Do­minica – Know why it’s called, “The Na­ture Is­land”

SHE Carribean Magazine - - TRAVEL -

This is how Do­minica's of­fi­cial web­site de­scribes it­self; “I am beauty un­spoilt. Cul­ture pre­served. I am a diver's dream and hiker's par­adise. I am the trail­head to ad­ven­ture and dis­cov­ery, un­like any other Caribbean des­ti­na­tion. I am vol­canic peaks, boil­ing wa­ters and un­der­wa­ter cham­pagne springs. Sparkling wa­ter­falls, rush­ing streams and rain­for­est canopies. I am cel­e­bra­tions of mu­sic, art and flow­ers. I am na­ture's is­land. I am Do­minica. Are You?” No, most of us aren't that won­der­ful but we'd sure like to as­pire to be.

Do­minica's of­fi­cial name is the Com­mon­wealth of Do­minica, which is mostly ref­er­enced in of­fi­cial com­mu­niqués and to dis­tin­guish the is­land from its northerly Caribbean sis­ter, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

“The Na­ture Is­land's” trop­i­cal rain­forests cover two thirds of the is­land, and are home to 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and wa­ter­falls abound, fed by the is­land's high an­nual rain­fall. Its vol­canic physique points to ex­ten­sive geo­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity – even un­der­wa­ter. The Morne Trois Pi­tons Na­tional Park was the first UNESCO World Her­itage Site in the east­ern Caribbean.

One place you must visit is the Kali­nago Ter­ri­tory. The Carib In­di­ans, Do­minica's in­dige­nous peo­ple, live on a 3,700 acre Ter­ri­tory on the east coast of the is­land. With a visit here, you will ex­pe­ri­ence their an­ces­tral roots through their crafts, ca­noe build­ing and tra­di­tional culi­nary ac­tiv­i­ties.


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