It is easy to find something to do during your vacation on Dominica. With friendly waters and trails the island is the perfect place for natural activities such as hiking, diving, and fishing, but the shopping and nightlife as superb as well. Round out your cultural experience by attending an annual event or admiring historic landmarks.
If you are considering sightseeing at your own pace, you will find 3 places that can help you. Visit this article which is all about bike and scooter rentals if you want to find out additional information.
Because Dominica is known as one of the top destinations in the world for snorkeling and diving, you won't want to leave the island without participating in at least one of these activities. The volcanic make-up of Dominica makes for intriguing underwater sites and sharp drop-offs. Divers can even explore an underwater volcanic crater at Scott's Head Marine Reserve.
You'll find 11 dive operators and at least 23 good dive sites in the area. Click on this link to view our article about diving opportunities in this area.
A great way to pass the time on Dominica is by attending an event or festival put on by the locals. Dominicana culture fuses African, Native Carib, French, and English influences, resulting in a rich island identity that is expressed through food, music, and dance. Some festivals held throughout the year include Carnival, the World Creole Music Festival, DiveFest, and a variety of village feasts. Check the daily paper while you are on Dominica to see what is going on during your stay or visit our guide to Domnica's events and festivals here.
History buffs and cultural mavens can take advantage of Dominica's rich past, which is on display everyday in its markets and architecture. In the capital city of Roseau, you'll find historic walking tours and the Dominica Museum, as well as the cobblestoned Old Market, which was once a slave auction and public meeting place. Many of the Creole-inspired buildings throughout Roseau are preserved from the 18th century, having once served as anything from old religious meeting places to military forts. For a free, self-guided tour in the form of podcasts and maps, visit the Society for Heritage Architecture Preservation's website here. (www.shape.dm)
If going under water isn't your style, chartering a boat and heading out for a day of fishing is an option as well. Three of the top charter companies are Castle Comfort Dive Lodge, Island Style Fishing, and JC Ocean Adventures. Each will take you out for a deep sea fishing, where you might catch barracuda, bonito, dorado, mackerel, marlin, sailfish, skipjack, tarpon, tuna, wahoo, or yellowfin. Adventure tour companies like Wacky Rollers provide exciting jeep rides through rainforests and "adventure tubing" down river. These activities find the more activie diving and passive boatrides, while still granting guests amazing up-close views of wildlife in Domnica.
Hoping to go fishing during your vacation? There are two charter operators that operate in this area. To read more about deep sea fishing in this area, follow this link.
The following table offers some details regarding firms that will enable you to get out on the open water.
|Anchorage Dive and Whale Watch||(767) 448-2638||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|(767) 440-2628||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.||(767) 440-2628||Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Eco Tours||(767) 275-7001||Roseau|
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Many people find that shopping on Dominica is an enjoyable experience all around, offering both high-end brands as well as distinctive local items. The shops tend to be uncrowded and typically accept US currency. On top of this, there are a number of duty free shops that sell luxury goods such as perfume, high end clothing, glassware, liquor, and cigars. If you want to bring home an extra special souvenir, keep your eyes peeled for items handcrafted by locals, such as Carib inspired carvings and pottery. One of the best places to find distinct Domnica creations is the historic Old Market in Roseau, hich is now a plaza for local vendors selling the island's many signature fruits, oils, and spices.
If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they're not completely out of luck -- there are more than 68 retail stores to browse in this area. To visit our complete page about shopping on Dominica, go to this page.
Yet another great activity for visitors is to enjoy the area's interesting sights. Interesting sights include 11 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts may enjoy the area's waterfalls, outdoor parks, and botanical gardens. Follow this link to check out our article concerning area sightseeing and attractions.
The table directly below has some key facts regarding a firm that can direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights.
|Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 440-5390||Roseau|
|Nature Tourism Service||(767) 445-3333||Portsmouth, Northwestern part of Dominica|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 448-8839||2.1 mi. South of Central Wotten Waven|
|Travel and Tour Operators||--||0.3 mi. East of Central Calibishie|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 254-9159||Portsmouth|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 225-3626||Portsmouth|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(767) 449-6463||Downtown Roseau|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(845) 367-4264||Roseau|
|Nature Tourism Service||(767) 227-1608||1.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central La Plaine|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(767) 448-2895||Downtown Roseau|
|Travel and Tour Operators||--||0.1 mi. South of Central La Plaine|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(767) 448-1606||Downtown Roseau|
|Syndicate Falls & Dublanc River Tour||Nature Tourism Service||(767) 245-0959||4.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Portsmouth|
|Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.||Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 440-2628||Downtown Roseau|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(767) 448-2181||Downtown Roseau|
|Wotten Waven Community Tour||Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||(767) 440-6678||Wotten Waven, Southern part of Dominica|
If you love to snorkel there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so along the coast of Dominica. To read our guide to local snorkeling opportunities, click here.
Enjoying a spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you will be happy to discover there are a few options. Read this article about spas in the area if you're looking for additional facts.
You don't have to leave your exercise routine at home during your vacation, but you may do well to adapt it. Hiking through the rain forest are great ways to get your heart rate up, with well marked paths for short, medium, and long hikes. Often vacationers show interest in playing a game of tennis or a round of golf while they are in the Caribbean, however, Dominica is not necessarily the place you want to go for these activities. there are no tennis options, and the only opportunity for golf on Dominica is a miniature golf course. Instead, consider planning for an athletic excursion that goes off the beaten path.
Adventure seekers are advised to check out canyoning, which combines a variety of outdoor activities, including climbing, jumping, swimming, and rappelling. The sport takes advantage of the Dominica's rugged terrain and beautiful natural waterfalls, rewarding participants with unique vistas. Similarly, zip-lining delivers high-octane thrills in beautiful Laudat, where participants travel over ropes, footbridges, and on ziplines over the Layou river. Cycling and mountain biking rentals utilize local trails to offer guests both an intense cardio workout and a one-of-a-kind way to see the island.
You can look through the chart below for information about other activities.
|Al Dive||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-3483||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Movie Theater||(767) 445-5253||Portsmouth, Northwestern part of Dominica|
|Scenic Trail||--||Downtown Roseau|
|Horseback Riding Site||(767) 612-0978||1.3 mi. South of Central Calibishie|
|Cabrits Dive Centre||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 445-3011||1.3 mi. West of Central Portsmouth|
|Champagne Reef Snorkel||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-5085||3.8 mi. South of Central downtown Roseau|
|Dive Dominica||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-2188||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Fort Young Hotel Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-5000||Downtown Roseau|
|Irie Safari||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 440-5085||2.3 mi. North of Central Scotts Head Village|
|JC Ocean Adventures||Watersports Operator||(767) 449-6957||0.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Salisbury|
|JC Ocean Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 295-0757||Dominica|
|Nature Island Dive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 449-8181||1.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Scotts Head Village|
|Swimming Pools||--||1.5 mi. South of Central Marigot|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(767) 448-2606||Dominica|
|Wacky Rollers Adventure Park||Amusement/Theme Park||(767) 440-4386||0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central St. Joseph|
Dominica holds an incredible array of vacation activities, both world-famous and tucked away as an island secret. Whether you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, or dive into surrounding waters, there are plenty of ways to make the kind of island memories that will last a lifetime.
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