This feature has been published in Lonely Planet Magazine – 2019.
“Describe Dominica for me”, Columbus was asked by Queen Isabella of Spain when returned in 1493 from his second trip to the new world. But he could not find the proper words. He picked up a piece of paper, crumpled it and tossed it up the table. “That’s Dominica,” he just said.
About 500 years later the Caribbean island has hardly changed: rough and unspoiled, with imposing peaks and deep valleys largely covered under lush tropical rainforest. Unlike the surrounding islands you will not find luxury here resorts, pearly white beaches or masses tourists. Nature beckons on Dominica with the vast jungle, crater lakes and hot springs, coral reefs of world format and more rivers and waterfalls than there are days in a year.
The impressive and largely untouched nature makes Dominica a perfect eco-destination. During a road trip through nature’s playground you will come across the most beautiful places and fascinating people.
Images: Nicole Franken – Text: Yvonne Dudock