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Travel Tips

Here are helpful Dominica travel tips from our staff and past guests to help you plan your vacation at Rosalie Bay Resort.

Airplane

Get a window seat for your flight to Dominica for an amazing aerial view of the island before you land.

Airport Transfers

The drive to Rosalie Bay Resort from the Douglas-Charlesl Airport is approximately one hour. You may take a taxi or utilize our airport transfers (complimentary for guests staying five nights or more).

Zahir, or another Rosalie Bay team member, will greet you with a cool and refreshing lemon-scented towel and bottled water.

To break up your drive to the hotel, stop half-way at The Islet View Restaurant in Castle Bruce to admire their wall of local rums and an amazing view of the coast!

ATMs and Currency

Local EC (Eastern Caribbean) currency and US dollars are accepted on island.  The official exchange rate is US$1 = EC$2.67.

While at the airport, we suggest visiting the ATM to withdraw cash (EC) for use during your vacation. Rosalie Bay Resort does not have an ATM, but currency can be exchanged at the Front Desk. ATMs and banks are also available in the city of Roseau.

You may use your MasterCard or Visa at the resort; however credit cards are not widely accepted outside of Roseau. Dominica accepts traveler’s checks in US dollars. Personal checks are not accepted.

Attire

Dress at the resort is Caribbean casual. There is no need for formal clothing. Flip flops are welcome throughout the day; however, a swimsuit cover up is needed for dining during the day.

If you plan on exploring the island, bring comfortable walking/hiking and/or water shoes, wicking long-sleeve shirts and hiking pants, extra socks and a raincoat (for hikes into the rainforest).

Bugs

Rosalie Bay is located on the windward side of the island and the ocean breeze will keep you comfortable under the Caribbean sun and also keeps us pretty much bug free. However, if you plan on hiking into the rainforest, bring bug spray with deet.

Cell Phones

Most cell phones are operable on Dominica. Roaming fees and charges vary for each cell phone service provider. 

Children

Many tours are strenuous and may not be suitable for small children. Parents are responsible for the care, entertainment and safety of their children at all times. Babysitting may be arranged with advance notice

Climate

Average daytime temperatures range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 29 degrees Celsius) with cooler temperatures in the mountains. Dry season is January to April and rainy season is July to October.

Departure Tax

A departure tax of EC$59 or US$23 is assessed at the airport prior to departure. This tax can  only be paid in cash, either with EC or US dollars.

Driving and Ground Transportation

You can rent a car on the island, but a word of caution — we drive on the left. Rosalie Bay Resort's preferred rental agency is Quality Buy Car Rentals. Several other car rental companies are available on the island and at the airport. The cost of a drivers permit is EC$30.00/US$12.00

For those who want to relax, don’t worry. We are happy to provide ground transportation and guides for your tours and activities.

Electricity

Rosalie Bay Resort is wired 110/220 volts (US standard), 50/60 cycle current.

Entry Requirements

Passports are required for US citizens and foreign nationals to visit Dominica. Visitors from some countries may require a Visa. No refunds will be granted for denied entry caused by failure to carry proper proof of citizenship or the appropriate Visa. For a current list of entry requirements visit www.discoverdominica.com.

Language

English is the official language. Creole (French patois) is largely spoken, but not taught in schools.

Sea creatures

Sea creatures can be seen year-round on Dominica: endangered sea turtles nest and hatch from March to October) and sperm whales can be seen off the coast from November to March).

And, if you’re patient enough, grab a seat at our Turtle Lookout Point to see Green turtles feeding at the mouth of the Rosalie River (year-round).

Technology

Make sure to bring a camera to capture the beauty of Dominica, an underwater camera if you have it (for any water tours and activities), an iPod to listen to your favorite music in your room (iPod docking stations in every accommodation), and a laptop or tablet (if you want to stay connected and take advantage of our complimentary Wi-Fi).

Tours

Many tours and activities are available for you to explore all that our island has to offer. Our front desk staff is happy to answer any questions and make recommendations. Tours may be scheduled upon your arrival or in advance by contacting us.


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