A Natural Vacation for Both Mind and Body
Nature provides the nurture on an island that remains green and pristine, with plenty of old-school Caribbean charm. Far from the pressures of daily life, visitors can pursue the calming and clarifying traditions of yoga and meditation, discover new adventures ashore or afloat or simply relax and take in an inspirational range of mountain views and seaside settings. Healthful, organic meals provide the fuel for rainforest hikes to waterfalls and scenic overlooks, whale spotting by kayak or body surfing in Atlantic breakers. Soothing therapies await at on-site spas, while waterfront taverns and open-air markets add local color, and sleep comes easily at the end of each fruitful day.
- 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
Mind and Spirit in Dominica Overview
Visitors can settle into a waterfront inn that is centrally located for waters sports, mountain hikes and the attractions of a historic port city. As an alternative, they can retreat to a pristine seaside valley where a luxurious eco-lodge sits on the banks of a pristine river.
Mind and Spirit in Dominica Tips
Relaxation isn't the same as sitting around, and Dominica is the perfect place to pursue the sort of activities that create both physical and mental well-being. To help plan your day, resorts provide in-house activity coordinators who can tailor an itinerary to fit your interests.
Best Places for Mind and Spirit in Dominica
Practice Hatha yoga in a riverfront gazebo. Watch the yachts and island sloops come and go from the balcony of your harbor view room. Enjoy meals made with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables from organic gardens. Stroll through a historic port city or wander a garden labyrinth to discover quiet meditation spaces. Take a relaxing forest hike to a hidden emerald pool or enjoy the sunset from a rooftop hot tub.
What to Pack for Mind and Spirit in Dominica
Comfort is the keyword, so go for easy-breathing organic materials to wear around town and at the resort. Throw in some walking shoes and hiking shorts for the forest trails, and a swimsuit for the ocean and waterfalls. Go for good books instead of smartphones.
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. See the entry/exit requirements here.
Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you’re coming from the U.S. Before traveling check the CDC here.
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.
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.
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).