The Commonwealth of Dominica is found in the West Indies and situated near the island of Guadeloupe to the northwest, Martinique to the south-southeast, and Marie-Galante to the north. Dominica is dubbed as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” because of its abundant green sceneries and various flora and native fauna. Dominican is covered by tropical forest. The country is home to the world’s second-largest hot spring called the “Boiling Lake”. The descendants who inhabited Dominica before the European colonization are called the Carib Indians, who lived in the east of the island. The majority of Dominicans are of African descent and a mixed population along with the descendants of French, British and Irish. English is the most spoken language of the Dominicans same as the Creole, which is based on French. The laid-back style of the country attests to being a peaceful and united country coupled with the lovely sceneries for recreation and exploring.
1. Parrot as National SymbolThe emblem of Dominica symbolizes peace and unity among the Dominicans and it describes the authority and power of the nation. The Dominican Flag is the only country that features a parrot on its national symbol. The Sisserou parrot is native to Dominica designating it as the national bird of the country. It is one of the protected animals in Dominica and among the oldest species in the whole world. The greenfield symbolizes the dense vegetation of the country and the cross-trinity represents Christianity. The three colors yellow, black and white represents the natives, fertile soil and water. The ten green five-pointed stars represent the into 10 divided parishes; Saint Paul, Saint John, Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Peter.
2. Majestic Boiling LakeThe second-largest hot lake in the world is found in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. This is an opening in a planet’s crust which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. It is filled with bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. Hiking to the late may be divided into three parts and may take one hour for each until finally reaching the overlooking the mystery of the boiling lake. Once on the top all the pains and aches from the hiking adventure are all worth it. It is a must for all the hikers not to go too close to the edge of the lake to reduce risk of being asphyxiated or be deprived of air. An awesome hike experience for everyone. Just make sure you are with a local tour guide for your safety.
3. Favorite and Delectable DishesWhen in Dominica, do not forget that breakfast is a must in this country. A typical breakfast meal in Dominica consists of organically grown onions, avocado and for the protein, they have the salami, fried eggs coupled with fried cheese. Other breakfast meals may include cornmeal porridge from polenta, condensed milk, and sugar. An influence from the British is fried eggs or scrambled eggs, bacon and toast with the fried fish and plantains. Don’t forget to taste the Crapaud, the former national dish of Dominica. Its main ingredient is the mountain chicken that can only be caught between mid-autumn and February at higher elevations on the mountains of Dominica. Today, the national dish of Dominica is the Calalloo soup that consists of dasheen plant leaves and meat.
4. Nature Island of the CarribeansDominica is one of the best for its natural attractions. Its great number of volcanic, beaches, mountains, rainforests, freshwater lakes, hot springs and waterfalls made the country become one of the best places for relaxation, healing, renewal, and wellness. An eco-tourism destination to fulfill everyone’s eyes with the scenic view f the precious mother earth. A place to truly enjoy nature at its finest due to undeveloped infrastructures. It’s a place for hiking and cruise ships. The “Nature Island of the Carribean” is attracting eco-tourist from all over the world most and most of the famous Cruises made Dominica one of their ports of call making it a place for more adventures and discoveries.
5. Charming and Relaxing Urban Center in DominicaThe largest and capital city of Dominica is Roseau. An urban settlement located in the Saint George Parish and surrounded by the beautiful Carribbean Sea. One of the tourist destination in the city is the Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Botanic Gardens, including its precious thermal springs, breathtaking view of plateaus and most especially the spectacular Carribean Sea. The city is known for its “no streets” but are used as gardens, playing fields, social meeting places, and all other recreational activities. The Domincans love the tranquility and laid-back lifestyles in the country that not only attracted the locals, but also visitors from all over the world.
6. Pirates of the Carribean LocationWaiting for the right time to visit Dominica? As Jack Sparrow said, “If you were waiting for the opportune moment, that was it.” So, whatever time you’re at and while reading this it’s time to go pack your bags and meet the place where the Pirates of Carribean movie was shot. The major scenes in the movie mostly shows how wonderful the the island of Dominica in its northern tip. Its abundant tropical island, rich wildlife, scenic beaches is one of the best locations for shooting the movie and to show to the whole world.