One fine Sunday on November of 1493 … Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica, an island nation (among many of its kind) in the Caribbean region. The name Dominica is quite fitting since it literally translates as "Sunday" in Latin. But Dominica has a better nickname after all. It earned the moniker "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" because of its wonderfully intact natural grandeur.
Few places on earth exude eternal beauty like Dominica, located in the Eastern Caribbean; the island embraces a sense of serene, ageless beauty. Dominica is a place where man and nature live in harmony, above and below the surrounding sea. Once you've experienced Domnica, you can't help but remember the small coastal towns, the rugged mountains of the interior, the generosity of the people, and the fertile soil and abundant seas. Dominica exudes the quiet confidence of an island is like no place else on earth. Being a young island (it is still in the state of forming even up to now) … there is a rich activity of geothermal proportions all throughout the land mass. Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world's second-largest boiling lake. Dominica also has many waterfalls, springs and rivers. Some plants and animals thought to be extinct on surrounding islands can still be found in Dominica's forests. The volcanic nature of the island and the lack of sandy beaches have made Dominica a popular scuba diving spot. Dominica is home to several protected areas, including Cabrits National Park.
Although the deficiency of sandy beaches and the island's still volcanic nature makes it a lesser beach haven when compared to the other Caribbean territories, it is still a prime scuba diving destination with many world-class dive sites littered all around the nation. And the fact that several scenes of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise were shot on location in Dominica does help solidify the fact that the isle is one heck of a beautiful place.
A good way to start off a Dominican vacation is to visit and marvel at the natural wonders of Morne Trois Pitons National Park and#8230; which was declared a World Heritage Site on April of 1995. You can then proceed to check out Hampstead Beach, Indian River, Londonderry River, Vielle Case and Soufriere … all of which were selected as prime filming locations for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. The capital city of Roseau has a pier although it is quite simple when compared to its other counterparts in Barbados and Antigua.
Whale and dolphin watching is also a prime attraction of Dominica since the island is considered as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean. Must-see sights and sounds in Dominica include the aforementioned boiling lake, the Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Ti Tou Gorge, the events all-year round (like the Dive Fest, Carnival, Calypso, etc.) and many more.
So what are you waiting for? Experience first-hand what Captain Jack Sparrow must have felt when he first stepped on Dominica's shores. And I'm most definitely sure that you'll have your own adventures there too.