DOMINICA [pronounced dom-in-EE-ka] : translated to mean “Sunday”, the day on which Christopher Columbus first saw the island. Dominica is also known as the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominique (in french), Wai’tukubuli (“tall is her body”), and “the nature isle of the Caribbean” but NOT the Dominican Republic.
Unique about Dominica: Home to the Kalinago Indians, the only remaining Indian population of the Caribbean; One of the filming locations for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies; One of the only untouched islands of the Caribbean; Home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Morne Trois Pitons National Park .
Location : In the Caribbean between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. This area is also referred to as the Windward Islands, the Lesser Antilles, and the West Indies. View maps here. Ross University is located on the north west side of the island, along side the Caribbean Sea.
Population : Approximately 70,000
Size: 29 miles long, 16 miles wide
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard (no daylight savings time)
Language: English primarily, French creole (patois) is also spoken
Government: Independent since November 3rd, 1978. Parliamentary democracy in place. The current Prime Minister is Roosevelt Skerrit who was first elected in 2004.
Unit of Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (abbrev. EC, ECD, or XCD) ; One US Dollar = 2.67 EC ; VAT (value added tax) applied most places.
Electricity: 220 volts (110 is in use at Ross University and in some apartments)
Capital : Roseau
Main Airport: Melville Hall (DOM) located in Marigot
Religion : Christian-Predominantly Roman Catholic, however many Protestant denominations are present
Dialing Dominica: 1+767+number
Closest US Embassy : Barbados ; For more information about Dominica see the website of the US Department of State .
Division of tourism :Based in Roseau: 767-448-2045
“Dominica: 100+ Things To Do“, is a great guide to fun times. To purchase it, click here.