Nicknamed the “nature island,” Dominica entices adventurous travelers with rain forests, sulfurous hot springs, and verdant volcanoes—not to mention some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. A day gives you just enough time for a taste. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours on the island.
Morning: Island safari
What Dominica lacks in white-sand beaches, it makes up for in immense natural beauty. Use the cooler morning hours to explore the island on land. Head out on a guided Jeep safari to feel the heat at the Wotten Waven sulfur springs, savor the views of Ti Tou Gorge, listen to jungle sounds on a walk to a hidden waterfall, and meet the island’s national parrot at the botanical gardens. Alternatively, spend your morning on a walking tour of Roseau to learn more about the capital city’s history, architecture, and culture. You’ll take a step back in time at the Dominica Museum, sample tropical fruit at the Fresh Market, marvel at city views from Morne Bruce lookout, and snap photos of Dominica’s popular twin Trafalgar Falls.
Afternoon: On the water
Cool off in the clear Caribbean waters. Go snorkeling at Scotts Head Pinnacle, Soufriere Bay, or Champagne Reef—tours typically include all necessary equipment, so all you have to do is take a towel and have fun. For a different kind of adventure, head into the rain forests of Dominica’s lush interior for a tube ride down one of the island’s many freshwater rivers. Keep an eye out for wildlife, and be sure to stop for a refreshing swim along the way. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, opt for a hike to Middleham Falls—the tallest waterfall in the Eastern Caribbean—or through the UNESCO-listed Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Night: Jing ping
Nightlife is decidedly more subdued on Dominica than on other Caribbean islands. While party boats and rum-infused pool parties aren’t so common, you’ll find live entertainment at the island’s major hotels, especially on weekends. After an active day, kick back with a tropical cocktail as you soak up the sounds of traditional jing ping, a type of folk music that originated on the island’s slave plantations.