Dominica Vacations

Dominica is known as the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean". It is located in the arc of islands in the Caribbean Sea that extend from Puerto Rico down to Venezuela. Dominica is a small island of only 290 square miles. Through the center of the island are numerous rainforests, which include the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The capital of Dominica is Rouseau. The island is known for its waterfalls, springs, and rivers plus its beautiful sandy beaches. The amazing scenery of Dominica was used as the setting for the filming of the movie "The Pirates of the Caribbean" with Johnny Depp. Dominica vacation rentals are unique and exotic and will make a wonderful memory.

Dominica Vacation Rentals and Boutique Hotels

Dominica Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Dominica

Dominica Geography

A volcanic island by origin, the island of Dominica is almost totalled covered by lush rainforest that climbs up the various mountains that dominate the landscape. As Dominica is one of the most rain-drenched areas in the world. There are hundreds of streams, dozens of rivers and numerous small crater lakes that dot the landscape. The tallest peak in the area is Morne Diablatins which sits at a cool 1447 m or 4747 feet above sea-level. As well, of the sixteen active volcanos with in the Caribbean, nine of them are located on the island of Dominica. The largest of these is Morne aux Diables which has formed an isolated cone at the extreme northern end of the island and sits 848 m or 2826 above the ocean. If you go south, the infamous Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to Boiling Lake, the world’s second largest hot spring, the ‘Valley of Desolation’ which is home to boiling mud ponds and small geysers, and three volcanic peaks surround the park.


Dominica History / Culture

The saying goes, without history, a place is nothing, and Dominica has a rich history stretching back hundreds of years. The island of Dominica was first inhabited by the Island Caribs, a group that spread out through much of the Caribbean at the time. Christopher Columbus first spotted the island in November 1493, but unlike the other isles in the area, the Spanish did not attempt to land. When other European settlers and explorers did eventually come, the island had become home to thousands of indigenous refugees, who then pushed the Europeans out. The island would remain without a European presence until the French took over ownership, but decides to not settle the island, and leave it to the Caribs as a neutral territory as of 1632. However, 60 years later, the first French settlement was established, and a lucrative lumber economy was built. Over 100 years later, the British would be awarded the island and its settlements as peace accords within the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Although the French attempted two invasions in 1795, and 1805 both ended in failure. The island would remain a British colony until being granted independence in 1978. Today, the island has seen its battles with a number of uprisings, and almost being taken over by mercenaries from Canada and the United States in the 1980’s, and no we are not making that up. However, the island of Dominica is still a thriving democracy and has taken advantage of agriculture and tourism while recovering from a financial crisis in the 2000’s.

A mix of Spanish, French, English, African and indigenous cultures have made Dominica vacations a mecca for those who love to experience amazing food and even better dance. The island is infamous for its connection to nature, and this can be seen by the farm to table types of dining experiences, as well as the amazing fresh food that you will get to indulge in at each meal. Naturally, the island's cuisine combines its influences but will have a heavy seafood and tropical fruit and veggie influence. If you are one to love music, the island has quickly become known for its great music scene, and you will be hard pressed not to want to dance. The language is English, with French Patois as a second language that allows the island to be bilingual for the most part. No matter if you are spending your time in the big city like Roseau, or simply heading to the beach, this island will make you fall in love with nature all over again.

Dominica Landmarks

Natural

Boiling Lake- Home to the second largest geothermal hot springs, this 63-meter wide lake has temperatures between 82 and 100 degrees Celsius.

Champagne Beach-This truly amazing volcanic beach is one of a lifetime. You will witness countless bubbles and hot air rising as you enjoy the warm waters from a lava bed a few hundred feet from your toes.
Valley of Desolation- Part of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the Valley of Desolation has been made famous for its bubbling mud lakes, and geysers. Make sure to be careful, and stick to the walkways when visiting

Middleham Falls- Located just outside of Saint Paul this 86 m waterfall is truly breathtaking.

Sari Sari Falls- Just outside of Saint Patrick you will find this amazing waterfall with one of the greatest plunges on the island. Make sure to go with a local guide, as the hike up to these falls can be a treacherous one if you do not know the lay of the land.

Traflager Falls- Close to Middleham Falls sits Trafalgar Falls. This 36 m tall waterfall is one of the most picturesque spots on the island. A beautiful waterfall enveloped by lush rain forest, it does not get much better.

Man made

Bois Cotlette- Located in Saint Mark, this is one of the oldest French estates on the island. It was established in the 1720’s and the property contains the only windmill on the entire island of Dominica.
Fort Shirley- A strategic important spot on the island, Saint John is home to this English fortifications. The Fort still has its officer’s quarters and gun batteries intact from 1774.

Roseau Cathedral- A gorgeous cathedral that is designed in Neo-Romanesque- Neo Gothic style. The cathedral was built from 1850-1916 and is the current home to the Roman Catholic church on the island.