Culture & Heritage

The Commonwealth of Dominica, called The Nature Island for its verdant beauty and biodiversity, received independence from Britain in 1978 after centuries of French and British rule. It enjoys a rich blend of English, French, Spanish and African cultural influences that flow through its music, dance, cuisine and customs. Whether enjoying the traditional Carnival ‘chanté mas’, or masquerade song, or seeking aquatic wonder in its world class dive sties, Dominica casts a spell over visitors and residents alike. With a pristine environment, easy lifestyle and friendly people, the island of Dominica has been named one of the world’s happiest places to live.

Tourism

15˚ North, 61˚ West and 360˚ pure, unspoilt beauty. Crowned with volcanic peaks, robed in verdant emerald and ringed by sparkling sapphire waters, Dominica offers a wealth of outdoor activities, cultural heritage and health and wellness opportunities that will awaken the mind, body and soul.

Diving & Snorkelling: As one of the world’s premier dive destinations, Dominica offers unparalleled opportunities to swim with dazzling tropical fish in tranquil waters and explore other-worldy underwater terrain.

Hiking: Over 300 miles of trails offer fitness and nature lovers breath-taking vistas, cascading waterfalls, rushing streams and volcanic wonders in every direction.

Health & Wellness: Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with healing therapies and natural products in luxurious spas.

Getting Here & Around

Dominica is accessible by air through two airports, the larger Douglas-Charles Airport (formerly Melville Hall) and smaller Canefield Airport. Scheduled flights from North America and Europe connect to Douglas-Charles through Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Private flights are welcomed at both airports.

Catamarans provide ferry service between Dominica and the nearby islands of Guadaloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. Private yachts and sailboats may be anchored in any official port; vessels may be entered and cleared into the country in Roseau, Portsmouth and Anse de Mai.

Minibuses, taxis and private cars are the means of transport around Dominica.

Basic Info

ALSO KNOWN AS

The Nature Isle of the Caribbean

MOTTO

Aprés Bondieu C’est La tere (After God the Earth)

NATIONAL ANTHEM

Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour

DATE OF INDEPENDENCE


3rd November 1978

HEAD OF STATE

President: His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin

GDP


Total USD 1.002 billion | Per capita USD 14,166

LOCATION
15˚ 20’ N 61˚ 22’

W
est Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique

CAPITAL

Roseau

TIME ZONE

GMT-4 (No daylight savings)

TOTAL AREA


751 km2 (290 sq mi)

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English (vernacular languages: Antillean Creole and French Patois)

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Unitary parliamentary republic

CURRENCY


East Caribbean Dollar (XCB) pegged to USD

LEGAL SYSTEM


Based on English Common Law

MAIN INDUSTRIES

Tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing. Main exports: bananas,
citrus fruits, plantains, coconuts and tropical fruits. Manufactured
products: soaps, paints and varnishes. Production: water

MAIN AIRPORT


Melville Hall

CLIMATE

Humid tropical marine, little seasonal variation between the wet
and dry season; high rainfall during the wet season.

DRIVES ON THE

Left

CALLING CODE

+1 767