Dominica, officially known as the Commonwealth of Dominica lies midway in the archipelago of islands comprising the Eastern Caribbean. It is located between the French islands of Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south. Dominica comprises 290 square miles (751 km2) and has 91 miles (148 km) of coastline. The capital city Roseau is situated on the west coast of the island along the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea. Dominica was formerly a British colony and gained independence from Britain on the 3rd November 1978. Dominica is dubbed the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” as it epitomizes an unspoiled island paradise. It boasts majestic mountain peaks reaching to 4,747 feet (1,447m) flanked by untouched lush green rainforests supporting diverse flora and fauna. The Sisserou Parrot is endemic to Dominica and is the national bird.
The island has 365 rivers as well as numerous waterfalls and lakes. The Boiling Lake is the second largest hot spring in the world. UNESCO has designated the Trois Piton National Park as a World Heritage Site. The Carib Indians were the indigenous inhabitants of Dominica and 3,700 acres have been legally designated as a Carib Territory. This Reserve is home to approximately 3,000 Carib Indian descendants and the land is held in communal ownership. There is a local system of Government within the Territory, which is headed by a Carib Chief. The Caribs are well known for their art and craft products
VISA FREE TRAVEL
The Island lies 1,414 miles (2,277 km) from Florida; 1,904 miles (3,064 km) from New York and 4,158 miles (6,692 km) from London.
Dominica has two airports and international flights are connected to the island through various hubs in the Caribbean.
Holders of Dominica Passports can travel to over 90 countries visa free.
The style of Government is one of a parliamentary democracy with the Head of State being the President and the Head of Government being the Prime Minister.
Dominica is a member of the British Commonwealth and maintains membership in various regional and international organizations including the United Nations.
CULTURE AND SPORTS
Dominica hosts various cultural activities throughout the year
Dominica Festival of Arts (DOMFESTA) which includes concerts, artistic workshops as well as dance and theatrical performances: April - June
Hike Fest: May
Jazz N’Creole Music: May
Dive Fest which includes scuba diving, whale watching and boat races: July
World Creole Music Festival featuring both local and international world class artistes: October
Independence Celebrations: October - November
Marine Tropical Climate
Annual Temperatures 24°C – 32°C
Approximately 70,000 persons
Language and Literacy
Official Language English
Literacy Rate of 94%
Currency and Banking
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
$2.71XCD = $1USD
Several Major International Banks
Economy and Taxes
There are no capital gains, inheritance, gift or foreign income taxes.