About Dominica

Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, is located at 15º25′N, 61º20′W. Its 290m²/754km² are covered in luxurious, verdant forest. The varied flora and fauna are protected by an extensive natural park system and it is the only island to still shelter two surviving ancient Amazona parrots, the Sisserou (Amazona imperialis) and the Jacko/Red Necked Parrot (Amazona aurasiaca). This is the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles Islands and visitors can explore hot springs, three freshwater lakes, the world’s second largest Boiling Lake, 50 fumaroles and five volcanoes. The highest point is the Morne Trois Pitons at 4,550ft/1,387m. Dominica is also home to many cetaceans – there are frequent sightings of a group of sperm whales who live in this area year round, and the visitor can also enjoy the antics of spinner dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

The name Dominica comes from the Latin word dies Dominica for Sunday, when the island was spotted by Christopher Columbus (3 November 1493). Before that, the Caribs knew it as Wai’tu kubuli meaning ‘Tall is her body’.

Fun things to do in Dominica: incredible diving and, of course, exploring its famous natural beauty, including hot springs, whale and dolphin watching, historical places of interest, and wonderful local crafts. The excellent buys to be found among local handicrafts include hats, bags and rugs made from vetiver grass joined with wild banana strands. The Carib Reserve Crafts Centre produces bags made from two layers of reeds that are buried in the ground to achieve a three-color effect and covered with a layer of broad banana-type leaf to make them waterproof.

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Visiting Dominica and wondering where to stay, what to do, where to eat and how to get around? We’ve got you covered with our list of hotels, restaurants, activities, car hire, shopping & more. Browse through for more details.

Shopping

Shop for souvenirs, local crafts, art, jewellery, clothes & more

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Events

Annual events

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Events in January

13-Jan-17 to 28-Feb-17
Mas Domnik - The Real Mas (Dominica)

Mas Domnik is Dominica’s Carnival,known as the ‘Real Mas’ because it holds true to Carnival traditions of the past. Held at the traditional pre-Lenten time, is a feast of calypso music, Carnival competitions and activities all leading up to two exciting days of street jump-up. About a month prior to the festivities, Carnival is formally opened with an official Opening Parade and ceremony which highlights the celebrations to come.
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13-Jan-17 to 14-Jan-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

14-Jan-17 to 15-Jan-17
Garage Glow Street Fete (Dominica)

TBD

18-Jan-17 to 19-Jan-17
Stardom Tent (Dominica)

The Strip

18-Jan-17 to 19-Jan-17
Soca in the City (Dominica)

The Boardwalk, Loubiere

20-Jan-17 to 21-Jan-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

23-Jan-17 to 24-Jan-17
Steel Band / Lapeau Lime (Dominica)

TBD

26-Jan-17 to 27-Jan-17
Soca in the City (Dominica)

The Boardwalk, Loubiere

27-Jan-17 to 28-Jan-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

28-Jan-17 to 29-Jan-17
Calypso Quarter Finals (Dominica)

Windsor Park Stadium Fore Court

29-Jan-17 to 30-Jan-17
Cabrits Cooler Fete (Dominica)

Memory Lane, Portsmouth

Events in Feburary

1-Feb-17 to 2-Feb-17
Stardom Tent (Dominica)

The Strip

3-Feb-17 to 4-Feb-17
International Artist Night (Dominica)

Carnival City

4-Feb-17 to 5-Feb-17
National Parade & Official Opening of Carnival (Dominica)

Paraders gather at 1:00 PM Event begins at 3:00 - 6:00 PM

8-Feb-17 to 9-Feb-17
Stardom Tent (Dominica)

The Strip

9-Feb-17 to 10-Feb-17
Soca in the City (Dominica)

The Boardwalk, Loubiere

10-Feb-17 to 11-Feb-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

11-Feb-17 to 12-Feb-17
Calypso Semi Finals (Dominica)

Newtown Savannah

11-Feb-17 to 12-Feb-17
Opening of Carnival (St. Joseph) (Dominica)

Streets of St. Joseph

12-Feb-17 to 13-Feb-17
Carnival Princess Show (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

12-Feb-17 to 13-Feb-17
Opening of Carnival (Portsmouth) (Dominica)

Streets of Portsmouth

15-Feb-17 to 16-Feb-17
Stardom Tent (Dominica)

The Strip

15-Feb-17 to 16-Feb-17
Funzaggy Amusement Park (Dominica)

Carnival City

16-Feb-17 to 17-Feb-17
Soca in the City (Dominica)

The Boardwalk, Loubiere

16-Feb-17 to 17-Feb-17
Calypso Queen Show (Dominica)

Carnival City

17-Feb-17 to 18-Feb-17
Calypso Junior Monarch Show (Dominica)

Carnival City

17-Feb-17 to 18-Feb-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

18-Feb-17 to 19-Feb-17
Bouyon Monarch Competition (Dominica)

Carnival City

18-Feb-17 to 19-Feb-17
Mother's Queen Pageant (Dominica)

Arawak House of Culture

18-Feb-17 to 19-Feb-17
Opening of Carnival (Marigot) (Dominica)

Streets of Marigot,3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

18-Feb-17 to 19-Feb-17
Wet Fete (Dominica)

Sisserou Hotel

19-Feb-17 to 20-Feb-17
Teenage Pageant (Dominica)

Carnival City

19-Feb-17 to 20-Feb-17
Opening of Carnival (Mahaut) (Dominica)

Streets of Mahaut

20-Feb-17 to 21-Feb-17
Lagoon Heritage Festival (with Swinging Stars) (Dominica)

Lagoon, Roseau

21-Feb-17 to 22-Feb-17
Ole Mas & Sensay Festival (Dominica)

Portsmouth

21-Feb-17 to 22-Feb-17
Bouyon Day Street Jam (Dominica)

Lagoon, Roseau

22-Feb-17 to 23-Feb-17
Stardom Monarch Show (Dominica)

The Strip, Lalay Coco

23-Feb-17 to 24-Feb-17
Pan by de Bay (Dominica)

Bayfront (Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard)

23-Feb-17 to 24-Feb-17
Mas Jamboree (Dominica)

DJ playing: 5:00 PM - 6:00PM Competition: 6:00 PM

23-Feb-17 to 24-Feb-17
Soca in the city (Dominica)

The Boardwalk, Loubiere

23-Feb-17 to 24-Feb-17
Showdown Mas Camp (Champ of the Camp) (Dominica)

Harlem Plaza

24-Feb-17 to 25-Feb-17
National Queen Pageant (Dominica)

Carnival City

25-Feb-17 to 26-Feb-17
Carnival Signal / Beer Fest (Dominica)

Peeble's Park

25-Feb-17 to 26-Feb-17
Calypso Finals (Dominica)

Carnival CIty

26-Feb-17 to 27-Feb-17
Astaphan Powder Fete (Dominica)

Astaphan's Parking Lot

26-Feb-17 to 27-Feb-17
Carnival Spectacular (Dominica)

Carnival City

26-Feb-17 to 27-Feb-17
Rotary Souse & Punch (Dominica)

Loubiere Strip

26-Feb-17 to 27-Feb-17
Chandra Boat Cruise (Dominica)

TBD

27-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17
Jean Bois Jouvert Foam Invasion (Dominica)

Stadium Fore Court - Roseau Streets, 12:00 AM-12:00 PM

27-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17
Jouvert (Dominica)

Roseau, 4:00 AM-8:00 AM

27-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17
Ole Mas: Street Jump Up (Dominica)

Roseau 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

27-Feb-17 to 28-Feb-17
T-Shirt Bands (Dominica)

Roseau 2:00 PM-10:00 PM

Events in March

28-Feb-17 to 1-Mar-17
Costume Bands :Street Jump Up (Dominica)

Roseau 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

28-Feb-17 to 1-Mar-17
Last Lap (Dominica)

Roseau 2:00 PM- Untill

1-Mar-17 to 2-Mar-17
Vaval (Dominica)

Kalinago Territory

4-Mar-17 to 5-Mar-17
Recharge - The Ultimate Cooldwon Fete (Dominica)

Riverstone, Belles

Events in April

27-Apr-17 to 28-Apr-17
Prize Giving Ceremony (Dominica)

Events in May

6-May-17 to 27-May-17
Hike Fest – DHTA’s Annual Hiking Event (Dominica)

Discover Dominica through Hiking all month long! Hike Fest is brought to you by the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA), held annually in May. Typically there is a hike held on every Saturday in May. Hikes vary in difficulty.
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3-May-17 to 31-May-17
Domfesta (Dominica)

Celebrating Dominica's arts and culture
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28-May-17 to 4-Jun-17
Jazz and Creole (Dominica)

Fusion of jazz and creole music, food and culture
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Events in July

2-Jul-17 to 16-Jul-17
Dive Fest: Dominica’s Annual Scuba Diving Event (Dominica)

Dive Fest is an annual event hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association. Its purpose is to educate the public about scuba diving, one of Dominica’s main tourist attractions — and to have lots of fun while doing it!
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Events in August

11-Aug-17 to 13-Aug-17
Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair (Dominica)

The three day event comprises prose and poetry readings, storytelling, music, film, interviews, book fair, competitions and workshops for adults and children. Entrance is free.
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Events in September

22-Sep-17 to 24-Sep-17
Titiwi Festival (Dominica)

Layou's annual Titiwi Festival celebrates the small fish known as the "titiwi." The people of Layou have been eating titiwi since time immemorable and it has become part of their heritage. They have built a unique local cuisine around this small fish and the Titiwi Festival gives everyone else a chance to taste it!
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Events in October

23-Oct-17 to 26-Oct-17
Creole In The Park (Dominica)

Daily performances, family activities, crafts
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27-Oct-17 to 29-Oct-17
World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) (Dominica)

Dominica's annual World Creole Music Festival is held over three nights at the end of October and features the best in creole music from around the world.
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Events in November

3-Nov-17 to 3-Nov-17
Independence Day (Dominica)

Island-wide celebrations
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Events in November

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History and Culture

There is evidence that the island was inhabited in at least 3100 BC by the Ortoroid people from the South American mainland, and that they became extinct around 400BC. Later came the Igneri or “Arawak speakers” who settled in about 400AD. Their way of life was agricultural and peaceful with a well-defined culture. By 1400 this changed as a similar tribe, the Kalinago who became known as the Caribs, aggressively took over all the islands.

They successfully fought the Spanish and French, and later British, attempts at colonisation but eventually succumbed in the 1600’s. After protracted tussles between the French and English, the island was ceded to Britain in 1763.

A New Era

Dominica became an associated state of the United Kingdom and in 1967 formally took responsibility for its internal affairs. On 3 November 1978, the Commonwealth of Dominica was granted independence and almost immediately, it became a republic.