7 Unbelievable Places You Have To Visit If You’re In Dominica

Home / Home3 / 7 Unbelievable Places You Have To Visit If You’re In Dominica

DOMINICA

AN UNTOUCHED PARADISE

By Natalie Augustin

With over 700 islands to choose from, one couldn’t fault you for thinking of the Caribbean – an exquisitely strung chain of island gems – as a homogeous mass. 

But while many islands do live up to the idyllic image of white sand beaches, Jolly Roger day cruises, and luxury high-rise beach front hotel, others, take a more natural, green and simple approach to life, creating a melange of a Caribbean paradise with a unique eco-consciousness.

Dominica is a master at the latter. 

While I’ve jokingly given it the moniker of the “Caribbean’s Vegan” (because it’s so green and unspoilt), Dominica is indeed a haven for nature-loving, outdoorsy, tree-hugging travellers.

Want to ditch your umbrella drinks, pineapple motifs and lounge chairs for a chance to discover the wonders of nature in its finest form? Give Dominica a thought.

With thick rain forests, pristine mountains, sloping lush valleys, dramatic water falls, bubbling hot lakes, and black sand beaches, Dominica is an eco-paradise to be enjoyed.

A product of the Caribbean, I found myself drawn to the island’s old vibe. Where most of its counterparts have embraced modernity and technology in a rush, Dominica looks like it had wadded slowly through the past 50 odd years.

I vividly remember the first thing I saw once I stepped out of the airport – bare-bottomed children playing unabashedly on river rocks, while their mother washed what looked like an avalanche of clothes alongside the rambling brackish river. Not to mention the herds of goats that routinely halted my daily commute around the island!

Small, spacious, and averaging just around 73,000 people, Dominica is a feast for the eyes. If you’re ever making a trip there, here are my recommendations for the seven most eye-opening experiences you can have on this untouched paradise.

BOILING LAKE

My top pick is a visit to the world’s second largest boiling lake, best described as a cauldron of bubbling greyish blue water. Ranked as the most spectacular trail in Dominica, it is also at the top of the list for being the most challenging hiking terrain. Consider yourself warned; it takes experienced hikers 6 hours in total, so make sure you have a local guide at hand.

BOERI LAKE / MORNE TROIS PITONS NATIONAL PARK

It’s a welcome surprise to hike up a mountainous rainforest and stumble onto this misty lake too! Formed from a crater of an inactive volcano, the Boeri lake is located at the top of Dominica’s highest mountain standing at a proud 2850 ft. The trail is well-maintained, and so makes for a moderately challenging hike. 

TRAFALGAR FALLS

Endearingly referred to as Mother (to the left) and Father (to the right), these twin falls are an aquaphile’s treat. Unlike most waterfalls, this one’s an easy hike. A 20 minute walk takes you to a viewing platform, and for the thrill seekers, there’s always the option of a swim in the fall’s dipping pools. I can’t think of a more refreshing way to complete your visit.

CARNIVAL

If you’re looking to trade in the usual sequins, bikinis, and bling for a feel of authentic Caribbean Carnival antics, then the Dominican carnival is a must see. Some refer to the experience as “real mas,” as there is still a hand-made look and feel to the carnival, reminiscent of the early years of Trinidad’s carnival. Despite its small size and old time mas appeal, this carnival keeps the city streets of Dominica’s capital – Roseau  – pulsing, and certainly took me down memory lane. 

CHAMPAGNE BEACH

This natural open-water jacuzzi might just be the highlight of your trip. Aptly called champagne beach for the gas bubbles that rise from the volcanic sea floor, the beach has crystal clear water and an extensive marine life that is great for snorkeling and diving

SCOTT’S HEAD

The island’s western coastal road ends at Scott’s Head village, making this small fishing village easy to find. This beautiful bay is home to the Scott’s head marine reserve, rumored to be the best dive site on the island for its underwater volcanic crater walls that make for very interesting seascapes.

The village also has a trail that gives you a perfect bird’s eye view of the spot where the Atlantic Ocean greets the Caribbean Sea. I choose to stay in this charming village during my visit to Dominica, in a seaside apartment that teetered over the black pebbled shore of Soufriere Bay.

KALINAGO TRIBE

No visit to Dominica would be complete without a visit to the Kalinago territory. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience the heritage of one of the Caribbean’s oldest indigenous tribes. On display to visitors are many of the Kalinago’s well preserved ancient customs and traditions, enjoyed in their natural setting.

Dominica is definitely an island that marches to the beat of a different Caribbean drum. Blessed with a cornucopia of natural resources for this island it is especially easy to be green. Making it a natural alternative for your next Caribbean get away.

Leave a Comment

  • SUBMIT