Melville Hall airport
Driving on Dominica
Drivers for Hire, Taxis,
Car Rental, Local Buses,
Places to Eat
Staples, Fish, Meats,
Fruits, Vegetables, Bread
Additional Useful information, especially for Ross
University students, can be found here...
Traveling to Dominica is an
adventure in itself.
departing the US, Europe or wherever you are coming from,
make sure you do your homework in learning about and
understanding what awaits you, including:
Though tantalizingly beautiful
and photogenic from sea,
to coasts, to rain forest mountains, Dominica is NOT
the resort style Caribbean that many envision nor
is it like any other Caribbean island.
Be wary if
taking advice from a travel agent who has never visited the
island; if they have not, most, it seems, don't have a clue
as to understanding the island themselves... thus, provide
their clients with inaccurate information. Basically they
error by believing that Dominica is similar to other
Caribbean Islands from the perspectives of topography,
infrastructure and available amenities.
For example, an
agent told one traveler that one could fly directly from San
Juan and land within a few minutes of the island's capital
city, Roseau. He failed to realize that Dominica has two
airports and that the "major" airport is on the far side of
the island--opposite Roseau. Learning of his error, he then
told his client that even though the airport was on the
other side of the island that the drive to the hotel in
Roseau would only take a few minutes, his assumption upon
noting the island was only 29 miles long, surely a journey
of less than 20 miles. --- It
might be 20 miles as the crow flies, but the mileage is more
near 60 miles due to Dominica's terrain and, well over an
hour's driving time.
time to get Dominica... Sans
for a few flights leaving the US east coast, it generally
takes travelers two days, meaning an overnight stay in San
Juan, Barbados or Antigua, to arrive in Dominica. Likewise,
for return flights.
Flying from all
departure points in the U.S. to Dominica involves a
connection in either San Juan, Barbados or Antigua dependant
on the airline you are flying.
Currency in Dominica is the East Caribbean Dollar
The conversion rate is:
$2.68 EC to $1.00 US
EC = .38 US cents
Most all business will take both EC and US
Expect change to be in EC.
Credit cards can be used at some locations including
restaurants and grocery stores. Always inquire