Holidays to Dominica are packed with personality. Towering over the arc of the Caribbean archipelago and perched at its apex, Dominica is the jewel of the Caribbean crown. With the highest peak at nearly 1,500 metres tall, the Caribs that settled here around 1200 AD knew it as “Waitukubuli”, or “tall is her body&rdquo
Today Dominica is a republic in the British Commonwealth, after gaining independence from the UK in 1978. And while the island retains cultural history from British and French colonialism – English and French Creole are the most widely spoken languages – Dominica reserves territory for its much older Carib inhabitants, which comprise 5% of a population of mainly African descent. This preservation of natural order and heritage extends across Dominica’s ethos and into her food, culture and welcoming, lively people.
Luxury Holidays in Dominica
Like the island itself, Dominica’s hotels and resorts retain that distinct sense of adventure. Staff are always friendly, warm and doting; however, you are left to explore in your time and on your own terms.
Many residences are designated ‘eco-lodges’, and share a wonderful synergy with their surroundings. Relax on a veranda amongst lush rainforest and gaze over Pitons that pierce the blue ocean; with the stunning surrounds it is even easy to overlook the luxury cabana perched next to you on the hillside. Such is the seamless integration between the island and islanders.
Diving, hiking and biking packages are often a major draw for adventure-hungry guests. In contrast, many resorts feature natural spas to relax and rejuvenate. Imagine massage tables next to babbling brooks and enveloped by tropical flowers, dazzling every sense.
10 Great Reasons to Holiday in Dominica
- Unspoilt natural rainforest
- Perfect beaches of white, golden and jet black sands
- A nature lover’s dream of rare flora and fauna
- Diving in the coral reefs
- Scenic and challenging cycle paths
- Kayaking or River Tubing Layou River
- Hiking Morne Anglais and Morne Trois Pitons
- Botanical gardens of Roseau
- Intricate local handcraft from Roseau Market Plaza and Dame ME Charles Boulevard
- French Creole cuisine
Things to Do in Dominica
There is no better way to discover Dominica than with a simple stroll. The island is a spider’s web of footpaths that undulate through lush valleys, harmonious villages and across 4,000-foot peaks. Hikers make their own routes to find hidden pools of warm waters and cascades such as Penrice Double Waterfalls, Trafalgar Falls or Victoria Falls. The more adventurous might venture further through volcanic territory to discover the Boiling Lake or take on The Morne Trois Pitons Trail – no easy hike, but a worthy reward from the summit of this three-peaked mountain. If you prefer, many of these trails can be followed by bike.
Dominica boasts wonders of the natural world seldom seen elsewhere. In the nights from March until October, the experience of a lifetime awaits as one watches sea turtles wash up to nest on Rosalie Beach, including the enormous and beautiful Leatherback Turtle.
Head out into the ocean meanwhile, and experience the unparalleled spectacle of whale watching! Whales and dolphins in fact take residence in the waters around Dominica all year and the island is a hub of activity for Humpbacks, Minke Whales and Orcas. However the resident celebrities are a group of Sperm Whales living 3,000 feet in the depths below, occasionally popping up for snacks and some very lucky snaps.
Watersports are the order of many Dominican days. Tubing, yachting, Scuba diving and snorkelling for all levels and abilities; kayaking and river rapid rafting and more are all available.
The nightlife might not be the buzzing 24-hour party of some Caribbean islands, but Dominica holds various festivals and carnivals year round bringing together the vibrant colours and culture of the island. A highlight is DOMFESTA, a celebration of art, dance and theatre.
Interesting Facts about Dominica
- Area – 754 square kilometres
- Population – 71,684 (2012)
- Currency – East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) – at time of printing (Feb 2013) 1 GBP = 4.43 XCD
Dominica experiences its dry season from January to May, with rains from June to December. The island can get as much as 7.6 metres in annual rainfall although the patterns are unpredictable. Temperatures generally average around the mid- to late-20s Celsius, although cooler at altitude.
Dominica Holidays 2021 / 2022
For those looking to book early, we are now offering holidays to Dominica for 2021 including fantastic all inclusive holidays, weddings and honeymoons so book early to avoid disappointment.
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