Dominica

Dominica

Caribbean Sea
LAST UPDATED 24/08/2008
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Level of surfing

Competent

Quality of surf

Good

Call code

1767

Net code

dm

Area

751

Coastline

148 km

Climate

Tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

Hazards

Cyclones, Severe Storms

Best Months

June - October

Population

71727

Currency

East Carribean Dollar (XCD) East Caribbean dollars per US dollar - 2.7 (2006)

Time Zone

QUEBEC (UTC-4)

Special Requirements

Limited Surfing Supplies Available

surfing

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Hans Hillewaert: Calibishie, Dominica; 2006

The Caribbean, she is a harsh mistress. All of the islands in the Greater and Lesser Antilles share at least some aspect towards the North Atlantic and therefore are exposed to any passing fronts that generate of the East American Coast and transit the North Atlantic. These fronts often pass a good way to the north and swell decay can be a problem.

Regular windswell is a constant on the east coast of all of the island groups and hence there is almost always something to keep you occupied and off the rum for a few hours. too much wind can be a bad thing though and onshore days are very common, no matter how early in the morning you manage to peel yourself out of your cot and stumble down to the beach.

The third source of swell in the region are from passing hurricanes. Some of the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet file through here regularly. Technically the season spans June to November with early September being the peak. The ideal scenario is for the hurricane mass to pass clear of any inhabited areas and sit well offshore in the deep Carribean for a few days prior to disipating. The result is typically 3-5 days of western swell that lights up the hidden western points and reefs of the Caribbean. The persistant NE/E trade winds will gently fan these breaks all day long. It is then that some of the rarer points and breaks of Dominica come to life. Surf exploration doesent get any better than this.

what to pack

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Flashdance: A pair of very simple Moroccan flip flops called "Cabjuks"; 25 May 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.

If you find a bank that allows you to withdraw money from your ATM card, you may need to pay a high transaction fee, so bring enough cash for the trip, just incase you can not find an ATM.

And take a good protection for your camera from the sand. You can also take some stuff to give away to locals (for example, pencils or some sport equipment for kids).

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