Active Caribbean Dominica Bradt Travel Guide book review – travel guidebook about the ‘nature island’
Dominica Bradt Travel Guide written by Paul Crask
Published by Bradt Travel Guides Ltd
Writing this Dominica Bradt Travel Guide book review makes you realise that to write a book as detailed and informative as it is, you have to know the island of Dominica like the back of your hand… and the author Paul Crask certainly does, evidenced by the book’s detailed content.
The reason Paul has in-depth knowledge of this lush Caribbean island inside-out is that he lives in Dominica – so it’s no surprise that we at Active Caribbean found the Dominica Bradt Travel Guide not only a well-written guidebook but a good ‘general read’. The content is not only factual but also really interesting – Paul’s snippets of information, advice and historical titbits, make us want to pack our bags and take the next flight to Dominica.
The Dominica Bradt Travel Guide is invaluable for travellers who not only want to find out about all the island’s popular attractions, but who also have a desire to discover people and places off the beaten track. If you’re one of those inquisitive adventurers looking for an ‘alternative’ Caribbean, then the island of Dominica is undoubtedly for you – and the Dominica Bradt Travel Guide is a book you definitely don’t want to be without.
At the beginning of the book, and in the centre, is a fabulous mix of vibrant photographs of Dominica’s wildlife, marine life, flora, waterfalls, landscapes and activities. They say pictures ‘sell’ a destination and, as far as we are concerned… we’ve bought it.
In Part One, the General Information section, there are three chapters: Background Information about Dominica, which includes geography, natural history, conservation, politics and people; Practical Information… from when to visit, getting around and suggested itineraries, to shopping, cultural etiquette and accommodation; and Activities and Special Interests – of which there are many, from birdwatching, photography tours and gardens, to ziplining, river tubing and canyoning. There are plenty more.
Part Two is The Guide: this contains information on the different regions of Dominica, the capital Roseau and environs, and the Wai’tukubuli National Trail – a 200km/125 mile hiking trail which runs from the south to the northwest of the island.
The best beaches are listed (although Dominica is known more for its lush rainforests) as are special interests, hiking trails, where to stay, what to see and do, where to eat and drink, how to get around, and where to find the bars and nightlife. There are snippets about roadside barbecues and even where to find coffee bars, the local ice cream shop and great fresh juices made to order by the Juice Man.
Quite frankly, what’s not in this Dominica Bradt Travel Guide is probably not worth knowing. It’s comprehensive, interesting and informative… and we love the photos. The Caribbean’s ‘nature’ and adventure island looks beautiful. While undertaking this Dominica Bradt Travel Guide book review it became evident that Paul Crask has certainly got right under the skin of Dominica and explored the island in detail, so if Dominica doesn’t get under your skin after you’ve read it, we’ll be amazed.
About the Author
UK born writer and life-long traveler, Paul Crask writes for Bradt Travel Guides. He also pens articles and takes photographs for magazines and newspapers about his new home, Dominica, and the islands he has now come to know well and love: Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines. Paul is also author of Grenada – the Bradt Travel Guide.
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