Dominica is a small island nation, located in the heart of the Caribbean. This simple rugged island, home to just a bit over 73,000 people, owes much of its beauty to nature. Visitors flock here every year to experience Dominica’s wide array of natural delights including verdant tropical forests and breathtaking waterfalls. Despite being barely half the size of Washington DC, this nation packs a lot of punch and thus it’s little surprise that there are many activities you can enjoy on your vacation in Dominica including the following:
The Island of Dominica is the most popular and a lot of people are looking for such information on the Internet. My fellow Travelers, let me introduce you to my country….
Dominica is an island country in the Caribbean, midway between Puerto Rico and Martinique. The archipelago comprising Dominica has a total land area of 750 square miles (1,967 square kilometers).
The Caribbean is a beautiful and exciting place to vacation. An island in the Caribbean has many attractions, but I would like to tell you about the Caribbean island of Dominica. The island of Dominica has been shaped by volcanic activity for millions of years, producing the varied landscape you’ll see today.
Vacation In Dominica
Traveling is an enticing experience. The journey in itself is full of wonders. There are plenty of activities that await you once you step into this unique land. This place invites all travelers as it can be a great holiday destination for everyone. History, cultural diversity and its geographic appeal are some of the factors that attract tourists to this island.
Things To Know Before Visiting Dominica
Don’t expect to laze on the beach… although you can!
While Dominica has plenty of lovely beaches, due to it’s volcanic origins, the majority of the island’s beaches have black, brown and silver sand. They’re still very pretty, with palm trees and clear, Caribbean waters, but perhaps a little different to the Caribbean postcard you have in your minds.
Instead, hike into the mountains, go whale watching, visit the island’s waterfalls, take a dip in the Emerald Pool and learn to cook Caribbean cuisine – the options are endless, so you’ll never be bored!
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Dominica is NOT the Dominican Republic. Not even close!
I feel like an idiot for writing this, but when I told people I was visiting Dominica, they thought I meant the Dominican Republic… or that Dominica was the capital of the DR! Nope, they’re completely different islands, with different cultures, landscapes and reasons to visit. Make sure you book a flight to the right place!
Dominica is known as the nature island
As we landed in Dominica, I could see exactly why it’s known as the nature island! With lush rainforests, incredible volcanic landscapes and rugged bays, it looked wild – like a little Jurassic Park! There are nine volcanoes, 365 rivers, 18 named waterfalls and one boiling lake (the second largest in the world after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand). If you love adventures, this is the island for you.
Dominica is one of the cheaper Caribbean islands
First up, I’ll admit I’ve always found the Caribbean an expensive part of the world to travel around, especially compared to regions like South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Despite having amazing ingredients on the doorstep, a lot of items still have to be imported. Plus, once you’re on the islands, you become a captured market. Particularly on smaller islands, there aren’t many tour companies, so the ones that exist set the price they want, and that’s what you pay.
That being said, I found Dominica to be cheaper than most Caribbean islands I’ve visited (Barbados, Antigua, St Kitts, Cuba, St Martin). Here’s a quick rundown of the prices…
How much do things cost in Dominica?
Main course in a nice restaurant: $12 USD (33 ECD / £9.80)
Whale watching tour: $69 USD (186 ECD / £55)
Two tank scuba dive: $108 USD (293 ECD / £87)
Half day island tour: $45 USD (121 ECD / £36)
Car rental (per day): $50 USD (135 ECD / £40)
Taxi from Douglas-Charles Airport (Dominica Airport) to Roseau: $30 USD (81 ECD / £24)
Room (sleeping 3) at Picard Beach Cottages: $103 USD (278 ECD / £83)
Hostel dorm (at Fort Shirley): $15 (40 ECD / £12)
Also, there’s a great value pass you can buy if you plan to visit multiple attractions in a week. About that…
It’s CHEAP to visit Dominica’s attractions, yes really!
Continuing the budget theme here (and a great Dominica travel tip for you!!) you can visit most of Dominica’s natural wonders for just $12 USD (33 ECD / £9.50). The special tourist site pass gives you entry to Trafalgar Falls, Cabrits National Park, Emerald Pool, Middleham Falls, Soufriere Sulphur Springs, Boiling Lake and Morne Trois Pitons Trail just to name a few!
There’s now a luxury hotel in Dominica!
Dominica has never been associated with luxury holidays. Most people visit because they love the great outdoors. They want to go hiking, diving and explore the abundant nature of the island. Those travellers aren’t usually in need of a personal butler or swim up bar, and are happy in a more rustic hotel.
All that has now changed with the opening of Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica, just north of Portsmouth (which opened in 2019). I passed it one day, and saw the vast resort being constructed. It’s in a beautiful location, close to Cabrits National Park, in its own sheltered bay. Rumour has it, the presidential suite is around $15,000 a night – no doubt attracting a luxurious style of traveller to the island.
Just a few minutes away (and also under construction during my visit) was Cabrits Hotel Resort and Spa, which has been financed by the Kingdom of Morocco as a gift to Dominica. It’s in another lovely location, with a beautiful view over Portsmouth.
Don’t believe what you read – Hurricane Maria hasn’t destroyed this beautiful island
Dominica hit the headlines after category 5 Hurricane Maria swept over the island in September 2017. It was regarded as the worst natural disaster on record for the islands in the region. I was actually supposed to visit in October 2017, but the trip was cancelled to allow the island time to recover. And you know what? It has. Lots of people told us that they learned lessons about construction in the aftermath of the hurricane. It was also an important time to look at the island’s economy and industries. With a combination of positivity and hard work, the island has bounced back.
During my visit in July 2019 some evidence remained, but all major attractions were open, cruise ship schedules were back to normal, and Dominica was definitely ready to welcome tourism again.
There are no direct flights from the UK or US to Dominica
Don’t worry though – it’s a very simple journey! If you’re visiting from the UK, you’ll need to fly to Antigua (with Virgin or British Airways) and then catch a LIAT flight over to Dominica. The flight from Antigua to Dominica only takes 30 minutes, and on a clear day, the views are amazing. The quickest routes I found from London were around 12 hours (including the transfer). Plus, you don’t need a visa to visit!