Dominica Offers Home Stay Program With Indigenous People

Dominica is home to the Caribbean's only remaining population of indigenous people, the Kalinago. Visitors to the “Nature 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.

The Kalinago are roughly 3,000 Caribbean Indians who inhabit a 3,700-acre territory on the eastern coast of the island.

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 for a conventional residential home; $40 for a mix of a conventional and traditional residential home and $50 for traditional accommodations, which include 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 home.

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