country code: DM
continent: North America
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 15 25 N, 61 20 W
East Caribbean Dollar: XCD
1XCD = 0.370 USD
1XCD = 0.293 EUR
Travel advices and warnings Dominica
||Tourism in Dominica is mostly based around hiking in the rain forest and visiting cruise ships.
Dominica's tourist industry is in its infancy compared to other Caribbean islands. For many years its rugged terrain, lack of white beaches, and underdeveloped infrastructure prevented large-scale tourist development. In recent years, Dominica has successfully marketed itself as the "nature island of the Caribbean, " seeking to attract eco-tourists interested in landscapes and wildlife. The government realizes that intensive tourism is incompatible with preserving the island's eco-system and in 1997 signed an agreement with Green Globe, the environmental division of the World Travel and Tourism Council, to develop the island as a "model ecotourism destination. " The 3-year program provided technical expertise on environmental management as well as helping to market Dominica through specialist travel companies.
||The official language in the Dominican Republic is Spanish. Most people involved in tourism understand and speak at least some English, if not other major tourism-related languages, such as German and French. The further outside a tourism region one goes, the more unlikely the people are to speak or understand anything other than Spanish. Learning to speak Spanish is not necessary to visit the Dominican Republic, but learning a few words and phrases will definitely make one's visit more enjoyable. The Dominican people are sure to be pleased with any effort made to try and speak their language and are helpful with correct pronunciation and learning more. See our Spanish Phrase Book to get started.
||The Dominican Republic enjoys a year round privileged tropical maritime climate. Its 17° 36, - 19° 58, latitude places the Dominican Republic at the border of the tropical zone. Sea breezes refresh the insular territory, evening out temperatures to average 23°C in the early mornings to 32°C at noon time year round.
The lowest temperatures occur in the mountain areas near Constanza, where temperatures have dropped to 0°C, and record highs have been registered at the frontier with Haiti, 39°C in the summer.
May through November are regarded as the rainy season. The hurricane season lasts from June through November, with August-September being the peak months. The last major hurricanes to hit the Dominican Republic were Georges (September 1998) and David (August 1979).
|Food and drink
||Native Dominican cooking combines Spanish influences with local produce. There is plenty of fresh fish and seafood; island-grown tomatoes, lettuce, papaya, mangoes, passion fruit and citrus fruits are delicious.
• La bandera (meaning 'the flag', comprising white rice, red beans, stewed meat, salad and fried plaintain).
• Chicharrones (crisp pork rind).
• Chicharrones de pollo (small pieces of fried chicken).
• Sopa criolla dominicana (native soup of meat and vegetables).
• Pastelón (baked vegetable cake).
||The Dominican peso, also called peso oro ("gold peso") is the currency of the Dominican Republic. Its symbol is "$", with "RD$" used when distinction from other pesos (or dollars) is required; its ISO 4217 code is "DOP". Each peso is divided into 100 centavos ("cents"), for which the ¢ symbol is used. It is the only currency which is legal tender for all monetary transactions, whether public or private, in the Dominican Republic.
From wikipedia about Dominica
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica
, is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. To the north-northwest lies Guadeloupe
, to the southeast Martinique
. Its size is and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of. The Commonwealth of Dominica
has an estimated population of 72, 500. The capital is Roseau.
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.
Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (Dominica
in Latin), November 3, 1493.
In the next hundred years after Columbus' landing, Dominica
remained isolated, and even more Caribs settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France
formally ceded possession of Dominica
to the United Kingdom
in 1763. The United Kingdom
then set up a government and made the island a colony in 1805.
The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica
became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by a black majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom
reassumed governmental control of Dominica
, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica
became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. In 1978, Dominica
became an independent nation.