Long voyages, great lies.
— Italian proverb




Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.


Dominica is a part of the region of Central America and is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. It is often known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world. Should not be confused with the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic.

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DominicaSecret Bay 


Location. Secret Bay is located on the beach in Portsmouth, close to Fort Shirley and Cabrits National Park. Another point of interest is Morne Diablotin National Park. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include complimentary bicycles. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include barbecue grills, laundry facilities, and a garden. This is a smoke… more »

DominicaAtlantique View Resort & Spa, an Ascend Collection hotel 

Anse de Mai

Price (US$): $305 - $306 / night

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Location. Atlantique View Resort & Spa, an Ascend Collection hotel is located in Anse de Mai and local attractions include Cabrits National Park and Fort Shirley. Regional points of interest also include Morne Diablotin National Park. Resort Features. The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Atlantique View Resort & Spa, an Ascend Collection hotel features tour/ticket assistance. Guestrooms. There are 40 guestrooms at Atlantique View Resort & Spa, an Ascend… more »

DominicaCalibishie Lodges 

Main Road

Price (US$): $134 - $149 / night

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Location. Calibishie Lodges is located near the beach in Calibishie and attractions in the region include Morne Diablotin National Park, Cabrits National Park, and Fort Shirley. Hotel Features. Calibishie Lodges's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves breakfast each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. The property offers a… more »

DominicaRosalie Bay Resort 

1854 Roseau

Price (US$): $299 - $450 / night

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Location. Rosalie Bay Resort is located on the beach in Rosalie and local attractions include Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and Middleham Falls. Regional points of interest also include Trafalgar Falls and Botanical Garden. Resort Features. Rosalie Bay Resort features a restaurant and a poolside bar. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness… more »



Price (US$): $118 - $118 / night

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Beachfront Hotel 11 Miles North Of Roseau. 1 Mile Beach With Black Sand. 1 Level Of Units Along Beach Front. Sup dbl Or Queen Beds,oceanview From Balcony,ceiling Fans Telephone,private Shower Or Tub more »

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Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates

15 25 N, 61 20 W

Area comparative

slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC


148 km


tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall


rugged mountains of volcanic origin

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Morne Diablotins 1,447 m

Natural resources

timber, hydropower, arable land


72,813 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 86.8%, mixed 8.9%, Carib Amerindian 2.9%, white 0.8%, other 0.7% (2001 census)


Roman Catholic 61.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 6%, Pentecostal 5.6%, Baptist 4.1%, Methodist 3.7%, Church of God 1.2%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.2%, other Christian 7.7%, Rastafarian 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.6%, none 6.1% (2001 census)


English (official), French patois

Government type

parliamentary democracy


3 November 1978 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 3 November (1978)

Chief of state

President Nicholas J. O. LIVERPOOL (since October 2003)

Head of government

Prime Minister Roosevelt SKERRIT (since 8 January 2004)

Internet country code


Internet users

28,000 (2009)


2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Portsmouth, Roseau

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