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West Coast
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Toyota Corolla
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Mitsubishi Lancer
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Suzuki Sidekick
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Sidekick softtop
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Sidekick 5 door
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Grand Vitara 3d
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Grand Vitara 5d
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Honda CRV

Mitsubishi Pajero
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Mitsubishi Pajero
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Mitsubishi L200
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Nissan Pathfinder
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Economy - Corolla
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Mid Size - Corolla

Susuki 3 door jeep

Susuki 5 door jeep

Susuki Grand Vitara

Toyota 5 door jeep

Mitsubishi Pajero io

Pajero 7 seater

Nissan Pathfinder

Toyota LiteAce 8 seat

Ford twin cab pick-up
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Toyota Corolla
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Susuki 3 door jeep
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Susuki 5 door jeep
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Mitsubishi Pajero
 
Nissan Micra K11
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Nissan March
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Suzuki Swift

Suzuki SX4

Suzuki Jimny
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Suzuki Gr Vitara 3d
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Suzuki Gr Vitara 5d
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Nissan Terrano
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KIA  Carnival

Nissan Frontier

Nissan Navara

Suzuki APV minivan
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3 door Sidekick
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5 door Sidekick
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3 door Pajero
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5 door Pajero
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Mazda 323
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Toyota Carina
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Toyota Corsa
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Where to Stay in Dominica
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ROSEAU

around 
ROSEAU

ROSEAU VALLEY
&  LAUDAT

SOUTH

 INTERIOR

north & mid 
WEST COAST
(north to south)

north facing
NORTH EAST COAST

(west to east)

EAST COAST

PRIVATE VILLAS & APARTMENTS

Dominica's premier hotel, Roseau































 

DRIVING IN DOMINICA
 
roads
To drive in Dominica, you need a temporary (1 month) Dominica driver's permit, which costs EC$30.00 (approx. US$12.00, 10.00 or 7.00). This may be obtained on your arrival at Melville Hall Airport or from the police at the Traffic Department, High Street, Roseau and may also be issued by most vehicle rental companies.  It is necessary for you to bring along your current valid driver's licence, issued in your country of residence, on which this permit can then be issued. 
Driving is on the left, as it is in the United Kingdom from where Dominica gained independence in 1978. 35+ years later, however, there are only a handful of British made vehicles to be seen on our roads, most being of Japanese manufacture, with the most popular business and family vehicles being 4 wheel drive jeeps. Though the island is a mere 29 miles by 16 miles 'as the crow flies', distance here is deceptive and the island feels much larger. Due to the mountainous terrain, roads are mostly winding and indirect. To drive along the west coast from Capuccine in the north to Scotts Head in the south, for instance, takes in excess of 2 hours. Melville Hall Airport, where most of our visitors arrive, is located in the north east, and it is about an eighty minute drive across the island to the capital Roseau in the south west.
  new Penville road in the north

Whilst the local, private, minibus transport service is cheap to use and frequent during the day along the west coast between Roseau and Portsmouth, these stop running at 10.00pm and on other routes can often require a long wait. Island bus tours are available from Roseau, though these are aimed more at the cruise-ship visitors, who's time on Dominica is restricted to 7 or 8 hours. 

Most of our visitors find that hiring a vehicle is the best way to explore and enjoy this beautiful and diverse island. Some of our roads, however, are not always in the best of shape, sometimes narrow, steep or pot-holed. The word 'challenging' I have heard used by some visitors to describe them. That said, we have been facilitating visitors to Dominica for over 12 years, of which about 75% are from North America and most do, in fact, opt to hire a vehicle for the duration of their stay.  This we actively encourage. So far, none of our clients have been involved in any serious accidents. If you drive with caution and at modest speed, there should be little cause for concern. Very popular are the Suzuki 4 wheel drive jeeps.

VEHICLE HIRE

 
Note:-   the pre booking of rental vehicles (along with a carefully selected choice of activities we recommend) is just part of the personal service we extend only to our clients who book their holiday accommodation in Dominica through our free island-wide booking service. No cruise-shippers please.

With freedom of movement, you may explore the many natural attractions scatterred around the island at your leisure and may even opt to stay at different locations. Having a vehicle at your disposal when you arrive at Melville Hall can save you $'s on transfer costs (Melville Hall to Roseau takes about 80 minutes by road and taxi charges are per person). 
We have the flexibility to arrange your vehicle hire from a wide selection of local suppliers, though traditionally we favour the suppliers below, which we have found to be reliable and competitively priced. 
Our roads are not the straight flat wide roads you may be accustomed to if visiting from North America. Because of our rugged terraine, many of our roads are steep, winding, often narrow and not always in the best of condition. Before making your selection, please consider why we consider it more appropriate to hire a 4x4 jeep rather than a conventional sedan car. 
  1) larger wheels are better suited to cope with rough road surfaces or potholes. 
  2) you have a higher ground clearance. 
  3) you sit higher off the ground and therefore have better visibility when driving and sightseeing. 
  4) 4 wheel drive may be useful to get you out of any difficulty.

All rates displayed below are in US$ & include unlimited mileage. 
We require only a 10% or 15% deposit to reserve your vehicle:-


Rates displayed below for this company include free delivery to Melville Hall Airport in the north east of the island, but do not include CDW insurance cover, which is optional - US$10 per day for cars, US$12 per day for jeeps. This limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$1,100.00.
Cell phone rental:  US$1.50 per day
Vehicles unless otherwise stated have air conditioning and radio/cd player. Some are manual transmission, some automatic. None are left hand drive.

Rates below are in US$ and are subject to 15% VAT   last updated: May 2012
Please note that these rates may be subject to increase during 3 peak periods - 
15 Oct - 20 Nov, 15 Dec - 20 Jan, 15 Feb - 20 March
Vehicle  1 Day  2-6 Days per week
Mid sized sedan
 50.00  40.00  254.00
Station wagon
 68.70  62.42  395.00
3 Door / 4WD Suzuki Vitara  56.26  46.26  306.00
3 Door / 4WD Mitsubishi Pajero io
 62.52  52.26  358.00
5 Door / 4WD Mitsubishi Pajero io
 80.87  70.00  436.50
5 Door / 4WD Mitsubishi Nativa  106.52  97.52  630.50
5 Door / 4WD Honda CRV
 80.87  70.00  436.50
5 Door / 4WD Nissan Pathfinder
 106.52  97.52  630.50
Double Cab pick-up / 4WD Nissan Navara
 106.52  97.52  630.50
Double Cab pick-up / 4WD Mitsubishi Sportero
 106.52  97.52  630.50
8 Seater / 4WD Toyota Townace  80.87  70.00  436.50
8 Seater Suzuki APV
 87.50  78.78  508.00

We require only a 10% deposit to reserve your vehicle
contact us < Click here to reserve your vehicle

 March 2010 update:
Budget We regret that BUDGET Dominica ceased operations on 31st March 2010.

Courtesy car
                                                      rental       
Rates displayed below for this company include free delivery to Melville Hall Airport and other ports of entry into Dominica plus locations within a 5 mile radius of Roseau.
They do not include CDW insurance cover, which is optional for those without travel coverage -
US$8 per day for most vehicles
limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$1,600.
or US$12 per day
limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$1,200.
US$15 per day for Luxury SUV and twin cab pick-up only limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$2,000.
Age restriction: over 25 years with minimum 2 years driving experience.
Child seats available:  US$2.00 per day
Cell phone rental:  US$3.00 per day (available at Melville Hall Airport only)
Vehicles unless otherwise stated have air conditioning and radio/cd player, power steering.
All models are available with automatic transmission with one exception (mo = manual only).
Some models have an option of manual transmission (
m).
A temporary Dominica driver's permit valid for 1 month costing US$12 is required and will be issued by Courtesy when collecting your vehicle.
Rates below are in US$ and are subject to 15% VAT
Last updated: August 2015      
All jeeps are hard top
PEAK 
PERIOD 
RATES
Jan 26 - Feb 22 (CARNIVAL)
Oct 12 - Nov 08 (WCMF)
Dec 14 - Jan 04 (XMAS)
Car Group Car Type 1 Day    
2-6 Days 1 Week
1 Day  
2-6 Days 1 Week
ECONOMY SEDAN  Toyota Corolla 49.00 40.00 266.00 60.00 50.00 336.00
4x4 JEEP 3 - DOOR   m
Suzuki Sidekick
54.00 45.00 301.00 60.00 50.00 336.00
4x4 JEEP 5 - DOOR  Suzuki Grand Vitara 74.00 65.00 441.00 80.00 70.00 476.00
4x4 JEEP 3 - DOOR   m Toyota Rav 4 59.00 50.00 336.00 65.00 55.00 371.00
4x4 JEEP 5 - DOOR   m Toyota Rav 4 69.00 60.00 406.00 75.00 65.00 441.00
4x4 JEEP 5 - DOOR   m Mitsubishi Pajero io 69.00 60.00 406.00 75.00 65.00 441.00
4x4 JEEP 5 - DOOR 7 SEATER Mitsubishi Pajero 84.00 75.00 511.00 95.00 85.00 581.00
4x4 LUXURY SUV 5- DOOR Nissan Pathfinder 79.00  
70.00 476.00 90.00 80.00 546.00
LUXURY MINI VAN 8 SEATER Toyota LiteAce 79.00 70.00 476.00 90.00 80.00 546.00
LUXURY MINI VAN 8 SEATER Toyota TownAce Noah
89.00 80.00 546.00 100.00 90.00 616.00
4x4 TWIN CAB PICKUP   mo Ford Ranger
89.00 80.00 546.00 100.00 90.00 616.00
We require only a 15% deposit to reserve your vehicle
contact us < Click here to reserve your vehicle

GARRAWAY  RENT-A-CAR 
Rates offered by this company are inclusive of third party insurance cover, which includes passenger liability. Optional CDW (collision damage waver) is also available @
US$10.00 per day for cars, US$12.00 per day for jeeps. 

Deposit required to cover insurance Excess:  $600.00 
Delivery of vehicles to and collection from Melville Hall Airport in the north east is free if the retal period is for 10 days or longer, otherwise there is a US$30.00 charge.
Cell phone rental:  US$1.50 per day
Unless otherwise stated, vehicles are automatic, have air conditioning, power steering and radio. None are left hand drive.
Rates below are in US$ and are subject to 15% VAT   
updated February 2009 - still valid May 2012

CATEGORY 1 Toyota Corolla sedan. 
1 day...........$50.00 2-6 days.....$45.00 7-30 days..$39.00  30 days+....$32.00

CATEGORY 2 Suzuki Esdcudo 3 door 4x4 hardtop jeep.
1 day...........$65.00 2-6 days....$55.00 7-30 days...$45.00 30 days+....$40.00

CATEGORY 3 Suzuki Esdcudo 5 door 4x4 hardtop jeep. 
1 day............$70.00 2-6 days.....$65.00 7-30 days..$55.00  30 days+....$45.00

CATEGORY 4 Mitsubishi Pajero 7 seater diesel. 
1 day...........$86.00 2-6 days....$80.00 7-30 days...$72.00 30 days+....$66.00

We require only a 10% deposit to reserve your vehicle
contact us < Click here to reserve your vehicle

a subsidiary of main dealership

Delivery
at Melville Hall Airport now incurs a US$15 airport charge.
Delivery outside Roseau
incurs a US$25 delivery charge.
Drop off outside Roseau incurs a US$35 delivery charge.
Drop off at different location to Pick up incurs a US$20 one way charge.
No refund on early returns.

CDW insurance cover is optional at US$10 to US$34 per day depending on extent of cover
A deposit is required to cover collision damage excess charges, which is normally done via a pre-authorisation on credit card. Max. US$1,125, Min. US$550

Vehicles unless otherwise stated have air conditioning and radio/cd or cassette player. Some are manual transmission, some automatic. None are left hand drive.

Rates below are in US$ and are subject to 15% VAT. A higher rate will apply during peak periods
Last updated: April 2013
 
PEAK 
PERIOD 
RATES
Feb 01 - 28 (CARNIVAL)
Oct 15 - Nov 06 (WCMF)
Dec 19 - Jan 08 (XMAS)
Vehicle category 1-6 Days  1 week
Economy Car
$40.70 $244.20
Compact SUV
$45.78 $274.68
Small Luxury Car
$49.45 $296.70
Small SUV
$51.50 $309.00
Crossover SUV
$55.53 $333.18
Pick Up $67.98 $407.88
7 seater Minivan $69.85 $419.10
Luxury Pick Up $72.09 $432.54
Mid Size Luxury SUV
$76.23 $457.38
Full Size Luxury SUV $80.30 $481.80
We require only a 10% deposit to reserve your vehicle
contact us < Click here to reserve your vehicle



For clients of Nature Island Destinations, rates displayed below for this company include free delivery to all ports of entry.
Insurance:
   Rates do not include CDW insurance cover, which is optional - 
   US$10 per day limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$1,100.00
   US$20 per day limits collision damage excess charges to a maximum of US$500.00
   Insurance cover includes passenger liability.
   Age restriction is limited to 21 years and over. Ages 21 - 24 years incur an additional insurance surcharge.
   A security deposit is required of US$1,100 or US$500 to cover excess on collision damage waiver, which is done via a pre-authorisation on credit card.
Cell phones & child seats are complimentary.
All vehicles have air conditioning, central locking, radio & cd player.
Some are manual transmission, most are automatic
None are left hand drive.

Rates below are in US$ and are subject to 15% VAT
(this company became VAT registered, effective 1st April 2007)
Last updated: April 2012

 
PEAK 
PERIOD 
RATES
please note that at peak periods such as WCMF, Christmas, Carnival, test cricket etc. the rates shown below will increase.
Vehicle  1 or 2 Days  3-6 Days 7-21 Days
3 Door hard top  4WD Suzuki Escudo  54.00  45.00  43.00
5 Door hard top  4WD Suzuki Escudo  64.00  55.00  53.00
3 Door hard top  4WD Suzuki Grand Vitara
 62.00   53.00
 51.00
5 Door hard top  4WD Suzuki Grand Vitara  74.00  65.00  63.00
5 Door 4WD Toyota Townace Noah
 89.00  80.00  78.00
5 Door 4WD Mitsubishi Pajero  84.00  75.00  73.00
5 Door 4wd Mitsubishi Pajero Xceed II
121.00 112.00 110.00
8 seater 2WD Mitsubishi Space Wagon  89.00  80.00  78.00
L200 4WD Mitsubishi twin cab Pick Up
 89.00
 80.00  78.00
You may request a quote for periods in excess of 1 month.
We require only a 10% deposit to reserve your vehicle
contact us < Click here to reserve your vehicle

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We accept payment by Mastercard and Visa credit cards
Due to difficulties experienced with American Exress in Dominica, we
have suspended use of this facility until merchant conditions improve
not American Express
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examples of private, furnished accommodation available for short term holiday rental
-Coffee River Cottages, NE Dominica - from US$100 per night for 2 persons--Hodges View Cottage, currently unavailable--North East - Sunrise Gardens, Calibishie, from US$80 per night--La Tye Cottage, Woodford Hill, near Calibishie, NE Dominica - from US$60.00 per night--North West - 2 bed cottage with sea view - available again from 1st June 2015-
-Salisbury, mid west coast, 2 bed apartment from US$60.00 per night--3 bedroomed villa from US$65 per night--mid west coast, 3 bed oceanfront villa near dive centre from US$75 per night--Mero, mid west coast 3 bed apartment from US$75 per night--Mero, mid west coast 2 bed accommodation for max 5 persons 65 per night-
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1 + 2 bed apartments, mid west coast, from US$80 per night--cottage annex on private estate, mid west coast - US$70 per night--Tranquility in style - in the cool, forested mountains.--South West - 4 bed villa from US$160 per night--South West 4 bed villa from US$160 per night-
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Martin's Suite, Morne Daniel US$105.00 per night--Springdale Apartments, Morne Daniel from US$80.00 per night--3 bed apartment near Roseau from US$80.00 per night--3 bed villa, Canefield East, from US$70 per night--2 bed apartment, Roseau Valley, from US$50 per night- -Roseau Valley 2 bed cottage bordering stream US$150.00 per night--1 bed country eco cottage only US$120 per night--East Coast Region - 2 bed cottage from US$60 per night--Angie's Hideaway near 3 dive centres, SW Dominica, from US$80.00 per night--South West, 2 bed villa near 3 dive centres from US$70.00 per night-
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Soufriere Bay - waterfront cottage - from US$60 per night--Garvin's Apartment - 1 bed apartment, Scotts Head, US$50 single, US$60 double--Scotts Head - 1 bed apartment from US$50 per night--Scotts Head - bedsit US$55, 2 bed apartment US$80 per night--2 bed apartment, Scotts Head, from US$70.00 per night-
most of the above offer attractive discounts for extended stays. Click on image for rates, details


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