Thanks to its location just south of Cabrits Historical and Marine Park, Portsmouth is a beloved destination for naturalists and eco-tourists heading for Dominica. Although the town is located on the complete opposite side of the island, it takes about a half an hour to get there by car from the nearest airport, putting air travel at the top of the list of ways to travel to the area.
Two airports exist on the island of Dominica, and neither is large enough that major international airlines offer direct flights from locations outside of the Caribbean. As you begin your search for flights from your home town, turn your attention to (DOM). It is located on the island's east coast in St. Andrew Parish and really the only option for most people looking to fly. In order to land here, you'll have to book a connecting flight on another island in the region. and Sint Maarten are the most popular choices because there are so many flights available, but you can also fly through Antigua, Guadeloupe, and . The other airport, (DCF), is currently only used for courier services. Both airports have just a small customs area and a snack bar, making them notable for their sparse facilities.
Check below for a complete list of air service from other regional airports. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your local airport, taking a connecting flight from another airport might be a good solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||LIAT|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Air Sunshine, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines|
|Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre||PTP||Air Antilles Express, LIAT, Winair|
|Santiago De Los Caballeros, The Dominican Republic||STI||LIAT|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, LIAT, Winair|
|St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands||STT||Air Sunshine|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, Winair|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||LIAT|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Hummingbird Air|
|St. Croix, US Virgin Islands||STX||Hummingbird Air|
|St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands||STT||Hummingbird Air|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Hummingbird Air|
The entry requirements for Dominica are easy to follow. Most visitors need only a valid passport to visit. Those from Canada and United Kingdom have an even easier time visiting, needing only their photo identification. Those traveling from outside of the Commonwealth of Nations will need a visa in addition to their passport. The only exception is for those staying on the island for less than 24 hours, such as cruise ship passengers.
The drive across the middle of Dominica is not recommended for those who don't feel comfortable driving on unfamiliar roads thanks to the rugged conditions. Buses are available, driving by on the main road across from the airport about every 15 to 20 minutes and costing only $0.55(USD). Taxis, meanwhile are readily available right from outside of baggage claim and will cost $26(USD). If you do decide to rent a cars and drive yourself, there are a few international rental agencies located on site, and the directions are pretty straight forward. Head northeast from the airport, turning left toward Grandby Street, continuing straight until you reach Michael Douglas Boulevard and take a left. Next, take a left onto Mountain Breeze, take your next left, and there you will find yourself in Portsmouth.
Despite the need to plan a flight with a layover, flying to Dominica then driving to Portsmouth is still the easiest option for most people planning a getaway in this lush, green town. If this sounds like the right choice for you, begin monitoring schedules and prices now, so you're able to score the best deal when it comes along.
If you're starting to research chartering air travel, you can call one of these regional companies:
|(268) 481-2401||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(284) 495-1747||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's||Antigua|
|(664) 491-3434||John A. Osbourne Airport - Montserrat||Montserrat|
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