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Dominica
Whether you’re into trekking high into the mountaintops or exploring the watery world
below, Dominica is the place to go for those who prefer hiking boots over high heels and
are content with a nightlife where the only music is the murmur of the jungle.
Dominica has surprisingly long drives for such a small island, so it’s better to pick a spot
or two and explore instead of bouncing around. If you can do it in the mountains (hiking,
bird-watching, searching for hidden pools and waterfalls) or the water (diving, snorkeling,
kayaking), you can do it in Dominica.
There are a few sandy beaches, but most require a little gumption to find and there are
usually only a few lodging choices nearby, at most. There are no direct international flights
and the island-hopping it takes to get here has kept the package tours at bay.
The locals are so friendly that it’s almost fun to get lost just to have an excuse to approach people on their front porches. Whereas some of the bigger Caribbean cities are
decidedly scary, in the capital city of Roseau the locals often stop visitors just to wish them
a good visit.
Rasta culture is strong, and those offended by the sight of Rastafarians taking their sacrament might have to cover their eyes a time or two. Dominica is also the home to about
2200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

FAST FACTS
„ Area 290 sq miles
„ Capital Roseau
„ Country code

%767

„ Departure tax EC$55 (US$20) for over 12 years
„ Famous for Nature
„ Language English, French patois
„ Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);

EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
„ Official name Commonwealth of Dominica
„ People Dominicans
„ Phrase irie (hello/goodbye/cool/good);

DOMINICA

check (understand)
„ Population 72,400
„ Visa Required for residents of former

Eastern Bloc countries and citizens of
China, India and Nigeria; see p600

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HIGHLIGHTS

son lasts from July to late October, almost
coinciding with the Caribbean’s hurricane
season (peaks in August and September). It
can get cool in the mountains and a sweater
is handy.

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Canyoning (p594) Don’t just look at waterfalls, feel them wash over you in a canyon
where no other visitors go
Morne Trois Pitons National Park (p595) Inhale breathtaking mountain and atmospheric rainforest scenery in this Unesco
World Heritage site
Portsmouth (p590) Explore the Indian
River...
DOMINICA
Whether you’re into trekking high into the mountaintops or exploring the watery world
below, Dominica is the place to go for those who prefer hiking boots over high heels and
are content with a nightlife where the only music is the murmur of the jungle.
Dominica has surprisingly long drives for such a small island, so it’s better to pick a spot
or two and explore instead of bouncing around. If you can do it in the mountains (hiking,
bird-watching, searching for hidden pools and waterfalls) or the water (diving, snorkeling,
kayaking), you can do it in Dominica.
There are a few sandy beaches, but most require a little gumption to find and there are
usually only a few lodging choices nearby, at most. There are no direct international flights
and the island-hopping it takes to get here has kept the package tours at bay.
The locals are so friendly that it’s almost fun to get lost just to have an excuse to ap-
proach people on their front porches. Whereas some of the bigger Caribbean cities are
decidedly scary, in the capital city of Roseau the locals often stop visitors just to wish them
a good visit.
Rasta culture is strong, and those offended by the sight of Rastafarians taking their sac-
rament might have to cover their eyes a time or two. Dominica is also the home to about
2200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.
Dominica
FAST FACTS
Area 290 sq miles
Capital Roseau
Country code
%
767
Departure tax EC$55 (US$20) for over 12 years
Famous for Nature
Language English, French patois
Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);
EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
Official name Commonwealth of Dominica
People Dominicans
Phrase irie (hello/goodbye/cool/good);
check (understand)
Population 72,400
Visa Required for residents of former
Eastern Bloc countries and citizens of
China, India and Nigeria; see p600
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