Dominica, though diminutive, is one of the most naturally dramatic and beautiful islands of the Lesser Antilles. Self-proclaimed ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’, its verdant mountains, lush valleys and dense tropical rainforests are a delight for those looking to discover a Caribbean island that can still claim to be off the mass-tourism trail. Aside from nature lovers, this guide is ideal for explorers intent on experiencing the country’s rich culture and heritage, and for scuba-divers who want to discover some dramatic marine life and underwater topography. Dominica’s recent claim to fame includes being the location for the filming of Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Wonderfully written glimpse into Dominican cultureUser Review - Shelley - Borders
I love this book!!! The author does a great job of describing the vibrant culture of the island. I was born on Dominica and moved to the US at a young age. This book reminds me of the great places I ... Read full review
For those who wish to visit Dominica, few books are available. I suppose one reason is because it's one of the lesser-visited islands, due to its having few sandy beaches or resorts to attract tourists and requiring an overnight stay in Puerto Rico (the airport has no lights) to get there.
Like most travel guides, this book gives a nice background on the island, covers the usual practical information that tourists always need to know (where the tourist office is, money, getting around, etc.), and offers ideas of what to do while visiting ... but that's not what makes this book stand out. This is one of those rare books written by someone who knows Dominica personally.
The author has broken down the island into regions, making it much easier to find out what's available nearby. Many of the trails and waterfalls are "off the beaten path." As Dominica is an unspoiled island not all of them are easy to access. He gives detailed directions to the sites, rates them on difficulty, and says whether a guide is really needed, and why. He also includes the usual Where to Stay and Where to Eat.
This book is so informative that it is even featured on some of Dominica's official websites. If you only buy one book about Dominica, I recommend that you make it this one.
When to visit 25 Tour operators 26 Tourist offices 27
Accommodation 39 Eating and drinking 39 Public holidays
Media and communications 46 Business 47 Cultural
PART TWO THE GUIDE
The Roseau Valley
Getting there 96 Where to stay 96 Where to eat
Morne Trois Pitons hike 124 Middleham Falls
The Caribs 135 The Carib Territory 137 Castle Bruce
Getting there 169 Where to stay 170 Where to eat
Portsmouth and environs 175 The Cabrits National
Morne Diablotin and the West
Morne Espagnol to Morne Raquette 189 Salisbury
The Layou and Pagua River Valleys
Bellevue Chopin and Pichelin 106 The Grand
Background information 121 Where to stay 122 Where
Where to eat and drink 207 What to do 208 Hikes