourite second dives in the Caribbean, spectacular colour, lobsters, crabs and occasionally big pelagics passing by. It is beautiful from 100ft to the surface. Make a point to expore this area if you take the trouble to come down to this area. The top pf Scotts Head is a favourite place to watch for the green flash and sunsets in general.