Dominica’s primary airport is Douglas-Charles Airport, located on the northeast coast about 20 miles (or an hour’s drive) from the resort. Commercial airlines fly in from other Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, and St. Lucia, all of which can be reached by direct flight from the U.S., Canada, or Europe. To reach Rosalie Bay from the airport, guests may take a taxi, rent a car, or arrange with the lodge for an airport transfer. Transfers are complimentary for guests staying five nights or more.
Ferry service is available from neighboring islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia, arriving at either Roseau or Portsmouth. Guests can also arrive by yacht or sailboat and anchor in one of the island’s official ports.
Mobility: Rosalie Bay Resort is spread across 22 mostly flat acres. The property has well-paved paths and sidewalks throughout; however, most activities on the island require physical activity. Tours and hikes range from easy to very difficult.
Passports: Passports are required for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to visit Dominica. Visitors from some countries may require a visa. For a current list of entry requirements, visit www.discoverdominica.com.
Money: You may use your MasterCard or Visa at the resort; however credit cards are not widely accepted outside of Roseau. Dominica accepts traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars. Personal checks are not accepted.
Driving: There are several car rental companies on the island and at the airport and all drivers must obtain a Dominican driving permit, which costs about US$12/EC$30 (East Caribbean dollars). The lodge can also provide ground transportation and guides for your tours and activities.
Cell phone service: Most cell phones are operable on Dominica. Roaming fees and charges vary for each cell phone service provider.
Departure tax: A departure tax of US$23/EC$59 is assessed at the airport prior to departure and can only be paid in cash.
Average daytime temperatures range from 75 °F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C) with cooler temperatures in the mountains. Dry season is January to April and rainy season is July to October.
Dominica is much more than a beach destination, and guests should pack with rain forest exploration in mind. Bring comfortable walking/hiking and/or water shoes, wicking long-sleeve shirts and hiking pants, extra socks, and a raincoat. Though the ocean breeze keeps the lodge cool and bug free, you’ll want bug spray with deet for your walks in the forest.
Dress at Rosalie Bay is Caribbean casual. There is no need for formal clothing, and flip-flops are always appropriate; when dining, however, please wear a swimsuit cover-up.
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