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Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is a sovereign island country. The capital, Roseau, is located on the leeward side of the island.
It is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea.
The island lies south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique.
Dominica is home to many local artisans and traditional craftsman who cater to tourists, although not a thriving high end art scene.
Dominica is especially vulnerable to hurricanes as the island is located in what is referred to as the hurricane region.
Tourism in Dominica
Dominica's tourist industry is in its infancy compared to other Caribbean islands. However, Dominica has a few famous tourist spots, such as the Indian River in Portsmouth, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Scotts Head (where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea), and the world's second-largest boiling lake, which is inside Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Tourism in Dominica consists mostly of hiking in the rain forest and visiting cruise ships. Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines and Oceania Cruise Lines have made Dominica one of their ports of call. The pier is located in the capital city of Roseau and is a simple pier.
The Dominica straw markets open on Tuesdays when the cruise ship docks. These shops are operated by locals and are located on the main street directly in front of the pier, as well as directly behind the Dominica Museum. No other straw markets are located on the north side of the island.
This island country also has many excellent diving spots due to its steep drop-offs, healthy marine environment, and reefs.
Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world's second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. Dominica has many waterfalls, springs, and rivers. The Calibishie area in the country's northeast has sandy beaches Some plants and animals thought to be extinct on surrounding islands can still be found in Dominica's forests.
The volcanic nature of the island has attracted scuba divers. The island has several protected areas, including Cabrits National Park, as well as 365 rivers, hundreds of streams, coastlines and coral reefs.
Visitors can find large tropical forests, including Morne Trois Pitons National Park which is a tropical forest blended with scenic volcanic features. It was recognized for UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on 4 April 1995, a distinction it shares with four other Caribbean islands.
The Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialis) is Dominica's national bird and is endemic to its mountain forests. A related species, the Jaco or red-necked parrot (A. arausiaca),. Is also a Dominican endemic. Both birds are rare and protected, though some forest is still threatened by logging in addition to the long-standing threat of hurricanes.
The Caribbean Sea offshore of the island of Dominica is home to many cetaceans. Most notably a group of sperm whales live in this area year round. Other cetaceans commonly seen in the area include spinner dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Less commonly seen animals include killer whales, false killer whales, pygmy sperm whales, dwarf sperm whales, Risso's dolphins, common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, humpback whales and Bryde's whales. This makes Dominica a destination for tourists interested in whale-watching.
Map of Dominica