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Dominica

Emerald Pool waterfall in Dominica

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

A green, mountainous and unspoiled island, Dominica is an intriguing alternative to the more developed isles of the Caribbean. Sparsely populated and less than 30 miles long by 15 miles wide, the island is volcanic and does not have the white beaches found elsewhere in ...

A green, mountainous and unspoiled island, Dominica is an intriguing alternative to the more developed isles of the Caribbean. Sparsely populated and less than 30 miles long by 15 miles wide, the island is volcanic and does not have the white beaches found elsewhere in the region. But that has spared it the heedless development that has marred some of its neighbors. Dominica styles itself the “Nature Island”; almost one-third of it has been set aside as nature reserves. What it has to offer instead of sandy beaches are impressive peaks, some 5,000 feet high; a dozen spectacular waterfalls; and dense tropical rain forests that allow more than 1,000 species of plants and 172 species of birds to flourish. Because of the challenging terrain, roads mostly follow the coast. But with three national parks, 300 miles of hiking trails and world-class diving and snorkeling, the island offers innumerable activities and excursions.

WHEN TO VISIT

The weather is sunny and warm with year-round trade winds and little temperature variation. Driest months are December to June. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Dominica

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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