Exploring the Carribean’s “Nature Island”
The Nature island earns its moniker with lush foliage and beautiful tropical flowers
Several things exemplify Dominica from the neighboring islands. For one the island has some of the few remaining Caribe Natives. Most of them died off after the Spanish arrived. There are some settlements where the people still live as closely to the way they lived at the time of the discovery as they reasonably can.
The native people call themselves the Kalinago and have a 15 square kilometer reserve on the eastern side of the island. They number about 2,500 and have a chief who is a nominal leader. The community is the largest surviving settlement in the entire Carribean. Due to deforestation much of the soil is of poor quality and other than selling crafts to tourist. The community has no real source of income.
The second thing about Dominica that makes it unique is the indigenous parrots. Dominica has two endemic species of parrot. The Sisserou who is easily spotted with a purple body and green wings. This is the parrot that appears on Dominica’s national flag. The second is the Jaco which is smaller and has a mostly green body with a red crest and a purple face. Both species are protected on the island due to frequent smuggling.
The island of Dominica turned out to be such a delight for me. I was on a cruise that also took me to Grenada, Saint Lucia, Tortola, as well as Antigua and Barbuda. I had some expectations of all the other locations because I knew more about them. I didn’t really realize much about Dominica. I was so surprised by the natural beauty, the warmth of the people I met. While there are cruise ships that make the island part of their itinerary, the beaches and parks seemed really uncrowded. I really like the relaxed atmosphere. if you are looking for a Caribbean destination that offers immense natural beauty in a serene, relaxed pace, I am certain Dominica will delight you as well.