Nature Island of the Caribbean
That "nature" nickname fits Dominica, thanks to its focus on eco- tourism. Lush, tropical rain forest blankets much of the island, the Morne Trois Pitons National Park alone covering about 17,000 acres. Trails bordered by large ferns and wild orchids lead to water- falls, rivers and one of the world's largest boiling lakes. Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-ah) is sometimes confused with the much more populous Dominican Republic about 500 miles away, but if it's wilderness you're looking for, this is the island to visit.
The Jungle Bay Resort & Spa on Dominica is honored on the 2009 ISLANDS Blue List, celebrating the best in sustainable travel. Contributing editor Jennica Peterson recently visited Jungle Bay, a stunning "green resort," where she found luxury redefined as letting the surrounding jungle fill her experience with its peaceful natural music. Read the full story.