MEET THE WRITER
A freelance travel writer since 2001 when she quit her desk job in Florida to travel the world and live in Australia and New Zealand, Terry Ward has written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Scuba Diving Magazine.
When was the last time you were in Dominica?
I’ve been dying to get to Dominica for years (I got as close as Guadeloupe once), and finally made it there in November, 2019. For years, I’ve heard about how gorgeous the island’s reefs and diving are. I went diving my first day and it lived up to all expectations -- pristine, brilliant, and brimming with fish life!
What's the most memorable thing about Dominica that sticks out in your mind?
I really enjoyed chatting with my taxi driver on the way to Roseau one day. He told me about his days working at Cabrits National Park as a park ranger and shared his memories of weathering Hurricane Maria with his family. He told me the one Caribbean island that’s still on his bucket list (he’d been to several) was Jamaica, which I thought was interesting, since I saw some similarities between the two islands (they’re both quite wild with nature) during my trip.
Number one can’t-miss recommendation for a visitor?
Don’t miss getting out on the water here to marvel at the mountainous shoreline from that special angle or do some whale watching. You’ll get great island views even on the short trip from Roseau to Champagne Reef.
Next big trip you have planned in 2020?
I’m going to Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado for some snowy fun in January and planning a month in Galicia, Spain, with my family in May.