The Best Hotels in Dominica for the Concerned Traveler

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The Best Hotels in Dominica

Travel is about two things: escape and immersion. And escape has its many components: indulgence and comfort, indifference and delight. Most of these elements start and end with the accommodation. And the more one focuses on escape, the less likely one is to actually embrace the second aspect: cultural immersion. What if, however, there were ways to experience both? It all begins with the right hotel, where escape and immersion are not competing ideas, but shared values. Read more

The Six Best Things to do in Roseau in One Day

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The Best Things to do in Roseau in one day, DominicaRoseau, the busiest city on the island of Dominica, isn’t that busy. There is a bustling Saturday morning outdoor market where farmers sell their produce and the colorful shops juxtaposed with ramshackle buildings, which feels like New Orleans in the Caribbean, is worth exploring. But the city shuts down at night and the only dining options on a Sunday, for example, is the average cuisine of hotels. But Roseau serves as the perfect base for seeing the attractions in the southwest corner of Dominica. And besides hiking the Boiling Lake Trail (which is a must for trekkers seeking a challenge) you can hit all of the highlights around Roseau in twenty-four hours. So if you’re visiting Dominica’s capital, I give to you the best things to do in Roseau in one day. Read more

Hiking Dominica: The Best Short Hikes

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Hiking Dominica
Dominica has the longest trail in the Caribbean, the Waitukabuli National Trail, and one of the most intense day hikes in the region to the Boiling Lake. However, not every traveler has an entire day or week to invest in hiking Dominica. For hikers seeking beautiful and briefer treks that are equally intense, the Nature Island offers those as well. Here are some of the best short hikes on Dominica. Read more

Driving Dominica

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Driving Dominica and Stopping in Fort St. Jean

It says something about a place when you can appreciate it just as much from the roads as you can from outside of a car. As I went driving Dominica, a country bathed in forest, watching it from the passenger seat of a moving van was as impressive as hiking its most scenic trails. (And I love hiking.) The island seems as if everything manmade is fighting forest. The roads and squat corrugated-roofed homes are enveloped by ferns and flowers. Palms and bromeliads provide canopy in a lovely and menacing way. If everything were left untended for a week, it feels as if the forest would just devour anything unnatural on the island. Read more

A Visit to Kalinago Barana Aute

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Kalinago Barana Aute Chief HeadBefore the Kalinago Barana Aute cultural center opened in 2006, the indigenous people of Dominica, many of whom had become banana growers, were feeling the strain of commercial farming. They just couldn’t compete. But in an effort to bring new opportunities to the Kalinagos–the last Caribbean indigenous peoples to remain on a native reservation–and to help preserve a culture that was losing its roots, the cultural center opened in an effort to protect the community and, simultaneously, open the reservation to visitors. Read more

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