Capital | Roseau
Population | 72,813 (July 2010 est.)
Area | 754 SQ KM
Official Language | English
Holidays | Independence Day, 3 November (1978 – from the UK)
Currency | East Caribbean dollars (XCD)
Time Zone | UTC -4
Best Time to Visit | December to February
Connecting with the Culture | Exploring the scenic Roseau full of colonial architecture and Creole food and culture. Visiting Cabrits National Park with great views and ruins of Fort Shirley. Taking in the unsurpassed mountain and rainforest scenery. Walking around Scotts Head, a tiny fishing village of about 800 people on the curving shoreline of Soufriere Bay (the rim of a sunken volcanic crater). Diving at Scotts Head Drop, a shallow coral ledge that drops abruptly to a depth of 50m and has a wall of tube sponges and soft corals.
Read | Voyage in the Dark by Dominica’s most celebrated author, Jean Rhys.
Listen | local bands at the World Creole Music Festival held it the last week in October in Roseau.
Watch | animation films, Burn, The Snake Steps or Paradogs by Dominican filmmaker Pauline Marcelle
Eat | callaloo soup (a creamy soup made with dasheen leaves)
Drink | fruit punch made with fresh fruit and rum, or locally brewed beer, Kubuli
In a Word | Lime about (lazing about)
Characteristics | diving; Rasta colors; rainforests; cricket; Creole culture
Surprises | There are more than 200 rivers in Dominica; the national bird, the Sisserau parrot, is the largest of all the Amazon parrots. Dominica’s national dish is the mountain chicken, which is not a chicken at all but rather the leg of a giant frog called the crapaud.