Travel to Dominica
The rugged adventurer would do well to travel to Dominica. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, this Caribbean island is a volcanic mecca for the outdoorsman.
Counter to what you'd expect of an island, Dominica is not known for its beaches, or its duty-free shopping, for that matter (it does, however, have some choice spots for snorkeling and scuba diving). No, Dominica calls out those who jump for joy at the words "nature", "hike", and "wildlife". Most of Dominica is rocky, mountainous, and covered by lush rainforests.
Because much of Dominica's land is a national wildlife preserve, there are many species of flora and fauna among its rainforests and waterfalls that are otherwise extinct in the region. Throughout the island, there are many hiking trails of varying lengths, including Glassy and Jaco Step; the latter crosses over several of the islands 365 rivers. Dominica is also home to the second-largest hot springs in the world, Boiling Lake. Amazingly, amongst all of the varied species in Dominica, there are no poisonous snakes or insects. Common sense and caution are a must on longer hikes though, especially as Dengue fever is a common problem in Dominica's climate.
Dominica's many tropical trees-fruit and otherwise-make juice beverages cheap and plentiful. In particular, grapefruit juice and coconut water are as ubiquitous as well as the local beer, Kubuli. The more exotic drinks of sorrel (a reddish drink derived from hibiscus), avocado pear juice, and the local soft drink, Quenchi, are also widely available.
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Electricity Voltage: 110V
Calling Code: +1-767
Popular Travel Destinations:
- Cabrits National Park
- Boiling Lake
- Victoria Waterfall
Official Website: www.dominica.dm
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.