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Dominica Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Dominica, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Capital Roseau
Language English
Time Difference -4 hours
Currency East Caribbean Dollar
Voltage 230 V

Dramatic, majestic and simply stunning, Dominica is nicknamed 'the nature island' of the Caribbean. More secluded and less developed than other Caribbean islands, dreamy Dominica offers a wealth of eco-treasures - from sulfurous hotsprings and volcanoes covered in rainforest, to excellent hiking trails and world-class diving.

Highlights+
Natural Delights

It is no surprise that Dominica is nicknamed the Caribbean’s ‘nature island’, home to a variety of striking landscapes. Timeless rainforests conceal beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, and one of the largest active boiling lakes in the world, while 365 rivers, mighty volcanoes and countless rivers promise yet more adventures in the great outdoors. If you like hiking, Dominica is the destination for you, the island offering an array of trails for all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you choose to traverse volcanic hills, hike around freshwater lakes, squeeze through striking gorges or stroll along the rugged coastline, expect glorious vistas and rewarding routes.

Marine Adventures

As well as the island’s striking interiors, Dominica is surrounded by beautiful beaches, clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, making it one of the Caribbean’s top diving and snorkelling destinations. Spot colourful tropical fish and other magical marine life as you glide through eerie caves and past plunging cliff walls, with a range of varying sites for you to choose from. You can also take to the waves with fishing adventures, sunset boat trips, kayaking and more.

Birding

Paradise for bird watchers, Dominica is home to an array of rare and wonderful species – including Sisseriou and Jaco parrots that aren’t found anywhere else in the world! The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was established primarily to protect the habitat of these striking species, home to the Syndicate Nature Trail and Parrot Preserve – a great place to spot them! Several other species can be spotted here during migration periods – from September to November (southbound) and February to March (northbound).

Roseau

Compact, charming and colourful, the capital of Roseau was built on the ancient Kalinago Indian villa of Sairi. Today, the town is quaint and easy to explore on foot, home to a variety of 18th century French architecture, the bustling Old Market Square, the New Market, Dominica Museum, beautiful Botanical Gardens and more.

Climate+

Dominica has a tropical climate, hot and humid all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to mid-November. Between them, there are two transitional periods: from mid-November to early January (when the temperature decreases a bit, and the weather gets better) and from mid-April to Mid-June (when both the temperature and the frequency of downpours gradually increase).

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Dominica.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January30125
February3075
March3175
April3260
May3395
June33200
July33275
August33260
September33225
October33200
November32225
December31160

Getting There+

There are flights from Antigua and Barbados to Douglas Charles Airport on Dominica. Your Luxury Travel Specialist will advise the best way to arrive according to your bespoke itinerary.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance. In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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