Introduction to Dominica

 

Few places on earth exude eternal beauty like Dominica, located in the Eastern Caribbean, the island embraces a sense of serene, ageless beauty. It's a place where man and nature live in harmony, above and below the surrounding sea.

You’ll remember the small coastal towns. The rugged mountains of the interior. The generosity of the people, and blessed with fertile soil and abundant seas, you’ll remember the quiet confidence of and island that can feed itself.

For well-traveled couples. Young adventurers. Professionals looking to unwind. And everyone who travels with a passion not just to see things, but to make discoveries, Dominica anticipates your arrival.

What to Expect in Dominica

BANKS:
Banking hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.

CURRENCY:
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the currency used locally. The exchanged rate is fairly well fixed at $2.70 EC$ to $1 USD. United States dollar, British Pounds and the Euro currency are acceptable everywhere on the island. Most hotels, restaurant, car rental agencies and tour operators accept Master Card, Visa, and American Express as well as Travelers’ cheques.

CLIMATE:
Annual rainfall in Dominica varies considerably, from 50 inches along the coast, to over 300 inches in the interior. There is generally a dry season between January and June, with the wettest months being August to October. The peak of hurricane season is late August/early September. Average temperatures during the day are between 70f – 85f, with night time temperatures dropping quite a bit, especially in the mountainous areas.

DEPARTURE TAX:
The departure tax is EC$55.

DRINKING WATER:
Tap water is generally safe in Dominica. However, as it is still different to what your stomach is used to, it is advisable to drink bottled water whenever available.

DRIVING LICENSE:
Driving is on the left side of the road, a local drivers’ permit is required and can be obtained from the airports, car rentals agencies, and the Traffic Department on High Street in Roseau, (Monday-Friday) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fees are US$12.00 for one (1) month. One must be between the ages of 25-65, have a least two (2) years driving experience and present a valid drivers’ license when applying for a permit.

ELECTRICITY:
The voltage is 220/240 volts - 50 cycles. The country is served by Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC). Approximately 70% of Dominica’s electric power supply is hydro generated. Diesel generators provide the remainder. You will need a transformer and an adapter for U.S. appliances to work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
A valid passport and a return or onward ticket is required.

TOURISM SEASONS:
High season is typically December – May, with the busiest season between mid-December and mid-April. Temperatures vary little throughout the year, but winter offers cooling trade winds and less humidity. Rainfall in Dominica is significant, with regions of the island accumulating up to 300 inches in a year. The wetter summer and fall months of July to November bring the most rain, as well as the threat of flash floods.

VACCINATIONS:
No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Dominica. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:
Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

 

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