Dominica for Landlubbers
Collected by Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
Volcanoes birthed this rugged, vertiginous landscape and nine still simmer, creating mudpots and the famous Boiling Lake. Hike, climb, and bird-watch on steep tracks through the tropical rain forest. Backpackers gravitate to the Caribbean's first long-distance route, the 115-mile (185km) Waitukubuli Trail.
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...
Dominica's highest peak looms at 4,747ft (1,430m) and its name translates as "little devil." At least five lava domes stacked together to form the summit of this active volcano, which still keeps hot springs bubbling. Cool mist almost constantly...
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...
Dominica doesn't require permits to surf-cast or fish from small boats inshore. Hotels often introduce travelers to local fishermen, who welcome tagalongs and then BBQ up the guests' catch on the beach. Most gravitate to the Caribbean side with...
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....
Scotts Head, Dominica
The Caribbean's first long-distance hiking trail runs 115 miles (185km), south to north. Fourteen segments break it into manageable day hikes—important for rule-followers, as camping is tolerated but not technically legal in reserves and national...
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