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Dominica: The World’s #1 Tourism Island Destination

Ah, Dominica. Before I stepped foot on this verdant island, I heard whispers of its enchantment, often referred to as “The Nature Isle.” Having now explored it first-hand, I can wholeheartedly vouch for its deserving title of the #1 Island Destination in the Caribbean and #8 in the world.

Dominica is No Ordinary Island

From the moment my plane descended, offering me aerial views of its emerald mountains and sapphire shores, I knew Dominica was no ordinary Caribbean destination. It doesn’t just give you the sun, sand, and sea cliché (although it does those spectacularly). For me, the island of Dominica’s main attraction is its pristine nature; its greenery, 365 rivers and waterfalls at every turn. There’s so much to see, do and experience in nature. The island’s spirit where adventure is waiting to be discovered at every turn, and where the spirit of the island makes and its allure makes you feel alive.

The Awards Don’t Lie

Being named the #1 Island in the Caribbean and the #8 Island in the World for the second consecutive year in the ‘World’s Best Awards’ is no easy feat. Just spend a day in Dominica, and you’ll quickly see why. It’s not just about ticking boxes for the typical tourist attractions. Dominica’s appeal lies in its soul-stirring experiences that aren’t found anywhere else.

Discover Dominica’s Hidden World

Snorkeling in Champagne Reef was like diving into a glass of bubbly. Geothermal vents push up tiny bubbles, and swimming through them, with the vibrant marine life around, is an experience I won’t forget. And speaking of unforgettable, have you ever swum in a boiling lake? Dominica boasts the second largest in the world, surrounded by the lush Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

Hiking Adventures Galore

If trekking is more your speed, Dominica’s trails are a dream. I embarked on the Waitukubuli National Trail, and it was like stepping into a Jurassic world. Cascading waterfalls, mist-covered mountains, and the echoing calls of exotic birds surrounded me. Every step was a reminder of why Dominica stands head and shoulders above other destinations.

Whale Watching: An Oceanic Ballet Just for You

Now, let me let you in on a moment that genuinely took my breath away – whale watching. Dominica isn’t just rich on land; its oceanic tapestry is mesmerizing. Boarding a boat one serene morning, I had hopes, but nothing prepared me for the majesty of seeing sperm whales in their natural habitat. These gentle giants, with their characteristic blowholes, seemed to dance in the deep blue, presenting an oceanic ballet. With every breach, every graceful arc of a tail, I felt a connection, an unspoken bond with these magnificent creatures. And as I watched, surrounded by the vastness of the sea and the grandeur of the moment, it struck me. This wasn’t just an activity. It was a privilege. In Dominica, nature doesn’t just surround you; it speaks to you, and that morning, it sang a song of the deep I’ll carry with me forever.

Waterfalls that Whisper and Roar

If Dominica’s oceans sing, then its waterfalls tell stories. Among the island’s cascading wonders, two in particular captured my heart: Trafalgar Falls and Emerald Falls. At Trafalgar, it’s a duet of the ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ falls that cascade side by side, each with their own majestic roar and serene whisper, enveloped by a backdrop of lush greenery. A trek to this natural spectacle is a sensory delight – the refreshing mist on my face, the harmonious sound of water crashing into the pools below, and the earthy scent that fills the air. But just when I thought I’d seen Dominica’s peak, I stumbled upon Emerald Falls. True to its name, the water here gleams like a gemstone, nestled within a tranquil garden setting. Taking a dip in its cool, inviting waters, I felt as though I was swimming in a jewel. These falls, each spectacular in its own right, epitomized the beauty of Dominica – raw, unfiltered, and breath-taking.


Culture that Captivates

Beyond nature, Dominica’s rich culture and history added layers to my journey. The Kalinago Territory offered a peek into the lives of the island’s first inhabitants. Interacting with the Kalinago people, understanding their customs, crafts, and canoe-building prowess, was a heartwarming experience. And oh, the Creole music and tantalizing local cuisine? They’re the rhythms and flavors that I still crave.

A Sustainable Heartbeat

What genuinely sets Dominica apart is its commitment to responsible and regenerative tourism development. Dominica doesn’t simply exploit its natural gifts for tourism; it cherishes and protects them in so many ways. Dominica boasts of real eco-lodges, sustainable agricultural practices (although not island-wide, but growing), and community-based tourism initiatives to ensure that visiting Dominica is both a joy and a journey in responsible and resilient tourism.

Accommodations That Echo the Island’s Beauty

Staying at one of the island’s many eco-lodges and resorts is as much an experience as exploring it. Dominica boasts accommodations that seamlessly blend with nature. Take Secret Bay, for instance. Perched gracefully on a cliff edge, it offers an intimate rendezvous with the island’s essence. Each villa is a sanctuary, artfully constructed to mesh with the surrounding nature, offering panoramic views of the azure waters and verdant canopy. Waking up to the soft lullaby of waves, indulging in spa treatments amidst the tropical foliage, or simply lounging on a private deck as the sun dips below the horizon — the experience is nothing short of magical. It’s not just about having a place to stay; it’s about immersing oneself in the very soul of Dominica, and accommodations like Secret Bay ensure just that. Every moment feels personal, every view feels like a painting, and every memory is etched in luxury.

An Experience I’ll Never Forget

I’ve been to many places, but Dominica? It’s carved a special spot in my heart. An island that’s not just about relaxation, but rejuvenation. Not just sightseeing, but soul-stirring experiences. If there’s one Caribbean jewel you must visit, let it be Dominica. You’ll understand why it’s not only #1 in awards but also #1 in the hearts of all who’ve been fortunate enough to experience it.


Kevon Wilson

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Kevon Wilson, is a prolific researcher and strategist. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in research and digital marketing.

He is co-author of many of Leve Global’s research publications such as Big Data – Delivering the Big Picture to Drive CompetitivenessEverything You Need to Know About Internet Marketing,  and The Top Ten Emerging Markets.

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