Dominica

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This beautiful island republic lies in the Caribbean Sea halfway between the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is twenty-nine miles long and has an area of 289 square miles. It is a volcanic island and a mountainous terrain. Its average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, providing a year-round climate for island-travelers who want to avoid the more popular and crowded Caribbean sites. You will fly into Melville Hall Airfield on the Eastern coast.

The Dominican people warmly welcome tourists. Ninety percent of the inhabitants are blacks, descendants of slaves brought from Africa when the island was under British rule, but many native Caribs also live on the island. English is the national language, but a French patois is also widely spoken. The currency is the East Caribbean dollar; one American dollar is worth $2.70 ECDs. Visitors can easily exchange their currency, but many businesses on the island accept US currency.

Water Sports
The gorgeous beaches and coastal areas of Dominica offer a variety of water sports including swimming, snorkeling, deep sea diving, boat tours and surfing. Sugar-white sand gives way to clear blue-green sea where off-shore fishing is also a tourist industry. But be prepared to keep what you catch unless you give your fish away to the poorer inhabitants who quietly watch the ports so they can feed their families.

Travel to Dominica is discouraged during hurricane season in the late summer and early fall and water sports disappear if a hurricane watch is issued despite the surfers who prefer the waves of an approaching storm. The island is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world and has endured tremendous destruction from a number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. Once a hurricane warning goes out, you’re stuck there to ride the storm out in well-maintained shelters. Rather than risk it, your best bet is to avoid Dominica in hurricane season altogether.

Island Diversity
p>The coasts of Dominica are well-populated, but the inner island contains few settlements. The small town of Bells is situated in the center of the island. The interior is often neglected by tourists who prefer water activities. The island has many lovely, small but unnavigable rocky rivers. In the south, Boiling Lake is misty with sulfurous gas, a reminder of the volcanic nature of the island. There are no active volcanoes on the island, but visitors will enjoy viewing the sites of the many now-dormant volcanoes. The mountainous areas are covered with incredibly beautiful tropical forests that are a hiker’s paradise.

Activities
Roseau, formerly called Charlotte Town, is the capital of this island nation. It’s located at the mouth of the Roseau River in the Caribbean Sea. The town’s port is Dominica’s commercial and transportation center. Here you can obtain information about visiting an 18th-century Catholic cathedral, the botanical gardens, and the twin waterfalls at Trafalgar. Don’t expect many paved roads in the interior; you can rent Jeeps to traverse the forests, but many prefer hiking uncluttered trails that remain pristine and natural.

Dominica is an excellent choice for travelers anxious to visit “the road less traveled.” You will be warmly welcomed and invited to stay as long as you wish.

Go Where Captain Jack Sparrow Has Gone Before

Go Where Captain Jack Sparrow Has Gone Before

One fine Sunday on November of 1493 … Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica, an island nation (among many of its kind) in the Caribbean region. The name Dominica is quite fitting since it literally translates as “Sunday” in Latin. But Dominica has a better nickname after all. It earned the moniker “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” because of its outwardly intact natural grandeur.
Being a young island (it is still in the state of forming even up to now) … there is a rich activity of geothermal proportions all throughout the land mass. The world’s second-biggest boiling lake can be found here [...]