Sparsely populated, Dominica is a vibrant blend of European and African cultures, and most notably, it’s home to the Caribbean’s only remaining population of pre-Columbian Carib Indians. Much of this tropical island is protected under national park status, making for an unspoilt natural paradise. There are 365 rivers, nine sharp-peaked volcanoes, the world’s second largest hot springs, black and white sand beaches, and ancient forests and national parks – including the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site. Dominica tempts nature lovers of every ilk with its world-class diving, lush hiking trails, mellow rivers for kayaking, rare birdlife and secluded beaches.
When to go
Crowds of tourists dissipate from October to December. There are balmy temperatures all-year round, but tropical storms shower down from June to November, when hurricanes have been known to strike.
PlanesThere are no non-stop flights from the US or UK. Melville Hall Airport services connecting flights on LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and the airport is a one-hour drive from the resort.
AutomobilesHire a car in order to fully explore the island. Avis (www.avis.com) is a reputable car-hire option. Roads are paved and smooth, but not brightly lit at night. If you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, the resort has a car with driver available for day excursions.