Other Country Facts

Education, Weather, Clothing, Taxis, Driving & etc.

Education

Education is provided at primary, secondary and college level. There are 64 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 1 college. The college offers both academic and technical programmes, and prepares students for vocations in trades as well as for entry into university.

The labour force includes skilled tradesmen, and university graduates in disciplines such as medicine, law, engineering, economics, management, and other natural talents.

Language:

English, French patois. English is the official language of Dominica, however, many locals communicate in a hybrid language known as Creole French.

Currency:

East Caribbean dollar the local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). The rate is set at EC$2.68 to US$1.00. Many businesses accept US Dollars, but you will get the most favorable exchange rate at the banks. Major Credit Cards are accepted in most places.

Time Zone:

Dominica is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time on Atlantic Standard Time. However, Dominica does NOT observe Daylight Savings.

Legal System:

Based on British Common Law – ultimate right of Appeal to the Privy Council in London.

Public Transport:

Mini-buses (look for the number plate that starts with an ‘H’) serve routes from Roseau, Marigot / Douglas Charles Airport, Ross University and other prominent island locations… and to all villages they are a cheap (often exciting) way to get around the island. Prices are fixed by the government.

Taxis:

Taxis are readily available for reasonable prices and can either be arranged from your location of stay or from the street. Inquire about destination prices with someone before hailing a cab. Drivers most generally will take both US and EC dollars. If possible pay with EC. Riders will find most drivers very friendly.

Weather:

The average high temperature is 85°F in January / 90°F in July; average low temperature is 68°F in January / 72°F in July. Dry season generally occurs January – May, rainy season from June – October. The south and the west coasts receive about 85 inches of rain annually, while the mountainous interior rain forest gets more than 340 inches per year. Light to moderate showers occur everywhere year round. Hurricane season is predominantly between August and mid-October.

Clothing:

Lightweight shorts and casual shirts. Jeans or slacks are frequently worn for all occasions. Light sweater or long sleeved shirts for cool nights in the mountains could be preferred by some. Pocket or tote sized umbrellas are always a welcome accessory for both sun and rain. Don’t swim or sunbathe topless on Dominica. It’s not considered good taste, nor should you wear swimsuits on the street or in public areas off the beach. When hiking, walking shoes and raincoats or anoraks are recommended, though tennis shoes and sandals can suffice for most occasions.

Driving:

Automobiles can be obtained from a few locations so please inquire. If driving, a temporary license will be needed at a cost of US$12 and can be obtained from the car rental company.

Dominicans drive on the left!
NOTE: that if you are not accustomed to or comfortable driving on the left it is strongly recommended that you hire or utilize public transport. Your safety is of utmost importance to us.

Religion:

Roman Catholic, Protestant