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Dominica Is the New Saba
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]