A volcanic Caribbean island country, Dominica is known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” with its spectacular and luscious array of flora and fauna that are protected by an extensive natural park system. The untamed rainforest seemingly speaks of adventure; the bubbling lake, hot springs, plummeting waterfalls all housed in tropical climate. Historically, it is the last of the Caribbean islands colonised by the Europeans with the fierce resistance of the native Caribs, and this may be inferred as the reason why the country was spared from the drastic change brought about by the exploitation. In more ways than one, it may be regarded as a non-Caribbean island, having had little sandy white beaches to boost and not so flashy resorts. Minus the glitz and glamour, what remains of Dominica is an authentic island getaway that offers uniquely Caribbean experiences. Treat your gastrointestinal cravings to the many restaurants in the capital Roseau, or visit the old British Fort in Portsmouth. Rub elbows with a remaining number of pre-Columbian populations in Eastern Caribbean, which only counts to at most 2,000.
One of the best ways to enjoy Dominica is to take a cruise in the Indian River. The boat trip along the shady mangrove is a memorable experience. Here, you can enjoy taking close-up views of numerous animals such as egrets, crabs, iguanas, hummingbirds, and other creatures out there in the jungle. As a bonus, you can also ask your tour guide as to where the scenes of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed.
Despite Dominica not known as a beach hub, the Batibou Bay is an exemption with its good swimming condition and snorkelling views, with a coral reef lingering just offshore. It silently lurks at the end of the bumpy dirt road and made accessible only by a four wheel drive, and a few walking in between. It is best to ask the locals for directions as the place is unmarked. Or you can simply take a bus and ask the driver to be dropped off near the Batibou Bay.
In Roseau, you should not miss to visit the French Quarter, deemed as the most historic section of the city. Its picturesque ambiance makes strolling a pleasurable one. More than a historic district, the French Quarter remains to be home for some residents, making its mark as a historical appeal with a residential touch. While in Roseau, you can also visit the famous Roseau Cathedral, built in Gothic style using black stones.
How to get around within Dominica
From the airport, you can reach the city through hailing a taxi or boarding a bus. You can also opt to hitch-hike if you like to. If you think you can’t afford travelling in a bumpy bus for long trips or winding mountain roads, taking a taxi would be your best bet. Before you head off to your destination, be sure to negotiate clearly the transportation fare with the driver.
How to get there
To get into Dominica, you can fly into Melville Hall. The airport is serviced by airlines such as Air Antilles Express, Air Sunshine, American Airlines, BVI Airways, Heli Air Monaco, LIAT, VI Airlink, and Winair, which comes from destinations such as Abymes, Sint Maarten, Saint Thomas, San Juan, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Bridgetown, and Beef Island.