Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

A Brief Introduction to Dominica

Totaling just 290 square miles, the island of Dominica is smaller than New York City. And while this country is small in size, it is mighty in beauty, fun and culture. Come explore this less-traveled corner of the Caribbean; it might just be your favorite new destination.

Logistics

Airport

Those traveling to Dominica will land at the Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM), formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, on Dominica’s northeast coast.  

Climate

Dominica enjoys a warm and mild climate with highs averaging between the mid-70s to upper 90s year-round, allowing for perfect swimming conditions no matter when you visit. The island does have a rainy season from July to November where downpours and thunderstorms can be intense, but storms generally don’t last long.

Language

English is the official and most widely spoken language. However, you may hear hints of Creole, Island Carib and Kokoy throughout your visit.

Currency

Dominica’s official currency is the East Caribbean dollar.

Why visit Dominica?

Beachy and beautiful, Dominica boasts the same gorgeous blue waters that our wanderlust dreams are made of. Covered in rolling green hills, the island is lush and full of opportunity for outdoor adventures. Some of the most popular activities in Dominica include diving and snorkeling, easy to advanced hiking, animal-based activities such as whale watching and turtle watching, subterranean fun like rappelling and crayoning and much, much more.

Immerse yourself in traditional Kalinago culture in Kalinago Territory, a community inhabited by around 3,000 indigenous people where travelers can experience the island’s traditional way of life with an authentic home stay, art and craft production or local culinary activities.

Speaking of culinary experiences, Dominica offers some of the freshest cuisine in the Caribbean as dishes are prepared with organic foods sourced on and around the island. Expect an abundance of meals with ingredients such as fruits and veggies, fresh fish, conch and crab, ripe plantains, tasty yams and island-grown chicken.

Popular hotels

  • Citrus Creek Plantation – An eco-lodge on the southeast coast of Dominica, Citrus Creek Plantation consists of a number of cottages and villas that look like something out of a tropical fairy tale. The property is spacious, sitting on over 20 acres of riverside land and is one of the largest lodges in Dominica.
  • Tamarind Tree Hotel and Restaurant – Situated in the center of Dominica’s west coast atop a 100-foot cliff, Tamarind Tree Hotel and Restaurant offers travelers unmatched scenery of the Caribbean Sea, the Bay of Salisbury and Morne Diablotin. Small and charming, a stay at this property includes a number of accommodations including access to an airport shuttle, internet, room service, swimming and dining options.
  • Atlantique View Resort & Spa – A resort that features European and contemporary style, the Atlantique View Resort & Spa is located on the northeastern end of Dominica and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Hidden in the verdant hillside, this resort is perfect for travelers looking to escape from reality while being minutes away from local fun and attractions.

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