Navigating the Nature Isle
Think left! In Dominica driving is on the left side of the road. A friendly reminder to those of you accustomed to driving on the right-hand side, please remember that everything is opposite. Visitors will need a Driving Permit which costs US$12 and is available from your car rental company. See Rental Vehicle listings here. Driving permits are also available at Traffic & Licensing Department on High Street in Roseau.
Signals and Communications
The indicator (or turning signal) has an important use on the island, in addition to indicating a turn:
- if the vehicle in front of you has stopped but the right signal/indicator is blinking, this usually means that there is a hindrance ahead of it and the vehicle intends to continue driving forward once the road is clear. By turning on the signal, the vehicle is communicating that you should not overtake, but wait.
Honking or Tooting is its own language in Dominican driving. It is used to communicate to pedestrians and vehicles alike. This is not an exact science and there may be variations.
- one short toot or a succession of repeated toots is an acknowledgment or an attempt to get your attention
- two short toots are generally used to say hello
- one long toot is usually an indication of frustration or vexation
- Around corners or on narrow roads it is common to honk your horn to let oncoming traffic know you are there.
There are few speed signs in Dominica, as a general rule go slowly and stay left, letting faster traffic pass you on the right when appropriate. Just remember to think left and drive at your own pace and don’t be afraid to use your horn. For more information about driving in Dominica, see the Dominica Drivers Manual – online version.
Car Rentals – Taxi & Tour Operators
There is no government owned public transportation system in Dominica. Privately owned mini-buses (look for the number plate that starts with an ‘H’) serve routes from Roseau to all of our villages and are a cheap way to get around the island. Each community and area has a designated bus stop in Roseau and within their community.
If you are along the bus route you can flag down the bus (stick out your arm) and unless they are full, they will stop. Prices are fixed by the government.
“There is only one way to understand Dominica. You have to walk across it and along it.”
Indeed, there is no better way to see the island than to experience one of the many excellent walks through our verdant rainforest, across bubbling streams and plunging into dense valleys.
Many of the Attractions detailed on this site provide you with just that. If find yourself walking along the road and highway, this is commonly done:
- Just be weary of blind, sharp corners and speeding vehicles.
- There are few sidewalks and the shoulders of the roads can sometimes be narrow.
- Where possible, try to walk against the traffic, so you can see what’s approaching you. More…
Walking around Roseau can also be a fun and educational experience. Find out about the Roseau Walking Tour.
Population within the Roseau environs: 14,000
Largest towns: Portsmouth, Marigot, Grandbay
Wettest part of the island: Interior
Driest part of the island: West coast
Did you know?
Dominica is more vertical that horizontal making it the most mountainous island in the Caribbean. Because of this, roads can be steep and curvy, so use extra caution while travelling our Nature Island!
Sample Bus Fares (EC$)
Pointe Michel $2.50
Airport Taxi Fares
Look for the uniformed Taxi drivers, who are trained and authorised.
- A Shared Taxi (4 people) from Douglas-Charles Airport to Roseau/Canefield/Newtown is about US $32 (EC$80) per person.
- A Hired Taxi is about US $80 (EC $200)
Rates are subject to change.
Always check prices with the driver.
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