Here are some tips about getting around on Dominica, and about how to get to our island.
Dominica is a safe island. Tourist-targeted crime is rare and Dominicans are more than willing to help you out. Common sense always prevails though, so be sure to keep close track of your valuables and lock your rental car when driving or parked.
Going on foot is the usual way the Dominicans gets around in their village or in town. Roseau is safe for walking around everywhere during the day.
In the evening and especially on the weekend, Dominicans like to have parties. So apply your usual care when going to crowded places or when encountering drunk people.
As everywhere in the world, don’t carry unusually large amounts of money with you.
Having a rental car gives you best access to all the great sights on Dominica. We recommend to get the car from Road Runner, +1 (767) 617-5337, roadrunnercarrental.com. Of course there are many other rental car companies on Dominica, for example Courtesy Car, +1 (767) 448-7763, dominicacarrentals.com.
We can help you arrange a rental car if you like. Just let us know when and where you want to pick up the car, and when and where you want to drop it.
You will need to bring a valid drivers license from your country. The rental car company will issue you a temporary local drivers license, which is valid for 30 days. You need to pay 12 US$ for this license. You also need to present a credit card to the rental car company. They will block between 800 US$ and 1200 US$ upon pickup of the car, and will release this amount after you return the car. This amount is the safety deposit for the excess of the car insurance.
You can also get around by bus. Buses are connecting the main settlements, and the capital Roseau. The bus station for the bus from Roseau to Cocoa Cottage is close to the supermarket Astaphan’s in Roseau, on King George V Road. Take any bus that goes into the Roseau Valley or to Trafalgar. Tell the driver that he/she should let you out at Cocoa Cottage. In order to get from Cocoa Cottage to Roseau, you can just wave down any bus that passes on the road coming from Trafalgar.
Hitchhiking is very common on Dominica. If you have a car, you can also take hitchhikers with you, they will be grateful.
Ferries regularly go from Dominica to Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Saint Lucia. The Ferries are operated by Express des Iles, +590 (0)590 919 520, www.express-des-iles.fr
Please try to buy a ferry ticket online at least a few days before your trip. If the weather is bad, it can be good to give them a call and check if the Ferry goes. We typically have a few days per year where the ferry service is suspended due to the weather conditions on the ocean.
Dominica has two airports. The larger one is Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) in the North of Dominica, locally known as Melville-Hall-Airport. The other one is Canefield Airport (DCF) close to Roseau.
When departing or arriving in Dominica, please check a few days before departure which airport your plane is arriving to or departing from. There can be changes, but usually they are announced by your carrier by email or SMS.
Canefield Airport (DCF) is about 20 minutes drive from Cocoa Cottage. Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM, locally known as Melville-Hall Airport) is about 1 hour 20 minutes drive. Make sure that you arrive well in advance of your departure. We recommend to be at the airport at least 1.5 hours before departure.
Both airports can be reached with connecting flights from other islands in the Caribbean. There are no direct transatlantic flights to Dominica, because both airports are too small.