Still one of the safest, cheapest, and most accessible islands in the Caribbean
An island as stunning and wild as this typically involves a painfully long, expensive flight, followed by two boat rides and a bus into the jungle. But Dominica is surprisingly accessible and cheap to get to -- it's one stop from most major East Coast hubs, connecting though Barbados, St. Martin, or San Juan.
Dominica is just as exotic as the jungles of South America, but far safer and easier to navigate -- plus, almost everyone here speaks English. It's all the tropical, rugged beauty of Hawaii, without the tourist-gouging prices... and without the tourists.
What Dominica lacks is the stuff most Americans come to the Caribbean for: white sandy beaches, big all-inclusive resorts, and overpriced fruity drinks. If you want to lay on the beach and get a tan, Dominica is not for you. But if you want to challenge yourself in ways you never have, to see things you never will again, it's the best destination in the hemisphere. And for now, at least, you won't have to share it with anyone.