Dominica Local Customs

  • Enjoying my first Kubuli (11/2013)
    Enjoying my first Kubuli (11/2013)
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Dominica Local Customs

  • THE FLAG OF THE DOMINICA

    The flag of the Commonwealth of Dominica IS PRETTY INTENSE. It was designed during a contest. Some of the elements of the flag are:The ten lime green stars. The stars represent the 10 Parishes of Dominica. Stars represent hope as well and they are all equal – as are all Dominicans. The central red circle contains a Sisserou Parrot standing on a...

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  • Kubuli Beer

    I can't imagine that someone on Dominica will be able to drive around the island for 5 minutes without seeing a Kubuli advertisement. They're simply everywhere! Kubuli is the national beer of Dominica and basically it's the national drink. The word comes from Waitukubuli: Dominica’s original name!The advertisements have nice slogan's like "Kubuli,...

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  • Burials a la New Orleans

    From the ship, we could see several church steeples (photo 4), but apparently in Dominica, the cemeteries are grouped in a central location and not at each specific church. When the first tour took us up to an area overlooking the city, we could see the graveyards spread out in front of us (photo 5). There is an Anglican cemetery, a government...

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  • Eastern Caribbean Dollars

    2.69 Eatern Caribbean Dollar = 1 USDCan purchase/exchange at airport, banks, local shops, and hotels throughout Dominica, Antigua, St. Vincent, St. Luica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Grenada, and Montserrat

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  • Dominica, old world, friendly people

    Smile and greet. The people on this island are friendly and will greet you. Much different than America. Be patient, banks and post offices may be a little slower than you are accustomed to. There is a post office stand at the end of Kennedy Avenue on the side of the tall building (as the numbers go up). You can always ask directions. I recommend...

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  • Island Time

    Dominica, like the rest of the Caribbean, is one island time. Don't ever expect to rush to do something or expect to get anything quickly. Just relax and wait patiently. If your annoying you'll get a stare and they'll go back to doing what they were doing before. Its not uncommon to wait for a clerk to check her text messages before taking you....

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  • Greeted by a steel band in Roseau,...

    There is always pent-up excitement as one enters a new city (or country or town) for the first time, at least for me there is. I really do like meeting new people and seeing new places. And, of course, on a ship the size of the Sun Princess that we were on, it takes awhile to disembark and get the day underway.Once we had walked from the ship,...

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  • Roseau Cruise Ship Berth in Dominica

    Here is a picture of the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth that leads directly into the center of Roseau and to its Old Market.You can see the cruise ship I was on at the time, the Sun Princess, at rest in the harbor in the background. What I wanted to note here were the taxi and tour buses waiting anxiously to pick up stray tourists and take them on...

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  • Taking Photos at the Market

    While the market is extremely photogenic, market vendors are notoriously camera-shy (I was once told the Internet is the Devil's work). Try asking for permission, or use a tele-photo lens!

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  • Honk to say hi

    We found that while driving in Dominica that almost all the drivers would honk their horns and wave a greeting wheneve they passed anyone on the road. We soon adopted this and it was great having everyone wave back and say hello. Sometimes the driving pace was near walking so it was easy to do. People stop in the middle of the road to say hi....

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  • the people are gentle, helpful...

    the people are gentle, helpful not jaded and very poor yet happy. If you see a rasta man with a huge machete coming at you, even if your all alone in the woods, don't worry he just wants to help you with directions - they call a machete a cutlass

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  • Try to take the Caribe Indian...

    Try to take the Caribe Indian tour...and buy the Dominica rum cologne and any aloe products that you can find that are made right on the island. They also make a local beer that is quite good, but I forgot the name...

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  • Dominicans are very friendly,...

    Dominicans are very friendly, but generally seemed to wait for us to greet them before they greeted us. Except for the men. As in most West Indian countries, the men were very friendly and flirtatious. For the most part, this is very normal and harmless. When men called out to us, we simply greeted them with a smile and maybe a funny remark and...

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  • Everybody in dominica is...

    Everybody in dominica is friendly. It is funny because when I went over there strangers will greet me according to what time of day it is. At first I didn't answer back thinking they were talking to someone behind me. But you get use to it real quick. So make sure you have yur friendliest smile and be prepared to do a lot of greeting.

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