|Casablanca - Dominica
Dominica - about the Nature Island of the Caribbean
Unlike many popular tourist destinations, you will not find walled in mega resorts where your holiday is spent lounging on the beach in isolation from the local populous. Your experience of Dominica will be a more personal one where you will find locals friendly and helpful. Known as the "Nature Island of the Caribbean", there are many sites of natural beauty - waterfalls, hot mineral water spas, lakes (including the world's second largest 'Boiling Lake') mountains to climb and a network of hiking trails throughout the island. There are several National Parks and Marine Reserves, one of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoying a healthy environment - fresh clean air off the Atlantic Ocean, unpolluted water, a great variety of locally grown fruit and veg - Dominica boasts the highest number of centenarians per head of population in the world. The emphasis in Dominica is on eco friendly development, with almost half our energy needs satisfied by hydro and many establishments utilizing renewable energy and organic farming methods. Dominica is also ranked among the top scuba diving destinations in the region and is a prime spot for all year round whale watching. Birdwatching is popular and of 176 species to be found, the Sisserou and Jacquot Parrots are unique to Dominica.
Casablanca occupies a third of an acre plot nestled on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, conveniently located on Dominica's popular mid west coast where, for most of the year, the sea is calm and clear, protected by the mountainous interior from prevailing easterly winds off the Atlantic. On the south side a path leads down to the estuary of the Macoucherie River and a small quiet beach. On the north side are a few more houses, a small hotel and restaurant, and beyond that, a 7 or 8 minute walk will bring you to Salisbury Beach, which has coconut palms for shade, a scuba diving outfit - the East Carib Dive with daytime restaurant and bar Chez La Doudu and beyond that the local fishermen bring in their catch. The sea directly below the villa is a wonderful spot for snorkelling - large rocky outcrops just below the surface are festooned in colourful coral and fish. They can be reached by swimming from the beaches at either side. Cross the main road and a little used road meanders for about 2 miles up the scenic Macoucherie River Valley, past mango trees and fields of cane which are grown for making rum at the nearby Macoucherie Estate Distillery, where you may enjoy a tour and purchase the several varieties produced. Casablanca was built in the early 1990's by an Englishman who fell in love with Dominica on his first visit and, now retired, divides his time between there and England. The main villa is on one level, below which is a small flat which Ivor occupies during his visits to Dominica.
The house is elevated and the only access is a short flight of stairs leading up to the balcony. It is tiled throughout, has 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, lounge/ dining area and balcony enjoying an ocean view with south westerly aspect. The lounge and kitchen both open onto the balcony, where the dining table and chairs are most often used. The lounge contains a settee, armchairs, tree slice coffee table. and a corner shelf with TV for dvd's only, of which there are a selection available. It may also be used as a music centre for playing cd's. The kitchen has a large fridge with top freezer, gas cooker, electric kettle and an assortment of crockery, pans and utensils. From the lounge a passage with bookshelves leads past 2 bathrooms, each tiled and with WC wash hand basin and shower, one of which has solar heated water, to three double bedrooms, each with wardrobe. The windows do not have insect screens, though nets are available to hang over beds at night if required. There are stand fans but no A/C, though all bedrooms have east facing louvred windows to catch the breeze. From the balustraded seating area near the cliff edge, whales and dolphins are occasionally spotted and the sunsets are a pleasure to behold. This tranquil setting is an ideal place to relax and unwind.
To explore the island, vehicle hire is recommended, which we will be pleased to arrange for you to collect at the airport or ferry terminal on arrival in Dominica. Driving times - Roseau 30 minutes, Portsmouth 35 minutes, Melville Hall Airport 1 hour. Nearby natural attractions include to the south the Layou River, with Wacky Rollers Adventure Park, river tubing, hot springs and Miracle Valley, to the north Morne Diablotin National Park, Syndicate forest trail and waterfall, row boat ride up the Indian River and Cabrits National Park, with nature trails to lookouts and historic Fort Shirley.
October 2012 update: solar hot water system installed
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