Dominica for Families
Collected by Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
Kids can't get enough of this natural wonderland. Fuel them up on bakes (roadside snacks of fried dough with stuffings), then channel that energy into swimming, tubing, snorkeling, hiking, and bird-watching. As they wind down, go whale watching or look for sea turtles on shore from March to October.
This twin-peaked headland—and the ruins of the 18th-century Fort Shirley garrison—preside over Prince Rupert’s Bay, Dominica's largest wetlands and a dock for smaller cruise ships. An 1802 revolt here led to the British Empire abolishing all slave...
Named after its highest mountain, this 17,000-acre park was established as a national park in July 1975 and named a World Heritage Site in 1997. Its Valley of Desolation is a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers, its Boiling Lake is the...
Indian River, Portsmouth, Dominica
Already a popular day trip, this jade-colored waterway rocketed to fame as the site of Calypso's house in Pirates of the Caribbean. Hire a guide and colorful rowboat—most seat up to eight passengers—for this one-mile excursion upstream. Watch for...
Three turtle species nest on the Nature Island's beaches from March to October: green, hawksbill, and leatherback. Guests at Rosalie Bay eco-boutique resort—a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World—land front-row seats on...
Unnamed Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Swoops of smooth, scarlet earth overlook the northeast coast at Point Baptise near Calibishie. A mile-long coral reef protects the village's seashore, creating a calm lagoon. But the Atlantic erodes and slaps waves high onto the dramatic headland....
Layou River, Dominica
Make a splash in the "Land of 365 Rivers!" This high-energy—and highly organized—outfitter sends its guests swirling downstream. Ride the clear waters of the country's longest, deepest river, which empties into the Caribbean Sea. The three-hour...
This aquatic adventure company revs up guests with everything from a floating bouncy castle to Jet Ski rentals and kiteboarding lessons. A favorite among families, it encourages kids to blow off steam. Adults can dive in too—or just relax on...
Fourteen species of marine mammals shelter in Dominica's waters, known as the whale-watching capital of the Caribbean. Their star: sperm whales, gentle giants despite being the world's largest toothed animals that still exist. A unique protein in...
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