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.
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…