A Great Caribbean Island
By Nina Zubkova
we made our approach to land in Dominica, I was awestruck at the
incredible jungle scenery and mountainous terrain ° not a single
hotel chain\ or high rise in site ° just the Atlantic Ocean, and
the tops of coconut palm trees. The ride from Melville Hall Airport
on the northeastern side of the island to the capital city of Roseau
takes you through the interior of lush rainforest and twisting mountain
roads. Few places on earth exude such natural peace and beauty,
where all the elements combine to form the Nature IslandË. Spectacular
mountain ranges reach almost 5,000 feet, where you can hike to the
Boiling Lake, a natural phenomenon in a volcanic crater. Natural
waterfalls are everywhere, such as the Emerald Pool and grotto,
where I couldn't resist jumping into the cool, inviting water. The
island boasts numerous hot mineral springs and cool rivers, just
waiting to be experienced, and all within an easy hike off the main
roadË. This renowned ecosystem is considered to be one of the last
true is land-based rainforests in the world.
Accommodations on the island range from
4* suites overlooking the marina in the capital of Roseau, to private cliff-side cottages with a secluded beach
cove, small waterfront hotels catering to divers, cozy, rustic guesthouses,
wilderness retreats in the lush interior rainforest, and quaint
bed & breakfasts. The choice is difficult ° each offers something
special. Even though the island is only 29 miles long and 16 miles
wide, you could spend a month here and not see everything.
Dominica is one of the leading whale and
dolphin watching destinations of the region. Underwater, divers
discover spectacular reefs, sunken volcanoes and steep drop-offs.
Dominica is a flower lovers dream, as well as a bird-watchers paradise.
Hikers will experience magnificent waterfalls, mountain gorges,
primordial rainforests, volcanic lakes, and breathtaking lookout
points. Other activities on the island include boating, kayaking
to be missed is a visit to the Carib Indian Territory in the interior,
where the last indigenous Caribbean people in the world live. Guest
accommodations are available in the Carib Territory, where you can
stay among the villagers. As we said good-bye to the friends we
made, we promised we would return.
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