Dominica has a rich and vibrant history and culture, and the ground on which Fort Young Hotel was built is no exception. When we set out to renovate our landmark resort, we wanted to pay homage to the island and its inhabitants (humans, animals and lush wildlife alike). To help us celebrate the Nature Island […]Read more
Hidden away in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, Dominica is often called the Nature Island because of its rainforest-dotted mountains that rise like green jewels from the sea. And here at Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort, we have a coveted front-row seat to the island’s most striking attractions — from vibrant marine life to bubbling hot springs. Below, explore four things we’re feeling extra grateful for this year in paradise.
Lush, Untouched Nature
With a total of nine volcanoes, Domnicia is the most mountainous island in the area…and it’s also home to hundreds of rivers and waterfalls. From waterfall hikes to one-of-a-kind diving destinations, Dominica is a mostly unexplored isle that will appeal to anyone in search of a tropical paradise. So lace up your hiking boots, grab a water bottle and embark on an unforgettable rainforest hike.
Incredible Marine Life
Named for the bubbling waters that arise from the sea’s volcanic thermal springs, Champagne Reef is Dominica’s most popular marine life attraction. Unfurling underneath the Caribbean’s crystal-clear waters, this subterranean volcanic reef is home to almost every color and kind of sea creature imaginable, from rays and trumpet fish to hawksbill turtles and eels. Dedicated divers can even make the journey to the remains of a 17th-century Spanish shipwreck buried at the bottom of the sea.
Hot Sulphur Springs
Surrounded by a canopy of tropical trees, the tiny village of Wotten Waven is famous for its natural hot sulfur springs and mud pools that are rumored to have healing qualities. Islanders have created health spas where travelers and locals alike can enjoy a warm mud bath or sulfur soak after a long day of hiking. From mud pools surrounded by gorgeous gardens to private sulfur baths that stay open late so guests can glimpse the stars above, each spa offers the chance to experience the Nature Island in a new way.
Nourishing Local Foods
Dominica has a long history of farming and fishing, and we’re incredibly grateful for all of the wholesome, fresh food available on the island. From classic creole salt-fish to locally harvested fruits and vegetables, the Nature Island’s food is sure to nourish and delight.