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Destinations in Dominica

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Regions in Dominica

Administrative areas. 10 parishes: St. Andrew, St. David, St. George, St. John, St. Joseph, St. Luke, St. Mark, St. Patrick, St. Paul, St. Peter.

Cities in Dominica

  • Roseau – Capital
  • Portsmouth – the second largest city in Dominica. Ross University, a major American medical school, is nearby.
  • Scott’s Head – A beautiful village situated at the end of the road on the south-west corner. Scott’s Head winds around the edge of a gently curving bay, which happens to be the former crater of a volcano. Luckily for divers, you can bring your own snorkelling or scuba gear and head out to see what’s left: a 160-metre-deep, coral-lined hole that stretches for hundreds of metres. Several quaint huts serve decent food at decent prices. The villagers are curious because there are few visitors. The main road ends at a small point on a hill from which there is a great view of Scott’s Hed below and Roseau to the north.
  • Calibishie – Stretching from the rugged mountains of Pennville to the quaint fishing village of Calibishie and the crashing waves of Marigot’s beaches, the coastline is one of the few places in the world where you can go from sea to rainforest in just one mile. Discover palm-fringed beaches, freshwater rivers with secluded pools, waterfalls and the gentle wonder of the rainforest with its exotic birds and lush vegetation, all within a few days’ walk.
  • St Joseph – Situated halfway along the west coast of Dominica, St Joseph is one of the most urbanised villages on the island. Historically called “Senjo”, the village is known for its fishing, cricket matches and lively festivals. Although not typically on the tourist trail, it is close to the popular Mero Beach and Layou River. St Joseph’s was featured in the 1988 Demi Moore film “The Seventh Sign”.

Other destinations in Dominica

  • Melville Hall
  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park – It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains many attractions such as Boiling Lake, Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls. Boiling Lake is a 12-mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep, mostly up steps and switchbacks. A hiking guide is recommended for inexperienced backcountry hikers, the terrain is rough, especially when wet (which is almost always). The trail is well marked for most of the way. The trail is indistinct in Desolation Valley, but picks up speed where the vegetation begins. The hike is beautiful and the bare volcanic peaks offer unforgettable views of rolling peaks and smoking volcanic vents. The trail ends at Boiling Lake, a 100-metre-wide lake heated and boiling by a volcanic vent.
  • Champagne – A snorkelling spot on the south coast. The volcanic underwater vents give off continuous streams of bubbles that make the place look like a giant champagne glass. The fish and corals are slightly below average.
  • Glassy – An incredible, short 2-3 hour day hike in the south-east of the island. The trail starts nicely enough through some farmland, then dips into a deep jungle valley and approaches the coast along steep cliffs on one side (not for those afraid of heights). The trail ends at an ancient volcanic river that juts into the sea, waves roll all around and crash on all sides, small ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and a few corals and fish make the ponds their home. As you approach the edges of the cliffs, be aware that the waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or, worse, into the ocean to certain death.
  • Jaco Steps – Cross the ford of Belles Creek and walk through the rainforest on the side of an almost inaccessible forest plateau. In 30 minutes you will reach the Jaco Steps. There is no clear consensus as to why these steps were built decades ago. A circular trail that follows the river upstream adds at least an hour to your journey and requires several river crossings along the way.
  • Central Region – The central region, richly forested and cultivated by hand, is sparsely populated and considered by many to be the most beautiful region. It consists of several villages:
  • Beautiful
  • Penrice
  • Dleau Gommier
  • Wetland
  • Cairn
  • Jacco Estate Currently a rainforest with a few small farms, once a coffee plantation and before that the headquarters of the Maroons.

How To Travel To Dominica

By air There are two airports in Dominica, Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF). Most commercial flights land at Melville Hall. However, the airport cannot accommodate jet aircraft. Night landings have been permitted since early October 2010, but many airlines have not yet adjusted their routes to accommodate the additional...

How To Travel Around Dominica

When it comes to freedom of movement and exploration, a car can be invaluable. Although the island is small, its narrow winding mountain roads make for a relatively long drive and a breathtaking experience. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and there are several car rental...

Accommodation & Hotels in Dominica

Much of the accommodation on the island is outside the towns. CalibishieCove:. Luxurious suites with stunning views of the sea, red rock islands, coastline and beaches. The penthouse has a saline pool overlooking Treasure Island and a rooftop balcony overlooking the incredible east coast. All suites are stylish and each...

Things To Do in Dominica

Snorkelling is particularly good at Champagne, south of Roseau, and at Scott's Head. Diving, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking and other water sports are also available. Note that kayaking or canoeing offers an alternative to the sea and allows you to explore Dominica's rivers and inland waters. Whale and dolphin...

Food & Drinks in Dominica

Freshly squeezed grapefruit is ubiquitous and a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Coconut water is cheap and readily available by the roadside. Another local speciality is sorrel. This refreshing red drink is made from the flowers of a type of hibiscus that is also found in Jamaica. The most...

Money & Shopping in Dominica

The best local handicrafts are the baskets made by the Caribs. The earthy colours are created by burying the fibres in the soil for varying lengths of time. American citizens (and probably others) should make sure that the materials they are made of allow them to be taken home. Dominica...

Festivals & Holidays in Dominica

DateName1 JanuaryNew Year's DayFebruary or MarchCarnival MondayMarch or AprilGood Friday1st Monday in MayLabour DayMay or JuneWhit Monday1st Monday in AugustEmancipation Day3 NovemberIndependence Day4 NovemberCommunity Service Day25 DecemberChristmas Day26 DecemberBoxing Day

Internet & Communications in Dominica

The area code is 767 on the North American network. Digicel is a local mobile phone provider offering prepaid tariffs for short-term visitors. Cable & Wireless and Orange also offer mobile phone services.

History Of Dominica

Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be settled by Europeans, mainly because of the fierce resistance of the indigenous Caribs. France ceded possession in 1763 to Great Britain, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's situation improved when...

Things To See in Dominica

This lush Caribbean island is not called the "Island of Nature" for nothing. Its magnificent tropical natural treasures are by far its main attraction. While other Caribbean destinations usually boast palm-fringed white beaches, Dominica shows a different side to the region. Head to the mountain village of Laudat and...

Culture Of Dominica

Dominica is home to a variety of population groups. Although historically inhabited by several indigenous tribes, it was occupied by the Arawak (Taino) and Carib (Kalinago) tribes when European settlers reached the island. "Massacre" is the name of a river that commemorates the murder of indigenous people by French...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Dominica

Stay Safe in Dominica Dominica is one of the safest places to travel in the region.There are no snakes or poisonous insects on Dominica. Take the usual safety precautions when travelling in Dominica. Although rare, petty crime tends to occur around Roseau. Elsewhere, the island is extremely safe. Stay Healthy in Dominica The...

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