Incentive Travel Profile: Dominica – Caribbean Diamond in the Rough

This week's incentive travel post and title were inspired by tweets from @tomtravel2:

"#Dominica is the number one Caribbean Island on my #travel wish list."

"I hear it is the quiet gem of the Caribbean."

Rosseau, DominicaDominica, a small, mountainous island with winding roads, offers breathtaking views. Rugged terrain and unspoiled beauty conjure up the image of a diamond in the rough. It's a colorful tapestry of flowers, pools, waterfalls, rainforests,  and lush vegetation. Corporate teams can enjoy canyoning, rappelling, horse riding, ATV rides in the rainforest, and hiking.

Time your visit right (like I did) and you're in for a special treat....carnival.

Carnival in DominicaCarnival in Dominica

I speak French but, on the way from the airport, I couldn't understand the rapid speech of the radio broadcaster. The taxi driver smiled and explained, “It's not French, it's Creole”. Creole is a lively pepperpot blend of African, Spanish, French, and English influences.

Set on a cliff, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and directly across from the cruise ship port, we arrived at Fort Young Hotel, the perfect base from which to explore Dominica. Fort Young even has a waterfall for quiet reflection. With spacious guest and meeting rooms, wireless Internet, and excellent AV support, it was an ideal choice for the workshop I was facilitating. At night, a refreshing breeze sweeps across the balcony of The Waterfront Restaurant as you enjoy Caribbean and continental gourmet cuisine. From check-in to check-out, customer service was exceptional.

I also toured a cottage in the rainforest, a secluded setting that is perfect for a team of 5 plus a facilitator. An aerial tram ride provides a panoramic view of the rainforest. At Screw's Spa, unwind by soaking in the sulfur.

Dominica is one of the few islands with a sizable community descended from the original inhabitants. A visit to the Carib Territory, the home of the Kalinago, is a must.

At the twin Trafalgar Falls, my Kalinago guide showed me plants with medicinal properties as well as the Emerald Pool that cured Columbus and his men of their ailments.



Boiling Lake, Dominica

Another important attraction is the Boiling Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world's second largest boiling lake. The steam and water are so hot, you can't go near it. The mud that surrounds it is hot and useful for spa treatments.



Thank you Tom. Your tweet has brought back some great memories.


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