Dominica officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is nicknamed the “Nature Island, you’ll understand why in no time. The island is covered in lush mountainous rainforests, and like most islands villages dot the coastline. Dominica is home to the second largest hot spring, 365 rivers and 12 waterfalls!

Getting here: American Airlines runs a daily service nonstop from Miami, flying from New York we had to catch this connecting flight into the largest of the two airports on this island, Douglas-Charles (DOM), formerly known as Melville Hall. When I say the largest airport, it is still tiny in size. The landing was crazy, the pilot really needs to bank the plane to make the turn to the runway! Don’t be surprised if your flight gets delayed or cancelled. Because this runway is a little tricky, pilots will cancel when there is a weather system.

Getting around: Douglas-Charles (DOM) airport is on the North East of the island, about 1 hour drive to Roseau, 25 minute drive to Calibishie, and 45 minute drive to Rosalie Bay. The island has a great cab service from the Airport, but if you want to get around the island I recommend renting a car from Happy Car Rental at the airport. Make sure to make your reservation in advance, it is a small car rental company. The island is small but it takes time to get everywhere because of the windy roads, your on narrow roads, with switch backs, not highways. Remember, your on Island Time.

Accommodations: We stayed on the East Coast at an amazing resort called Rosalie Bay. A simply magical eco resort, with a sea turtle conservation program. This is an absolute must, click the link to read all about Rosalie Bay! This resort literally has it all, there were so many activities and the most amazing restaurant.

Highlights & Sights: Dominica didn’t get the nickname “Nature Island” for no reason. With 365 rivers, 12 waterfalls, the second largest hot spring, champagne reef, black sand beaches, Red Rocks, Dominica has something for everyone. We did two waterfall hikes, Jacko Falls and Emerald Pool. They both were super kid friendly, and completely managable for my 1.5 & 4.5 year old kids. Remember waterfalls have COLD water, but if I sawm in the pools with two kids, you can do it! You adjust to the temperature quickly.

Emerald Pool: nestled in the lush rainforest, offers a break from the hot humid weather on the coast. The trails are very well maintained paths, so its more of a walk than a hike. There are a good amount of stairs down to the waterfall and leaving it, so leave the strollers at home. You can do this “hike” in flip flops. Make sure to weat your suit, and swim in the emerald pool. Avoid visiting when there are cruise ship tours, if you see big busses in the parking lot come back another time. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the waterfall, thats with two toddlers. A must stop if you are on the island.

Jacko Falls: is literally right off the side of the road. You can see the falls from the viewpoint 30 seconds after parking, then take the stairs down to the bottom of the waterfall. The water is crystal clear and you can swim in the pool. A must stop if you are on the island.

Dominica, the Nature Island has so much to offer, it is one of those places that you surely could keep returning to. We barely scratched the surface! We booked our trip back before we even left.

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