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Dominica: The Nature Island

04/07/2012
English: Dominica, natural island in the carib...

English: Dominica, natural island in the caribbean Deutsch: Dominica, Insel in der Karibik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a region saturated by tourism, Dominica remains one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. It is dubbed the “Nature Island” due to its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, a lush rainforest, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers.

English: Dominica, natural island in the carib...

English: Dominica, natural island in the caribbean Deutsch: Dominica, Insel in der Karibik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean (754 sq. km), it is one of the least populated (72,660) – at twice the size of Barbados, it only has one fifth of its population. It is also one of the few islands to have retained some of its pre-Colombian population.
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Dominica was ranked the fourth happiest country in the world, according to a 2006 Happy Planet Index by the British tank New Economic Foundation.

Dominica was officially ranked as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations.

Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dominica’s Boiling Lake is the second largest of its kind in the world, after that at Rotorua in New Zealand’s north island. It occurs at an altitude of 2,500 feet and is situated in Dominica’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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