Aptly named The Nature Isle of the Caribbean, the Commonwealth of Dominica is a literal paradise for those wanting to get outdoors and active in the sunshine.
With a plethora of natural wonders and idyllic views, it’s not hard to stay fit and healthy on the island. So, dust off those passports, haul out those sweats and swimsuits, and get up and going with these sporty activities.
Dominica boasts an abundance of hiking trails. Some descend through rain forests, others across volcanic fields and sulphur springs, and some lead to swims in hot pools and epic views from mountain peaks. A firm favourite is Morne Trois Pitons National Park, home to the Boiling Lake hiking trail. Not for the faint-hearted or unfit, this full-day mountain hike comes to a summit at an altitude of 3,168 ft and promises fantastic views and panoramas of the valley below. Other hidden gems in the national park for hiking include Trafalgar falls and the Dominica Botanic Gardens.
The placid Soufrière Bay/Scott’s Head Marine Reserve is a great place for beginners, offering a rich diversity of marine life and a peacefulness that will calm the soul. For the adrenaline seekers, kayaking at high altitude on Freshwater Lake in the Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site will get your blood pumping, as will a paddle down the rapids of Dominica’s longest river, the Layou.
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With undulating roads and scenic passes, Dominica offers narrow but lovely running roads, although you’re in for some steep climbs and descents. A must-do is the road to Trafalgar Falls where the views alone are reward enough! And if road running is not your thing, there are vast expanses of beachfront to take advantage of.
Where rock meets water, Dominica is home to some of the most spectacular canyons in the world, so exploring them is a must!
Climb waterfalls, wade through sparkling pools, hike across riverbeds, glide down rock faces, and jump over waterfalls into crystal blue waters. Canyoning in Dominica offers a great way to explore this charming island.
No visit to a Caribbean island is complete without dipping your toes in the sparkling blue ocean. Aside from a wide range of beaches on offer, visitors are spoilt for swimming choice between long stretches of coastline, waterfalls, tropical pools and bubbling sulphur swim-holes.
For those that prefer indoor fitness activities, Dominica will not disappoint. Fitness university based in Roseau offers a full indoor gym experience, with premium amenities and services including sports massages, personal training and group fitness programmes.
Universal Martial Arts Academy offers specialised martial arts training for anyone from pro to beginner fighters who want to get in shape, be healthy and learn how to hold your own.
And finally, slightly further afield in the heart of Dublanc near Portsmouth, is Dublanc Playing field. Home to both women’s and men’s soccer leagues, this beautiful open space offers the perfect place to get some sunshine, kick a ball with the kids or do a few laps.