© 2016 Dave Veg / Raoul M.
If the Caribbean economy is depends on one thing, it is tourism. The region attracts 25 million visitors every year. They come on cruise ships, they come on planes, and they spend big money when they get there. Tourists contribute about $49 billion to the Caribbean’s GDP, about 14% of the total. With this much money in play, the area has attracted major investments from the biggest hospitality brands in the world.
In the Bahamas, on the island of Nassau, Chinese investors built the Baha Mar resort, spanning an area over 1,000 acres and costing %3.5 billion. All of this reforming of the natural environment has been repeated on beachfront property on island after island in the Caribbean, turning once idyllic paradises into little more than rows of high rise hotels and condos crowding in for views of the sea.
But not all of the Caribbean has succumbed to big money development. Dominica, a tiny island nation of the Lesser Antilles chain in the Caribbean (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), is one of the best kept secrets in international tourism. Located halfway between Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south, this mountainous island is lush with green tropical rainforest and is home to many rare plant, animal, and bird species—and nary a high rise condo in sight.
Dominica’s population is extremely diverse, with many pre-Columbian native Caribs still living in keeping with their traditional way of life on the island. And it is possible here, as the natural environment is pristinely maintained, with only small settlements dotted around Dominica and large swaths of untouched nature. And even better there are no venomous snakes or spiders on the entire island, making it perfect for on-foot exploration.
Dominica’s profile has been slowly growing through marketing itself as the “nature island” of the Caribbean,” but it is still relatively unknown as a tourist destination. Several of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” films used Dominica as a filming location due to its rustic and exotic look, yet still relatively few tourists visit the island, keeping the environment peaceful, quiet, and relaxing. © 2016 Dave Veg / Raoul M.
On the Atlantic coast of the island, near the small village of Castle Bruce, is one of the best places to stay in Dominica, the Sea Breeze Inn. Family owned-and operated, the Sea Breeze Inn guesthouse offers beautiful beachfront rooms and bungalows that are clean, comfortable, and relaxing. Even better, the Inn features its own restaurant, serving local dishes in a fun, informal atmosphere.
For visitors coming to experience all of the natural beauty that Dominica has to offer, The Sea Breeze Inn is in a perfect location. The Waitukubuli National Trail, one of the biggest attractions on the island, runs right by the Inn. And the mouth of the L’or River, a great place for swimming, is nearby. The location is ideal for bird-watching, and many of the island’s sea turtle species use the beach for hatching. The waters nearby are home to sperm whales and several species of dolphin.
According to online review sites like Trip Advisor, the Sea Breeze Inn excels at satisfying its customers. Reviewers rave about the excellence of accommodations, the kindness and hospitality of the owners, and of course, the food. Many happen upon the Inn by accident, and leave vowing to one day return.
For its quality, and its devotion to its guests, the profile of the Sea Breeze Inn is beginning to grow. As the international reputation of the Island as a special tourist destination continues to development, the authenticity and exclusivity of an experience like that offered by Sea Breeze Inn will become apparent. This means, in all likelihood, that the Inn will find itself with very little vacancy for years to come.
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