Dominica is home to the Caribbean’s only remaining population of indigenous people. Known as the Kalinago, approximately 3,000 Carib Indians inhabit a 3,700-acre territory on the eastern coast of the island. Visitors to the island now have the opportunity to experience the rich and unique heritage of Dominica’s first settlers firsthand by participating in the island’s Kalinago Territory Home Stay Program.
Participants in the Home Stay Program are provided simple accommodations for a modest fee in private, owner-occupied residences. Residents of the Kalinago Territory who offer their homes are happy to share the heritage of the Kalinago while they enjoy the additional experiences provided by hosting opportunities.
Nightly rates for the Home Stay Program are $30 per person for a stay in a conventional residential home, $40 per person
for a stay in mix of conventional and traditional residential home, and $50 for a stay in a traditional accommodation (Thatched/Wooden Huts). Meals are optional with the Home Stay Program. Rates range from $15 for lunch, $10 for breakfast and dinner, and $6 for a snack. Home stays are limited to five guests sharing the same accommodation (home).
The Kalinago live a simple, communal life, carrying on the many traditions of their ancestors. The Kalinago Barana Autê cultural village includes an interpretation center and an area where Kalinago artisans display their talents for canoe building, basket weaving and creating authentic crafts. The Kalinago Territory is located on Dominica’s east coast, about 20 miles from the capital city Roseau and 5 miles from the main airport, Melville Hall. Details on the Kalinago Home Stay Program are available at www.kalinagoterritory.com.
Discover Dominica Tourist Authority, 866-522-4057 (USA and Canada), www.discoverdominica.com