Not to be confused with Dominican Republic (where to big resorts and all-inclusive abound), Dominica is an almost untouched paradise. An eco-lover’s dream with a mountainous interior, lush pristine rainforest as well as superb diving and snorkelling, Dominica is our favourite Caribbean destination. Highlights include:
- hot springs and a sulphorous boiling lake (yes really!)
- hiking trails through the rainforest
- amazing diving with an underwater volcanic crater, reefs, walls and pinnacles all in a pristine state.
- gorgeous boutique hotels
- Great birdwatching with over 170 differences species including the Sisserou Parrot which features on the country’s flag
- year round chances to spot sperm whales
- beautiful waterfalls
- the Waitukubuli national trail which crosses the whole island.
- Roseau. Dominica’s capital set between Caribbean waters and mountain peaks has a 19th-century cathedral, museum and botanical gardens. Browse local markets with the sound of reggae in the background.
- For some real history visit Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park. Built in a volcanic crater the fort was part of a network of defences in the 18th and 19th centuries. Climb the walls and take in the panoramic coastal views.
Walking on Dominica
A stay on Dominica is more likely to involve hiking boots than high heels and there are plenty of trails to choose from. It has the Caribbean’s only long distance trail, the Waitukubulu trail which at 185km long takes a fortnight to complete. Helpfully, the trail is split into fourteen segments, many of which make for lovely day long walks if you have transport organised at each end. There are other walks too. To the boiling lake and to waterfalls, as well as more gentle local strolls. A guide is recommended for many of these walks and your hotel should be able to help you organise this when you are there. Alternatively, one of our favourite hotels includes a programme of daily activities including a hikes most days in its adventure package.
Cabrits Resort & Spa
British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Dominica. For latest information list the FCDO pages.
Confirm your usual vaccinations are up to date and consider Tetanus and Hepatitis B. For latest information visit the NHS Fit for Travel pages.
It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.