Dominica is considered the Nature Island of the Caribbean, and if you ever get the chance to visit, you’ll see that it certainly lives up to its name. Featuring beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches, waterfalls, lush rainforests and plenty of areas for hiking and diving, there is no shortage of fun, exciting things to do. Here are some of the many reasons why we love Dominica.
If you’re a fan of beaches, Dominica has it all. Dominica is known for its mixture of rugged, dark sandy beaches and classic white-sand Caribbean beaches. The beaches are also beautifully diverse, featuring unique rocks and crystal-clear turquoise water. The black sand Rosalie Bay beach, for example, is fringed with palm trees offering gorgeous views of the Atlantic coast.
With a range of influences from many different cultures, Dominica’s cuisine is a mix of Caribbean, French, Asian and African dishes, resulting in the most flavourful meals you might ever taste. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, the island’s top restaurants, casual eateries and small food stands serve an array of island cuisine that will have you wondering what to eat next in Dominica. Some must-tries are Manicou, a delicacy made from opossum. It is smoked over a low fire or put into a stew and served with rice. Another favourite is the Callaloo Soup, a hearty dish filled with a wide assortment of delicious, fresh local vegetables, specifically the callaloo plant’s leaves, which is similar to spinach.
Dominica takes its nature very seriously and ensures that it says preserved at all costs. In fact, two-thirds of the island is covered in vibrant tropical rainforest. Visitors can stay in resorts and hotels deep in the forests to wake up to the view of lush greenery paired with the coos of tropical birds every morning.
Imagine a Caribbean Island with hiking trails and adventures comparable to the best in the world. Seems too good to be true, right? After all, the Caribbean is all about beaches. In Dominica, outdoor lovers and adventurers can explore vast swathes of pristine tropical rainforest, discover majestic waterfalls, climb mountains, hike through an active volcanic caldera to a boiling lake, rappel through deep river gorges, and even trek a 200km national trail. It’s all on one Caribbean Island.
As an island nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, Dominica is home to 51 named mountains in Dominica and the highest and the most prominent peak is Morne Diablotins. The mountain is volcanic and last erupted 30,000 years ago. There are no known historical eruptions.
The crystal blue Caribbean Sea surrounding Dominica makes it ideal for scuba divers and snorkelling enthusiasts. Perhaps the most famous location is the legendary Champagne Reef, which offers an incredible experience to anyone who enters its depths. The island’s geothermal activity creates constant streams of bubbles that make swimmers feel like they are in an actual bottle of champagne.
The vibrant, electric energy of the island stems from the population of 52,000 people who live there. The island hospitality mixed with tropical vibes makes for friendships you can never forget.
If you’re not a fan of snorkelling, scuba diving, or hiking, you can still find ways to enjoy the grandeur of Dominica’s natural wonders. Simply sign up for a tubing tour or safari and take to one of the country’s many winding rivers. With an inner tube, paddle, and life vest, you’ll be able to gently twirl in the current as it carries you through the gorgeous landscape. Many tours also offer breaks and refreshments, serving up world-famous rum punch and local fruit. There are so many rivers in Dominica that the locals say there is one for every day of the year!
If you’re an adventurous sort of person, there’s no better place than Middleham Falls. The trail itself isn’t particularly long, but it does require crossing a few creeks, climbing over rocks, and a tiring uphill ascent. In return for your effort, you’ll find yourself at some of the highest falls in Dominica, towering over you at an impressive 200 feet. The pool at their base is genuinely breath-taking. On this small 29-mile-long island, you have a waterfall for every month of the year.
Many places in the world allow you to go whale watching, but Dominica stands above them all. Unlike most countries, you can see the majestic creatures year-round. Many whale-watching tours will take you out onto the water and point out all the best places to catch sight of massive sperm whales. As if that wasn’t good enough, many playful dolphins call the area home, too.BACK TO NEWS FEED