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"Roseau is the capital, principal town, and major port of Dominica, an island nation of 72,000 people in the Caribbean Sea. The town had a population of 16,582 people in 2007, making it one of the least populous capitals in the world. Its main exports are skin oils, limes and their juice, tropical vegetables, and spices. Throughout the nation’s history the town has been the commercial center of the island."

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"Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. The Caribs, who settled here in the 14th century, called the island Waitikubuli, which means ‘Tall is her Body.’ Christopher Columbus, with less poetic flair, named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it – a Sunday (‘Doménica’ in Italian) – on November 3, 1493."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Dominica’s Boiling Lake is situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. With approximately 60 meters (200 feet) to 75 meters (250 feet) across, it is the second largest hot spring in the world. The lake is filled with bubbling greyish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapour."

Customs and Culture:

"Tourism is developing, but is hindered by a lack of accommodations and an international airport. Billed as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean," recent efforts promote cultural ecotourism. Day cruise ship visits increased dramatically in the 1990s."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: No visa is required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 180 days

What to Pack: "It is imperative that you make sure you have enough cash on you to make it from your home to your hotel. In Dominica, the official form of currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, though the United States Dollar, the Euro, and the British Pound at are widely accepted, along with many major credit cards and traveler's checks."

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Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

Dive. Hike. All Activities.

Enjoy a Little Dominica from Home

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar Exchange Rate

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Best Things To Do in Dominica

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