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Enjoying the lush scenery and fair but humid weather, we rounded a tight mountainous curve on the way to Carib Territory. A small blue Toyota popped into sight coming from the opposite direction, fast. We lurched to the left as the Toyota sped past on our right!

After our stomachs returned to our bodies, we remembered that traffic drives on the left in the Republic of Dominica, thanks to British governance until the mid-1970s.

The driving scene fits Feisty Island. Columbus discovered Carib Indians there in 1493 and tried to colonize the island for Spain. No luck. The Spanish tried for almost 200 more years; finally, when the English gave it a try in the 1600s the island lost its independence to European domination. Now that’s feisty.

Driving through dense jungle on two-lane roads (on the left side of the road), up, down and around Dominica’s volcanic hills to visit numerous waterfalls is a ride straight out of Magic Mountain and worth the price of admission.

They say there are 365 rivers and waterfalls on the island, one for each day of the year, each more beautiful than the next.

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Rob_Douglas Oct. 15, 2009 @ 1:39 a.m.

When you refer to the "Republic of Dominica" you will confuse your readers who may not realise this is the "Commonwelth of Dominica" and NOT the "Dominican Republic" - a much bigger hispanic country 100 miles to the north of the smaller island in the eastern Carribean that you are actually referring to. Common mistake but one which is fatal to our tourism. Thanks Rob Douglas

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Michael Mullenniex Oct. 16, 2009 @ 9:10 a.m.

You're correct - I made an error when calling Dominica a republic.

It seems to me that there are many larger reasons why tourism lags in Dominica besides confusion with the name - lack of infrastructure, little capital investment by hotels/resort companies, brain drain due to lack of jobs just to name a few.

It's a beautiful country and being so small makes it hard to get the necessary resources to develop without outside help. But I think the lack of development and untouched beauty attracts more and more tourists each year. As other islands meld together into similar visions of a developed paradise, the Commonwealth of Dominica offers a great contrast.

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