A medical student at Ross who was there in 2003 warned me that there is violent crime in Dominica and that my wife and I should not rent a car and do anything on our own.I was planning to use guides for all hikes except the very the simple ones. I was also planning to explore some of the beaches on my own.For example, does one need a guide to go to Emerald Falls?
In Calibishe area, is it safe for us to go out on our own and visit the various beaches and to explore small hikes in the area? Is it safe to walk in the village?
No one in these forums has mentioned anything about significant crime but she did give some disturbing examples of incidents involving her classmates. Innkeepers have mentioned that one should use usual caution and not be ostentatious, but obviously are not specific. My game plan now is to use driver/guides for all activities but I would prefer to do some exploring on my own.