Dominica: The Caribbean’s hidden gem

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Dominica, often confused with the Dominican Republic, is probably not what you envisage when you think of a Caribbean Island. Forget flashy resorts and white sand beaches, this is an island of stunningly unspoilt, rugged and rare nature – pristine rainforest, dramatic volcanoes, bubbling rivers and wild seas.

With a barely chartered feel, that many of the neighbouring islands had thirty years ago, there’s not really any other Caribbean island quite like it. The people are warm and welcoming and seem genuinely intrigued by the small trickle of visitors venturing over to their little corner of paradise each year.
With a landscape so dramatic it often feels like driving through a film set, it’s little wonder the island was selected as the backdrop to many of the scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest.

Despite being ravaged by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, the Dominican people have shown incredible resilience and the island’s infrastructure was more-or-less back in place when we visited just four months later. This is an off-the-beaten-track Caribbean experience and a nature-lovers paradise.

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18 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 22, 2016

    “Forget flashy resorts and white sand beaches, this is an island of stunningly unspoilt, rugged and rare nature – pristine rainforest, dramatic volcanoes, bubbling rivers and wild seas.”

    Well, we have the same thing lots of other places all over the world, in the South Pacific and elsewhere in Europe too!

    You see that is the stupid hogwash belief most Dominicans walk with in their head. Even Skerrit the prime minister of the country, told the world that Dominica does not need anything Las Vegas has to attract tourist to Dominica!

    When one talk such nonsense in the quote above; I need to remind people like that who live in a fantasy world, of make belief, that Dominica has remained “un-spoilt” for hundreds of years, and if being un-spoilt was an attraction for the tourist, every vacationer on earth would head to Dominica; hence, there would be no space to maneuver, both tourist and locals would be stepping on each other!

    Some Dominicans are so delusional it is not…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 22, 2016

      Some Dominicans are so delusional it is not funny. Truly we can do the best with what we have, however, not many people are anxious to leave a comfortable private home in Europe, and North America, better than most hotels, to go to Dominica to sleep in a place worst than what they live in for a home. If the idea of hearing about a river, and jumping into a river, is what Dominicans believe its all about; there are more rivers and lakes, in America and Canada than we have in Dominica!

      Dominica has nothing to offer that can’t be found elsewhere. I have traveled the world over, and there is nothing I left or seen in Dominica that I have not found, and seen in my travels. If we want tourism, we cannot begin to talk about tourism before first building an International Airport, along with some modern Hotels with all modern amenities; we had better think of class restaurants, and places of entertainment, otherwise, our talk alone will not cut it!

      We talk a lot about beauty, and…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 22, 2016

        We talk a lot about beauty, and Nature, we are still stock in primitivism, we are unable to shed our primitive mentality that is an obstacle in the way of development of the country.

        Dominica is not as unique as some people think, and want to believe, face it; Dominica is just about one of: if not the most backwards place in the Western Hemisphere; if not in the universe! In our country it’s all about mouth talk. The running off of our mouth is not getting us any place, look around you people; from Jamaica in the North to Guyana in the South, and all of the larger, and smaller islands between, if we look carefully, we will discover we are behind the rest of the Caribbean by a thousand years!

  2. Dominican abroad
    February 21, 2016

    There is no place like Dominica we only real investment and that will create job for it people
    No place like Dominica I love Dominica place of my birth.

  3. Locs Girl
    February 20, 2016

    Beautifully written! Too bad our own don’t appreciate what we have.

  4. J.John-Charles
    February 20, 2016

    I would like to know how many tourist return to Dominica after visiting it once?
    This question was asked by El Chapo. My wife and I was in a doctors office (a cardiologist) 16 months ago in New Jersey.He Knew my wife because they are working at the same hospital, but this doctor was shocked when we mentioned Dominica.He asked are you from Dominica? my wife and I will be holidaying there,we read about the island.
    When he returned he told her. “Da is so beautiful I will return”
    Just yesterday my wife told me this same Dr.let her know that he will be going back soon.

  5. El Chapo
    February 19, 2016

    “Dominica, often confused with the Dominican Republic, is probably not what you envisage when you think of a Caribbean Island. Forget flashy resorts and white sand beaches, this is an island of stunningly unspoilt, rugged and rare nature – pristine rainforest, dramatic volcanoes, bubbling rivers and wild seas.

    With a barely chartered feel, that many of the neighbouring islands had thirty years ago, there’s not really any other Caribbean island quite like it. The people are warm and welcoming and seem genuinely”

    This is a sign of poor development and little investment… I would really like to know how many tourist return to Dominica after visiting it once.

    • Original Mahaut Man
      February 20, 2016

      I am Dominican are you.

  6. Zandoli
    February 19, 2016

    This all well and good except the cost and trouble of getting there is a major hurdle for potential tourists.

    I prices a ticket from Trinidad to Dominica return and it was I excess of $500 USD. I am not paying that kind of money to go to DA for a couple to 3 days, not to mention it would take the better part of 2 days of travel for the trip back and forth.

    • julie
      February 19, 2016

      Nobody ask you to come .. Stupes !!!

  7. vally
    February 19, 2016

    No comments, its something good about Dominica. well well.

  8. Man has learned to believe that large sums of money and a world of material assets is the perfect evidence of being rich; that man in question, applies to our Dominicans as well

    But time and again our own Dominica has proved that true riches belong in nature ITSELF –the untouchable Gem which is our blessings from God–if only we would appreciate those blessing of Gem and to give Him the glory, which He wants from us!

  9. Ralphie Alcendo, USA
    February 18, 2016

    Dominica

  10. I am Dominican...Are you?
    February 18, 2016

    Amazing read. I takes an outsider to appreciate what we have.

  11. MIA
    February 18, 2016

    typo……………. appreciate

  12. MIA
    February 18, 2016

    My people let us applicate what we have and work together as a team in moving the country forward… please take the time to read the entire article

  13. Ralphie Alcendo, USA
    February 18, 2016

    I just read comments with mountains of hatred for Dominica by Dominicans. Our own people out to destroy us. But here is a total stranger making Dominica look like a paradise . I often hear a Bajan lady on q95 praising Dominica, but on the same station many Dominicans make us look like the worst place on earth. Why? What do they have to gain?

  14. Clinton
    February 18, 2016

    Thank you “DORIS AND DICKY” ,we appreciate this VERY much.

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