Dominica - The Nature Island of the Caribbean
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It's part of the Windward islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago and lies south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. The capital of the country is Roseau, and it's located on the leeward side of the island. It's the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The island has lush mountainous rainforests, and is the home of many rare plants, animals and bird species. Dominica's economy depends on tourism and agriculture and the population was 72,324 in 2016.
Dominica's main attractions are beautiful and tropical natural riches. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is excellent for hiking and it encompasses some of the island's finest mountainous terrain in a 17,000 acres protected area. During the hike the hikers will see gorgeous misty lakes, waterfalls, hotsprings and fumerols in a setting of volcanoes and thick jungle. In there park there is also a Boiling lake that is second largest of its kind in the world. In Roseau there are Botanical Gardens. It's free of charge and a great place to walk in the landscaped green fields. On island's northwest coast, in Portsmouth there is a an old British Fort, located on the north-west coast of the city. On the southern tip of the island there's a small isthmus called Scotts Head. It's a great place for hiking and the tip offers a wonderful view of the south-west coast of Dominica and the Caribbean Sea.
When darkness falls on Dominica the streets light up with people. There are a variety of bars and nightclubs to choose from for those who want to hang out with locals. Many bars on the island show up as part of a restaurant. These are for example Garage Bar & Grill and Melivina's Champagne Bar & Restaurant. One of the island's newest clubs is the Cove on Rockaway Beach in Roseau. On Saturday night one of the most popular places to dance is the Warehouse that is located near the airport of Roseau.
Many kiosks and vendors line the shore at the main cruise ship dock on the north end of Roseau. Perhaps the island's best selection of souvenirs is located there at open-air market. It's also a good place to but fresh fruit, seafood, spices, vegetables and meat.
Eastern Caribbean Time Zone: UTC–4 hours
Dominica has tropical rainforest climate and some areas bordering on a tropical monsoon climate with warm temperatures and heavy rainfall. Heat and humidity are tempered by a steady flow of the northeast trade winds. Average daytime temperatures generally vary from 26 °C in January to 32 °C in June. Rain is possible throughout the year with the greatest monthly totals recorded from June through October. Average yearly rainfall in the east coast usually exceeds 5,000 mm and on mountainside 9,000 mm.
Reasonable priced and reliable minibuses travel around the island. Bus stops can be found at designated points throughout the cities. According the specific route the bus fares ranges from 1.50 ECD to 10.25 ECD. Bus rotation is fairly frequent throughout the day.
Taxis are available at the airports and in Roseau, and they can be arranged all over the island. There are standard fees from the city to both airports.