Dominica is arguably the best all-around adventure vacation island in the Caribbean, with gorgeous reefs, plenty of tropical lush rain forests, hiking, waterfalls, warm water springs, splendid fruits and vegetables and modest hotels,
expect daytime temperatures in the 80s and night lows around 68 in
winter and 73 in summer, although a few minutes up the mountain and
into the cloud forest can change all that dramatically. July to
November is the wet season, but showers may occur anytime. Dominica's
at the edge of the hurricane belt.
Known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica has a unique micro-climate lush rainforests, volcanic peaks, 365 rivers,
cloud-covered hills, sulphur springs, pools of bubbling therapeutic
mud, hot mineral streams. The exotic animals and plants that have
become extinct on nearby islands thrive here. Nature is spectacularly
and uncontrollably rampant.
Roseau is the capital and
largest city of Dominica. The city lies on the southwestern coast of
the island, at the mouth of the Roseau River. Roseau, which has a
population of about 11,000.
Roseau is the best base from which
to journey into the interior. It's a quiet town where, although English
is the country's official language, you'll hear the French-based creole
patois spoken in the streets, markets, caf's and many rum shops.
Night-life is usually calm and relaxed except, perhaps, when the island
hosts the annual World Creole Music Festival, attracting singers and
musicians from throughout the French Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
vegetation and indigenous forest cloak the island's mountainous
terrain, several peaks of which exceed 4,000 ft. in height, whilst 365
rivers and streams wind their way through ravines and gorges to cascade
over countless waterfalls, providing the island's cooling system and
many opportunities to take a refreshing bathe in crystal clear waters.
Tree ferns, orchids, heliconia and anthurium lilies decorate the forest
floor whilst 175 species of birds, green iguanas, geckoes, tree
lizards, aguti, manicou, beautiful butterflies and a multitude of
colourful flora can be enjoyed throughout an island where nature trails
Dominica is rated among the top 5 dive destinations in the whole of the Caribbean and number 8 in the World.
Diving opportunities off the 29 miles of sheltered west coast are
exceptional and not to be missed if you are divers. There are several
dive centres scattered along this stretch - from north to south:
Cabrits Dive Centre, close to Picard Beach Cottages, Anse-A-Liane
Lodge, near to Colihaut, the East Carib Dive Club at Salisbury beach,
Dive Castaways at Mero, Dive Dominica and the Anchorage Hotel, side by
side at Castle Comfort just south of Roseau, and Nature Island Dive at
The marine reserve at Scotts Head/Soufriere Bay
is a sumerged volcano, renown for its 'champagne' bubbles and great
diversity. Douglas Bay, north of the Cabritts peninsular is also a
designated marine reserve. On the Atlantic side, the north facing
stretch of coastline from Blenheim to Woodford Hill has many attractive
inlets and coves which are sheltered from the strong currents and
breakers of the Atlantic and where snorkelling is also possible.