Dominica is situated in the Eastern Caribbean between Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Not to confuse Dominica with the Dominican Republic, it is often called the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Nearly 70,000 people occupying a landmass of less than 290 square miles live on Dominica. Most people on Dominica live on Roseau, the islandís capital. Outside of the populated regions, an array of rainforests, waterfalls, and streams are located on Dominica. Since the island has many features similar to a volcano, it is believed volcanic activity occurs beneath the islandís surface.
UNESCO named Dominicaís Morne Trois Pitons National Park a World Heritage Site, the first such honor in the region.
Descents of the Carib Indians can still be found on Dominica. The majority of the population speaks English or Creole. The island is also heavily influenced by Catholic culture since most people on Dominica are Catholics.
Visitors seeking outdoor recreation will find a lot to do on Dominicaís undeveloped natural environment.
There are more than 300 rivers to swim or wade in and numerous falls to enjoy, including the Victoria or Middleham.
Like most Caribbean islands, Dominica is full of beautiful reefs and underwater beauty that can be explored while snorkeling, or visitors can spend time observing whales.
Tourists wanting to see hot springs can visit Soufriere Springs or Boiling Lake.
Additionally, tourists wanting to tour the rainforests have a variety of options. In one section of the island, there is a tram for those wanting an aerial view. Tourists can also ride a horse or drive a jeep through certain forests.
Since the island is home to ancient cultures, anthropology enthusiasts can spend time at one of many historic sites. Visiting the Dominica Museum is one way to learn more about Dominicaís past. Visitors can arrange for a tour guide to show them specific historical sites regions or landmarks on the island that interest them.