|Government||parliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth|
|Currency||East Caribbean dollar (XCD)|
|Area||total: 754 sq km |
water: 0 sq km
land: 754 sq km
|Population||70,158 (July 2002 est.)|
|Language||English (official), French patois|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%|
Dominica is a Caribbean island country between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about one-half of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago. It is often known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system. The most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world.
- Should not be confused with the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic.
- Administrative divisions
- 10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter
- Roseau - Capital
- Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall. Flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months.
Rugged mountains of volcanic origin.
- highest point
- Morne Diablatins 1,447 m
Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia Charles, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.
There are two airports in Dominica: Melville Hall (DOM) Canefield (DCF)
- English (official), French patois
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa (http://www.junglebaydominica.com/)
Free island tour to our customers every tuesday: Hike to Victoria falls and finish a real rasta food. After we go to bath in volcanic hot water. Our restaurant is build in local wood showing the chainsaw's cuts. Very rustic. Some other tours can be choosen in our list in our website: http://stonedge.free.fr
A small guest house located in the north part of the Island, Veranda View is an ideal location to base yourself to tour the island. Located 15 minutes from the Melville Hall Airport, the guest house is easy to find on the main road in Calibishie. Check the web site for details http://www.lodgingdominica.com
Founded in 1978, American Ross University (http://www.rossmed.edu.dm/), located in Portsmouth, offers a Basic Sciences curriculum designed to prepare students for licensure and practice in the U.S.
- Official Website of The Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica (http://www.ndcdominica.dm)
- A listing of some of the finer properties on the North Coast of Dominica (http://www.calibishiecoast.com)
- A villa in an old plantation home, Dominica (http://www.pointebaptiste.com)