Ranked as the number one Caribbean island by TripAdvisor and featured among the most ethical destinations worldwide by Ethical Traveller, Dominica offers far more than its surrounding islands yet remains unspoilt by the impacts of mass tourism. Embraced by lush foliage and secluded beaches throughout, the island fosters one’s most dream-like fascinations. With world-class diving, whale watching and boundless wildlife amongst the Caribbean’s longest hiking trail and only Natural World Heritage site, Dominica realizes adventurous living amidst untrammeled natural splendour. Meander the island’s thermal spas, 365 rivers, dramatic waterfalls, well-preserved colonial architecture and the last remaining home of the indigenous Carib peoples: all of this and much more can be experienced while staying at Fort Young.

Roseau

Our Local City

The island’s capital and largest city, Roseau was built upon the site of the ancient Kalinago territory, making it the oldest and most significant urban settlement in Dominica. Set within the capital and constructed to once protect the island, Fort Young Hotel is just a minute’s walk from Roseau’s cultural vibrancy and local craft markets.

The Epicenter

Of All Island Activity

Roseau is served by Canefield and Douglas-Charles Airports and boasts Dominica’s exclusive ferry terminal, providing direct links to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia.

Nearby sites include the famed Botanical Gardens, Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, natural thermal spas and scenic plateaus.

ABOUT DOMINICA

 

Dominica’s title as the “Nature Island” is derived from the unspoiled, lush splendour that encompasses the remote Caribbean isle. Rich in both natural grandeur and history, Dominica is home to a varied terrain and culture that continue to amaze locals and visitors every single day.

Despite Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Dominica in 1493, just a year after his voyage to the New World, the Nature Isle was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonised by the Europeans. Columbus did, however, leave one lasting legacy by naming the island ‘Dominica’ after the Spanish word for Sunday: the day on which he first reached the island.

Before the Europeans, the island was inhabited by various peoples, including the well-known Kalinago, whom the Europeans referred to as Caribs. With an appreciation for the Dominica’s uniqueness and natural grandeur, the Kalinago renamed the island ‘Waitukubuli’—meaning “tall is her body”—to reflect the mountainous and elegant fertile land. Dominica is home to the last remaining community of Kalinago in the West Indies with a population of a little over 2,000 living in a 3,700 acre territory on the northwestern side of the island. A representation of a pre-Columbian village, the Kalinago Barana Auté territory is one of the island’s most rich cultural attractions.

These many influences have enriched Dominica’s culture in a variety of ways, from the many flavours of our creole-inspired cooking to our unique Cadence-lypso music that is celebrated each year—along with many other forms of creole music—at the World Creole Music Festival in October. Spend a few days in Dominica at any time throughout the year and you will surely discover the Nature Island’s inspiring culture, history and natural beauty.

GETTING HERE

 

Dominica is served by two airports: Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) Airport. Most visitors will arrive through Melville Hall, which is the the larger of the two and accommodates commercial airlines, located approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Roseau. Canefield Airport, 15 minutes from the capital city of Roseau, serves primarily courier services.

International flights from the U.S. and Europe are connected to the island via hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St. Maarten (SXM), Puerto Rico (SJU), Guadeloupe (PTP) and Martinique (FDF). Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT) offers direct connections from ANU, BGI, SXM, SJU, and PTP, as well as other connecting flights across their 22 island network.

Seaborne Airlines provides service from Puerto Rico and has a code-share agreement with American Airlines, allowing travellers to book their flights to Dominica directly through American Airlines. Winair, with headquarters in St. Martin, offers flights from San Juuan and St. Martin to Dominica, both of which connect with other major international airlines.

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