I knew it was special the moment we sailed within view, as it glowed in bright green, framed by a vivid rainbow.
You've probably never heard of it, don't know how to pronounce it (dome-uh-NEE-ka), and are wondering if it's that country attached to Haiti. It's not.
Dominica, located between the Carribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique , is a "natural" kind of island. Abundant fruits, flowers, waterfalls, birds, mountains and rivers add to a lifestyle that celebrates and depends on Earth's abundance. This place is a nature lover's paradise. If you have a spirit of adventure and appreciate rustic, unspoiled beauty and rich local culture, then you're in for a very special treat.
You may have seen parts of the island, like the cypress-lined Indian River, in Pirates of the Carribbean 2.
It's a curious fact that Dominica has one of the highest rates of centenarians (people over 100 years of age) per capita, in the world. A woman there by the name of Israel, recently passed away at the age of 128.
While anchored off the shores of Portsmouth for 5 days, we took a tour of the Northern tip of the island with a wonderful guide named Martin Carriere.
This fact was one of the first he shared with us.
“People live a long time on Dominica,” he told us. "By the end of our day together, you will understand why."