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*'''Morne Trois Pitons National Park'''
 
*'''Morne Trois Pitons National Park'''
*'''Boiling Lake''' A 12 mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep mostly on steps and switchbacks.  A guide is recommended for inexperienced back country hikers, the terrain is rough especially when wet (which it almost always is).  The trail is well marked most of the way.  The trail is completely lost at the Valley of Desolation and picks up again where vegetation begins. The hike is stunning and the bare volcanic mountain tops make for unforgettable views of rolling mountain tops and steamy volcanic vents.  Trail ends at the Boiling Lake, a 100 meter wide lake that is being heated by a volcanic vent and is boiling.
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*'''Boiling Lake''' A 12 mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep mostly on steps and switchbacks.  A guide is recommended for inexperienced back country hikers, the terrain is rough especially when wet (which it almost always is).  The trail is well marked most of the way.  The trail is completely lost at the Valley of Desolation and picks up again where vegetation begins. The hike is stunning and the bare volcanic mountain tops make for unforgettable views of rolling mountain tops and steamy volcanic vents.  Trail ends at the Boiling Lake, a 100 meter wide lake that is being heated by a volcanic vent and is boiling.[[Image:Boilinglake.JPG|thumb|The Village of Scott's Head]]
 
*'''Champagne'''  
 
*'''Champagne'''  
 
*'''Glassy''' An incredible and short 2-3 hour day hike in the southeast of the island.  The trail begins nicely enough through some farm land and then plunges into a deep jungle valley then approaches the coast skirting steep cliffs to one side (not for those with vertigo). The trail ends on an old volcanic flow that juts into the ocean, waves roll all around crashing on all sides, little ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and some coral and fish make the ponds their home.  When approaching the edges of the cliffs be aware waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or worse yet pulled them into the ocean to their certain death.
 
*'''Glassy''' An incredible and short 2-3 hour day hike in the southeast of the island.  The trail begins nicely enough through some farm land and then plunges into a deep jungle valley then approaches the coast skirting steep cliffs to one side (not for those with vertigo). The trail ends on an old volcanic flow that juts into the ocean, waves roll all around crashing on all sides, little ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and some coral and fish make the ponds their home.  When approaching the edges of the cliffs be aware waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or worse yet pulled them into the ocean to their certain death.

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Quick Facts
Capital Roseau
Government Parliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area total: 754 km2
water: 0 km2
land: 754 km2
Population 68,910 (July 2006 est.)
Language English (official), French patois
Religion Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%
Country code 1-767
Internet TLD .dm
Time Zone UTC-4

Dominica [1] is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. It is often known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world.

Note 
Should not be confused with the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic.

Regions

Map of Dominica
Administrative divisions 
10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter

Cities

  • Roseau - Capital
  • Portsmouth
  • Scott's Head- Beautiful village at the end of the road on the southwest corner. Scott's Head wraps around the lip of a gently curved bay that happens to be the ancient crater of a volcano. Luckily for divers you can bring your own snorkel or scuba gear and walk out and admire what remains, a 160 meter deep coral lined hole that stretches for hundreds of meters. Several quaint shacks serve decent fare for decent prices. Villagers are curious as visitors are few. The main road ends at a small point on a hill that provides stunning views of both Scott's Head below and Roseau to the north.
The Village of Scott's Head

Other destinations

  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Boiling Lake A 12 mile round trip hike (8 hours), very steep mostly on steps and switchbacks. A guide is recommended for inexperienced back country hikers, the terrain is rough especially when wet (which it almost always is). The trail is well marked most of the way. The trail is completely lost at the Valley of Desolation and picks up again where vegetation begins. The hike is stunning and the bare volcanic mountain tops make for unforgettable views of rolling mountain tops and steamy volcanic vents. Trail ends at the Boiling Lake, a 100 meter wide lake that is being heated by a volcanic vent and is boiling.
    The Village of Scott's Head
  • Champagne
  • Glassy An incredible and short 2-3 hour day hike in the southeast of the island. The trail begins nicely enough through some farm land and then plunges into a deep jungle valley then approaches the coast skirting steep cliffs to one side (not for those with vertigo). The trail ends on an old volcanic flow that juts into the ocean, waves roll all around crashing on all sides, little ponds collect some of the water from the crashing waves and some coral and fish make the ponds their home. When approaching the edges of the cliffs be aware waves have been known to throw people against the rocks or worse yet pulled them into the ocean to their certain death.

Understand

Climate

Tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall. Flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months.

Terrain

Rugged mountains of volcanic origin.

highest point 
Morne Diablatins 1,447 m

History

Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia Charles, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Get in

Visitors from the United States, Canada and European Union nations are granted automatic visas on entry for up to 21 days (with extensions available). Other nations should check with Dominica immigration before traveling.

By plane

There are two airports in Dominica, Melville Hall(DOM) and Canefield(DCF). Most commercial flights land at Melville Hall.




By boat

From Martinique and Guadaloupe ferries on most days of the week. Arrival in Roseau.

Get around

Car Rental

As far as freedom of movement and exploration a car can be invaluable. Though small the island's tightly turning mountain roads make for relatively long journey and a hair raising experience. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and there are various car rental agencies at both airports.

Tips:

  • Honk horn on hairpin turns especially during the day.
  • Beware of large trucks as their width forces other drivers off the road.
  • Ask directions if lost, the locals are very friendly and informative.
  • When in mountains in torrential rains, consider stopping for a bit or at least going very slowly.
  • A compact is sufficient for most situations but a small 4x4 might also be nice. A large 4x4 would be cumbersome on the small streets.

Talk

Languages 
English (official), French patois

Buy

The best local handicrafts are Carib made baskets. The earth tone colors come from burying the fibers in the ground for different lengths of time.

Eat

Tomatos in Portsmouth is a popular gathering place for Expats as well as Professors and Students of Ross University.

Drink

Locally brewed Kabuli beer. Ask your hotel to set up a tour of the brewery.

Sleep

  • 'Sister Sea Lodge' [2] 6 cottages in tropical garden directly at the beach. In the fish-bar fresh fish and sea food served on a banana leaf. Sister Sea Lodge is next to Ross University. The romantic bar is run by a german lady: Harta Sango
  • 'Jungle Bay Resort & Spa' [3] Choose from 35 treetop cottages at this 'barefoot luxury' resort. Try the popular ' Jungle Spa Adventure Package' for the best value!
  • Calibishie Lodges [4] $80-130 USD. Located on hillside above the beach. Pool, gardens, and restaurant.
  • Veranda View A small guest house located in the north part of the Island, Veranda View is an ideal location to base yourself to tour the island. Located 15 minutes from the Melville Hall Airport, the guest house is easy to find on the main road in Calibishie.
  • 'Pointe Baptiste Villa and cottage' [5] A large and small colonial style historic house located in a 25 acre estate which includes 2 beaches.
  • 'Fort Young Hotel' [6]73 Guest rooms in Roseau. Beautiful terraced rooms overlook the harbor.
  • 'BareFoot Travel' [7]Offers a choice of over 30 properties in Dominica. Diving and Adventure Packages.
  • '3 Rivers Eco Lodge' [8]Individual cottages, dormitory style accommodation as well as tent rental to camp out on the property.
  • 'Beau Rive' [9]Stunning cliff views in Carib Territory, rooms are large and airy. Mark, the proprietor, is a charming host and points visitors to some lesser known attractions nearby. Ideal for independent travelers with a vehicle. The food and atmosphere in the dining room is impeccable and reflects the owner's cosmopolitan origins.
  • 'Papillote' [10]Deep in the jungle built atop bubbling hot springs this little enclave puts you at the foot of the hike to Trafalgar Falls and considerably closer to the Boiling Lake trail head. On site there are two waterfalls, wild fauna, four beautifully set hot spring pools, resident chickens and peacocks. The kitchen serves excellent straightforward healthy fare with a decidedly Caribbean touch.

Learn

Founded in 1978 Ross University, an American medical school, located in Portsmouth, offers a Basic Sciences curriculum designed to prepare students for licensure and practice in the U.S.

Work

Stay safe

Stay healthy

Tap water is supposed to be safe to drink, but since it is drawn straight from Dominica's many rivers, it has a tendency to turn brown after heavy rainfall. It's better to drink the bottled water available almost anywhere.

Basic healthcare is available at Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau.

Respect

Contact

Area code is 767, on the North American exchange.

Digicel is a local cellular company which provides prepaid plans for those visiting for short periods.

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