Dominica officially the Common wealth of Dominica, is anisland nationin theLesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed bygeothermal-volcanicactivity, as evidenced by the world's second-largesthot spring,Boiling Lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xericareas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.
Christopher Columbus first named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday, which is Dominica in Latin. On 3 November 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.
Vernacular languages French and Antillean Creole
Population Approximately 71,293 inhabitants
Political Status Parliamentary representative democratic republic,
Area 750 square kilometressq mi)
Currency East Caribbean Dollar ( XCD)
Climate The island'sclimateis tropical, moderated by northeasttrade windsand heavyrainfall.
Selected Main Attractions
- Architecture Sightseeing
- Botanical Gardens
- Cabrits National Park
- Biking, Hiking, Canyoning Kayaking, Diving, Snorkeling,
- Champagne Reef
- Emerald Pool
- Kalinago Territory
- Middleham Falls
- National Parks Morne Trois Pitons National Park
- River tubing
- Thermal Springs
- The old market
- Titou Gorge
- Trafalgar Falls
- Whale watching