East Caribbean dollar (XCD). Set rate valued at XCD2.7 = US$1.00 as of June 2019. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
WHEN TO VISIT
The weather is sunny and warm with year-round trade winds and little temperature variation. Driest months are December to June.
None. U.S. Embassy is located in Barbados, Tel. (246) 227-4000.
DIRECT DIAL CODES
To phone hotels in Dominica, dial 1 + 767 (Dominica code) + local numbers.
Thanks to its rugged volcanic terrain and ample inland rainfall (about 40 inches a year), more than a dozen significant waterfalls lace Dominica’s hillsides. Many are located in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park in the southeast of the island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While many energetic hikers opt for the 75-minute trek through the rainforest to the impressive Middleham Falls, we chose what I thought was more interesting in some ways — Trafalgar Falls. This double cascade comprises two separate waterfalls, the “Father,” at 125 feet, and the “Mother,” at 75 feet. The falls are easily reached from a park visitor center, from which it is about a 15-minute walk on well-maintained trails to a viewing platform.
Dominica’s Best Rum
Dominica produces a rum of note. The Macoucherie distillery, located north of Mero on the centuries-old Shillingford Estate, is the only one on the island that uses local cane as the base for its products. I found the regular bottling — what is locally called a “red” rum — to be too rough on my palate. I tend to eschew spiced rums, but to my surprise, I found the spiced iteration to be just the thing in a planter’s punch. Tours must be booked in advance.