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an introduction to Dominica

The Commonwealth of DOMINICA (pronounced Domineeca) should not be confused with the Spanish speaking Dominican Republic.  The official language is ENGLISH. Dominica is nestled between the French Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean's eastern Antilles. It is one of the Windward Isles, having gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 and inherited a Westminster style multi-party democracy and legal system. The principal laguage is English, though Creole is also spoken widely. Lush 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 abound.

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Most of the country's tiny population of around 70,000 farm bananas, citrus and other tropical fruit on the picturesque mountain slopes. Crime is scarce and should not inhibit ones sense of freedom and total enjoyment. There are no self contained 'mega-resorts' in Dominica, in fact, the island's largest and most prestigious hotel has only 73 rooms - this is the Fort Young Hotel, situated on the waterfront in one of the quieter parts of our tiny capital, Roseau.
Dominica is the only Caribbean island to have a surviving population of Carib Indians. After the Arawaks, these migrants from South America dominated the region for a long period, before being decimated by the colonizing forces of Europe. In the north east of the island, the Carib Territory is an area where their culture is preserved and protected. A traditional Carib Village has been recreated for the visitor and throughout this region, local handicrafts such as carving and basket weaving may be purchased from roadside kiosks. 
The Morne Trois Pitons National Park enjoys the status of World Heritage Site and contains nature trails to many of the island's popular attractions, such as the Emerald Pool & waterfall, the twin Trafalgar Falls, Sari Sari Falls and Victoria Falls on the White River, flowing south eastwards from the Boiling Lake. Take an all day guided hike via Titou Gorge, Breakfast River and through the Valley of Desolation to the Boiling Lake, one of the world's largest. Visit Freshwater Lake at 2,500ft, Boerie Lake at 3,000ft, the picturesque 300ft Middleham Falls, accessed from both Laudat and Cochrane, or climb to the summit of Morne Trois Pitons (4,550ft).


Morne Trois Pitons    Trafalgar Falls (left)    Titou Gorge (2)    Valley of Desolation    Boiling Lake

The forested slopes of our highest mountain, Morne Diablotin (4,747ft), protected within the Morne Diablotin National Park and the Northern Forest Reserve, provide habitat for the Sisserou and Jacquot parrots, native only to Dominica. The Cabrits National Park is a peninsular a little north of Portsmouth, containing the well preserved remains of Fort Shirley and nature trails through 'dry' forest to two hilltop lookout points. For just EC$20, a guide will row you up the tranquil Indian River to a  bush bar  in the forest, where you may stop for refreshments before returning. Take an afternoon whale watch boat trip, go snorkelling or scuba diving - Dominica is rated among the top five dive sites in the whole of the Caribbean and is well catered for by Dive Centres scattered along the sheltered west coast, where 2 marine reserves may be found - at Scotts Head/ Soufriere Bay in the south, a sunken volcano where, in places, streams of tiny bubbles betray undersea hot springs - and Prince Edwards Bay in the north, partly bordering the Cabrits peninsular. 


 Cabrits                     Indian River (2)                            dolphin + whale watch            scuba 

Dominica is a mere 29 miles long x 16 miles wide, thouh it feels much larger. The currency is the East Caribbean Dollar, used also in Anguilla, St. Christopher & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Monserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. It is tied to the United States dollar at EC$2.70 = US$1.00, also exchanged at around EC$3.50 = 1.00 or EC$3.00 = €1.00. English is the official language, driving is on the left and the cost of petrol is much cheaper than in Europe or the UK. The time in Dominica is 1 hour ahead of USA eastern time (4 hours behind GMT). Car hire can easily be arranged and the island-wide minibus passenger services are cheap to use and frequent along the west coast between the capital Roseau in the south and Portsmouth in the north, though less frequent on other routes. Local sightseeing tours are also available, though these are geared more for cruise ship visitors, who's time on the island is very limited. For those visiting for 2 to 3 weeks, we recommend a visit with stays in more than just one location.

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HOME PAGE  - DOMINICA's East Caribbean location, What's NEW!


INTRODUCTION to the Commonwealth of DOMINICA 
Getting to Dominica
 

BIRDWATCHING in Dominica 
WHAT TO DO AND SEE in Dominica 
SCUBA DIVING + WHALE WATCHING from Dominica 
VEHICLE HIRE + Dominica Road Map 
GUEST BOOK (post Dominica vacation reflections from our visitors) 
CARNIVAL - colourful pictures of  the Roseau parades 
AU-REVOIR DEAR COCO - A poem  (tragedy - environmental concerns aired) 
VIEWPOINT  (post budget editorial on Dominica's economy Aug. 2002) 
MORNE TROIS PITONS NATIONAL PARK - UNEP World Heritage Site 
Rainforest Aerial Tram - a treetops experience 
DOMINICA: The Eco-Tourism Island 
BOILING LAKE Alert! 
Labour double - UK + DOMINICA elections, 5th May 2005 
PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 2 - DEAD MAN'S CHEST 
PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 3 - AT WORLD'S END 
PIRATE MASTER - new reality TV show filmed in Dominica   
Once Upon A Time In The WEST, editorial, October 2013   

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.WHERE TO STAY in DOMINICA  (Island-wide ACCOMMODATION)

FORT YOUNG HOTEL  Dominica's premier hotel, Roseau
Where to stay in ROSEAU (Dominica's Capital) 
Where to stay Around ROSEAU 
Where to stay in the ROSEAU VALLEY 
Where to stay in the SOUTH of Dominica 
Where to stay along Dominica's NORTH COAST 
Where to stay along Dominica's mid to north WEST COAST 
Where to stay in Dominica's cool, forested, mountainous INTERIOR 
Where to stay along Dominica's EAST COAST 
Private VILLAS and APARTMENTS
around DOMINICA

COFFEE RIVER COTTAGE sleeps 4, tranquil location near airport 
LA TYE COTTAGE 2 x 2 bed apartments near to Calibishie, NE coast 

VILLA OCEANE Private 2 bedroom cottage, Dublanc, NW coast 
VILLA VERDE Private 3 bedroom house, Salisbury, mid west coast 
LOUIS VILLA Private 3 bedroom house, Salisbury, mid west coast 
CASABLANCA  private 3 bed house for rent, mid west coast 
MARIE'S SEAVIEW APARTMENT 3 bedroomed, mid west coast
 
GITE DOMINIQUE  max. 5 person lodgings, mid west coast
HARMONY VILLA  Luxury 4 bed villa, secluded mid interior

PETINI LAYOU secluded guest cottage, mid west coast 
PETE'S CASA  Luxury Villa with pool not far from Roseau

TRANQUILE VILLA  Luxury Villa with pool not far from Roseau
LENA'S APARTMENT 3 bed apartment not far from Roseau

EMERALD COTTAGE Private 3 bedroom house not far from Roseau
CHERRY ORCHARD APARTMENT  2 bedroomed, Roseau Valley
KAICHE 3 bedroomed country villa, Roseau Valley 
COMFORT HOUSE Castle Comfort, 3 bed apartment, near 3 dive centres
ANGIE'S HIDEAWAY
  Wallhouse, 2 bed apartment, near 3 dive centres
CROTON COTTAGE  Wallhouse, 2 bed villa, near 3 dive centres
HARMONY VILLA  Luxury 4 bed villa, secluded mid interior
BANANALAMA COTTAGE  Quality riverside eco cottage, east Dominica
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GINGER LILY COTTAGE  2 bed cottage above the south east coast
GALLION-ON-SEA  2 bed waterfront cottage, Soufriere Bay
GARVIN'S APARTMENT 1 bed apartment, Scotts Head  
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DEAUX-LA-MERS AP'T (2 bed) + bedsit flat, Scotts Head
CASTILE PARADISE
Private 2 bedroom house, Scotts Head



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