The Best Things to Do in Dominica
Collected by Amanda Castleman , AFAR Local Expert
Dominica has a lively Caribbean Creole and Amerindian culture, but its natural beauty tends to hog the spotlight. Two-thirds of the island nation is covered by rain forest, while 20 percent is protected by national parks. Spend your time here exploring the steep flanks and warm, bright waters.
Unnamed Road, Calibishie, Dominica
Swoops of smooth, scarlet earth overlook Dominica’s northeast coast near Calibishie. At Point Baptiste, a mile-long coral reef protects the seashore, creating a calm lagoon. Farther down the coast, however, the Atlantic erodes and slaps...
For a unique way to see the island, visitors in the know turn to Rainforest Riding Dominica, a friendly, family-run outfitter that offers horseback tours to the beach, through the forest, or in Cabrits National Park. Located just outside of...
Named after its highest mountain, this 17,000-acre area 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...
Emerald Pool Trail, Dominica
Stroll 15 minutes through a lush rainforest to this gorgeous 40-foot waterfall grotto, located deep within the World Heritage site of Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Railings and a broad, well-maintained trail make the trip accessible even to...
15°20'35.4"N 61°20'33., 6 Dominica, Recoleta, Dominica
A 1.5-mile, intermediate hike through the rainforest will lead you to Middleham Falls—the highest waterfall in the eastern Caribbean. Set in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Morne Trois Piton National Park, the trail teems with orchids,...
Paillotte Road, Dominica
An easy, 10-minute trail leads to these paired cascades on the west side of the mammoth Morne Trois Pitons National Park—the higher, lefthand fall is known as Father (279 feet) and the smaller as Mother (131 feet). While the path stops at...
Edward Oliver Leblanc Hwy, Mero, Dominica
This long, lovely stretch of silver-gray volcanic sand is a rarity on Dominica’s rocky coastline. Locals enjoy it for the warm, calm waters and Sunday beach barbecue scene—not to mention the toilets, showers, concession stands, and...
Bath Rd, Roseau, Dominica
Laid out by the British back in 1890, the Dominica Botanic Gardens in Roseau are as fine as any in the Caribbean. After suffering considerable damage during Hurricane David in 1979, the park was restored and replanted—though visitors can...
Known as the whale-watching capital of the Caribbean, Dominica is home to 14 species of marine mammals, the star of which is the sperm whale. Gentle giants despite being the world’s largest toothed animals that still exist, sperm whales have...