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Sheltered by dense foliage and perched on a scenic cliff on the beautiful island of Dominica in the West Indies, Secret Bay is abundant with personality. Designed by award-winning Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas, these eco-luxury accommodations were delicately built to preserve the surrounding environment. Soft, gray sands lead to swimmable beaches and sea caves. The island is teeming with hot springs, waterfalls, black and volcanic sand beaches, and has more rivers than there are days in a year. With the Caribbean Sea on one side and 1,313 acres of protected tropical rainforest on the other, your seclusion is definite.
For a true taste of local life, visit the Portsmouth Saturday Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices are for sale. Order a jelly coconut to drink; it’s cut open and served fresh with a straw.
Located on the peninsula at the north end of the island, this former military outpost is now a national park. Its mission is to protect the tropical forest and coral reefs. Try a hiking trail and make your way up to Fort Shirley.
Local wildlife expert Bertrand Jno Baptiste goes by the name Dr. Birdy for good reason; he’s able to see and hear birds that the average eyes and ears miss. Join him for a guided tour through the diverse ecosystem.
A guided boat trip or a kayak glide across Indian River is ideal for birdwatchers and forest explorers. Along the route, stop for a special punch drink at the Mellow Bar, a favorite stop for the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Dominica is a geothermal paradise, teeming with hot spots ideal for a leisurely soak. Wind down green canyon to bathe in the sulphur springs at Screw’s Sulphur Spa. A variety of pools at varying temperatures is available.
Ask your hotel concierge to arrange a day of canyoning for you and your guests. You’ll experience beautiful rivers and gorges through the rainforest under the careful guidance of professional guides.
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To orient yourself on the island, bear in mind that Dominica is a sovereign island country made up of 10 different parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, and Saint Peter.
For a meaningful token of Dominica to take home, purchase a basket. The Kalinago people were the first people to inhabit Dominica. Using the same materials as those used in the 1400s, these baskets are woven and sold at various markets on the island.
If you decide to rent a vehicle during your vacation in Dominica, be extra mindful of the many blind corners and hairpin turns that make up the island’s roads. Take it slow and honk your horn whenever you can’t see the road directly in front of you.
Children ages 16 and up are welcome at Secret Bay. Ages 7 and up may be accommodated in the Zing Zing Villa only. Because of the open-plan layouts and steep surrounding cliffs, Secret Bay is otherwise an adults-only resort and the little ones should be left at home.
There is no bad time to visit this breathtaking island. Dominica is the most northerly of all of the windward islands in the West Indies. A tropical climate means that temperatures will be stable year-round, averaging 69 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain showers will occur throughout the day but they are bookended by long periods of sunshine and warmth. July to November marks the rainy season.