Dominica Republic

Dominica

Etymology

From Latin dominica (“lordly”; “Sunday”) due to being sighted by Columbus on a Sunday. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Hi-Rise Beach Bar – Caribbean Restaurant in Roseau, Dominica. [facebook]

Surprise Beach Watersports Bar & Grill – Located on the West coast of Dominica on the most popular beach since July 03 2016. The first ever floating water park in Dominica and was introduced 2016. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Dominica? Are you tired of the Dominica bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Dominica restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Dominica local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

Interracial Dating Central – Dominica has a host of singles ready and waiting to meet you. Sign up with us today and start meeting them. Jump online and chat to our huge database of gorgeous, compatible singles – all from the comfort of home. We want to see you happy and can’t wait to hear about your InterracialDatingCentral success story! [interracial dating central]

Mingle 2 – Why pay for online dating? At Mingle2, you can meet, chat, and date attractive, fun-loving singles in Roseau Dominica for FREE. Claim your free account in 30 seconds, upload a photo, and start finding singles in Roseau Dominica today. [mingle 2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Bumpiing Tours – Cruise Ship Visitors have been asking for shorter tours so I’ve taken the initiative to put together some of the most exciting tours to accommodate them. I continue to do my best, along with my guides, to make your short stay on our Island as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.  We provide our guest/visitors with some of the best hiking and tours in Dominica. [bumpiing tours]

Just Go Dominica – Tour options in Dominica are practically endless. Wherever you wish to go and whatever you wish to do we’ve got you covered. We do hikes to the Boiling Lake, various Waterfalls, Waitukubuli Trail segments and much more. [just go dominica]

KE Adventure Travel – Known as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’, the wild and untamed island of Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is the perfect holiday destination for walkers and naturalists; those looking for a Caribbean walking holiday with a difference. Nestled between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica was previously a French, then British, colony. Now an independent nation, English is still the official language and strong Creole influence also remains. [ke adventure travel]

Nature Isle Explorers – Nature Isle Explorers is owned and operated by a Dominican, Donaldson Magloire a certified Tour Guide with over 5 years experience in the tourism industry. Our objective is making your experience the most memorable one with fun and excitement. We offer hiking, airport services, island tours and other tour services. [nie tours]

Responsible Travel – The best way to explore the rain and cloud forests, volcanic craters and steamy slopes on Dominica holidays is by hiking. Which is why the Waitukubuli National Trail, the only long-distance walking trail in the Caribbean, is so highly rated by international trekkers. Spanning 185kms from north to south, it was designed by the local community to link up remote villages and is just one of many highlights to unveil within this untouched island paradise. [responsible travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Boiling Lake – Boiling Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. This eerie-looking pool of bubbling, gray-green water lies at the end of a strenuous, three-hour hike through thick forest. But it’s worth it. Geologists believe the 63-meter-wide actively boiling lake, the world’s second largest, is a flooded fumarole, a crack in the earth allowing hot gases to vent from the molten lava below. [planet ware]

Cabrits National Park – In the Northwest of Dominica, Cabrits National Park preserves lush rainforest, swampland, black-sand beaches, and thriving coral reefs. This scenic peninsula boasts panoramic views from its highest point, and the reefs offer some excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities. Also found in the park are the remains of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison with beautiful views of Prince Rupert Bay. [planet ware]

Champagne Reef – Dominica’s most famous dive and snorkel site, Champagne Reef lies in a marine reserve off the country’s southwest coast. Geothermal activity causes thousands of bubbles to emerge from beneath the rocks, a few feet from shore. Batfish, sea horses, barracuda, rays, squid, and trumpet fish are just some of the species found in the warm waters here. [planet ware]

Dominica’s Festivals – Popular with tourists and locals alike, Dominica’s lively festivals celebrate the nation’s music, heritage, and ties to the sea. The country’s Carnival kicks off the year with calypso competitions, a Carnival Queen contest, “jump-ups,” and a costume parade. Celebrations are held during the traditional Mardi Gras period, in the two weeks prior to Lent. [planet ware]

Morne Trois Pitons National Park – Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the jewel of Dominica. Encompassing much of the island’s mountainous interior, the park is primordial rainforest, ranging from thick jungle with giant ferns and wild orchids, to the stunted cloud forest on the upper slopes of 1,424-meter Morne Trois Pitons. [planet ware]

Papillote Tropical Gardens – Pretty Papillote Tropical Gardens are a haven for artists, botanists, and photographers. Fed by a small stream, these 10-acre gardens form the grounds of a charming eco-lodge, the Papillote Wilderness Retreat. Paths wind among bamboo trees, ginger blossoms, indigenous orchids, bromeliads, and begonias. You can also see many frogs, birds, and butterflies in the lush gardens. [planet ware]

Roseau – Framed by lush peaks, Dominica’s capital of Roseau (pronounced “roze-o”) is a colourful jumble of West Indian cottages, modern buildings, and busy market stalls with a cool Rastafarian vibe. Roseau’s waterfront features a seaside promenade and cruise ship dock, which is crowded with visitors during the busy winter season. [planet ware]

The Carib Territory – Dominica has the largest remaining tribe of Carib Indians, also called Kalinago people, in the Caribbean, and a visit to this reserve, on the northeast coast, gives you a feel for their fascinating culture. Nestled amid banana and breadfruit trees, the village is a cluster of traditional wooden buildings. [planet ware]

Trafalgar Falls – The hike to the the twin falls is one of the most popular things to do in Dominica. Known as Mother and Father, the falls lie at the end of an easy 10 to 15-minute hike through a forest of ginger plants and vanilla orchids. The cool main stream of Trafalgar Falls originates in the mountains and is joined near the bottom by a hot mineral spring. You can take a dip in the hot and cold pools amid the sulfur-dyed rocks at the base of the falls. [planet ware]

Victoria Falls – One of the most impressive and photogenic waterfalls on the island, the Victoria Waterfall, in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, is formed by the White River cascading over a cliff into a warm pool below. Minerals give the water a milky-white color. Wear water shoes with good grip as the approximately 40-minute hike involves river crossings and boulder scrambling, but these beautiful falls and the river itself are worth seeing. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Carnival – Taking place usually in late February or early march, this is one of the most vibrant times to visit Dominica. As well as the calypso and steel pan music that you can experience all around the Caribbean, we still celebrate our traditional music and dances with masquerad songs called Chanté mas and Lapo kabrit, which is our own form of Carnival music, performed by masequerading partygoers in a two-day parade. [fort young hotel]

Dive Fest – Dominica is known to have some of the best diving in the Caribbean, and our annual Dive Fest in early July is the oldest diving festival in the region too. Join us for special The event whale watching trips and dive packages, snorkeling picnics, canoe racing, and marine educational tours. [fort young hotel]

Dominica Festival of Arts – This is a long running festival that stretches from April to June. It’s a showcase of our rich cultural heritage, with theatre and dance, along with theatrical and dance performances, concerts, and artistic workshops geared at developing local artistic expressions. [fort young hotel]

Hike Fest – Dominica is home to the Waitakubuli trail, the longest walking route in the Caribbean. In May each year locals and international visitors take to the trails – both long and short – to enjoy our rainforests and waterfalls, birdlife and beautiful views. [fort young hotel]

Jazz ‘n Creole – Held in the unique atmosphere of the Cabrits National Park, Jazz ‘n Creole is a celebration of some of music by local and international artists. As well as the main events in the park, there are always lots of fringe events, some of which take place here at the Fort Young each year. [fort young hotel]

World Creole Music Festival – For many this is the highlight of the festival year, taking place at the end of October. It’s the largest event in the world dedicated to all forms of creole music, from zouk to zydeco, and reggae to calypso, it attracts thousands of people each time, and the stars that turn out to wow the crowds are some of the biggest names in Creole music. [fort young hotel]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Car – We recommend renting a car and preferably, one with four-wheel drive, as the roads get quite bumpy. You’ll need to buy a driving permit, about a $11 USD cost, available at rental agencies and the Traffic Division office in downtown Roseau. Though the island is relatively small, attractions are spread out, and the winding roads make for long and oftentimes nauseating drives. [us news travel]

Minibus – The public transportation system can be an affordable way to get around — you won’t pay more than $4 USD — but the expensive taxis are more reliable. You can easily spot the bus by its letter “H” on the license plate. They’ll stop anywhere on the main street as long as you can flag it down. [us news travel]

Taxi – You can hire a taxi at the Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) airports or at most hotels and guesthouses. Prices are regulated but rather expensive: If you want a sightseeing tour around the island, cabbies usually charge anywhere from about $70 to $90 USD. You can negotiate a special price if you share with other passengers. If you’re looking to hire a taxi past 6 p.m., you better call ahead; taxis can be hard to find at night. [us news travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Dominica Association of Information Technology Professionals – DAITP seeks to form collaboration and foster good governance and high ethical standards among IT Professionals in Dominica. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expat Exchange – This expat forum is perfect place for expats living in Dominica and people considering a move to Dominica. Since 1997, Expat Exchange has been connecting expats in Dominica. [expat exchange]

Living in Dominica – Dominica is part of the Caribbean chain of islands. While the same geographical features and especially the weather, Dominica displays a sense of uniqueness brought about by distinct blend of African, Carib, French and English influences. Here are some useful information to prep you before your travel. [expat woman]

Living in Dominica- Expat – Dominica, at the heart of Lesser Antilles, is renowned for its waterfalls and boiling lake. It offers a charming environment to expatriates wishing to settle here to live and work. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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