Dominica Travel Guide
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Thanks to a reader tip, we zoomed our Google Maps eyes down on the tiny Cane Field Airport (DCF) on Dominica, an island in the Caribbean between Guadeloupe and Martinique. Because of the mountainous terrain of the island, the runway was constructed directly alongside the beach. That might sound picturesque, but with crosswinds threatening to dump you in the drink, in addition to a steep approach, it gets to be quite harrowing.
Now, Cane Field is one of two airports on this small island, the other being Melville Hall. However Cane Field is the smaller of the two, mainly used for island hopping, private jets, and the like. With a runway only 3,100' long, it's easy to see why. You will catch the occasional American Airlines or LIAT planes landing at the nearby Melville Hall, but it's Cane Field that holds the most suspense for incoming flights.
Now add to this the fact that both airports on Dominica have no lights for nighttime flights, and the stakes are upped. Better hope that you're not landing on the island on an usually dark and stormy day!
[Photo: Google Maps]
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Dominica, as we've already told you, is a real up-and-comer, with a bit more of an adventure feel to it than some other Caribbean islands. And its lovely capital, Roseau, is the perfect place to hide away and live out your pirate fantasies.
A good hotel option in Roseau is the Fort Young Hotel tucked away on the outskirts of the city. You can get a winter special there with the seventh night free after you pay for six nights; you can also get the "Pirates Trail" special for $95 a night, including breakfast and a welcome rum or fruit punch, plus options for a bunch of pirate-like tours.
After all that swashbuckling gets your appetite growling, a short drive takes you to the Tamarind Tree Restaurant (also part of a hotel complex if the Fort Young is fully booked). The Tamarind Tree is full of local meals but is most famous for being the only place that serves Kubuli Draft beer.
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Late last year we told you Dominica had all the makings of a classic "it" travel destination.
Island, beaches, waterfalls, eco-tourism, dive sites, and river tubing--that should do it right? Well, in this day in age you need a reality television series to create the perfect tourism storm, and starting May 31, Dominica will get its reality series.
Mark Burnett's new TV Reality series "Pirate Master" was filmed in Dominica in March and April, 2007. The show is some sort of pirate adventure loosely based on the old Henry Steel legend. Basically, he or she who proves to be the hardiest pirate will walk away with $1 million.
This isn't Dominica's first time under the pop culture spotlight--Pirates of the Caribbean II and III were also filmed, in part, on the island.
You can connect to DOM via Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia and San Juan.
Dominica is also served by two high-speed ferries from Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia. The Ferry Terminal is located in the capital, Roseau.
Where to Stay
Jungle Bay Resort is Dominica's chicest lodge.
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Dominica has all the makings of an "it" destination. You might think the island's lack of classic Caribbean beaches works against it, but we know there's nothing a hipster loves more than bucking the supposed establishment. Somewhere right now, a travel trend-watcher is salivating over the possibility of telling his/her buddies about his/her upcoming Caribbean vacation and not getting this exact response: "OMG, I just saw a picture of [insert starlet here] adjusting her bikini wedgie on the beach there! BTW, did you hear she and [insert Hollywood womanizer here] broke up?"
Looking to capitalize on the island's unique strengths, the Dominican Ministry of Tourism has launched a new website that touts the excellent opportunities for adventure travel and eco-tourism that abound there. New features on the spruced-up site include a live webcam with a view of Dominica's northern coast. We visited the site earlier today, but as of press time, it's hiccupping a bit.
The Jungle Bay hotel is probably Dominica's most chic hotel option, and at $249 a night in high season, it's still a deal in the region. More affordable still is the Papillote Wilderness Retreat, where you're surrounded by some of the island's most beautiful foliage. You can reach Dominica by air and ferry from several Caribbean islands, including, OMG, Barbados.
· Dominica launches new tourism website [Caribbean Net News]
· Papillote Wilderness Retreat reviews [TripAdvisor]
· The New York Times' Caribbean Special [Jaunted]
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The Times went Caribbean-crazy this weekend. It was a nice Sunday surprise for those closer to the East Coast, who are probably apt to suffer from a bit of burnout over the region. Let's face it: if you're spoiled, yeah, at times the Caribbean can seem a little passé. Most of it is just so easy to get to.
But we're interested again, thanks in part to bits on Dominica and Martinique. Hotel Chatter tipped you off to the Jungle Bay hotel in Dominica back in the day, and the Times revisits to remind you how much you want to stay there. At $249 (including meals) in high season, it's affordable compared to the competition. Of course, Dominica doesn't have any classic Caribbean beaches, and you'll have to explain and re-explain to your buddies that no, you weren't just in the Dominican Republic.
We're not sure about taking that Club Med charter to Martinique, but we love the sound of its culinary scene: "We change the menu every 10 days because we refuse to be bored," one restaurant owner told the Times. Plus, there's a rum museum!
· Dominica: Jungle Bay [NYT]
· Ah Oui, Chic Martinique Is Doable Again [NYT]