Dominica Island – Nature Isle of the Caribbean

Time has not changed Dominica and it remains one of the truly untouched pristine Caribbean Islands. The flight in is spectacular as the mountains and craggy coastline come into view; the interior of the island is lush, green and mountainous. Dominica is not your typical tourist destination, you won’t find Disneyland here, nor will you find tourists en masse on white sand beaches, casinos or shopping malls.

What you will find is an Island of stunning natural beauty that exudes a similar essence than Costa Rica. Waterfalls cascading down mountain gorges, 365 sparkling rivers that can be swum in, a boiling lake cradled in the rim of a volcano, in Dominica you will find a natural wonder every few feet.

Dominica

The largest of the Windward Islands, Dominica was once named Wai’tukubuli, an ancient Carib name that means “tall is her body”. Columbus “discovered” the island in 1493 on a Sunday which is why the name was changed to Dominica. In Columbus’s ship logs, Dominica was described as “remarkable for the beauty of its mountains and must be seen to be believed”.

The high backbone of Dominica’s mountains run from the north to south and average more than 3000 feet of elevation. This causes the trade winds to move upwards the mountains side to create almost 300 inches of rainfall annually. This abundant rainfall merely enhances the adventure that is Dominica. The sound of rushing water breaks the silence of an astounding rainforest that supports thousands of brilliantly coloured flowers and deep greenery.

Dominica is popular for its extensive natural park system. Tropical forests make up two thirds of the island. The thermally active lake, the second largest boiling lake in the world, and the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean, are both great destinations for nature lovers.

Dominica

For those seeking water activities, the crystal-clear waters and the volcanic beaches are awaiting your visit. Dominica offers great cliff diving for those who seek a challenge. The nearby waters are also home to an abundance of marine life such as dolphins, whales and schools of marlin.

There is no international airport in Dominica, but the two smaller airports, Melville Hall and Canefield are served by LIAT and America Eagle. Major hubs include Antigua, San Juan, St. Lucia, St Martin and Barbados with flights to Dominica from N. America. Martinique and Guadeloupe are hubs for flights from Europe as well as being ferry service points to Dominica.

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Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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