Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago
Why do people go here?: Less spoiled than its Caribbean neighbors, Dominican residents enjoy warm days, white sand beaches and a lazy pace of life.
What are the main entry points?: There are no direct flights from the US. You must first fly to a larger Caribbean island. Occasionally, cruise ships will dock in the capital, Roseau.
Currency used: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Country Code: 1-767
Religion: Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%
Ethnic Breakdown: Black, mixed black and European, European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian
Government: Parliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth
Languages: English (official), French patois
Major Cities: Roseau
Attractions: Beaches, Sun, Swim
Accommodation: Dominica Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Dominica Tourist Office– (See Caribbean Tourism Org) Valley Road, P.O. Box 73 Roseau, Dominica, WI +1-809-488-2351, 2186;; FAX +1-809-448-5840
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Winter has fantastic weather.
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 3 November (1978)
Getting Around: Hiring a car is probably better than buses, but those are available, too.
Cheapest airport to fly into: There are two main airports serving flights to Dominica namely Melville Hall and Canefield. To obtain a cheaper flight use the airport that is near your trip destination.
Need more information?: Check out the Dominica travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.