Getting Around Dominica
The best way to get around Dominica is by car, since the top activities are fairly spread out. Those who opt not to rent one will probably end up confined to Roseau on the southwest coast. Cars are available at the agencies in downtown Roseau and at the island's two airports. And speaking of airports, there are no direct flights from the United States to either Melville Hall (DOM) or Canefield (DCF) airports. Instead, visitors from the U.S. and Canada will have to resort to island-hopping from Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique or Guadeloupe.
|Car||We recommend renting a car and preferably, one with four-wheel drive, as the roads get quite bumpy. You'll need to buy a driving permit, about a $11 USD cost, available at rental agencies and the Traffic Division office in downtown Roseau. Though the island is relatively small, attractions are spread out, and the winding roads make for long and oftentimes nauseating drives. Proceed with caution through the mountains and over the many potholed streets, and remember to drive on the left.|
|Taxi||You can hire a taxi at the Melville Hall (DOM) and Canefield (DCF) airports or at most hotels and guesthouses. Prices are regulated but rather expensive: If you want a sightseeing tour around the island, cabbies usually charge anywhere from about $70 to $90 USD. You can negotiate a special price if you share with other passengers. If you're looking to hire a taxi past 6 p.m., you better call ahead; taxis can be hard to find at night.|
|Minibus||The public transportation system can be an affordable way to get around -- you won't pay more than $4 USD -- but the expensive taxis are more reliable. You can easily spot the bus by its letter "H" on the license plate. They'll stop anywhere on the main street as long as you can flag it down.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid passport is required for citizens of the United States traveling to Dominica. Immigration officials might also ask for proof of a return or onward flight, and they will charge a departure tax as visitors leave the country. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. State Department's website.