Quintessentially Caribbean, Dominica is a mountainous island nation filled with natural hot springs, tropical rainforests, and national parks. The island has many unique features such as the highest mountains in the Eastern Caribbean, numerous waterfalls, hot springs, both black and white sand beaches, and abundant wildlife. What’s more, there are no poisonous snakes or plants on the island.
Things to see and do
- See Boiling Lake. This hidden gem is one of the most popular attractions in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. It’s about a three-hour trek to reach the bubbling, gray-green pool. Because it is a strenuous hike, it is best to journey with a guide.
- Visit rivers and waterfalls.
- Hike. Dominica’s interior has a network of hiking trails where you can walk from one end of the island to the other, discover waterfalls, or journey across an active volcanic caldera.
- Dive. Dominica has an amazing underwater world. Explore shallow inshore coral reefs, seemingly bottomless drop-offs, pinnacles, and active volcanic vents. Several dive shops offer organized dives.
- Visit the capital of Roseau. The city is not touristy yet it still has much to offer.
In Dominica, it is hot and humid all year with small variations. Daily rain showers are common but usually pass quickly. For this reason, you may want to pack a light poncho for unexpected downpours. Evenings may be cooler, especially on the water, so a light sweatshirt may come in handy.
Because there are only narrow shelves near shore to anchor on with extreme drop-offs, there are only really four viable anchorages in Dominica: Prince Rupert Bay, Soufriere, Charlotte Ville, and Grand Marigot Bay. Mooring balls are available around the island.