Dominica, Windward Islands
Dominica is a small island nation that is known for its pristine beauty and unspoiled nature. It is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, with volcanic peaks, mountain streams and rivers, beaches of both black (volcanic) and golden sands, dense forests, quiet lakes, waterfalls, geysers and boiling volcanic pools. The beaches are OK, but the real treasure in Dominica is its hiking trails, rivers and unique culture.
Dominica has 365 rivers that cascade down the island's three mountain ranges. One of those rivers leads to the Emerald Pool Grotto in the heart of the rain forest. The Shopping in Roseau, the capital city, is good and the panoramic view of the city from Morne Bruce is excellent. Travel through the Botanic Gardens where a 15 minute walk will bring you to a secluded waterfall with its crystal clear natural fresh water pool. The fascinating granite reef called "Champagne," is great for diving and is known for its bubbles produced by a hot fresh water geothermal vent.
Things to See & Do
* Cabrits National Park
* Morne Trois Pitons National Park
* Emerald Pearl Grotto
* Morn Bruce
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Language – English
Land Area – 754 sq km
Population – 70,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 767
Port Location – Ships dock right in downtown Roseau at the Roseau Cruise ship Terminal within easy walking distance of downtown Roseau. Cruise liners also dock at at Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth.
Transport Links – There are currently no direct, non-stop flights from Europe or the USA, mostly because the two airports are too small for jets. Popular routes from Europe are via Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique or Puerto Rico, then a local flight to Dominica. Woodbridge Bay, Roseau and Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth. Are the main Ports in Dominica. L’Express des Îles, a scheduled ferry service, connects Dominica with Guadeloupe, St Lucia and Martinique on a 300-seat catamaran. Caribbean Ferries also operate regular services between Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Bus services connect all towns and villages. Taxis are efficient and rental cars are available.