Located approximately half-way between Trinidad & Tobago and Puerto Rico, the island of Dominica is 29 miles (47 kilometers) long by 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide (approximately 4 times larger than Washington, DC, USA).
This elongated terrain was the reason that the indigenous Caribs called the island Wai'tu Kubuli, which roughly translated means "Tall is her body" before Columbus landed on this Caribbean island.
The island is not your typical Caribbean paradise by the sea. The beaches, though beautiful, are not the main attraction for most who travel to Dominica. As a result, there are no major resorts on the island, and there are less than 100,000 overnight visitors per year. But, if you are an adventures type who likes exploring pristine and varied nature, you will not see the lack of a major resort as a drawback at all.
Today, there are approximately 73,000 inhabitants of the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean." The Dominica forestry service has protected more marine reserves, parks and national parks per capita than nearly any other country in the entire world.
As a result, the island itself has magnificent, thriving and incredibly varied flora and fauna and is home to many rare species of animals. Not only is the Caribbean island one of the youngest in the Lesser Antilles, it is still being formed by volcanic activity. It has a more mountainous terrain than any of its sister islands in the Lesser Antilles. These mountains give birth to many rivers, and the island has claimed to have one river for every day of the year.
This pristine, "untouched" environment is protected by an extensive national park system in Dominica. Morne Trois Pitons National Park was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to one of the more unique features of this Caribbean island, Boiling Lake, which is the second largest thermally active lake of the world. As you can imagine, due to its wonderful and diverse ecosystem, Dominica ecotourism is exceptional and exciting.
Because of the lush landscape, if you choose to peruse the rest of the Dominica Travel Guide and ultimately travel to Dominica, you have the opportunity challenge the common perception of what a Caribbean island is supposed to be.
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