Easily accessible rainforest. Secluded beaches. World Class diving and whale watching. The longest hiking trail and the only natural World Heritage site in the Caribbean. 170 species of birds (but no poisonous snakes or insects), natural thermal spas, 365 rivers, dramatic waterfalls, well preserved colonial architecture, and the last home of the indigenous Carib peoples. All of this and much more can be experienced while staying at Fort Young.
our concierge service and activity desk will be more than happy to arrange guided walks for you that are perfectly matched to your abilities and what you wish to see.
The island’s high forested peaks also make it a favourite stopping off place for migratory birds, and keen birders flock from around the world for the chance to see some of the many species that pass through, along with many of the other regional highlights such as Blue-headed Hummingbirds, Ruddy Quail-doves, Caribbean Elanias, Blue-headed Euphonia, Lesser Antillean Flycatchers, Pearly-eyed Thrashers and Scaly-naped Pigeons.
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Before the Europeans, the island was inhabited by various peoples who came over from the American continent, of whom the best known were the Kalinago, whom the Europeans referred to as Caribs. With rather more appreciation of our island’s uniqueness than Columbus, they called it Waitukubuli – “tall is her body” – an elegant image of this mountainous and fertile land. Dominica is home to the last remaining community of Kalinago in the West Indies, a population of a little over 2,000 living in a 3,700 acre territory on the northwestern side of the island. set aside for them at the beginning of the last century. Anyone interested in discovering something of this less well known side of Caribbean history is recommended to visit the Kalinago Barana Auté, a representation of a pre-Columbian village.
Over the following centuries, Dominica was fought over continually by the English and French colonialists, being at one time or another controlled by either power. Eventually in 1838 the country became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an African majority, although it was not until 1978 that it gained independence.
These many influences have enriched Dominica’s culture in diverse ways, from the many flavours of our creole-inspired cooking, to our own unique music form Candence-lypso, made famous by bands such as Exile One and celebrated each year along with many other forms of creole music at the World Creole Music Festival, taking place every October in Roseau. Spend a few days in Dominica at any time of year, and discover how the Nature Island is rich in history and culture too.
International flights from US and Europe are connected to the island through 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. BVI Airways provides service from St. Maarten and Tortola.
If you fancy a spot of island hopping, our concierge can arrange your tickets. You could have breakfast with us, lunch on another island, and be home in time for a sundowner on our terrace. Or if you want to take things a little slower, ask us about recommended hotels on the other islands so you can extend your stay with one of our neighbours for a little bit longer.