Dominica, often confused with the Dominican Republic, is a small island in the Caribbean. She may be small, the island spans 29 miles long and 16 miles wide, but she has no shortage of natural beauty and endless adventures awaiting you. If you are a nature fan, this is the spot for you, as this island is coined the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”. Something you may not know about Dominica, is that their official language is English, but man residents speak French Creole. This island is unique because offers a tranquil vacation escape that is unlikely to be overcrowded by tourism, unlike many of the other Caribbean islands. Finally, this destination made me feel like I was experiencing an Anthony Bourdain style of travel, and for that I am so grateful.
Best Time to Visit: When traveling to Dominica, the best months to visit are between October and January. This is due to lower hotel rates and less humidity throughout the island. The good news is, temperatures stay between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. More good news! Dominica is going to have nonstop flights out of Miami beginning in December, just in time for peak season. Right now, they don’t offer nonstop flights, so this is a huge win! Now is a better time than ever to start planning a trip to Dominica.
Things to Do:
Cruise the River with Fire. First off, let me start off by saying this trip was fire for many reasons. However, our guide Fire, was incredible and made my experience worthwhile. His boat said “more fire” and he had rum punch waiting for us (that may I say was very yummy). This is a great opportunity to relax and take in the nature that you came here to see.
Have an in-villa dinner with a private chef. If you are wanting to take a break from dining at a restaurant, or if you are celebrating a special occasion, I highly recommend having an in-villa dining experience. The Secret Bay staff brought in a private chef, champagne, martinis, beer, rose wine, and anything else you could ever think of.
Relax at the beach. Secret Bay is home to one of the Caribbean’s most private and swimmable beaches. You will find fluffy white sand and stunning turquoise waters that are only assessible by boat, kayak, paddle, or a short swim.
Engage in morning yoga & meditation. There is no better way to rejuvenate and refresh than with morning yoga and/or meditation. Head to the Bwa Mang Wellness Pavilion for a private session or with a small group. During your session you will have panoramic views of the Cario River and Tibay Beach.
Enjoy a day at the spa and have a massage. Secret Bay’s motto is “massage is a necessity that feels like a luxury”. At Gommier Spa, you can relax your muscles after a long day of hiking or simply for some much needed self-care. Enjoy the relaxation on your own, or opt in for a couples massage that will offer a very intimate experience.
Visit the watersports hut. The Zamann Watersports Hut is your go to spot for all things water. Here you can access a variety of fun; for example kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling equipment. Pre-arrange these items for pickup for a truly seamless experience.
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