Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Hurricanes

In 1979 the island was devastated by Hurricane David, 37 people were killed and 60,000 were left homeless. Much of what David left standing was felled by Hurricane Allen the next year. In 1995 Dominica was hit by three storms in August and September. Storm Iris damaged roads and spoilt some crops and Hurricane Luis destroyed many roads, seafronts and...

Culture

Popular culture reflects the mixture of native and immigrant peoples. While most places on Dominica have a Carib, a French or an English name, the indigenous Carib traditions and way of life have been localized in the northeast, giving way to a dominant amalgam of Créole (French and African) tradition. Dominicans are proud of their local language, which is...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office The main office of the Curaçao Tourism Development Bureau is at Pietermaai 19, Willemstad, PO Box 3266, T4616000, F4612305. There is an information office on Breedestraat, east of Hendrikplein, and at the airport. The Curaçao Hotel and Tourism Association (CHATA) is at Kaya Junior Salas 1, T4651005, in down town Punda, offering helpful...

Communication

The official title, Commonwealth of Dominica, should always be used in addresses to avoid confusion with the Dominican Republic. Telephone Services Telephone and fax services at Telecommunications of Dominica (TOD), Mercury House, Hanover St, Roseau. Open 0700-2000, Mon-Sat. Phone cards are available for EC$10, 20 and 40 from Telecommunications of Dominica...

Getting Around

Air Dominica has 2 airports, the older Melville Hall (DOM) in the northeast, which handles most planes (including Liat), and Canefield (DCF) near Roseau, which takes only very small aircraft. Check which your flight will be using. Variable winds and short landing strips mean that planes do not land before 0600 or after 1800 in the dark. Melville Hall has no...

Getting There

Air There are no direct flights from Europe or North America to Dominica. Connections must be made in Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique or Guadeloupe. LIAT flies from Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Lucia; Air Guadeloupe from Guadeloupe, Barbados, Martinique (all into Canefield). Cardinal Airlines flies from Antigua, St...

Before Travelling

Also see "Getting Around", and "Getting There" for more detailed travel information. Climate Daytime temperatures average between 70° F and 85° F, though the nights are much cooler, especially in the mountains. The rainy season is from July to October though showers occur all through the year. Note that the mountains are much wetter and cooler than the...

Dominica

Dominica Dominica (pronounced Domineeca) is one of the largest and most mountainous of the anglophone Windward Islands.The highest peak, Morne Diablotin, rises to 4,747 ft and is often shrouded in mist. It is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean with parks and reserves protecting vast areas of forest that cover most of the interior. In addition, the frequent...