The Country of Dominica

  1. Dominica, or “Nature Island” as it is also known, is a picturesque island of natural beauty located in the Caribbean.
  2. Dominica is home to about 70,000 people.
  3. The island nation is a tropical paradise with pristine white sand beaches, rain-forests forest, and lush green mountaintops.
  4. The Island is known for its abundant rivers and waterfalls.
  5. Dominica is sometimes confused with the Dominican Republic, but they are completely separate, distinct sovereign nations, and bear no relations. Dominica is NOT the Dominican Republic.
  6. The island of Dominica is about 300 square mile island or 750 square kilometers.
  7. Formerly a member of the British dependent territories, Dominica established independence in 1978.
  8. The official language is English.
  9. Dominica is a common law jurisdiction, and although most people look to the country purely from a citizenship standpoint, its quite easy to run a worldwide business from the island.
  10. Dominica is Politically and Economically Stable.
  11. Dominica is well known as a tax-haven for the wealthy.
  12. 70,000 people, mainly of African descent with a few Carib populace – last in the Caribbean, and recently an increasingly Western and Chinese population
  13. Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD or EC$) is very stable and has an exchange rate of about EC$ 2.70 for US$ 1.00.
  14. The Capital of Dominica Is Roseau.
  15. The 18th century fort “Fort Shirley” is located in Cabrits National Park – and is a major attraction.
  16. The island is known for a romantic atmosphere, one can even rent a rowboat for a cruise down Indian River, which is a slow moving river with crystal clear water.
  17. The Island has so many waterfalls, its difficult to get an accurate account. Some say that they “seem to plummet from every cliff.”
  18. The dual waterfalls at the world famous Trafalgar are truly a sight to behold.
  19. Emerald Pool is another hidden gem that is a perfect spot for a champagne toast.
  20. The waterfalls at Titou Gorge are frequented by guests who like to swim beneath the waterfall, but this location should only be considered safe for swimming if a tour guide gives the “okay”.
  21. Another amazing day trip would be to Sulphur Springs, located on the southern part of the island, or to Boiling Lake, which is another active geothermic activity hotspot.
  22. The snorkeling and diving surrounding the island is world class!
  23. Underwater arches, drop-offs, and pinnacles, are abundant, especially in the Soufriere Bay area, which is located on the southwest coast.
  24. Other dive spots of note are: Castaways Reef, Grande Savane and Toucari Bay are good.
  25. Snorkeling and Diving for all ages and abilities can be found, as calm waters suitable for swimmers, snorkelers and inexperienced divers can be found all around.
  26. Another cool spot is called Champagne, which is an aquatic hot spring with calm waters made bubbly by an underwater vent.
  27. Dominican gained its independence 485 years after Columbus discovered the island in 1493.
  28. Unlike other islands, the Carib Indians lived in peace, and rejected the French and English who tried to inhabit the island in the 1600’s.
  29. In early 18th century, the British Empire officially established their authority over Dominica, until their independence in 1978.
  30. Located in the Northern Hemisphere near the equator, wintertime highs in Dominica average at a very comfortable mid-80s.
  31. Summer days hover around 90 degrees, but its much cooler and more comfortable in the highlands.
  32. It can get downright cold on mountaintops if you’ve just been caught in an afternoon shower.
  33. The windward side of Dominica’s central mountains is one of the rainiest places on earth. Up to 400 inches or just over 10,000 mm’s can fall in a single year. The rainy season occurs each year from late July to early October, a relatively short time compared to other places in the tropics.
  34. Dominican people are renowned for their friendly and inviting attitudes
  35. The Caribbean side of the Island of Dominica is relatively dry. The dry season lasts from early January to mid April.
  36. The size of Dominica is officially measured at 289.5 sq. miles. It is 29 miles long and 16 miles wide, at the widest point.
  37. A Dominica passport is a great travel document with visa free access to many different countries, including Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Andorra, Belize, Singapore, the Schengen Area and more, see a full list that answers the question: Where Can I travel with a Dominica Passport?


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