In the eastern Caribbean sits the independent island nation of Dominica – not to be confused with the nearby Dominican Republic.
Dominica sits on 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 it is known as the “nature island of the Caribbean”. Despite being known as the nature island, you won’t come across any venomous 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 last 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.
Where Is Dominica?
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Things To Do In Dominica
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 several 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 strenuous), make your way past waterfalls, rivers, and natural pools.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
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 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.
Take in the sights
There are a small handful of places you can go see in Dominica that doesn’t involve nature parks and volcanoes. Some towns 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.
When To Go
The temperatures in Dominica are extremely hot all year round but humidity is at its lowest between October to December. Another thing that makes this an ideal time to visit is the lower hotel prices because 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.