DO­MINICA

One of the Caribbean’s wildest is­lands in­vests even more in eco-tourism and de­sign to with­stand cli­mate events

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Beloved for its vol­ca­noes, hot springs, rain forests, and low-key vibe, Do­minica was the first Caribbean is­land in Maria’s path.

The cat­e­gory 5 hur­ri­cane made land­fall on Septem­ber 18 with winds of 165 miles per hour (and higher gusts), rav­aging the lush land­scape—re­duc­ing most of its build­ings to rub­ble, lev­el­ing its veg­e­ta­tion, and tak­ing 31 lives. But with in­spir­ing grit and am­bi­tion, Do­minica has come back not only to re­open ho­tels and re­store eco-tourism ar­eas, such as Trafal­gar Falls, In­dian River, the Botanic Gar­dens, and the Syn­di­cate Na­ture Trail, but also to re­build with the goal of be­ing “cli­mate-re­silient.”

One of the is­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous and dis­tinc­tive re­sorts, in­ti­mate Se­cret Bay re­opens in Novem­ber with up­dated vil­las and a new restau­rant, spa, and well­ness pav­il­ion. The re­sort also of­fers a posthur­ri­cane Nur­ture the Na­ture Is­land vol­un­tourism pack­age, which in­cludes work­ing with lo­cal nat­u­ral­ists and fish­er­men to learn about and help re­store habi­tat while stay­ing in a lux­ury villa. Rates for Se­cret Bay start at $705. Nur­ture the Na­ture Is­land pack­ages start at $535 per night (one night com­pli­men­tary in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of your ser­vice and two if your stay is seven nights or more, some blackout dates ap­ply); se­cret­bay.dm.

In the cap­i­tal city of Roseau, the re­fur­bished Fort Young Ho­tel con­tin­ues to add new guest rooms, and is an ideal base camp for ex­plor­ing Do­minica’s nat­u­ral sites. Rates start at $182; forty­oungho­tel.com.

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