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Capital: Roseau
Languages: English, French
Ethnic Groups: Black 91%, mixed 6%, West Indian 2%
Religions: Roman Catholic 77%, Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD 951)



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Dominica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, another Caribbean nation. The name is pronounced IPA: /ˌdɒmɪˈnikə/. In Latin the name means "Sunday", which was the day of its discovery by Columbus.

The official name is Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means "her body is tall." The indigenous people of the island, the Caribs, have a territory which resembles the Indian reserves of Canada. Because the island went through a period of French occupation, and lies between two overseas départements (Département d'outre-mer) of France : Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south; the island is sometimes called "French Dominica". It also has the nickname "The Nature Isle of the Caribbean" due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty.

The isle of Dominica is one of the youngest islands in the Lesser Antilles, and it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. It is a lush island of mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou parrot is featured on the Dominica flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture...more
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from pixelmixture

Fredyric Chopin
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Dominican Pontoon
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Scape Pics 8 years ago
I asked this woman for a quick snapshot and she obliged. The photo really does not do her justice. She was very attractive.
Jean & Nathalie 8 years ago
An impression from the Boiling Lake:

Boiling Lake
Tropical Ties PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Tropical Ties (member) 8 years ago
Dominica is a fantastic place for those who love nature and are looking for adventure
Morne Trois Pitons Hike, Dominica
Jean & Nathalie Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Jean & Nathalie (member) 8 years ago
Indeed. There are plenty of nice hiking spots over there. Here we are in the Valley of Desolation, on the way back from the Boiling Lake:

Valley of Desolation
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South West Coast, Dominica, BWI

Part of the set: Dominica - Dec 2006 - www.flickr.com/photos/waywuwei/sets/72157600063846181/
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The day after Christmas we took our first scuba dive. The dive shop was just at the bottom of the the mountain where we were staying, a hair raising ride straight down the mountain with lots of switch backs and blind curves and driving on the left... yeaow! Derek Perryman is the owner of Dive Dominica and he runs a really great operation. Mary and I have been diving for 20 years and this trip we saw something we have been looking for for 20 years... a frogfish! Not just one, we actually saw three. The first looked something like this. I'm not sure exactly, they are very difficult to see because they are so well camoflaged. It was hiding inside a tube sponge and looked like a piece of flotsam that had just settled into the opening of the sponge. But as I looked I saw it's eye. That's the dead giveaway. Unfortunately I don't have an underwater camera so I couldn't get a picture.

Castle Comfort, Dominica, BWI
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I was so determined to get a picture of this place (it was painted black inside and out) that when they all got distracted I took this picture. As near as I can figure (I couldn't see in) it sold homeade food and alcohol. It was doing a brisk business every time I went by.

Roseau, Dominica, BWI
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Things were hopping on Saturday the 23rd as everyone did their last minute Christmas shopping and food shopping. The 24th was a Sunday and everything closes down here on Sunday. No Wal-Mart (Yeah!).

Roseau, Dominica, BWI
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A small store in Roseau that sold beer. Kubuli seems to be the dominant brand, we saw it advertised everywhere.

Roseau, Dominica, BWI
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We had come to Dominica to dive the coral reefs and see the underwater life as well as the life of the rain forests, so we decided to wait until after Christmas to dive. The day after we arrived was 2 days before Christmas so we needed to stock up on food for the week before everything shut down for Christmas. They served meals at Exotica Cottages, but since we had our own kitchen we elected to do a lot of our own cooking.

Roseau, Dominica, BWI
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Portsmouth
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View From Top of Morne Anglais, Dominica. Morne Micotrin and Morne Trois Pitons in background
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Hodges Bay
Jean & Nathalie Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Jean & Nathalie (member) 8 years ago
With respect to the description of Dominica (1st message of the thread):

French is not a language of Dominica despite its French neighbours and the French presence in the past centuries.

The languages are English and Creole, a French-based creole to be more precise. This makes that some people might understand French and that if you understand some French, you might grasp some bits of their Creole.
Cloudlea PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Cloudlea (member) 8 years ago
The most perfect beach and we had it all to ourselves on several occasions. I do hope this beach and indeed the whole Island does not get spoilt

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Batibou Beach
Cloudlea PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Cloudlea (member) 8 years ago
Portsmouth

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Dominica's 2nd town
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from Jean & Nathalie

Valley of Desolation
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Roseau
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Fort Shirley
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Soufriere Church
Soufriere Church, Dominica
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Valley of Desolation
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Portsmouth
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Purple Turtle Beach

Purple Turtle Beach, Dominica
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Waterfall near Soltoun
Waterfall at Soltoun on Campbell Hike, Dominica
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Portsmouth
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Rain Forest, Kachibona Lake Hike

Rain Forest, Kachibona Lake Hike, Dominica
Tropical Ties PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Tropical Ties (member) 5 years ago
Hodges Bay, Calibishie

Hodges Bay, Calibishie, Dominica
Tropical Ties PRO 8 years ago
Is the previous shot Dominica or Dominican Republic?
Jean & Nathalie 8 years ago
Hot Tub in the Valley of Desolation

This is a natural hot tub in the Valley of Desolation. The water has a temperature of about 40 degree Celsius. Just fine :-)
Jean & Nathalie Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Jean & Nathalie (member) 8 years ago
Wotten Waven

A Sulphur spring at Wotten Waven.
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Fort Shirley
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Calibishie

Calibishie
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Screws Sulphur Spa, Dominica

Screws Sulphur Spa
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Mero Beach, Fishing Boat
Mero Beach, Fishing Boat, Dominica
chrissy_m 6 years ago
Dominica... awesome beach

Black Sand beach south of Castle Bruce.
chrissy_m 6 years ago
Tree

The road to Marigot, at Pagua Bay
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deLaDominique 6 years ago
Marigot
Tropical Ties PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Tropical Ties (member) 5 years ago
Independence celebrations now taking place
Kweyol Village Lyme, Dominica
Tropical Ties PRO 4 years ago
Chilling at Champagne Beach, Dominica
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