Dominica is part if the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Dominica lies between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and has a great variety of attractions from quiet beaches to an unspoilt and undeveloped coastline. Dominica is a very beautiful and picturesque island.
The capital city of Dominica is Roseau. Roseau has a population of around 20,000 and it’s a typical friendly Caribbean town. There are many colourful buildings, busy markets and some appealing seaside accommodation.
Dominica’s interior is its main attraction, with rainforests, hot springs and lakes. There are numerous rivers and cascading waterfalls, all combining to make some very scenic driving routes. It is also home to the world’s second largest boiling lake. Well worth the two-hour hike.
Cabrits National Park is beautiful and is home to the 17th century Fort Shirley. Indian River takes you on a trip through the mangroves. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the southern half of the island. The park is over 6,000 hectares and has some excellent hiking through Dominica’s volcanic interior. Scotts Head is a charming village and nearby are hot springs at Soufriere. Dominica also has some amazing diving, with caves and volcanic pinnacles to explore.
The hotels and resorts on the island offer a good variety. Standards of hotels are very good and prices are varied. Hotels are situated mainly on the coast but can also be found in the more mountainous regions. There are many places to eat on the island, ranging from local cafés to restaurants of international standard.
Dominica has only a small airport that is not capable of taking long-range flights. There is a new cruise ship harbour at Roseau that receives many cruise ships while smaller boats come in from neighbouring Caribbean islands with large international airports.