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Roseau is the capital and largest city of Dominica and has about 20,000 inhabitants. It is located in the southwest of the country within the Saint George parish and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Roseau River and the Bruce mountain. It is a pleasantly small and charming little town, combining modern and French colonial building styles. The people are a colourful mix as well and the town has good facilities for travellers, with some fine small family hotels, restaurants and a good nightlife for such a small place.
Roseau has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures average around 31 degrees Celcius during the day and 23 degrees Celcius at night. Although rainfall is possible during most of the year, December to April is the driest period and therefore the best time to visit. June to November is rainy season and from August onwards hurricanes are possible but not very common.
International flights arrive at Melville International Airport (DOM) near Roseau receives a number of international flights. Airlines are Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) and American Eagle. Destinations are mostly within the Caribbean region, with hubs at Antigua and Barbados for example, although Dominica also has flights from the neighbouring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique which is your best bet when flying from Europe, for example with Air France from Paris.
L'Express des Iles operates 3 weekly services between the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe. They leave Roseau on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm (Sat. 1pm) and take about 2,5 hours. In the opposite direction, they leave the capital Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe at Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8am (Sundays 10am) and take under 2 hours.
L'Express des Iles has 3 weekly services between Dominica and Martinique at 10.15am Wednesdays and Fridays and 12.15pm on Sundays, travelling between Roseau and Fort-de-France. From Martinique they leave on Mondays at 1pm and Saturdays at 11.30 am. It takes about 1,5 hours in both directions.
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