Dominica

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Sub-Region: Caribbean Island

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"Land of Natural Treasures"

Dominica Tourism

The raw and rugged beauty of nature will sway away your breath; such is the very essence of the Caribbean Island of Dominica. Brimming with all sorts of natural assets from thick forests and thick forests and looming volcanic peaks to snaking mountain streams and pristine lakes, this country is a dream for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility.

An unspoilt and majorly untouched tropical paradise, Dominica is a treasure trove of all the wonderful elements of nature put together. Different from its usual Caribbean features, the country is known for its warm and welcoming people. Away from the fuss of the noisy life, Dominica is a land sprawling with gushing streams, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, hot spring geysers, red mud trails, rolling volcanic slopes, and lush forests offering serenity to the tired souls. Colourful coral reefs, snorkelling, thrilling trek trails and excursion through the rawest part of the jungles can rejuvenate every cell of your body. Although it is one of the poorest countries in the region, Dominica is rich with natureÕs delights offering its visitors a deep plunge in the lap of Mother Nature and lifetime memories to cherish.

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Currency in Dominica

The official currency of Dominica is East Caribbean Dollar and is available in the denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. The local currency is tied to the US Dollars with US Dollars and pound Sterling also serving as the legal tenders. American Express and Visa are the most widely accepted of all credit cards followed by MasterCard. Make sure to carry cash as small shopkeepers accept cash. Tourists will find ATMs located all around the island.

Exchanging Money in Dominica

Tourists can get their currency exchanged on the island at banks or bureaux de change. Banks are open here from Monday to Thursday. Most hotels here accept travellerÕs cheque and in order to avoid extra exchange rate fee it is recommended to carry your travellerÕs cheques in US Dollars.

Daily Budget for Dominica

Dominica is a small Caribbean island with East Caribbean Dollar as its local currency. The country offers great experience to all kind of travellers, be its backpackers, mid-range and splurging types. Following is the per day budget in the countryÕs local currency for each type of traveller mentioned above excluding the accommodation cost (include food, water, local transport, entertainment, inter-city transportation, tips, souvenirs and alcohol): Budget travel: XCD 195 approximately Comfortable travel: XCD 440 approximately Luxury travel: XCD 850 approximately

Religion of Dominica

Majority of population in Dominica follows Christianity with a major chunk out of that practicing Roman Catholic.

Dominica Customs

Islanders are friendly people so make sure to greet people with a smile while entering a shop or be ready to be ignored. Smart casuals attire is a norm in the country when it comes to clothing however, avoid too much revealing clothes or swimwear away from beach. Usually hotels and restaurants charge a 10% of service fee but if it has not been added a tip of about 10 Ð 15% is expected for good service. Taxi drivers do expect a tip.

Language of Dominica

English is the official language of Dominica but most population also speak French Creole/Creole patois.

History of Dominica

Prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1943, Dominica was home to Carib Indians and was known, as sunny isle Waitukubuli meaning Ôtall is her bodyÕ. It was after the Columbus arrival that the country came to known as Dominica. France took over the control of the country in 1600s with Great Britain declaring its colony in 1805 becoming last of the Caribbean islands to be colonised by Europeans. After lots of bloodshed and violence over its control, the island enjoyed full independence in 1978. Two years later, the countryÕs fate improved with Mary Eugenia Charles taking the control from the corrupt and dictatorial government and becoming the first female prime minister in the Caribbean. She remained in the office for 15 years. Today, some 3,000 Carib Indians form the part of the Dominican population, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Nightlife in Dominica

Nightlife in Dominica is not as happening as other Caribbean Islands yet gives it visitors a good taste of its culture and music. There are live music venues and bars along with increasing number of cafes and dance halls to revel at. La Robe Creole located in Roseau is quite popular among locals offering nightly dance music and live bands on weekend. There are also few popular local discos to add a western flavour including Scorpio, The Warehouse, and Doubles International.

Shopping in Dominica

Shopping scene in Dominica is quite limited but one can always take back home many locally made items as souvenirs. Cut-price jewellery, sunglasses, clothing, handicrafts such as hats, bags and rugs crafted out of vetiver grass combined with wild banana strands are quite popular. Also, check out pick-up bags at Carib reserve Crafts Centre for unique deals.

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What is the best time to visit Dominica?

February to May is the best time to explore the wilderness of Dominica, as they are also the driest months and quite popular time among tourists. It can be hot and humid during the time and the country experiences less rain. The rainy season in the country stays from July to late October that also coincides with CaribbeanÕs hurricane season that reaches the peak in August and September. However, if you are looking for slightly cooler and less humid time to visit the island then October to December is the best time to visit. It is also cheaper to get around the place with less expensive accommodation options.
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What is the local food in Dominica?

Dominica is known for its delicious fresh produce and excellent seafood. Rice serves as a staple food here served as a common base to meals or as a side dish. Plantains and root vegetables such as yams and turnips are also served as side dish or as an ingredient of the main course. One will find other cuisines than Creole in the country including Continental and American offered at reasonable price. Te-tee-ree, Lambi, Manicou, Crab backs, Bello hot pepper sauce, and mountain chicken are some of the popular dishes. Locals drinks such as Island fruit juices, Rum punches, Sea moss and beers are quite popular.
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What are the things to do in Dominica?

The top things to do in Dominica are Cabrits National Park, Kalinago Barana Aute, Trafalgar Falls, Batibou Beach, Botanic Garden, Dominica Museum. You can see all the places to visit in Dominica here

What are the places near Dominica?

The top places near to Dominica are Guyana which is 0 km from Dominica, London which is located 7490 km from Dominica, Dubai which is located 2296 km from Dominica, Amsterdam which is located 7217 km from Dominica, New york city which is located 13051 km from Dominica

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