Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, located in the Lesser Antilles region, is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. Known as ‘The Nature Island of the Caribbean’, Dominica boasts a wide array of flora and fauna which are protected by an extensive natural park system. It is the youngest island in the region. In fact, Dominica is the still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. It is home to Boiling Lake, the second-largest hot spring in the world; plush, mountainous rainforests; several waterfalls, springs, and rivers; as well as plenty of rare plant, animal, and bird species. Its capital is Roseau.
Visit the beautiful village of Scott's Head, which is located around a gently curved bay, which is essentially an ancient crater of a volcano. It offers fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities, due to its 160-metre deep coral lined hole that stretches for hundreds of metres. There’s also the gorgeous fishing village of Calibishie and the Marigot beaches, an amazing travel experience from the seashore to the rainforest in just about a mile. See its palm-fringed beaches, freshwater rivers, waterfalls, exotic birds, and lush vegetation. Hike on the 115-mile Waitukubuli National Trail, which terrain is covered with rainforest and steep mountain trails or at the Jaco Steps; visit the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which teems with plenty of attractions like the Boiling Lake, the Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake, and Middleham Falls; snorkel at the Champagne on the southern coast which has underwater volcanic vents which emit continuous streams of bubbles, hence, the name; get on an exciting boat trip on the Indian River; swim and play water sports in Titou Gorge, a swimming hole that ends at a torrential waterfall; and enjoy Wotten Waven’s famous natural hot sulphur springs.
How to get around within Dominica
Driving around Dominica is highly recommended, as long as you are careful navigating around the island’s tightly turning mountain roads; be always on the lookout for large pot holes and crumbling asphalt on the roads; and stopping during a heavy downpour, especially in the mountainous areas. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions if you’re lost. The best vehicle to drive around in is a small 4x4. Other ways of getting around are by bus or taxi. Buses are a cheap alternative, but the rides can be bumpy. Taxis, on the other hand, are also generally inexpensive and more comfortable than buses. Either way, make sure your destination (and agreed fare) is clear with the driver before starting the trip.
How to get there
Dominica is served by two airports: Canefield and Melville Hall. Most commercial flights arrive at the latter, except for any jet aircraft, which the airport cannot accommodate. Coastal Air and Hummingbird Air offer flights to Saint Croix and Saint Thomas through Canefield Airport. From there, you can take a taxi from Martinique to Canefield. Meanwhile, the airlines that operate at Melville Hall are Air Antilles Express, BVI Airways, Conviasa, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, and Winair which flies to Pointe-à-Pitre, Sint Maarten, Porlamar, San Juan, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Lucia-Vigie, and Santo Domingo-Las Américas. The airport is located 2.0 mi (3.2km) northwest of Marigot; it is about one hour away from the second largest city Portsmouth. Dominica can also be accessed through Martinique, Guadeloupe, and other Caribbean hubs. Aside from air transit, you can also enter the island on a ferry. There are trips from Martinique and Guadeloupe to Roseau.
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