If you are planning family vacations in Dominica you need to be aware that this is an island of approximately 29 miles long and 16 miles wide. It’s not an island which is going to allow you to experience many of the different climates of the Caribbean because of it being so compact. Also do not confuse it with the Dominican Republic
The main town on the island is Roseau. Here you’ll find much of the historical culture to put your family vacation on Dominica into the right context. In the Dominica Museum located in Roseau for example you’ll find artifacts that show life under the various cultures who have ruled there at one time or another throughout its colorful history – for example Native American, Creole, French and British. In the second largest town in Dominica, Portsmouth, you can get closer to nature at the Cabrits National Park
Best Time to go to Dominica
Dominica is an ideal family beach vacation because of the temperate weather. Although there is the Caribbean heat, this is cooled to an approximate temperature of 24 degrees by the northeastern trade winds, which makes it perfect even for smaller children who become easily tired and fussy in constant hot weather.
The busiest time of the year is between February and June as this is when it’s less likely to experience much in the way of rainfall. With a rainy season that lasts from July right through until the end of October, and the Caribbean hurricane season which lasts June to November, it’s not difficult to see why the spring and early summer are so popular with tourists!
What to See in Dominica
If you want to get the most out of your family vacations in Dominica then the best way to do that is to rent a car. If you don’t want to pay the hire charges for your entire stay, then consider having a few days to acquaint yourself with Roseau and the beautiful beaches. Then use the car to travel further afield to the other side of the island – not forgetting the Morne Trois Pitsons National Park which is mainly primordial rainforest.
And even if you don’t feel adventurous or energetic enough to tackle the 6 mile trek around the Boiling Lake, you’ll still be awe-inspired at the vastly different sights of nature that live together in this area.
In the Portsmouth area your family vacation won’t be complete without a river ride on the Indian River. Try to find one of the park workers to act as your guide so that you get the most out of the trip.
Water sports are of course popular in Dominica, but if you fancy a change of scenery why not incorporate a day trip to St Lucia into your family vacation? It’s only a short ferry ride away!
Dominica is a small island with a lot of offer Caribbean family vacations in Dominica. With a myriad of Caribbean sporting activities and beautiful landscapes and beaches, you’ll find yourself wishing you had much more time to explore everything it has to offer.
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