Where is the Nature Island, Dominica?
Most persons who hear about Dominica mistake it for the Dominican Republic because of the similarity in names. Dominica is almost invisible on the map, but it sheer richness surprises many who visit, when they do realize the trove of natural treasures the tiny island has waiting to be discovered.
It is not difficult to find the location of Dominica. It is situated in tropical zone, in the area called the West Indies. It lies centered between the two French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Guadeloupe is due north while Martinique is to the south. The island is the largest and most mountainous northerly of the Windward Islands and faces the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west.
The island is somewhat rectangular in shape, curved at each end over with a natural peninsular Scott’s Head on the southern tip. It is approximately 29 miles long and 16 miles wide with narrow coastal areas except in the Portsmouth area and the northwest of the island where flatter lands occur partly due to mangrove and wetlands that are part of the natural habitat. Geographically, the island’s rocky surface is marked due to its volcanic past. However, there are still a few flat low lying areas.
The island has a tropical climate with weather ranging from warm (comfortable) to hot, with precipitation year round. It is in essence a “young” volcanic island, which is still growing, with dormant volcanoes. Volcanic activity is apparent in the fumaroles, hot springs, mud spots and geysers found primarily in the southern and central parts of the islands. All of these phenomena create popular tourist destinations. Sea level is the lowest level in Dominica while the highest is Morne Diablotin which is about 1,447m.
The island’s main attractions are almost all centrally located in the National Parks of Dominica. Trafalgar Falls, located in the Roseau Valley area is one of the most popular sites on the island visited by many with its raging waters pouring beautifully from the mountain top.
For persons who enjoy adventure or just want to explore, Dominica is the perfect place of choice to visit whether by sea or air. There are two small airports in operation on the island which are the Canefield Airport about 15 minutes away from the capital, Roseau and the Melville Hall Airport about an hour’s drive away. Although Dominica’s small airports do not facilitate direct international flights, hubs are conveniently located in the neighboring islands and Puerto-Rico. More affordable transportation by sea also is available via L’Express Des Isles (a ferry service) for those visitors travelling from the neighboring French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and St. Lucia. There are direct charter and small operator flights to St. Croix, St. Marteen and St. Thomas operating out of the Canefield Airport.
One will not be disappointed on their arrival to Dominica since the island has a number of attractions persons can look forward to and continue to explore nature’s paradise. Getting here may not be as simple as it is to get to some other Caribbean locations, but be assured, it is worth the effort, and will be a memorable experience.