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Cultural Activities in Dominica

A Trip to the Caribbean's Living Past

In a remote valley on Dominica's eastern shore, descendants of a pre-Columbian culture continue a way of life that dates back more than a thousand years. Visitors to the island who make the journey to Carib Territory see the real thing, not a theme park reenactment staged for the masses. Small villages and farms that could only be reached by torturous mountain trails well into the latter 20th century are now accessible by road and a short hike. Here, the old ways are shared through stories and demonstrations of artisanal skills and celebrated in song and dance.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, watersports and spa enthusiasts & adventurers from soft to rugged
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier January - April
  • Weather: Trade winds and forests keep temperatures mild throughout the year. Wintertime lows run in the mid 70s, while summer rarely sees daytime temperatures above the mid 80s

Dominica Information

Cultural Activities in Dominica Overview

The Carib Territory is a 3,700-acre special district established for the indigenous Carib people known as the Kalinago. The land is communally owned by the group, who continue a traditional way of life based on artisanal farming, fishing and the manufacture of traditional handicrafts. Visitors are welcomed and immersed in the group's daily life.

Cultural Activities in Dominica Tips

Items offered for sale aren't souvenirs, they are authentic cultural icons. Kalinago baskets hand-woven from arouma reed represent a thousand-year tradition that originated in South America. Also prized by collectors are ceremonial pottery and carvings made from calabash gourds. And don't forget the cassava bread, a savory treat flavored with coconut and ginger.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Dominica

An oceanside trail leads to a traditional village where visitors are welcomed and immersed in the Kalinago culture. A visit to an indigenous farmer's groves showcases crops cultivated long before Europeans arrived. The Salybia Church is a gathering place to hear stories of history and culture. At the Kalinago Experience visitors can watch weavers and carvers at work, and purchase their handicrafts.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Dominica

You could make the trek in sandals, but walking shoes are better. Bring a tote bag to hold purchased handicrafts, and wear comfortable but respectfully conservative clothing. Cameras are OK but don't be obtrusive.

Specials

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Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

DIVERS DREAM & DOMINICA TOUR PACKAGE includes 7 nights’ accommodations at Fort Young Hotel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving from the pier on dive days, 1-afternoon tour to Titou Gorge & Trafalgar Falls, full breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, service charges and marine park fees.

Valid through 12/31/23.

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Spa and Wellness

Dominica

Rosalie Bay Resort

2022 SPECIAL includes 7-night Garden View Junior Room including full daily breakfast, $10 spa coupon, all taxes and service charges. Yoga in the mornings or afternoons on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (8am or 3pm), meditational walk upon request.

Complimentary 15 minute massage when room is upgraded to Garden View Premier or higher.

Optional add-ons for Spa Treatments available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Valid 3/16/22-12/15/22. Rates from $573 per person/double.
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Dominica

Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean Front accommodations at Fort Young Hotel, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving from the pier on dive days, 1-afternoon tour to Titou Gorge & Trafalgar Falls, full breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, service charges and marine park fees.
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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7-night accommodations, all meals (full board, fresh fruit juices & snacks), 5 days 2-tank boat dives with Nature Island Dive, marine park fees, 1 scheduled excursion/activity per stay, 1 half-hour spa treatment, round trip airport transfers, dive shop transfers, taxes and service charges.
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Resorts

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Hotel The Champs

Small 5-room comfortable hotel, situated on the hillside in the Picard, Portsmouth area, close to the sea. Attentive and personalized service for all guests. Home away from home ambience.
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Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort

Take an adventureous vacation to the Nature Island of Dominica while staying at the Fort Young Hotel, nestled at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and cradled in the beauty of Dominica’s mountainous landscape. Air-conditioned rooms with phones, internet, cable TV and a terrace or balcony.
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Spa and Wellness

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Rosalie Bay Resort

Amid the wilds of the Nature Island of the Caribbean, find peace strolling through our intimate, hand-built sanctuary, your stresses fade away. Time slows down, allowing you to reconnect with nature, yourself and loved ones. Experience the awe of watching endangered sea turtles nest on a black sand beach. Immerse your senses in unsurpassed natural beauty. Renew your well-being with organic cuisine and nurturing spa treatments. It is a vacation that is simply magical. Escape to Rosalie Bay Eco Resort & Spa, an eco-boutique resort on Dominica inspired by nature.
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Tamarind Tree Hotel

Experience Dominica's underwater world while staying at the conveniently located Tamarind Tree hotel. The Tamarind Tree is in the center of Dominica’s west coast atop a 100’ cliff offering a beautiful view of the Bay of Salisbury and Morne Diablotin.
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Secret Bay Dominica

Secret Bay Resort is located on the northwest coast of Dominica on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean. Each of the eco-luxury villas and bungalows have a fully-equipped kitchen and comes with a replenished daily pre-stocked organic breakfast basket (farm eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, bread, jam, local beverages). Positioned for privacy and seclusion while offering ocean and mountain views. Use of mountain bikes, kayaks, snorkeling and swimming gear. High-speed WiFi access, audiovisual system with Apple TV, iPod dock, cable television, books and games and daily international newspapers on your "Villa Kindle". Stays of 7-nights or more include roundtrip airport transfers and welcome dinner complimentary.
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Jungle Bay Resort and Spa Dominica

Jungle Bay is a unique oasis for divers, nature lovers, individuals, active and adventurous travelers, as well as for those who seek tranquility, relaxation, yoga and wellbeing. A place to wind down, to rejuvenate your mind and body in a natural environment. Jungle Bay’s accommodations are in 60 island-inspired villas (suites & rooms), nestled within tropical trees, banana plants and flowers. “Nature Island Dive” in Soufriere is located 5 minutes from the hotel; right offshore lays the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve. You can explore nearly 20 dive sites in the Marine Reserve and some of them – according to experienced divers – are among the top sites in the entire Caribbean! All of the dive sites are less than 15 boat minutes from the dive shop. The hotel offers transfers, guided hikes, excursions & activities, spa treatments & massages, yoga, delicious and fresh island meals.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp. No visa is required for stays of less than 6 months with proof of onward or return ticket. 

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S. Before traveling check the CDC.

 

Culture and Customs

Dominica is known as "the Nature Island" for good reason. It is a land of unspoiled rainforests, volcanic hot springs, wild rivers and waterfalls. More than 60 percent of the island is covered in lush tropical vegetation and protected within three national parks, including the Morne Trois Piton National Park, which has been named a World Heritage Site. The mountainous landscape rises to almost 5,000 feet above sea level to harvest moisture from passing trade winds. Water is one of the island's most abundant natural resources, and more than 350 rivers gush out of the mountains to create dramatic gorges and spectacular waterfalls that spill into emerald pools. Among the most popular are Middleham, Victoria, Trafalgar and Sari Sari Falls. This landscape creates a mecca for the adventure traveler. Tours and activities range from kayaking, bird watching and hiking to jeep/ATV safaris and mountain bike treks. For the rugged hiker, there is the cross-island Waitukubuli Trail, or the climb to Boiling Lake, one of the world’s largest volcanically-active bodies of fresh water. With a glimpse of pre-Colombian culture, a visit to Carib Indian Territory provides a chance to interact with the largest remaining population of indigenous people in the Caribbean. For a take on the island's current culture, plan a visit during Carnival season, when calypso crooners and dance troops take to the streets. Dominica has earned a reputation as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean. Sperm whales can be seen in the waters of Dominica through the year, but prime viewing months are between November to March, when mothers arrive to nurse their calves. Other marine mammals often seen in the same area include pilot, pygmy, and false killer whales, plus spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphin.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The island operates on 220/240 volts - 50 cycles, so both adapters and transformers are necessary for U.S. made appliances. However, many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage, with 110V US style outlets in the room, along with 110 outlets available in the dive shops for camera equipment. Approximately 70% of Dominica’s electric power supply is hydro generated. Diesel generators provide the remainder.

The island area code for Dominica is 767. There are 3 mobile service providers on the island, check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Tap water is safe to drink, if you prefer bottled water, it is available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language though much of the local population speaks Creole (French based Patois). The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$ or XCD) is the currency used locally. Check the current exchange rate here. United States Dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are accepted. ATMs are available and dispense EC Dollars. Most vendors will accept foreign currency and give your change in local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Dominica is on Atlantic Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Dominica is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Dominica is a sovereign island country that is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located SSE of Guadeloupe Islands and Northwest of Martinique. Dominica is 289 square miles, roughly 29 miles long and 16 miles wide at it's widest point.

Dominica's population is 73,016 (2016).

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