Whether you’re into trekking high into the mountaintops or exploring the watery world below, Dominica is the place to go for those who prefer hiking boots over high heels and are content with a nightlife where the only music is the murmur of the jungle. Dominica has surprisingly long drives for such a small island, so it’s better to pick a spot or two and explore instead of bouncing around. If you can do it in the mountains (hiking, bird-watching, searching for hidden pools and waterfalls) or the water (diving, snorkeling, kayaking), you can do it in Dominica. Don't miss the ancient forests of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, home to the otherworldly Boiling Lake and the spectacular Trafalgar Falls.
There are a few sandy beaches, but most require a little gumption to find and there are usually only a few lodging choices nearby, at most. There are no direct international flights and the island-hopping it takes to get here has kept the package tours at bay. The locals are so friendly that it’s almost fun to get lost just to have an excuse to approach people on their front porches. Whereas some of the bigger Caribbean cities are decidedly scary, in the capital city of Roseau the locals often stop visitors just to wish them a good visit. Rasta culture is strong, and those offended by the sight of Rastafarians taking their sacrament might have to cover their eyes a time or two. Dominica is also the home to about 2200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.
Best places to stay in Dominica
How to choose a Caribbean island
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Dominica destination guides
Dominica: adventures on the Caribbean's 'Nature Island'
There’s a flotilla of lounge chairs docked by the infinity pool and along a white sand beach. The menu at the sprawling hotel’s swim-up bar includes frosty local favorites all day long. You have an all-inclusive choice of food and activities, as long as you stay on the manicured resort grounds.
Dominica Shore Excursion: River Tubing Safari
Step off your cruise ship in Dominica and head out on a river tubing shore excursion. Dominica is filled with rivers and other natural features that make it one of the most intriguing Caribbean islands. This river tubing safari will give you a look at its splendor – it’s wet, wild and wonderful from the word go.
Dominica Shore Excursion: Half Day Jeep Safari
Spend your time in port in Dominica on a Jeep safari. You’ll enjoy the natural beauty of Dominica while being driven around by an expert tour guide in an open-air, four wheel-drive vehicle. It’s an exhilarating way to spend your shore excursion. If you are a nature-lover, this is the Dominica shore excursion for you.
Stepping out: the world's best long walks
Forget planes, trains and automobiles – the greenest and greatest way to travel is to use your own two feet. It immerses you in a country like nothing else. and, with time and a bit of fitness, you can traverse whole counties, countries – even continents. Here are a few trails to get your feet itching...