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Roseau

Squashed rather tightly into a small area on the west coast of Dominica, bounded by the sea and rivers, the island's capital, Roseau, is a hodge-podge of low-rise French and British colonial structures and modern concrete buildings along narrow streets. Most visitors congregate along the Bayfront, opposite the cruise ship jetty, and browse through the Old Market, where slaves were once bought and sold, for souvenirs and local crafts. It is well worth spending some time to explore the compact museum in the Old Post Office, and take a trip to the Botanical Gardens. The best view across Roseau is to be had from Morne Bruce above the gardens, reached by a track leading up from the east gate. Roseau is a relaxed, friendly town without the bright lights, but there are some hot-spots after dark, mainly in the local hotel bars and clubs. The World Creole Music Festival makes a visit in late October a special treat. Basically, though, Roseau serves as the necessary commercial hub for those who come more to escape on excursions to the natural wonders of delightful Dominica.

Information & Facts

Climate

With a hot and humid climate, Roseau's Caribbean location equals plenty of sunshine, humidity and year-round heat. Although Roseau is located on the drier coastal region, frequent rain showers are common and bring relief from the high temperatures and humidity, while hurricane season runs from June to November and travellers should take this into account when visiting the island during those months.

Language

English is the official language. The local people speak a Creole patois.

Money

The official currency of Dominica is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is fixed to the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.67 to US$1. US Dollars, the Euro and the British Pound are also usually accepted on the island, but change is given in EC dollars. Travellers cheques and money can be exchanged at major hotels and at the bank. Banks open from 8am to 2pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 4pm on Friday. Major credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted by most businesses except small vendors. There are several ATMs attached to banks in the capital, Roseau, which dispense EC Dollars.

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