Privacy, Comfort, and Solitude in Paradise
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are some arid areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture for its ecomomy.
Because of it's incredible beauty and lush forests, as well as unspoiled coastline it was the site for most all of the outdoor scenes of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films. The film highlights dozens of unspoiled settings that bring forth the true beauty and splendor of the island.
Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), November 3, 1493. In the next hundred years after Columbus' landing, Dominica remained isolated, and even more Carib Indians settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to the United Kingdom in 1763. The United Kingdom then set up a government and made the island a colony in 1805.
The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom reassumed governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. In 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.
It is readily accessible by air from a number of Caribbean landing spots (San Juan, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados and others) and has an excellent high speed ferry connection to neighboring islands. While Dominica maintains its old world charm and flavor it also has the latest in internet connections, cable television, cell service, Fed Ex, UPS service and air freight that make the connections to the rest of the world a common occurrence. American fast food is making its weight felt with several KFC locations, Pizza Hut, Subway Sandwich Shop and the extremely popular Starbucks clone called RITUALS.