Traveling in Dominica with kids

There are easy family hikes, but getting a guide to trek through remote rainforest or down geothermal gorges is the best. More challenging but nothing a dip in a waterfall or hot spring won't fix.
Dominica family vacations are a dream come true. Not in a white sands, coconut-falling-into-your-lap sort of way. But in a ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ sort of way. Rainbows hover over myriad waterfalls where remote wild swimming melts all troubles like lemon drops.
Temperatures splitting the 30s all year round mean that skies are often blue. The lack of mega hotels opens up a delightful world of family friendly homestays, so remote you can wish upon myriad stars at night and, even if it does rain, wake up with the clouds far behind you. And yes, in Dominica, bluebirds really do fly.

Activities for families in Dominica

Chasing waterfalls

There are so many waterfalls that Dominica has a tourist map to locate them all. Some, such as Trafalgar Falls, get packed, but others such as Sari Sari Falls or Victoria Falls in the east involve 45-minute hikes and adventurous river crossings to get there. Swim under them when you do or, if you are brave, abseil down them.

Rainforest rambles

You can’t miss a trek through Dominica’s rainforest, with trained local guides bringing the whole place to life in a charming Dominican way. Hike through Cabrits National Park to a ruined fort in the jungle, saunter through Syndicate Rainforest to spot endemic parrots or zipline through the canopy, with a final swoosh over the gushing Layou River.

Never too young for Champagne

Champagne Reef is one of the few places in the world where gas is actually gorgeous. Not only can you snorkel among lobster, trumpet fish, harlequin bass or even Hawksbill turtles, but you also flow through sporadic shots of bubbles emitted from the volcanic depths below. Making this prime farting in the bath jokes territory.
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Responsible Travel asks the experts

Jem Winston from our supplier, Three Rivers Ecolodge & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, shares excellent Dominica family vacations advice: “You can get family discounts on the ferry; but you must ask! Also, get some walking practice in with the whole family before you travel, so everyone is ready for Dominica’s spectacular hikes; long and short for all levels. This helps avoid moaning as well as aches and pains.”
Michael Eugene, co-founder of our partners Jungle Trekking Adventures and Safaris, is also a father of three, so just the man for Dominica family vacations advice: “For families, research and plan well, but it is important to work through a tour operator… there is an activity for everyone and enough to keep everyone busy, from hiking to the Boiling Lake, to cooking Caribbean food, to enjoying the nature spa, to visiting the indigenous people, to enjoying a whale watching expedition, to enjoying a night hike!”
Vivianne McGrath, from our Caribbean specialists MotMot Travel:
“This is a great island for families. Just check the hikes and activities carefully before venturing out, as some can be very strenuous, especially in the heat of the day! However, with so many wonderful things to choose from, you will find activities to suit every age and ability.”

Responsible Travel would like to thank the Dominica tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide.
Written by Catherine Mack
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