Dominica Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Dominica
Driving Abroad in Dominica is on the left like UK though many cars are left hand drive which can make overtaking difficult. Officially you need a local licence to rent a car, available from the Vehicle Licensing Office on the High Street in Roseau or your rental company should also be able to arrange this. It costs EC$30 (US$12) and is valid for one month. However, when I rented a car on the island in 2015 I was told by the local rental company that this wasn’t required.
Around half the island’s 1500km of roads are paved and in reasonable condition.Main roads on the island are the coast road (EO LeBlanc Highway) from Roseau to Portsmouth and the Dr. Nicholas Liverpool Highway from Pont Cassé to the East coast. These roads are generally in good condition after being damaged by Tropical Storm Ericka in 2015 and Hurricane Maria in 2017.
The island is hilly in parts and driving can be difficult,especially after dark, due to blind corners, and occasional poor road surfaces on smaller roads. Speed limits are posted in kilometres but aren’t generally enforced in rural areas, so you should take extra care. Outside of the capital and larger villages roads are unlit, so driving at night can be extremely hazardous. The main road from Douglas Charles airport is prone to landslides following bad weather and has a number of sheer drops where the road has fallen away, so exercise caution after rain. Pedestrians walk on the roads because of a lack of pavements so represent an additional hazard. Dominica is just 30 miles long and 15 miles wide, and has few roads so you should never get lost!
Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.
Dominica Car Rental –
Avis have an outlet in Roseau and seem to be the only major company covering Dominica. Minimum Rental age is 25.
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