Roseau, 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
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
It says something about a place when you can appreciate it just as much from the roads as you can from the 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, the forest would most probably devour everything unnatural on the island. Read more
Before 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
For the next few weeks (or more), I’ll be exploring traveling Dominica, The Nature Island, on Somewhere Or Bust. I figured we’d start things off with a trailer pieced together from some of the footage that I captured while in the country. Enjoy the short film below (or click the link in the last sentence should you encounter any issues with the video).
Dominica: The Nature Island