One of Dominica’s major historical landmarks, Fort Shirley/The Cabrits , is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Ross. This makes for a perfect getaway when time is short and cash is tight. If you are lucky to hit the fort on a cruise ship day, you will find the gift shop, restaurant and informational buildings open for business. Your university ID gets you into the park for free so bring it with you. There are two different trails you can hike-the east trail or the west trail, each with their own breath-taking views and sights along the way.
I just recently hiked the west trail. I found it a little more challenging than the east trail merely because the trail is rocky. You have to watch your feet during the steady climb, making sure to find the flat areas between the rocks to step on. The trail is nicely cut though and towering trees above you provide great shade. The walk is quiet and peaceful, only taking about 35 minutes each way. When you reach the lookout, you will be greeted by an old cannon and a majestic view of Guadalupe. Check it out when you have some down time.