Dominica sits in the far eastern side of the Caribbean where the Caribbean meets the North Atlantic. It sits close to other popular islands such as Martinique and Guadeloupe. It’s famous for its natural beauty and well maintained nature parks which is why its known as the “nature island of the Caribbean”. Despite being known as the nature island, you won’t come across any venemous insects and snakes either. It’s also regarded as being the safest Caribbean nation and crime here is often unheard of. Dominica falls under the Lesser Antilles and is one of the most mountainous islands in the Caribbean. It’s also home to 8 different volcanoes but none of them have been active for the last 1000 years but at the top of one of the volcanoes sits the “Boiling Lake” – one of the biggest thermally active lakes on the planet. Dominica is popular for its many hiking trails, some of which lasts 15 minutes to those that last up to a day. There are almost 300 miles of hiking trails for you to enjoy and these will take you along waterfalls, green valleys and even up mountains.
As everyone knows, the Caribbean is home to some of the best beaches in the world but Dominica is not one of those islands. The beaches here are either back sand beaches caused by volcanoes or rocky beaches. The nightlife is not that great either and the only form of evening entertainment you will encounter here is at your hotel bar. However, those are the only limitations on the island. Here are some of the things you can do while in Dominica.
Hiking around some of the many nature trails is one of the most popular things to do in Dominica. There are a number of nature parks for you to choose from with the 3 most frequented ones being the Northern Forest Preserve, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park and the Cabrits National Park. The island receives a lot of rain so everything is green. You will also be able to do a bit of mountain climbing (nothing too straineous), make your way past waterfalls, rivers and natural pools.
There are literally hundreds of diving and snorkeling spots scattered around the shores of Dominica. A number of the most popular ones can be found out in the Soufriere Bay and surrounding areas. If you are just starting out and want something basic then head to Champagne Reef. If you lack in experience with diving or even snorkeling then feel free to make use of any of the local diving operators who will gladly assist you and even accompany you.
There are a small handfull of places you can go see in Dominica that doesn’t involve nature parks and volcanoes. There are some towns that have interesting attractions such as the Carib Museum where you can learn more about the indigenous Carib tribes who ruled over Dominica a little more than 100 years ago. You will also find various street markets where you can purchase interesting and beautiful handcrafted items made by the few remaining Carib people who still reside here.
The temperatures in Dominica are extremely hot all year round but humidity is at its lowest between the months of October to December. Another thing that makes this an ideal time to visit is the lower hotel prices because all throughout the year hotel prices are extremely high – even for Caribbean standards. Just keep in mind that Dominica gets hurricanes and severe tropical storms during October and November.
The history of Dominica: Find out more about the interesting history of this small little island, from the tribes who used to rule here to how the island got its independence.
Dominica Accommodations: Find out where to stay while here.
Hiking trails: Interested in finding out more about the hiking trails here? Find out more here.