Dominica or the Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean island located between the overseas French Departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is popularly known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean thanks to its many natural attractions and features. Dominica has a population of approximately 72,000 inhabitants who reside on the 290 square mile island. Dominica exchanged hands between the British and French a number of times during the days of European colonization and finally gained independence from the British in 1978.
The Capital of Dominica of Roseau is situated in the west and most of the country’s business places and commercial areas are located in and around the capital. The second largest town in Dominica is Portsmouth and is located in the north of the island. English is the main language and the French Creole is widely spoken across the island. The island still has a small population of indigenous Caribs who live in a reservation on the east coast of Dominica.
Dominica has a Parliamentary democracy; the president is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the leader of the government. Elections are held every five to choose a government and are contested by political parties on the island which is divided into 21 constituencies.
Dominica heavily promotes ecotourism and is well known for its rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, flora and fauna, bird watching, sulfur springs, whale watching, best scuba diving in the Caribbean, hikes and other outdoor activities and adventures. Whilst the island has 365 rivers the island has very few beaches are therefore caters to the adventurous side of visitors.
Dominica’s economy is supported by its tourism sector, agriculture and its services sector (offshore services included).
There are no direct flights to Dominica from the United States, Europe or Canada but there are daily flights from the nearby Caribbean island. Getting to Dominica means flying to other Caribbean island (Puerto Rico, Antigua, St Maarten an others) and then catching a connecting flight to Dominica. Travelers can also make use of the ferry services that goes to the islands of St Lucia, Guadeloupe Martinique and Dominica.
Dominica hotels are many and whilst there are very few end resorts, accommodations are provided in inns, lodges, cottages, villas and apartments around the island. The accommodations cater to different budgets and styles.