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Climate

Dominica has a tropical climate, hot and humid all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April, and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to mid-November. In the former period, the northeast trade winds, constant winds typical of tropical climates, blow steadily and with moderate intensity, while in the latter period the winds are more irregular, and may have some breaks, increasing the feeling of sultriness. Between them there are two transitional periods: from mid November to early January (when the northeast wind starts to blow, the temperature decreases a bit and the weather gets better), and from mid-April to Mid-June (when both the temperature and the frequency of downpours gradually increase). 

The rains are abundant from July to November. The least rainy period goes from February and April. The rains in Dominica occur throughout the year as downpours or thunderstorms, maybe intense, but which generally do not last long, and therefore do not reduce too much the sunshine hours, though sometimes there may be a more intense wave of bad weather. 

The best time to visit Dominica goes from February to April, being the least rainy. December and January are still quite rainy, though less than the period from July to November, which has the greatest risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms (as well as of hurricanes). It is worth while to recall that the west coast, where Roseau is located, is more sheltered. 


Getting Here

 

There are two airports in Dominica, Canefield Airport (DCF) and the Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM).

Most visitors enter the country via the Douglas-Charles, located an hour from the city

The country is a popular cruise ship destinations.

Ports located at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, Woodbridge Bay, and Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth.

 

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Good to know

 
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SEA
The country is a popular cruise ship destinations with ports located at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, Woodbridge Bay, and Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth. Private boaters entering the country via its waters are required to check in with customs and immigration upon their arrival at Roseau on the west coast, Portsmouth on the northwest coast, or Anse de Mai on the north coast. Please note that it is strictly prohibited to moor in any marine reserve of protected area, such as the Scott’s Head/Soufrière Bay area in the south-west of the island.

BY CAR
Renting a car in Dominica is definitely a great way to explore the country hidden spots and natural wonders. Despite being relatively small, you will quickly realise that driving around the country generally brings long and sometimes hair-rising journeys, due to its network of narrow roads winding through the island’s mountainous landscapes. Due to the size of the roads, it is recommended to rent a compact vehicle, or a small 4x4.

BUS
Running 6 days a week until early evening times, buses can be a budget-friendly way to visit the island, and an option to enjoy if you are not running on a tight schedule. Although a long bus trip may be slightly uncomfortable, they are a safe transport method, due to the local drivers being so used to the island’s roads and conditions.


History of Dominica

At 26 million years old, Dominica, Geologically speaking is one of the youngest islands in the Caribbean chain, and continues to evolve with continuous geothermal activity. The first inhabitants here were called the Ortoroids, and they came from South America in around 3100 B.C., and lasted on the island until around 400 B.C. The next group of people were the Arawaks, who settled in about 400 A.D until the Caribs who were aggressively moving through the Caribbean from South America, eliminated the Arawaks in around 1400.  

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