Vacation in Dominica to Explore and Relax

A destination offering national parks with miles of hiking, a rain forest and a natural boiling lake is my kind of getaway and a vacation in Dominica fits the bill. Honestly, I had no idea I could find something like this in the Caribbean. My friends from the Commonwealth of Dominica, “The Nature Island,” have asked me to share some of the vacation treasures this eastern Caribbean island has to offer.

Trail to Boiling Lake, Dominica
Trail to Boiling Lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica

Whether an adventurer or romantic, a vacation in Dominica serves up sites and activities appealing to all interests. Being a solo traveler with my heart still in Yellowstone National Park, I am interested in learning more about Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From what I’ve researched this national park is located atop a volcano which means the area is alive with thermal activity as hot springs, fumaroles (steam vents) and a boiling lake. It’s also lush with vegetation and home to miles of hiking trails, some for the casual hiker and others for the experienced adventurer.

In addition to exploring national parks, other things to do during a vacation in Dominica include water activities as snorkeling and diving along with sperm whale watching trips. Rum tours also appeal to me along with the culinary opportunities such as ice cream made with fresh tropical fruit. Yum! While the sites sound fascinating, so do the people. English is the official language while some folks speak Creole. The island is home to the pre-Columbian Carib Indians. And can’t forget the festivals! Checking the Dominica website, there are annual special events ranging from the Annual World Creole Music Festival (October) to Carnival (either in February or March).

Indeed, a vacation in Dominica to either explore or relax is definitely up my alley and I just need to find the time. Luckily, living in Florida, it’s about a hop, skip and a jump away.

Disclosure: Thank you to Dominica for supporting my traveling habit.

Image Source: Discover Dominica Authority



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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