Major Tourist Attractions: Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, The Dominica Museum, Layou River
Spend just one day on Dominica and you’ll understand why it’s called the Nature Island. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica (pronounced Dom-i-nee-cuh) is the most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, and its volcanic peaks earned this slogan due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are youngest in the Caribbean. The famous Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the world, and the steaming Valley of Desolation are two of the islands most famous sights.
Dominica’s capital of Roseau is the source for most of the country’s commerce and shopping. There are many restaurants, small shops, and wonderful views of the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Even with the “bustling” town of Roseau, Dominica still holds on to its genuine Caribbean charm. It was the last island in the Caribbean to be settled due to the fierce Carib Indians and its dramatic mountain topography.
One of Dominica’s biggest draws is the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it contains many attractions such as the Boiling Lake and Middleham Falls. Getting to the Boiling Lake is a 12-mile round trip hike (8 hours), but the stunning volcanic mountains and the Valley of Desolation make for unforgettable views and a rewarding experience.
The entire island is crisscrossed with hiking trails of all different skill levels. Hikers will weave in and out of dense tropical rainforest and breathtaking scenic overlooks. Along with amazing dive locations and black sand beaches, it’s easy to see how Dominica got its Nature Island nickname.
Here is a list of activities that will give travelers a great Dominica experience:
- Visit the Carib Territory. This is the region inhabited by the indigenous Carib Indians who have a rich heritage throughout the Caribbean. This area is one of the last pockets of true Carib people.
- Experience the Emerald Pool. This tranquil rainforest grotto is fed by a mountain waterfall and offers visitors a great place to swim and take photos.
- Horseback riding provides a wonderful opportunity to the exotic wildlife and tropical vegetation.
- Scuba diving in Dominica is fantastic due to the rugged underwater topography, which displays an abundance of colorful marine life and volcanic vents spewing bubbles.
- Take a Whale Watching tour. Whales are present year-round, but November through June are the peak months.
- Trying the grueling 8-hour hike to the Boiling Lake.
- Take in Trafalgar Falls. These twin falls burst from a forested cliff and cascade into a series of pools of the Roseau Valley.
Address: “La Esperilla” section of Santo Domingo,
on the corner of César Nicolás Penson Street
and Máximo Gómez Avenue
Phone: (809) 221-2171
Afterhours: (809) 221-2171