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Commonwealth of Dominica
Member Name: ladyoftheflowers
Date: 15/08/00, updated on 28/05/01 (203 review reads)
Advantages: Natural, beautiful scenery,
Disadvantages: Boredom sets in after a week or so
Dominica is one of the lesser visited islands of the Caribbean. Situated between Guadeloupe and Martinique it is the perfect place to spend a weekend if island hopping.
The island has two small airports which offer flights within the Carribean. It can be reached by Liat planes from Antigua or St. Lucia but personally I would opt for travel by boat. L'Express des Iles run a daily service calling at St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Dominica is presented to tourists as 'The Nature Island of The Caribbean' and I feel that this title is suitably fitting. Having visited most of the Caribbean islands I found Dominica to be the most undeveloped and natural, with Montserrat coming a close second. One can take a hike up to the boiling lake or visit sulphur springs. Both a worthwhile experience. The Emerald pool is also worth a visit. It is situated in the rainforest and is a 5 minute stroll from the road. You can swim in the lush water. It is very refreshing and shouldn't be missed! Another place worth visiting is Trafalger falls. It is only a short walk to te viewing platform. Young men are keen to offer their services as guides, in return for a small fee. If you are only going to the viewing platform there is no need for a guide. Be firm with them! However, if you go beyond there to swim in a fresh water pool I would suggest you take a guide. The journey involves crossing a river and clambering over boulders. We refused a guide and as a result nearly got lost. The rocks were very wet and slippery. It is extremely dangerous, believe me! As a result we missed swimming in the pool at the otherside :o(
I stayed at Picard beach cottages in Portsmouth, which is in the north. It was lovely. The small resort offers 20 wooden cottages with a kitchenette, bathroom and two bedrooms. There is also a small bar/cafe if you can't be bothed to cook for yourself! (Supermarket situated at the top of the road!)I recommend you vis
it there! They will also discount their prices by up to 50% if you visit in summer (British time). For more information have a look at their website
There are very few hotels and luxury accomodation resorts in Dominica. But if you prefer that sort of holiday then you would be much better suited to one of the Rex Halcyon resorts in St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados or Jamaica!
The North houses the best beaches. Dominica is not renowned for its beaches (the sand is black due to past volcanic eruptions).
Roseau is the small capital. It is an hours drive from Portsmouth. The economy of Dominica is poor and this is shown by the state of the capital. As with most Caribbean cities it has open drains and sewers. There is a small duty free area called Captain's Dock. This has the island's smartest hotel and restaurant overlooking the dock. There are a few small duty free jewellery stores.
A tip - the people of Dominica are very poor and as with all Caribbean islands there are a lot of beggars. Children come up to you in the street and ask for your spare coins. We gave them sweets instead which seemed to please them.
Another tip - many of the locals are very keen to offer to guide you (in return for a small fee), if you want to be guided say yes, if you don't make that clear with a firm no. Some of them can be very persistent, be firm.
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