Dominica Favorites

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Dominica Favorites

  • Money matters

    The local currency in Dominica is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. We didn't need to use an ATM but they do exist on the island in Roseau and Portsmouth, they are connected to Cirrus, Star and Plus networks and dispense E.C. dollars. You can use US dollars to pay for tours, prices are quoted in USD. We also were able to use USD at a small grocery...

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  • Cruise information

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Dominica forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Dominica port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and...

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  • A little history

    Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic that shares an island called Hispaniola with Haiti, is named after the Latin name for Sunday by Christopher Columbus who spotted it on a Sunday in 1493. France claimed it as theirs in 1635, it was ceded to the United Kingdom in 1763 and it was made a colony in 1805 which explains both the...

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  • Eastern Caribbean Dollars

    The official currency on Dominica is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). This currency is used on almost all (former) English islands in the Eastern Caribbean:- Anguilla- Antigua and Barbuda- Dominica- Grenada- Montserrat- Saint Lucia- Saint Kitts and Nevis- Saint Vincent and GrenadinesEight territories and countries use this currency, although...

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  • Shades and Shapes of Green

    Dominica has been called a Green Island - that's because it rains a lot, so all the plants stay very green. Some plants thought to be extinct in other places can still be found in Dominica's forests.There are also many flowering plants which are quite colorful, but we didn't see them. That's because cruise ships only come in the winter, and most...

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  • Mashed Bus

    On each trip, we drove through the botanical garden and heard about this school bus. A brand new school bus had been donated to Dominica by the Canadians. Before it could be put into service, a hurricane hit, and it was crushed by a falling babob tree. If you look at the photos of the whole bus, you can see the huge trunk of the tree is still on...

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  • Rainbows in the Mist

    Because it rains so often in Dominica, it often happens that the sun is out at the same time, which is the prescription for rainbows. As we were leaving (playing trivia), there were beautiful rainbows over the island. At first, I couldn't get a clear view through the window, and when I eventually got out on deck, the greatest part of the rainbow...

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  • Unseen

    The fact that it isn't spoiled by mass tourism. Granted they do get a cruise ship...but they are mostly limited to shopping in Rosseau or tours to the Emerald Pool or a waterfall (Trafalgar and Victoria). If you go to Dominica and don't talk to the locals...and fall in love with them, you wasted your time. The island is also extremely green. If you...

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  • Hiking The Nature Island

    Dominica is a "back to nature" experience... Waterfalls, rivers, rain forest and smiling people make this island my ultimate Caribbean favorite! Hiking is my favourite way of visiting the Nature Island. Try the boiling lake if you are up for a challenge, or many of the easier hikes that will take you through the rainforest to a secret waterfall......

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  • Discover the South Coast

    Thought there are no sandy beaches along this whole coast, there are some beautiful bays and exceptional views. This is Fond St Jean, a great little fishing village on the south coast. If you're lucky, you'll go there just as they are bringing in the fish.

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  • North coast beaches

    I love the secluded beaches and bays of Dominica's northeast coast. Anse De Mai is an official port of entry, and you may be able to pick up a trip from to the French island of Guadeloupe or Marie Galante.

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  • Coastline

    Travel the entire coastline south, north, east, west, does not matter where, there are beautiful places to see. This pic was taken on the northeastern coastline near Calibishie. Hell (whoops, sorry, not supposed to use that word here, I actually said HECK), it would be easier to mention spots that did not hold special memories here on Dominica, we...

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  • Police

    We found the police to be a good source of information and very helpful.Tal and her friend Tyler got a good picture of this policeman in Roseau.

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  • Go to the Carib Territory. It...

    Go to the Carib Territory. It is another world within this world. When you enter the Carib territory, the people, structure and atmosphere abruptly changes .. it's almost like going back centuries in time. The Ash Wednesday after-Carnival ceremony in the Carib Territory, where they bury the spirit of Carnival till the next year. Drumming rythmns,...

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  • It's like going back in time...

    It's like going back in time when you explore Morne Trois Pitons National Park*, a primordial rain forest. Mists rise gently over lush, dark-green growth, drifting up to blue-green peaks that have earned Dominica the title 'Switzerland of the Caribbean.' Framed by banks of giant ferns, rivers rush and tumble. Trees sprout orchids, green sunlight...

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  • An absoultute must when in the...

    An absoultute must when in the Dominica is sailing. The ocean is beautiful and there are many bays which you can snorkle or dive. My fondest memory of the Dominican was Joyce from Larimar Horses. She gives the best horse back riding tours. The day ride was fabulous.

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  • I know it's probably been...

    I know it's probably been written over and over again, but, if you're in Dominica, you have to hike to the Boiling Lake. You climb 3,000 feet atop Morne Nichols, climb down into the Valley of Desolation, and then climb up again to the Boiling Lake--all while scrambling over rocks, slipping in mud, sweating buckets, huffing the entire way, and...

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  • One adventure I'd suggest is...

    One adventure I'd suggest is spending a day at Cataways Resort which is about 5 miles from Roseau. The beach really is impeccable and so is the restaurant. You will need to call first for permission since it is a resort. You will enjoy diving into the Caribbean sea from the small dock. They can be reached at 767-449-6244 or 888-227-8292 or e-mail...

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