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Travel to Dominica, nature's paradise in the Caribbean

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor
Dominica's pre-Columbian name is Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'Her body is tall'. This Caribbean island is located between Martinique and Guadeloupe. A member of the Commonwealth, Dominica is a former British colony which has been independent since 1978. A paradise for birds, the green island is loved for its various landscapes, its mountains and coral reefs, its tropical forests and its banana and coconut plantations. Those who travel to Dominica will find a paradise just waiting to be explored, if only for the Zouk music and the Dominican people, who are particularly friendly and always smiling.

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Though Dominica can be disappointing for white sand beach lovers, it will seduce hiking and wild nature amateurs, as well as underwater divers. The hiking opportunities are numerous here and the paths are well marked out. Among the most exceptional sites, you will find the Morne Diablotin, the highest point of the island (4,747 ft high), the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, famous for its boiling lake in the middle of a crater, and the paradise waterfalls of Victoria and Sari-Sari. We recommend underwater diving, especially in the Bay of Scotts Head. As for those who enjoy nature and sport expeditions, the Escape company offers aquatic hikes (rafting, canyoning) to discover the rivers of this island, which are among some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. If you want something fascinating to do, do not forget to go and visit the Carib indians, in their reserve on the eastern side of the island.
Lastly, attending a cricket game is a must. The West Indies team (of which Dominica is a member) is one of the best teams in the world together with Australia and South Africa.


  • +Dominica is a well-preserved island; many diving spots remain untouched.
  • +Dominica is one of the biggest ornithological regions in the Caribbean with up to 162 bird species.
  • +It is the kingdom of cricket, a sport as popular as football in Brazil.


  • -The black sand beaches are not very attractive at first sight.
  • -The cyclone period corresponds to our summer holidays, which means that tourists come during the winter.


The inhabitants of the island possess a rich Caribbean tradition that expresses itself through gastronomy (spicy), music and dance (Zouk, Calypso). One example of this tradition is the Creole festival in November, where many artistic and cultural events glorify the Creole language and folklore.
The island is actually home to the largest Indian community of the Caribbean region, the Carib, who have preserved their customs and traditions. They still carve their boats from large tree trunks and live in stilt houses.
Under British rule for over a century, the Dominicans have conserved a few particularities of the English way of life: they drive on the left, eat sandwiches and play cricket, the national sport.


The local food is a blend of French, Caribbean and West African cuisine. Therefore, among the numerous specialities, you wil find Buljow (flying fish served with bread buns), stuffed crab or the Calalou soup (a green spinach soup). You must also taste the national dish, the ''mountain chicken'', which as its name does not suggest, is made of fried or panned frog legs served with a Creole sauce!
As is the case in all of the Caribbean regions, you can enjoy a host of tropical fruits, including: guavas, pineapples, mangoes, bananas, coconuts, papayas and carambolas.
As for drinks, try the punch made from exotic fruits, the Dominican rum and the local beer called Kubuli. lastly, do not miss trying the delicious fresh fruit juices which are on sale everywhere.


The Carib indians make great quality baskets, decorated with traditional patterns. You can bring back all sorts of weaved objects, including table cloths, hats, Creole dollies, bags but also spices, rum and tobacco. Shops are open from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm, from Monday to Friday.