View of Roseau with mountain backdrop

Dominica’s capital, Roseau, was among 10 island towns chosen by USA Today’s travel section with history and a local flavor.

According to the USA Today feature these towns “pack more punch than your typical beach-resort destination. They’re bursting with history, culture, and local flavor—not to mention beautiful sands and swaying palms. For a less-traveled summer vacation, skip the cookie-cutter resorts and set sail for one of the following vibrant island towns.”

This is the description given to Roseau by the publication:

“Known as the Nature Island, Dominica is a paradise for outdoorsy travelers. But if you peer beyond the island nation’s beaches and lush rainforests, you’ll find a wealth of culture in Roseau, Dominica’s capital. The town features an interesting blend of Creole and Caribbean architecture, as well as several old plantations. Keep an eye out for handmade huts, called ‘Ti Kaz, that were built by the island’s indigenous people. (Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean where pre-Columbian Carib Indians still reside.)

What to do: Head to the Old Market, where travelers can pick up handmade crafts, fresh fruit, and other locally sourced goods. The place offers some heavy history as well: It was once the site for slave auctions.”

Other towns on the list are Edisto Beach (South Carolina), Fernandina Beach (Florida), Brigus (Newfoundland, Canada) St. George’s (Bermuda), Hanalei Town (Kauai, Hawaii), Lerwick (Shetland Islands, Scotland), Cockburn Town (Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos), Lopez Village (Lopez Island, Washington), and Ermoupolis (Syros, Greece).

In March CNN and Lonely Planet named Roseau among the top eight Caribbean towns.