A Weekend In Dominica

January 31, 2017

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently visited Dominica.

OVERVIEW OF DOMINICA

Dominica is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. It is often known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the world.

HOW TO GET THERE

Dominica is serviced by two airports: Douglas-Charles (DOM), formerly known as Melville Hall, and Canefield (DCF) Airports. Most visitors to Dominica will arrive through Douglas-Charles, the larger of the two airports.. Douglas-Charles, located in the north-eastern side of the island, approximately one hour from the city.

International flights are connected to the island through hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St. Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP) and from Martinique (FDF).

Also, Some tourists also arrive on the island from cruise ships.

WHERE I STAYED – FORT YOUNG HOTEL 

Located at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, in the beauty of Dominica’s mountainous landscape, is the Fort Young Hotel. The Fort Young Hotel has 70 rooms, including a few luxurious Oceanfront Suites. Recent additions are the Sun Terrace, Sea Breeze Bar, Duty Free shops, the Boardwalk Café & Bar and the Waterfront Restaurant. Old World Charm, and modern amenities. My room was clean and functional. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The bartender said she was naming a drink after me but after a few minutes when I asked her for a top up on my drink she had already forgotten my name. Overall I had a good experience with my short weekend stay in Dominica at Fort Young Hotel.

THINGS I DID

Visited Scott’s Head:

This was really fascinating. It didn’t take long to reach the top, it was a pretty easy hike.

There is a narrow path leading up to the top of the viewing point (not for the feint hearted). The view is amazing.

 Out of all the places I visited in Dominica, I would say Scott’s Head had the best scenic views. Its amazing having the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side.

Visited Tia’s Hot Springs:

Hot springs on a hot Caribbean day may not sound soothing at first, but the naturally warm waters at Tia’s Hot Springs does wonders in relaxing your mind and body.

   

The water temperature varies from warm-hot to mild. The pool was also very clean. I’ve never been to a hot spring before, so going here was a very fresh and exciting experience for me.

Watched the sunset:

I think watching the sunset is on everyone’s “to do list” when visiting an island.

I would have loved to spend a little more time in Dominica to explore the island more. However, the little that I saw and experienced was great!

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