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10 overlooked eco-tourism destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 30, 2012, 5:31 p.m.

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The self-proclaimed “Nature Island” of the Caribbean, Dominica's tourism industry has little in common with the resort-oriented landscapes on neighboring isles. This land of boiling lakes, towering waterfalls, dense jungle and winding mountain trails is the perfect Caribbean destination for those who want to avoid the mainstream tourism scene that dominates this region. Sure, many islands have untouched interior forests and a handful of eco-tourism attractions, but on Dominica, nature is all-encompassing. Morne Trois Pitons National Park, as well as major forest preserves, provide trails that crisscross the island, making it possible to literally explore for days without once seeing the inside of a resort.