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Dominica Travel Tips

Dominica Facts

Official Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 71,000
Capital: Roseau

Dominica Travel Tips

The island’s tropical climate averages between 70 to 92 degrees. As a result, the dress code is always Island Casual.

Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here.

Hurricane season is July to October. With the island’s tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.

If your smartphone is not equipped for international travel, purchase a local phone card for the best rates.

The main post office is located on Bayfront in Roseau. Post office hours are 8am-4pm (Monday-Friday).

Banks are open from 8am-2pm (Monday-Thursday) and 8am-4pm (Friday).

Most stores are open 8am-4pm (Monday-Friday) and 8am-1pm (Saturday).

Passports are required for U.S. citizens.

Drink bottled water when available. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion.

Electricity is different than the U.S., so bring an adapter or ask if your hotel has one.

If you rent a car, drive on the left side of the road.

The major Holidays in Dominica are New Years Day, Merchant’s Day, Easter, Easter Monday, Labour Day, Whit Monday, August Monday, Independence Day, Christmas, and Boxing Day.

Dominica has a relatively large number of centenarians. In 2007, there were 22 centenarians out of the island’s 70,000 inhabitants — three times the average number of centenarianism in developed countries.

Along with Creole, a dialect known as Kokoy is spoken. It is a type of pidgin English which is a mix of Leeward Island English Creole and Dominican Creole, and is mainly spoken in the north-eastern villages of Marigot and Wesley, by the descendants of immigrants from Montserrat and Antigua.

The crime rate is less than a major metropolitan city.

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