I don't think you go to Dominica with the idea of lovely beaches, Caribbean blue water, and plush resorts although it's a beautiful island. This is where you go for eco-tourism. You'll see lush rain forest, pristine waterfalls, and tropical birds and flowers everywhere. This is supposedly what the Caribbean islands used to look like, and I think I believe it. Things are not so primitive that you worry about the safety of the roads or lack of facilities, but Dominica is indeed one of the poorer islands. Dominica is covered in orchards and fruit tree groves, and you'll pass banana plantations, pineapple farms, coconut groves, and practically every fruit imaginable, and I was impressed with how the system works in Dominica. Farmers pick most of their fruit, but they are to leave some of the lower quality produce in their fields, and the poor and hungry are allowed to take it to feed themselves as long as they don't sell it. That struck me as a very wise system, and I think for such a small country, Dominica functions very well. So it may not be a place for beach lovers and shoppers, but it's definitely a green paradise.