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Dominica

Dominica Travel Guide

Why Dominica?

  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Boiling Lake and Trafalgar Falls
  • Parrot watching at Northern Forest Reserve, one of the last refuges for the Imperial and Red-necked species
  • Hiking

Dominica Island Guide

If you're interested in exploring the scenic, dense rainforests of Dominica, then you're in the right place to learn more about this outdoorsman's paradise. From your villa on the island, you can enjoy the natural wonders of Dominica, including the Boiling Lake and numerous rivers and waterfalls. Use this page to learn more about traveling to Dominica and what you can expect to find on the island.

Dominica Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures
Highs Lows
January 85 ° F 68 ° F
February 85 ° F 67 ° F
March 86 ° F 69 ° F
April 86 ° F 71 ° F
May 87 ° F 72 ° F
June 89 ° F 74 ° F
July 89 ° F 74 ° F
August 90 ° F 74 ° F
September 89 ° F 74 ° F
October 88 ° F 73 ° F
November 87 ° F 71 ° F
December 86 ° F 69 ° F

Average Rainfall
January 0.68
February 0.74
March 0.5
April 0.56
May 1.66
June 1.07
July 1.11
August 1.31
September 1.46
October 1.62
November 1.83
December 0.71

Overview

"The nature island of the Caribbean," Dominica's appeal is in its raw, untamed landscape. Found between Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica (pronounced do-men-ee-ca) consists of 29 by 16 miles of virgin rain forests filled with rivers, waterfalls, lakes and natural hot springs. The island retains the language and flair of her English roots, although today she is an independent nation who's made a name for herself worldwide among tourists looking for excitement off the beaten path.

The natives brag that if Christopher Columbus saw Dominica today, he would be amazed at how little has changed since his day. There are no casinos, fast food chains or golf courses. Its tourist traps are the natural kind: 365 rivers, a boiling lake, countryside worthy of dramatic names like the Valley of Desolation, the world's last ocean rain forest, and endangered species of parrots that won't be found anywhere else in the world. Shoppers will not find expensive boutiques, but instead will be lured by street merchants peddling handmade pottery, wood carvings and jewelry.

For the beach lover, Dominica has little to offer. Her volcanic, mountainous terrain offers minute stretches of black sands and locals will tell you that the best swimming is in the rivers and springs. You can still enjoy certain ocean sports, however - like snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching.

Dominica's land sports are her specialty, including some of the best hiking and bird watching in the world. Kayaking and rafting are also popular among the adventuresome souls who find Dominica appealing. If modest accommodations and a terrain that resembles Eden is your vacation dream, then Dominica is for you. Big, booming tourism is not on the agenda for this island, however - so remember, mum's the word.

Transportation on Dominica

Getting to Dominica and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Proof of citizenship (passport, birth certificate or voter registration card and photo ID) and a return or ongoing ticket.

Airport

Melville Hall Airport - one hour from Roseau Canefield Airport - 5 minutes from Roseau

Departure Tax

US$21

Driving

On the left - International driver's license required to obtain Dominica permit; cost US$15.

Dominica Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in Dominica villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Apply for a license.Cost: US$120.Documents Required: Proof of citizenship (passport, original birth certificate and photo ID) and non-marriage certificate. If applicable, copy of divorce decree or death certificate.Wait Time: Minimum of 2 days

Know Before You Go...® - Dominica Travel Tips

Before making their way to Dominica villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Dominica even more relaxing.

Capital: Roseau
Population: 68,910
Size: 754 sq km
Electric Current: 220
Time: 02:51 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: English (official), French patois
Topography: rugged mountains of volcanic origin
Telephone: international: country code - 1-767

Dominica Division of Tourism

P.O. Box 293RoseauCommonwealth of Dominica, W.I.

(767) 448-2045
(767) 448-5840
www.dominica.dm

Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association

(767) 440-3430
dhta@cwdom.dm
www.visit-dominica.com/dhta/
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