Commonwealth of Dominica
Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-ee-ka)
Name Wai’tukubuli meaning ‘Tall is Her Body’
Main: English, Widely spoken: Creole - a French-based Patois (pronounced Kwéyòl)
Dominica Time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4), which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.
74,308 (2018 census)
3,000 Kalinagos (originally called Caribs by Europeans)
Kalinago (Carib) Territory
Predominantly Christian, a few other faiths
Independent Republic; Parliamentary Democracy, Political Independence: November 3, 1978 (from the United Kingdom), Member of the British Commonwealth
Agriculture & Tourism
The Nature Island based on three pillars: Nature, Culture & Adventure with an overall theme: Wellness
Dominica's electrical services use 220/240 volts. American appliances are quite popular, but require transformers for voltage conversion. Many accommodations offer both outlets, but it would be wise to receive confirmation from the specific establishment.
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), which trades at EC$2.67 to US$1.00. Banks will offer EC$2.68 for a US$1.00 traveler's cheque. Everywhere on the island, businesses accept United States Dollars, British Pounds, and Euros.
Eastern Caribbean between the French islands of Guadeloupe (north) and Martinique (south)
Visitors to Dominica should expect plenty of sunshine interjected by intermittent rainfall. The island's annual temperature averages at 27 C. Frequent rainfall cools the tropical heat, nourishes the island's extensive rainforest, and feeds its rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. On the coast, average rainfall registers 1,780 mm, but in the interior that figure is triple.