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Yes, the similarity of the names can be confusing, and apparently, not just to us!

From The Dominican:

“The average Dominican trying to introduce his country usually starts like this: “ I am from Dominica, not the Dominican Republic…”. Dominica has the distinct misfortune of having a similar name to a much larger country to its North. To make matters worse, nationals of both countries are referred to as Dominicans.

On his first voyage in 1492, Columbus stumbled upon the country and called it Hispaniola (Little Spain). Years later, the French occupied the western third of Hispaniola and in 1804 it was recognized by Spain as Haiti. The rest of Hispaniola was by then referred to as Santo Domingo. In 1844 that part was granted independence from Spain and became known as the Dominican Republic.

Dominica on the other hand was first named by Columbus in 1493, more than 350 years before the Dominican Republic was named. However, with almost 9 million people to Dominica’s 70,000, the Dominican Republic has come to dominate people’s view of geography and even history where the two countries are concerned.”

It has been some time since we left the Dominican Republic behind us, just under a year to be exact. We actually have three groups of friends there right now: 1 heading south towards us, 1 that will be heading west and 1 that is sadly heading north back to the US. For our buddies who are in the DR and heading south, we suggested to them that they stock up on the cheap coffee and beer available there, both of which are excellent.

If you’re going to be heading to the DR, or down island anywhere for that matter, you might want to check out the free cruising guides that are now available online for you to download. You can never have enough (free) cruising intel!

Check out the monkeys that I found in a tree while hiking yesterday!


  1. I’ve just looked at the Earthling blog that you have pointed to a few times. There is a nice picture of ZTC approx 173 of 250 on their Guadeloupe public FB page. They too have a lot of nice pictures. It is good to see a nice pic of the pdq (and crew) because of course you can’t easily show pics of your own boat.

    Looks good.


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