Dominica is located smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean Island Chain, between the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
There is no direct flights from the US and Europe mainland. A small gem in the Caribbean, we are serviced by connections through the hubs of Barbados, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua and St. Lucia.
For more information on connecting flights: http://dom.fltmaps.com/en and http://dominica.dm/images/stories/documents/FLIGHT%20CONNECTIONS%20TO%20DOMINICA.pdf.
This information is meant to aid as a guide to assist in booking your Dominica and Pagua Bay vacation. Information may change with no or little notice. Feel free to contact us if you need help researching travel options.
Travel by Air or Sea
Dominica is serviced by two airports and one seaport. The main airport is Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) located in the North Eastern area of Melville Hall about 10 minutes away from the Hotel. Canfield Airport (DCF) on the West Coast is a small commuter airport about 50 minutes away. 300-seat and 400-seat catamarans operated by L'Express des Îles ferries passengers between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia which arrive at the port in Roseau (SW side of the island); upon arrival there is about an 1 & ½ hour drive to Pagua Bay (NE side of the island).
From North America
American Airlines, Jet Blue, Delta & United Airlines fly directly from most major ports in the US to Puerto Rico (SJU) and then an in-transit connection via Seaborne Airlines.
United Airlines & Caribbean Airlines fly directly from most major ports in the US to St. Maarten (SXM) and then an in-transit connection via WinAir.
Air Canada & West Jet Airlines fly from the major Canada Hubs to Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), Guadeloupe (PTP), Sint Maarten (SXM) and St Lucia (UVF). An onward connection via LIAT. This would have to be booked separately or through a travel agent.
Air France/KLM/Corsair & Insel Air makes connections through WinAir .
Virgin Atlantic or British Airways flies direct from the UK to Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI) and St Lucia (UVF) and then LIAT Airlines to Dominica.
- L'Express des Îles ferries passengers between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia; which arrives at the port in Roseau (SW side of the island). Upon arrival there is about a 1 & ½ hour drive to Pagua Bay (NE side of the island).
- Air Antilles provides direct flights from Guadeloupe (PTP).
- Seaborne Airlines provides direct daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).
- WinAir provides connecting flights from Sint Maarten (SXM).
- LIAT provides connecting flights through their hubs in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), Saint Lucia (GFC) San Juan (SJU), Sint Maarten (SXM), Guadeloupe (PTP) and Martinique (FDF).
- Air Sunshine is a commuter airline that goes to neighboring islands; including, San Juan (SJU), Sint Maarten (SXM), Tortola (EIS) & St. Thomas (STT). They also do private charters.
- Hummingbird Airlines provides direct, limited flights from Sint Maarten (SXM), St. Croix (STX), St. Thomas (STT) & Tortola (EIS).
Passport & Immigration
Immigration officials require a valid passport on arrival. All need to show a return ticket and some need to have a visa. Visitors coming from a specified list of countries, who intend to stay for 21 days or less, do not require a visa.
One more important note, there is a departure tax of $23USD/$59ECD. There is an ATM at the airport, but it is not always in service and they do not take Credit Cards.
Upon arrival, when going through customs you must state where you will be staying for your Holiday, FYI.
We are happy to arrange airport or seaport and any other transfers for you.
We can help you organize your car rental prior to your arrival. You can pick up your rental car from the airport or ferry building in Roseau and they will also deliver directly to the hotel for your convenience. The cost is around $50US per day on average, which includes taxes & driver’s license, which is required by law. Check your insurance company or credit card prior to travelling to see if your car insurance is covered; some credit card companies provide this service and that will save you a few bucks when renting.
English is the official language of Dominica; however a large portion of the population speaks Kwéyòl (Creole), which is based primarily on French and Kalinago vocabularies.
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), which trades at EC$2.67 to US$1.00. ECD is the best currency to have on-hand, but USD is also accepted. We are also glad to convert USD, Euro & Pound to ECD for your convenience.
Cash is king. The only accepted credit cards are MasterCard & Visa, no AMEX. That doesn’t mean I suggest carrying a lot of cash. There is an ATM at the airport, in Marigot, Roseau & Portsmouth.
Cell Phone & Wi-Fi
Cell phone roaming rates are extremely expensive. Research your provider options for your best international rates. Free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the property.
Pagua Bay House utilizes 220 volts; most electronics are 110 – 220v adaptable. Transformers and Adapters are available upon request.
There is a clinic in Marigot, as well as a pharmacy & a general practitioner, who makes house calls. You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance, which includes medical evacuation by air ambulance, before travelling.
Maintain at least the same level of security awareness, as you would at home, always be aware of your surroundings. Do not carry large amounts of cash and jewelry (leave the bling at home). Valuables and travel documents should be left in your room safe. Take precautions to secure your valuables, and lock doors and windows, day & night.
Dominica is on Eastern Standard Time and doesn’t observe Daylight Savings.
Dress, Climate, Hair & Bugs
It’s almost always warm & sunny, 80F year-round, with intermittent rainfall. It’s very casual in Dominica; you’ll wear a swimsuit most days with cover-ups for hikes and everything else. I suggest packing layers; despite the warmth, the breeze at night can be chilly, especially since we are on the Atlantic side. Laundry service is available for a small fee. People always ask about footwear; Dominica is known for having a river for every day of the year, this means whatever hike you do, you’ll walk through a few of them. So it’s nice to have something light enough and comfortable that can breathe. I suggest Merrill’s, Keens, Ecco, Teva, even old tennis shoes; something of that nature. Watershoes are also good for those of you with tender feet. For the ladies, I don’t know what to tell you about your hair, I’ve given up! I don’t bother, but we do provide hairdryers upon request. Bring sunblock and bug spray. Yes, there are random bugs here, but there is nothing that can hurt you.