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.