01 Dec 2010
The morning started with a ship's tour to the “Rainforest Aerial Tram”, a cable car ride through the pristine tropical rainforest. At the top of the ride it was off for a stroll through the forest and over a wire bridge probably 50 metre above the bubbling stream. The round trip is approximately 70 minutes long and finishes with a lovely glass of rum punch – it went down a treat.
Dominica is very mountainous right to the sea, is one of the youngest islands in the Caribbean and this gives rise to all the lust rainforests and some 365 streams. It has very few beaches all having black volcanic sand.
That afternoon I wandered into town in the 30 degree winter heat and humidity. Based on the jumble of buildings (many being little shanties mixed with two-story wood or block buildings) I would say it is a very poor country even compared to Antigua and St Kitts. Walking the streets can be dangerous if you don't look where you are going – some gutters can drop a few feet without any warning. The pavements (when they do exist) can be very uneven and great care is needed.
A very rugged and beautiful country for anyone who prefers maintain fresh rainforests to beaches.