Dominica – Island Talk Tuesday

About Dominica

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Dominica is an island in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles. It has a beautiful female name so if you’re named Dominica, only one more reason to visit! Their motto is “The Nature Island” as most of it is land and made from previous volcanoes. Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the entire world is located there.

How Do I Get There?

map of dominica

Flights are easy to take to Dominica through the major airlines. There are two airports – Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airport. DCF is used primarily for private planes. There’s 22 connections available through the other Caribbean islands so island hopping is easy.

What is There to Do?

Most of Dominica is protected by a natural park reserve system, so the nature is not destroyed and untouched.  There are 300 miles of hiking throughout the island. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the most visited – which includes Boiling Lake, Freshwater Lake, Boeri Lake and Middleham Falls. Zip lining is popular in the rain forests. Screw’s Spa is a natural hot springs that you can experience for $10 per 1 hour.

boiling lake

The capital of Dominica is Roseau, with restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Carnival is the festive season in February/March. Cricket is held throughout March too as one of the biggest cricket parties.

The waters are known for great diving and snorkeling. The yearly Dive Fest is held in Dominica in July, mostly around 4th of July for about 10 days.

Open Water Diver - 28_07_2010

 

You can also take ferries for a day trip to the two neighboring islands – Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Climate and When to Come Visit

Dominica’s best weather is from January through April. Dominica lies in the hurricane zone, therefore August through November pose threats for hurricanes/tropical storms to move through the area with much more rain.

Have you visited Dominica?

All photos via Flickr