Dominica Warnings and Dangers

  • Window shutters
    Window shutters
    by grandmaR
  • Barbed wire on the top of the walls
    Barbed wire on the top of the walls
    by grandmaR
  • under a balcony
    under a balcony
    by grandmaR

Dominica Warnings and Dangers

  • Rainbows from Rain

    Dominica is a green island because the plants grow well. The plants grow well because the soil is rich and there is plenty of moisture. The reason that there is plenty of moisture is that there is a lot of rain, mist, fog, and clouds. Or to put it another way, Dominica has a tropical wet climate with characteristically warm temperatures and heavy...

    more
  • Don't wait too long to book tours

    If you are visiting by cruise ship, try to book your shore excursions early otherwise you may find the best guides already fully booked. I first contacted Bumpiing Tours but he was fully booked so then I tried Reyno Tours which is who we went with.After reading through some of the comments on the Cruise Critic boards, I wished we had opted for a...

    more
  • Verify what the tour price includes

    While not a huge deal, we were not advised that admission to Emerald Pool and Trafalgar Falls was not included in the tour price, it was an extra $5 per place per person, adding $10 to the price of the tour. One of the people on our tour was a bit upset by it, I wasn't but it still would have been nice to know. A lot of people don't think to bring...

    more
  • Sineku Village

    Not so nice little village in the Carib Territory (same spot where L'Escalier Tete Chien trail starts).We passed through it twice and both times there were people in the middle of the road blocking us. First time we stopped - not knowing what was wrong - and they tried to get in the car. It was the only time while on the island when we felt...

    more
  • L'Escalier Tete Chien

    Be aware if you plan to hike there on your own - it's a very short hike and you might be tempted. There have been several reports of tourists getting mugged on the trail. Two local guides (and then some locals we spoke to) warned us about it. We decided it's not worth the hassle and gave up on it.If you still want to do it, hire a guide to be safe.

    more
  • Colonial Capitol

    Roseau (pronounced Rosey-O) remains an old time colonial capitol. I think many cruise ship visitors do not know what that phrase (old colonial capitol) means. It means the compact city has covered markets, barbed wire on the top of walls, rusty metal roofs and fences, and distinctive cornerhouses - plus "ramshackle West Indian colonial houses with...

    more
  • Pay Toilets

    When I was walking around the market, I saw this door with a sign on it stating the the use of the "Public Convenience" was $1.00I have also heard that one should always carry toilet paper when visiting Dominica.

    more
  • Exchanging money

    The island has 6 ATMs....6!! I can get to 6 ATM's from my house in 5 minutes. But...thats Dominica! When you arrive try getting to Rosseau or some bank nearby to exchange money. There is no ATM or bank by the airport. The American dollar isn't super friendly here as it is in some Caribbean islands. Exchange to the EC and it should make your trip...

    more
  • The crazy looking guy with a machete!

    Don't worry! Every carries around machetes! Remember this island's main industry is agriculture! They call them cutlasses and people who carry them are normally super friendly! it freaked me out while walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night to see a teenager yielding one approach me, but Im alive!

    more
  • Car sickness!

    If you get car sick on windy roads and high altitudes, this place might be bad for you! Just prepare by taking some medicine prior. I was the only one that got sick throughout the whole time on the island, but its not uncommon for even locals to get sick.

    more
  • The problems with flying...

    Just know that flying in to Dominica is a bit tricky sometimes. Some planes have to turn around and go to another island if its too cloudy. So, don't be shocked. Even hotel owners say this is an issue and happens often. This happened to a large group of 19 people we met. They were flown to Barbados and stayed at a 5 star resort and got to swim in a...

    more
  • Weirdos and beggers

    In one way does Dominica compare to other places I've been. But beware of some people asking more money and some weird, cracked out people walking by. You may have to worry a bit about pick pocketing in the bigger cities, but don't worry about being mugged or violent crime. One guy, he was missing one arm, starting talking to us. Really nice...then...

    more
  • Mosquitos and other bugs!

    Weird...the first part of our trip we stayed in an open air room on the humid part of the island and had no issues. Then we went to Salisbury, Central East part of the island...I believe. My legs were devastated by mosquitos. Ask for a net or spray before you go to bed! I also got chiggers on my feet. I loved my time here...and a few itchy bites...

    more
  • Local advice

    - I was warned by locals not to park below coconut trees. :-) . Thanks ! - Severe rain can increase the risk of falling rocks.

    more
  • The Characters of Roseau

    Just to warn you about the (harmless) characters I encountered in Roseau.... There's a guy with a wheelchair (he has no legs, should be easy enough to spot) who came up to us and asked for money a few times, he's alright, just a little scary looking and hard to understand. The locals chased him away a few times and said to us don't worry about him....

    more
  • Strangers will accost you for drugs,...

    For those of you visiting the Old Market, it is very possible that you will find someone walking past you offering an opportunity for you to buy drugs or hair braiding or a taxi tour or even flowers to help with the local school. I had three out of those four offered to me - I don’t have much hair! Be especially careful of the drug dealers. They...

    more
  • Navigate the Old Market cobblestones...

    As you can see from this picture, the Old Market is just that - old. When the cruise ships are in port the cobblestone covered area is awash with tents and booths and the ebb and flow of people. Unfortunately, the cobblestone pavement is very uneven. If you have trouble walking or getting around be sure that you are cautious when navigating this...

    more
  • Dominican Roads

    As you can see the roads are very narrow, this is the main road between two of the major cities, Marigot (where the international airport is) and Roseau (the capitol). In Dominica they drive on the wrong side of the road (my reasoning, in many places they drive on the right side, so if you do not drive on the right side, you drive on the wrong...

    more
  • If you hire out a car in...

    If you hire out a car in dominica, be very very very carefull of the bends and turns. I don't know if the roads have improved since, but they didn't really have any signs warning you of bends or sharp turns. The locals tend to speed round the cornors. It can be quite dangerous. At the time there was only one traffic light in Dominica, don't know if...

    more
  • Be careful when crossing the...

    Be careful when crossing the road by foot or by automobile in Dominica. It's the British driving system which is on the left-hand side. There is no such thing as posted speed limits and very few stop signs on the whole island. I'm from Chicago and driving can be grueling here. I would never drive here for safety's sake. It's kind of like learning...

    more
  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Dominica? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Dominica Hotels

See all 35 Hotels in Dominica

Top Dominica Hotels

Roseau Hotels
7 Reviews - 34 Photos
Salisbury Hotels
1 Hotel
Rosalie Hotels
4 Reviews - 5 Photos
Méro Hotels
1 Hotel
Dominica Hotels
13 Reviews - 99 Photos
Castle Bruce Hotels
See nearby hotels
Calibishie Hotels
1 Hotel

Instant Answers: Dominica

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

82 travelers online now

Comments

Dominica Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Dominica warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Dominica sightseeing.
Map of Dominica