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If you go to Dominica

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DOMINICA:www.discoverdominica.com or 888-645-5637. English is the official language but the majority of the people speak Creole.

GETTING THERE: There are no direct flights to Dominica from the United States or Europe. Flights with connections on international and local carriers are available via Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is served by American Airlines/American Eagle, Liat and Carib Aviation. Ferry operator Express des Iles connects Dominica's capital, Roseau, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia.

GETTING AROUND: Main roads in Dominica are generally good, but minor roads can be rough and wet. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Island Cars and Bonus rental agencies have desks at Melville Hall, the country's main airport, and more car-rental agencies are based in Roseau.

LODGING: 3 Rivers, www.3riversdominica.com or 767-446-1886, charges $77 a night for a cottage that sleeps up to three people. There is also space for camping, a dormitory and a bamboo tree house that sleeps up to three.

HIKING: 3 Rivers can arrange a guide for hikes to Boiling Lake; others are available in the nearest village, Laudat, about a 90-minute drive from the lodge.