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Quick Facts
Governmentparliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Areatotal: 754 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 754 sq km
Population70,158 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageEnglish (official), French patois
ReligionRoman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%

Dominica is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. It is often known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world.

Should not be confused with the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic.
Map of Dominica


Administrative divisions 
10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter


Other destinations

  • Morne Trois Pitons National Park
  • Boiling Lake
  • Champagne



Tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall. Flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months.


Rugged mountains of volcanic origin.

highest point 
Morne Diablatins 1,447 m


Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia Charles, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Get in

By plane

There are two airports in Dominica, Melville Hall(DOM) and Canefield(DCF).

By train

By car

By bus

By boat

From Martinique and Guadaloupe ferries on most days of the week. Arrival in Roseau.

Get around


English (official), French patois


The best local handicrafts are Carib made baskets. The earth tone colors come from burying the fibers in the ground for different lengths of time.




  • Calibishie Lodges [1] $80-130 USD. Located on hillside above the beach. Pool, gardens, and restaurant.
  • 'Jungle Bay Resort & Spa' [2]
  • Veranda View A small guest house located in the north part of the Island, Veranda View is an ideal location to base yourself to tour the island. Located 15 minutes from the Melville Hall Airport, the guest house is easy to find on the main road in Calibishie.
  • 'Pointe Baptiste Villa and cottage' [3] A large and small colonial style historic house located in a 25 acre estate which includes 2 beaches.
  • 'Fort Young Hotel' [4]73 Guest rooms in Roseau. Beautiful terraced rooms overlook the harbor.


Founded in 1978, American Ross University, located in Portsmouth, offers a Basic Sciences curriculum designed to prepare students for licensure and practice in the U.S.


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