The Dominica Honeymoon Guide for a Sultry Escape
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A Dominica honeymoon isn't the most commonly mentioned among couples, but it's an incredibly well-kept secret. Nature lovers drawn to the tropics will treasure a romantic getaway on this small island in the eastern Caribbean Sea. In Dominica, lush rainforests, towering mountains, dramatic gorges and winding rivers dominate the landscape over flashy resorts. Newlyweds can spend their days enjoying outdoor adventures, then luxuriating with spa treatments or cocktails.
Is Dominica Good for a Honeymoon?
Active couples in search of an adrenaline rush will relish this less-visited Caribbean island. "Your typical visitor to Dominica is someone who loves 'off the beaten path' types of destinations," says travel advisor Anna Dilworth of Jetset World Travel. "If you've been to the typical places in the Caribbean and are looking to try something different, Dominica is a great choice."
Pros of a Dominica Honeymoon
Travel advisor Margie Hand of Andavo Travel Affiliate, calls Dominica "one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets." Less touristy and developed, the island's scenery takes a starring role. After exploring the terrain by hiking, snorkeling, diving, and swimming, newlyweds can decompress at a range of accommodations, from charming guest houses to five-star villas. Since the official language is English, the island is also more accessible to visitors than some other parts of the Caribbean.
Cons of a Dominica Honeymoon
Couples won't find long stretches of white sand beaches in Dominica, says Nicole Donoway of Destinations By Donoway. However, they will discover nearly 400 rivers, a black sand beach, and natural spas. The island isn't the easiest to access since most flights from the US require a layover, says Dilworth. No jets land at either of the two airports, visitors must take a short flight from St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe or Miami. Alternatively, they can take a ferry from Guadeloupe, Martinique or St. Lucia.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Dominica Honeymoon for Good Weather
For ideal honeymoon weather, couples should avoid hurricane season. (When planning a honeymoon or any getaway with your partner, trip insurance is highly encouraged.) In addition, newlyweds are advised to plan their trips for November through February, says Dilworth. Expect temperatures in the seventies through eighties with lower humidity.
Things to Do During a Dominica Honeymoon
Experience the Top Hiking Destination in the Caribbean
Exploring the tropical terrain on foot is a can't-miss experience. "With more than 300 miles of hiking trails, including the 14 segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, this is the number one hiking destination in the Caribbean," says Donoway. Hand also suggests you experience the Boiling Lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Resembling a cauldron of bubbling greyish-blue water, the lake is 200-feet wide, she says. For a more leisurely activity, couples can enjoy a short walk to Trafalgar Falls (also in the national park), to see natural hot springs with 125-foot and 75-foot twin waterfalls.
Dive, Snorkel, and Swim
Couples must explore the waters at Emerald Pool, in the national park. "Fed by clear mountain water rushing from a 40-foot waterfall, the pool's waters appear emerald-green in the leafy, filtered sunlight," she says. She also tells couples not to miss Titou Gorge, where they'll swim for five minutes from the base of a waterfall, surrounded by high cliff walls and interlaced trees. Then, for the ultimate diving experience, Champagne Reef comes well-recommended. "Named for the bubbling waters rising from volcanic thermal springs on the ocean floor, it attracts diving and snorkeling enthusiasts from around the world," she explains.
Kayak or Boat Ride
"Definitely don't skip the Indian River tour, where you take a guided kayak or boat ride up this magical river," suggests Dilworth. "You will be led deep into the forest, past the mangroves. The best part is stopping for the special punch at the mellow bar along the way, which was a popular spot for the cast and crew when Pirates of the Caribbean was being filmed on the island." Or go fishing, rafting, kayaking, or whale-watching, to spot the sperm whales that live off the coast.
Best Hotels and Resorts in Dominica for a Honeymoon
Secret Bay, Portsmouth
This Relais & Château property is considered one of the best honeymoon properties in all of the Caribbean. Secret Bay offers "barefoot luxury at its best," says Dilworth. "With only 12 villas, it's perfect for honeymooners, as it's very secluded and romantic." Each freestanding villa features a two-person tub, plunge pool, outdoor shower and hammock.
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Portsmouth
Surrounded by Cabrits National Park, this spot is a short distance from some of the island's most breathtaking sights, says Hand. The resort provides "five-star service, beautiful rooms (some with views of the park), a luxury spa, and fine dining," she adds.
Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas, Marigot
Hand sends guests to this "stunning" boutique property. Select rooms offer sweeping ocean views and private outdoor living space.
Fort Young Hotel, Roseau
Located in the capital city, this four-star all-inclusive waterfront resort offers spa treatments and a range of activities, from yoga to hiking, snorkeling, walking tours, and visits to local eateries.
What to Pack for a Dominica Honeymoon
As a Dominica honeymoon involves both land and sea activities, couples will want to pack accordingly. "Along with an up-to-date passport, make sure you bring everything for an active honeymoon," counsels Dilworth. Don't forget swimwear, including coverups and flip flops, plus sneakers. If you don't bring sunscreen and bug spray, plan on buying some on the island.