The Commonwealth of Dominica is also known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean because of its lush green forests and various species of plants, wildlife and its abundance of rivers. Dominica is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its total area is 754 square kilometers (290 square miles), making it the largest of the English-speaking Windward Islands, and it is slightly more than 4 times the size of Washington, D.C. Located in the Southern Caribbean, Dominica is bounded to the North by Guadeloupe and to the South by Martinique.
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|Land Area||290 square miles||Capital and Major Towns||Roseau (Capital), Portsmouth, Marigot|
|Climate||Sub Tropical (dry and wet season)||Rainfall||Ranges from 50 inches along the coast, to over 300 inches in the interior.|
|Population||Approximately 70,000||Languages||Official language is English. French dialect is widely spoken|
|Religions||Mainly Christian denominations. 80% Roman Catholic.||Form of Government||Democratic Republic based on British Westminister System.|
|Currency||Eastern Caribbean Dollars.||Exchange Rate||US $1.00 = XCD$2.7169|
|Principal Exports||Bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges.||Principal Imports||Manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals.|
|Major Trading Partners||United States of America, United Kingdom, CARICOM countries, China, and Canada.||Electric Power||Dominica Electricity Company Limited Voltage 220 Volts.|
|Telecommunication||All automatic systems: Direct dialing with major countries in the world, cellular, telexes and faxes. Internet access widely available.||Entry and Visa Requirement||Visitors are permitted to stay up to one (1) month provided they have a valid passport. Nationals of few countries require a visa for entry to Dominica.|
Living IN DOMINICA
Dominica is located in the southern Caribbean, sandwiched between the French department islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica is widely acknowledged to be one of the most pristine countries in the Caribbean with approximately 61 % of its land mass being forested. There is an increasing population of North Americans and Europeans investing in Dominica due to its comfortable climate, laidback lifestyle, low crime rate and stable political system.
Dominica is the fourth largest English speaking Caribbean territory. Dominica experiences two (2) seasons: the rainy season, which runs from June to November, and the dry season which runs from December to May. Natural hazards in Dominica include: occasional earth tremors, tropical storms and hurricanes along the Atlantic coast.
The Government of Dominica is a democratic republic. The capital city is Roseau, and most of the nation’s commerce takes place in the Roseau city limits. Dominica’s economy is stable. It depends on tourism, agriculture, and construction. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country’s political stability and high education levels, and tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange. Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) implementation will result in economic reforms and an improved investment climate.
Dominica is a Catholic country and its holidays are mostly church-related. Most businesses, including banks, close on official holidays. The country respects certain days during Easter: Holy Week, namely Good Friday, and Easter Monday. Banks and offices are closed and hotels and car rentals are booked during these times as most people head to the beach. Several businesses take the whole Christmas holiday week through the New Year as an unofficial holiday and close.
Carnival is a perfect opportunity to see colorful costumes. Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.
The World Creole Music Festival is also a world-renowned festival that boasts “three nights of pulsating rhythms” of Creole, Afro and local origin.
Learn more about Dominica Festivals!
|January 1st||New Year’s Day|
|February/March||Carnival Monday and Tuesday|
|March or April||Good Friday|
|March or April||Easter Monday|
|First Monday in May||Labour Day|
|Other Monday in May (determined by Easter Date)||Whit Monday|
|First Monday in August||August Monday|
|November 3rd||Independence Day|
|November 4th or 5th||Community Day of Service|
|December 25th||Christmas Day|
|December 26th||Boxing Day|
Top 8 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in Dominica:
- Dominica Real Estate Prices – Dominica offers some of the most affordable real estate in the Caribbean region making it a low-cost retirement destination.
- Stable exchange rate – Local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar or XCD. 1 USD = 2.7169 XCD
- English is spoken as the Native Language in Dominica. For French visitors, the French dialect spoken is an asset.
- Strong Tourism Trends in Dominica: Tourism is on the upswing in Dominica. Dominica has successfully marketed itself as the “nature island of the Caribbean,” seeking to attract eco-tourists interested in landscapes and wildlife. The government realizes that intensive tourism is incompatible with preserving the island’s eco-system and in 1997 signed an agreement with Green Globe, the environmental division of the World Travel and Tourism Council, to develop the island as a “model ecotourism destination.” The 3-year program provided technical expertise on environmental management as well as helping to market Dominica through specialist travel companies. Dominica has a many famous tourist spots, such as the Indian River in Portsmouth, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Scotts Head (where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea), and the world’s second-largest boiling lake, which is inside Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The national park, itself, has been designated a World Heritage Site. Dominica also has many excellent diving spots due to its steep drop-offs, healthy marine environment, and reefs. In 2004, because of its natural beauty, Dominica was chosen to be one of the primary filming locations for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and its follow-up, At World’s End.
- Dominican Laws Fair to Foreigners – There are little restrictions imposed on foreigners purchasing property in Dominica and buying decisions can be made and executed quickly, with relative ease.
- Dominica’s Emerging Market Potential – The scope of real estate opportunities in Dominica are diverse and plentiful. The Dominican government also offers incentives for foreign investors to develop resorts and tourist infrastructure along its shores.
- Stability in Dominica – Dominica is a true democracy whose citizens enjoy political and economic stability. A member of the British Commonwealth, Dominica’s legal system is based on British common law.
- Dominican Lifestyle: 365 Rivers; friendly people; laidback living; numerous waterfalls; lush rainforest; who doesn’t want to live in the nature isle?
Awards and accolades for Dominica as a travel destination
Featured in the World Top100 Sustainable Destinations 2016
One of the “The Developing World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations 2015” by Ethical Travel.
Caribbean Journal’s “The Must-Visit Caribbean Places in 2015”
#3 ranking for Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards 2015
Green Destinations – Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 2014
Scuba Diving Radio rated #1 diving site in the Caribbean and the USA in 2014
“Top 100 Issue” Scuba Diving magazine rated Dominica number one for “Healthiest Marine Environment” and number three for “Top Dive Destination”, among other recognition in 2014
USA Today Award for “Ten Best Cruise Destinations to see Native Cultures” 2014
Caribbean Journal’s “The Best Caribbean Diving Destinations” 2014
TRIPADVISOR® TRAVELERS’ CHOICE® ISLAND AWARD 2013
Nominated for World Travel Awards “Green Awards” in the Best Green Destination category in 2008
Below are blog posts that will help you learn more about the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Property to rent or for sale in Dominica
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