Dominica Travel Guide and Travel Information

 Dominica Travel Guide and Travel Information

Key Facts:

Area

751 sq km (290 sq miles).

Population: 

73,449 (2014).

Population density: 

97.8 per sq km.

Capital: 

Roseau.

Government: 

Republic.

Head of state: 

President Charles Savarin since 2013.

Head of government: 

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit since 2004.

Electricity: 

220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style plugs with three square pins are used. Many hotels have dual 220/110 voltage.

The Caribbean island Dominica is a medley of brooding volcanic peaks, gushing mountain streams, dense forests, quiet lakes and spouting geysers; this is a diverse and beautiful land. Given its natural assets and warm and welcoming locals, Dominica should be a bustling tourism hotspot, and despite being one of the poorest in the region, crime is relatively low.

A marked lack of pumping nightlife and no direct flights to Dominica from the UK means it remains off the radar for many travellers, but those partial to hiking amid thick tropical rainforest and gazing at bubbling lakes, will find this sunny green isle has many charms.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 18 October 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. ‘We’ refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Crime

Most visits are trouble-free but incidents of crime do occur.

You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK and make sure your accommodation is secure. This also applies if you are staying on a yacht. Be vigilant at all times. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents in a safety deposit box or hotel safe. You should check that the hotel safe is securely fixed before using it to store your items.

Road travel

Driving is on the left. To drive on the island you must get a local temporary driving licence. The car hire companies will usually help with this. You must present a valid UK driving licence.

Take care when driving on the roads as there can be potholes and speed bumps. Observe the speed limits. You should take extra care on minor roads and in rural areas where there are narrow roads and blind corners. Pedestrians often walk on the roads and indicators are not always used.

Take extra care when driving at night as some roads are unlit. Road signs and hazards may not be easily visible.

Take care when driving on the main road from Melville Hall airport. This is prone to landslides following bad weather and has a number of sheer drops where the road has fallen away. Avoid driving on this road at night. Road signs are limited and a map is essential.

Don’t stop if you’re flagged down by pedestrians. Keep car doors locked when driving.

In the event of an accident, call the police and don’t move the vehicle.

Taxis aren’t metered. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations. Agree the fare in local currency with the driver before you set off. You can often pay in US dollars as well as EC dollars.

Public transport is available at a cheaper rate. Minibus drivers may drive above the speed limit.

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