Market day

Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana.

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Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in September and October — from music festivals to sports tournaments.

Photograph by Arun Madisetti/Images Dominica

Close encounter: whale-watching in Dominica

Only a handful of divers are lucky enough to see eye to eye with Dominica’s amazing whales.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

The grey waters of Dominica’s Boiling Lake are heated by an underground chamber of magma. Photograph by Images Dominica

What lies beneath: geothermal energy in Dominica

Dominica, the Antilles’ youngest island, is shaped by awesome volcanic forces beneath its surface — the key to an ambitious and sometimes controversia.

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (September/October 2013)

Discover a new crop of Jamaican artists, experience J’Ouvert Brooklyn style, and jam to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival.

Thirty-three frogs bred in captivity were released in Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills. Photograph courtesy the Mountain Chicken Recovery Project

Dominica’s great frog rescue

When a deadly fungus threatened to wipe out the Mountain Chicken in Dominica, researchers came up with a daring rescue plan.

One of the gentler inclines on the Waitukubuli National Trail. Photograph by Images Dominica

Up hill and down dale: Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail

Simon Walsh explores Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail ­— a fourteen-day hike from tip to tip of the hilly “Nature Island” .

Lennox Honychurch at the Cabrits overlooking his home town of Portsmouth. Photograph courtesy Lennox Honychurch

Lennox Honychurch: icon of the island

Writer, artist, activist, MP, champion of the First People: Raymond Ramcharitar sums up Dominica’s Lennox Honychurch.

Dr Birdy. Photograph by Paul Crask

A day with Bertrand “Dr Birdy” Jno Baptiste

Dominica’s best-known birdwatcher can spot a plumbeous warbler or a rufous-throated solitaire a mile off.