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New from Dominica The broken down wrecks have all been cleared by the Venezuelans and taken for scrap metal. The fort is all restored and looking spiffy. The new fish dock is in operation and you can now tie your dinghy up at a fine concrete pier. No locking. Security is excellent.

Kabuli, Dominican Beer
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Pictures of the Indian River (of Pirates II & III fame)
Journal of the Pannini Run to the Saintes
flag of Dominica
Flag of Dominica

Dominica is, in many ways, the most beautiful island of the Eastern Caribbean. It is also probably the poorest. Physically, Dominica is a long, very mountainous volcanic island with plenty of water. It is an independent country with a population of about 70,000 .Known as the "nature island", it is the source of much of the fresh fruits sold on other islands. Great fish, great produce and a great market on Saturdays are all found in Portsmouth where all the cruisers are. Since the collapse of bananas, Dominica's only income seems to come from a medical school, Ross, and from tourism. Dominicans are very proud of their beautiful land. It is mountainous and wet with "one river for every day of the year". There is only one good anchorage, Portsmouth as the anchorage at the capitol, Rosseau, can be very rolly. Lacking beaches for the mass tourism industry, Dominica is an excellent stop for yachties. Take some land tours hiking to the falls, look for the exotic parrots and see if the boiling lake still boils. The local talk radio is very entertaining and the saturday market is spectacular - get there early.

Martin on Providence, Indian River, Dominica
Martin (of Providence) giving an Indian River Tour
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