|CLIMATE: Ranges from 24 Centigrade to 29 Centigrade, though noticably cooler in the hills. The rainy season is from July to October. Driest months are January to April.||ELECTRICITY: 220/240V at 50 cycles. 70% of Dominica’s electricity is generated by hydro-electric power.|
|DRESS CODE: Casual dress is normal although some hotels and restaurants require ‘elegantly casual’ in the evenings. Please ensure to cover up if you are venturing into the shops from the beach. Officially nudity is against the law in Dominica and is frowned upon to the islanders. It can become cool in the evenings, especially in the hills so a light jacket or a shawl is recommended. When hiking stout footwear and waterproof gear are recommended.||GOVERNMENT:
Fully independent with republican status within the British Commonwealth.
|DRINKING WATER: Bottled water is most popular and is readily available in shops or at your hotel. Cisterns with underground storage facilities plus desalinated water are used for non-drinking purposes.||SUNTANNING TIPS:Always have sun block ready, as even on overcast days you can easily become badly sunburnt and spoil your holiday. Try to get a sun block that is water resistant as it is tedious to continually keep reapplying suntan cream every time you get out of the water. For those travelling on boats the need for sun block is especially great; you’ve got very little shade and the consistent breezes may well make you feel that your skin is not burning.|
English. Creole and Patois are widely spoken too
Atlantic Standard Time (4 hours behind Britain, 1 hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard).
Commercial: Open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday. Sat 8.00 am – 12.00 noon.
|COMMUNICATIONS:Cable & Wireless Dominica provide a range of reliable services including cardphones, payphone, credit card calling facilities and reliable internet services. For a complete picture of cellular roaming services available in Dominica, click here.|
|CURRENCY: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) U.S. currency generally accepted throughout the island. Fixed exchange rates: US$1.00 = EC$2.70. EC$1.00 = US$0.37¢|
|LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY:
Latitude – 15º 25′ N, Longitude – 61º20′ W, north of Martinique and south of Guadeloupe in the Windward Islands. 29 miles long, 16 miles wide. Area: 288 sq. miles (746 sq. km). Highest point is Morne Trois Pitons at 4550 ft (1387m).