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Flight Time to Dominica from the UK
Approx 9 Hours 15 Minutes
Dominica is an island nation and borderless country in the Caribbean Sea. The size of the country is about 291 square miles (754 kmē). The capital is Roseau.
Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world's second-largest boiling lake. Dominica also has many waterfalls, springs and rivers. Some plants and animals thought to be extinct on surrounding islands can still be found in Dominica's forests. The volcanic nature of the island and the lack of sandy beaches have made Dominica a popular scuba diving spot.
The Commonwealth of Dominica is engaged in a long-running dispute with Venezuela over Venezuela's territorial claims to the sea surrounding Isla Aves (Bird Island), a tiny islet located 70 miles (110 km) west of the island of Dominica.
Brief History of Dominica
Dominica was first sighted by Europeans, including Christopher Columbus, in 1493. They encountered the indigenous peoples known as the Caribs, but soon left the island after being defeated by the Caribs. It is said that when his superiors asked Columbus to describe this island in the "New World," he crumbled a piece of parchment roughly and threw it on the table. This, Columbus explained, is what Dominica looks like- completely covered with mountains with nary a flat spot.In 1627 England also tried and failed to capture Dominica. In 1635 the French claimed the island and sent missionaries, but were unable to wrench Dominica from the Caribs. They abandoned the island, along with the island of Saint Vincent, in the 1660s.
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There's no better place to get a taste of Dominica's spirit than in the delightful chaos that is Roseau's Saturday market. It's here that you can see what makes the country tick, a deep abiding affinity for the land and its bounty. The colourful riot of yams, bananas, coconuts and avocadoes spill from sacks and the banter of bargaining fills the air.
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Public Holidays in Dominica
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 2 - New Year's Holday
February 19 - Carnival Monday
April 6 - Good Friday
April 9 - Easter Monday
May 7 - Labour Day
May 28 - Whit Monday
August 6 - August Monday (Emancipation Day)
November 3 - Independence Day
November 4 - Community Service Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day
Dominica Visa Requirements
Visa not required by all nationals of the UK for the following durations: Nationals of the UK, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France (stay limited to two weeks when entering with a National Identity Card), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luzembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the USA for stays of up to six months.
Getting Around in Dominica
As far as freedom of movement and exploration a car can be invaluable. Though small the island's tightly turning mountain roads make for relatively long journey and a hair raising experience. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and there are various car rental agencies at both airports.
Honk horn on hairpin turns especially during the day.
Beware of large trucks as their width forces other drivers off the road.
Ask directions if lost, the locals are very friendly and informative.
When in mountains in torrential rains, consider stopping for a bit or at least going very slowly.
A compact is sufficient for most situations but a small 4x4 might also be nice. A large 4x4 would be cumbersome on the small streets.