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Dominica Travel Guide

Dominica is often mistaken as a short term for Dominican Republic. But the country of Dominica is a different island than the latter. Dominica is located in the Caribbean near the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. This small country is also known as the "Nature Island of Caribbean". Dominica is the seventh heaven for nature lovers, thrill seekers and of course people who wanted to get away from the noise and pollution of the busy city streets.

It is abundant in lush mountain peaks that soar up to 5,000 feet. You can find the highest mountains in the Eastern Caribbean here in Dominica. There is a lot of remaining untouched paradise wanting to be discovered. Several greener than green rainforests, sparkling lakes, stunning water falls and relaxing hot springs are only few of the natural beauties of Dominica. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is one of the most visited tourist spots in Dominica. It is a rainforest varying from fertile jungles to stunning cloud forests that covers the Morne Trois Piton slops. In 1998, this national park was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Another natural tourist attraction in Dominica is the Victoria Waterfall. It is famous for the milky white appearance of the water brought by the minerals in it. The Victoria Waterfall is considered as the most photographic waterfall in the island of Dominica. The waterfall was formed from the White River cascading over the cliff going down to the warm pool below.

The island was so splendid, that it caught the attention of the producers and movie makers of Hollywood. This is the setting of the notorious movie Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, lead by Johnny Depp. The island was so irresistible that they decided to shoot several scenes for the third Pirates of the Caribbean as well.

Dominica has a diverse culture of West Indian, African and of course, the native Caribbean. This combination of cultures manifests on their customs, language, cuisines, art and feasts. Dominica celebrates wonderful and colourful festivals as they celebrate different events every year. The most festive season in Dominica happens every february or march. It is the Carnival or as they call it "The Real Mas". It is a pre-Lenten celebration filled with parades, huge costumes, loud music, talent and beauty of the local women of Dominica. Aside from that, the Watersports Association in Dominica hosts a dive fest annually to inform the public of the proper diving techniques and to showcase the island's thriving marine life as well.

Don't worry if you haven't booked a hotel at Dominica before you finally decided to go. Aside from the luxurious hotels, the island is dotted with villas facing the Caribbean Sea. Through these accommodations, you have the chance to be mesmerized by the rugged coastlines, one of a kind volcanic black sand beaches and soothing sound of the splashing waves. There are also accommodations located at the mountain top and at the center of several rainforests for those who want to get close to nature.


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