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Dominica, Caribbean, West Indies -- Though only a pin-point on the world map Dominica is simple yet complicated, relaxed yet very busy, sometimes seemingly locked in a past time, yet pushing into its future -- a very alive place on this earth.  For me, it is difficult to successfully describe life and living here in conversation.  Dominica is a place that is best personally experienced and appreciated not over a period of a day or few days visit, but a period of time.  I've been fortunate to have that extended time. 

 

Simply stated, Dominica is picturesque... a beauty of proportions, its best parts always spilling before one's line of sight.  Dominica is painted in a continuing display of color, a continuous melding blend of blues and greens.  Dominica is rainforest. Dominica is water... surrounded by ocean and sea, fresh water running from its mountain streams, and water falling from the sky.  Dominica is a contrast of sun and heat, rain and breeze.  Dominica's people are either very busy or not.  They are hopeful and friendly. For most, tomorrow is not taken for granted; living often is work.

 

The island's landscape, created during a distant past as well as a current active volcanic period, consists of extremely rugged, mountainous, rainforest terrain. The climate is spring-like; the sun is either shining or it is raining. No day goes by that one does not experience several rainbows.

 

The  island is 29 miles long and 16 miles across at its widest points. 365 rivers interlace the forests; there are a multitude of waterfalls, some falling hundreds of feet. The highest mountain is 4,746 feet tall.  All is surrounded by the often tumultuous Atlantic Ocean on the east and the composed Caribbean Sea on the west. The majority of Dominica's beaches are black sand due to the island's volcanic upbringing. Dominica, a part of Caribbean West Indies series if islands, is flanked closely by Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south.

 

Known as the Nature Island, Dominica supports 3 National Parks / Forest Reserves that provide a multitude of hiking trails & paths (ranging from easy to very challenging) leading to numerous waterfalls, a volcanic boiling lake, a freshwater lake, dormant volcanoes and other rain forest attractions. A Marine Reserve offers a rich abundance of reefs, corals, fishes and other marine life; some of the best scuba diving in the world is experienced here. Whales and porpoise frequent the surrounding sea.

 

The islandís population is approximately 70,000.  Fish, fruit and vegetables provide everyday staples; the majority of citizens have gardens and, those that donít, can rely upon those neighbors that do.  Community markets, likewise, offer a wide variety of produce. Bananas, plantains, mangos, oranges, grapefruit, limes, pineapples and a variety of other fruits and vegetables support Dominicaís economy.

 

All of this and more, is Dominica...