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About Dominica...
(pronounced Dom-ih-neekah)

Area Code (767)


Dominica lies between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. It is the largest of the Windward Islands, volcanic in origin, with high steep mountains covered in rich forest. Swift cool streams run down to the sea, providing fresh-water bathing that is highly unusual for the Caribbean.

This is the "nature island" of the Caribbean, and has acquired quite a reputation among nature lovers and those interested in mountain and forest vacations rather than the beach vacations marketed by most islands. It has concentrated instead on creating forest reserves and national parks: the natural attractions include lakes (one of which is a boiling lake), waterfalls, mountains rearing up to 4,747 feet, and a huge range of flora and fauna.

In the north-east, the descendants of the Carib Indians, the region's first settlers, continue to live in the traditional way, practising their time-honoured crafts of canoe building and basket weaving.

There are two airports, the main one at Melville Hall and the other at Canefield, only three miles from Roseau.

Weddings (as of 29 Sept,. 2007):
Cost: $112 for marriage licence and $187 for declaration that must be made before a Commissioner of Oaths on the island.
Waiting period: Two days.
Documents: Birth certificate and proof of citizenship and an application form from the Ministry of Community Development.
(Source: The Toronto Star)


Area:289.5 square miles
Population: About 72,000
Locals are "Dominicans"
Capital: Roseau
Airports: East - Melville Hall - DOM
                 West - Canefield - DCF
Language: English
Voltage: 220/240 volts, 50 cycles
Currency: EC$ (US$1.00 = EC$2.70)

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