If you go
WHERE TO STAY Rosalie Bay Resort Rosalie, Dominica 800-831-9249 www.rosaliebay.com Low-rise “eco-boutique” resort where the Rosalie River meets the Atlantic. Includes 28 spacious rooms, with fine meals and well-planned daily activities around the island. During high season (March to mid-September), rooms start at $188 for a garden view or $299 for an oceanfront view.
Secret Bay Ross Blvd., Portsmouth, Dominica 767-445-4444
www.secretbay.dm Six ecofriendly villas and bungalows tucked into a palm forest overlooking a cliff on the ocean, with beaches. Rooms run $450-$1,300 a night, depending on the season and room size. WHERE TO EAT Islet View Restaurant and Bar Castle Bruce, Dominica 767-446-0370 An inexpensive, open-air restaurant that serves super fresh fish and chicken, banana bread, plantain chips and local beer.
Diane’s “Free D” Place Scotts Head, Dominica Fifty feet from the beach where small, colorful open fishing boats are launched. Eat outside and watch the street life of this small community unfold, then stroll out to the half-hour climb at Scotts Head, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean. WHAT TO DO Waitukubuli National Trail
www.waitukubulitrail.com The 115-mile trek runs along farms, coastlines, waterfalls and steep forest.
Kalinago Barana Aute
www.kalinagobaranaaute.com A reconstructed settlement by the island’s indigenous Caribs, who have their own autonomous region within Dominica. The cultural center offers historical tours, musical performances and native foods in an exquisite coastal setting. A site pass and tour start at $10.
Cabrits National Park
http://bit.ly/1hEkWsN The protected site overlooks the Caribbean and features a restored garrison from the 18th century. The park also includes rain forest and wetland habitats, and coral reefs.