As soon as guests step foot onto Fort Young’s extended dock, there is simply no question in their minds why it has been named one of the best places to dive in Dominica and touted as the only hotel to shore dive on the island. Aside from the hotel’s obvious proximity to the water, Fort […]Read more
International travel should take you out of your comfort zone and broaden your worldview—whether you’re a retired jet-setter or taking your kids on their first trip outside of the country. Because geography isn’t the only thing that makes a place unique. To truly do this, we recommend immersing yourself in the culture of the place you’re visiting whenever possible. What are the locals eating, listening to, playing, creating? While visiting Dominica, we hope you have the opportunity to experience the island like a local. These are just some of the annual events that will let you do just that.
1. Dominica Carnival
February 24–25, 2020
Known as “Mas Domnik” or “The Real Mas,” Dominica’s Carnival is held annually on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday—marking the beginning of Lent. Though activities typically start a month prior, the highlight of Carnival is this two-day festival of street dancing and performances and much more.
The Dominica Festival of the Arts (DOMFESTA) is a month-long celebration of creative artistic disciplines—including theatrical and dance performances, concerts and artistic workshops. Get a taste of both longstanding traditions and new flavors during this showcase.
3. Dive Fest
July 5–14, 2020
Led by the Dominica Watersports Association, this annual event is centered on scuba diving and marine life. Visitors can participate in Dive Fest through a variety of activities, including discounted whale watching tours, swimming and kayaking races, and marine educational tours. Family-friendly events include kids snorkel treasure hunts, beach Bar-B-Qs, and more. Don’t miss the famous Kubali Canoe Race!
4. Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair
Early August 2020
The annual Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair has been showcasing recognized talent as well as new and upcoming writers since 2008. The festival is typically aligned with Dominica’s Emancipation Day celebrations and aims to promote reading as well as careers within the literary arts.
5. World Creole Music Festival
October 23–25, 2020
Concluding Creole heritage month, the annual World Creole Music Festival is a three-day event presented by the Dominica Festivals Committee. It’s been called “The Festival That Never Sleeps” because the celebrations start in the evenings and last well into the mornings.