*disclaimer – I work in travel PR and the Discover Dominica Authority is one of my clients but I am under absolutely no obligation to write about them on my blog. I was leading a filming trip when these images were taken and content researched*
Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean and you can see why the minute you step off the plane. The island is a short 40minute hop from Antigua on a tiny Liat flight, the runway is surrounded by rolling hills and lush green rainforests.
The island is unlike any other Caribbean Island I’ve visited before with its black sand beaches, a river for every day of the year, wild rainforests, waterfalls and stunning wildlife it’s hard not to fall in love.
Although the island looks tiny on the map it actually takes much longer to drive around because of the mountains, to get anywhere you basically have to go around the outside every time, there’s no shortcuts through the middle. I should mention that the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and the effects are still quite visible.
Where to stay
I stayed Picard Beach Cottages – gorgeous rustic cottages right on the beach and when I say on the beach I mean you literally step off the veranda onto the black sand. I can’t describe how beautiful the view is so I’ll just have to show you.
Things to do
The gorgeous Emerald Pool is definitely worth the hike, but be warned the water is a tad on the chilly side. It honestly looks like the water is emerald green and looks amazing on the ‘gram’ grid. But I have to admit I wasn’t brave enough to actually get in!
Dominica has been in the Hollywood spotlight as it was the backdrop to a number of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. I took a boat tour along the Indian River to see some of the spots featured in the film, it’s so quiet and serene. It’s hard to believe I was on a Caribbean island and not in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
Like most Caribbean islands the sunsets pretty much on the dot at 6pm, so take a moment to watch it drop. There’s something so calming about watching the sunset over the water from a beach.