Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel Around Dominica

North AmericaDominicaHow To Travel Around Dominica

When it comes to freedom of movement and exploration, a car can be invaluable. Although the island is small, its narrow winding mountain roads make for a relatively long drive and a breathtaking experience. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and there are several car rental agencies at both airports.

  • Honk on hairpin bends, especially during the day.
  • Beware of large trucks, as their width forces other drivers off the road.
  • Watch out for large potholes and crumbling asphalt as the roads can be in very poor condition.
  • Ask for directions if you get lost, the locals are very friendly and informative.
  • In the mountains, in torrential rain, remember to stop a little or at least drive very slowly.
  • A small car is sufficient for most situations, but a small SUV could also be nice. A big 4×4 would be unwieldy on small roads.

Other travel options include bus and taxi. If you have a small budget and plenty of time, you can hitchhike or take the bus (except on Sundays), although sitting in a bumpy bus for long journeys on winding mountain roads is not the most comfortable. Taxis are more comfortable than buses and not necessarily expensive, especially if you share the fare with two or more travellers. Whether you use a bus or a taxi, make sure you are clear about the destination and the price before you start the journey.