Dominica is a little island located in the Caribbean archipelago of islands. It is just north of Martinique and south of Guadeloupe. The Commonwealth of Dominica (the country’s official name) is also known around the world as The Nature Island. This is due to the rainforests that cover most of the island. These forests are the home to over 1000 species of plant life.
Other natural attractions on the island include the rivers, lakes, and streams as well as the waterfalls around the nation. There are also national parks like the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, UNESCOs first World Heritage Site in that part of the world. Since English is the official language of the country, you won’t have to deal with a language barrier when you try to check into a hostel or take a tour in Dominica.
The country is actually one of the younger islands in the region. There is still a lot of volcanic activity underground here. The history of Dominica is diverse indeed. It was occupied by the Caribs, Columbus, the British, and finally gained independence.
Staying in Dominica is easy enough. The island nation may be small, but you still get to choose from many hostels, large and small. Accommodation isn’t limited to hostels, though. There are also hotels to stay in, along with apartments, inns, and cottages. The different types of accommodation have their own charm. Common among them all is an aura of relaxation mingled with the spice of adventure.
You can usually choose between places that are more in touch with nature, such as a number of eco-lodges near the rainforests, or hotels near the beaches of the island, famous for their black sand. While staying at your hostel or hotel of choice, you’re given the opportunity to engage in a number of activities around the island nation.
For one, you can go diving in the clear seas around the island. Noted as being one of the top ten destinations for divers in the world, Dominica has much to offer amateur and professional divers. You can see the many species of fish in the calm seas, witness the activity in an underwater volcanic crater, and discover sheer undersea cliffs.
If you prefer trekking through the wilderness, there are trails through the rainforests of the country, spanning 300 miles. From the scenery to the waterfalls, volcanic sights to streams, you’re guaranteed a great hiking experience. While walking around, you can drop in at the many villages around the nation. Experience the varied, rich heritage of the country by attending musical events and traditional festivals.
Other activities in Dominica don’t have to be nearly as exhausting as diving, hiking, and exploring are. You can also choose to engage in some relaxing spa treatments for your mind and body. There are many physical and mental healing activities to engage in at the hotels and resorts around the island. Afterwards, you could opt for a whale watching expedition with a group or go see the dolphins at play. Alternatively, you could row a boat down a river, zip down a zip line, or paraglide high above the waters of the island.
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