Dominica is located between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago and is oftentimes reached by cruise ships on Caribbean tours. Flying to Dominica can be a litle time consuming as the lower 48 states of the U.S. as well as Europe do not have direct flights to Dominica. Stopping for a layover in Puerto Rico is the most common and there are daily routes; it is the most convenient way to arrive by air. But other major islands have airports that serve Dominica as well such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Maarten, Barbados, and others. Currently, improvements are underway to provide more future conveniences for arriving and departing to and from Dominica's Melville Hall Airport.

Just about every major cruise ship line does offers trips to Dominica. Arriving by ferry is also an option from Guadeloupe or Martinique. The ferries dock in Roseau's ferry terminal. L'express des iles serves these ferry lines and offer a variety of schedules; click here for more information. There are a few options for private boat docking, click here to learn about regulations.

Remember that no matter how you arrive to Dominica, you will need to clear through customs. The United States Government has a Consular Information page dedicated to the Commonwealth of Dominica  which is full information regarding the current political climate on the island and in the Caribbean, safety and health concerns as well as the law differences. Checking with your own government or the host country's embassy is always a good idea before traveling to make sure you meet all of the entry-requirements. The U.S. government provides a list of requirements on the Consular Information page.  The government also provides a tipsheet on health conditions and precautions for travelers to the Caribbean islands; click here to be directed.