Dominica is known as the " Nature Isle of the Caribbean "
Coming into to port the pastel colored capital of Rosseau comes into view
Photo Credit: Globe Guide
English is the official language, however Creole and French are widely spoken. Dominica is located in the Eastern Caribbean, a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north.
Dominica is known for hiking, diving, snorkeling, relaxing in hot spring pools - experiencing nature at its finest, and the opportunity to view the indigenous Carib Indians.
The people of Dominica are very serious about keeping their island clean, and free from over development. The island has no hotel chains or high rises, no casinos and little night life.
This is a Caribbean island where most people prefer to swim in fresh water rivers. The best places to swim are the pools at the base of waterfalls many of them are six stories high.
The black and yellow sand beaches that line the shore are beautiful to view and photograph, as each one offers a unique topography and backdrop. You will not find the typical soft sand beaches of the region here - the majority are rocky with lots of pebbles.
Dominica is home to the Boiling Lake
The second largest thermally active lake in the world
Photo Credit Paul Crask - www.paulcrask.com/
More volcanic activity can be found to the South at Champagne Reef
This is an area where volcanic activity causes thousands of bubbles to come from the rocks beneath the water - a nice cool refreshing fizzle. Photo Credit George Kourounis via Storm Chasers
Jing Ping Bands are unique to Dominica history and culture
Photo Credit: Roseau City Guide
The music consists of the Boom Boom (long hollow tube that is blown into ), an Accordian, a Gwa (scraper-rattle), and Tambou (tambourine) - Jing Ping has now become a part of popular music through bouyon music. The Giraudel Jing Ping Band is known among the best on the island.
The Caribbean derives its name from its original inhabitants
Carib Indian Photo Credits: Travel 2 the Caribbean
Dominica is home to the last remaining Carib Territory in the Caribbean. The Caribs inhabit 3,600 acres on the northeast coast of the island.
They elect their own chief who holds the position for four years, and they still make the products of their ancestors - carving traditional dugout canoes, weaving mats and baskets.
Authentic Carib baskets made from larouma reed
Take a visit to the Kalinago Barana Aute cultural center and tour the Carib village, learn more about their culture, and purchase products. Carib products can also be purchased in the capital city of Roseau at the Old Market Plaza.
This is the ideal place to spot Whales and Dolphins
You can view more killer whales, sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins here than anywhere else in the Caribbean, and the peak season for seeing whales is between November - March.
Annual October World Creole Music Fest October 30 to November 1, 2015
Definitely one of the more unique music festivals in the Eastern Caribbean region, and features the best in creole music from around the world.
The festival's primary focus is on the indigenous music of Dominica including Jing Ping with steelpan, bouyon and cadence sounds.
In addition the Creole Festival also features a variation of Creole music from Haiti, Afro-beats from Africa, Zydeco from Louisiana, along with the sounds of Zook, Soca and Reggae.
Photo Credit: Large Up
Locals wear the national traditional dress or some variation. The girls wear a “jupe,” the women wear a “robe dwiyet” and the men wear black pants, white shirt and a red sash around the waist.
Dominica gained its independence from Great Britain on November 3, 1978 and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth. The day is spent celebrating the unique Creole culture. The day would not be complete without enjoying the islands unique cuisine - Crab-backs, Callaloo, and Titiwi accras are just some of the delicious local foods to sample.
While Dominica may not be your ideal Caribbean beach bumming destination, this is a island that will appeal to travelers looking for an eco-friendly Caribbean vacation. If you enjoy nature photography, hiking, diving, snorkeling and experiencing a unique cultural experience, head to the Nature Island - you will not be disappointed!
(ˆ◡ˆ) Discover more about the Nature Island at the tourism site