Dominica (not the Dominican Republic) is part of the Windward chain and lies between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The island is served by two small airports – Douglas-Charles in the northeast is the primary airport and Canefield, close to Roseau is mostly used for private charters.
Four airlines operate scheduled services into Douglas-Charles (DOM): Seaborne Airlines, LIAT, Winair and Air Sunshine. All flights are operated by turbo-prop aircraft.
Traveling to Dominica from outside of the Caribbean involves flying to a nearby island and then connecting to one of the above services.
Below is a list of some of the airlines serving the Caribbean:
|From the USA:||Seaborne Airlines operate a daily service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Dominica. (American, Delta, Jet Blue and United serve San Juan). Jet Blue also flies into Barbados and St Maarten.
|From Canada:||Air Canada & Westjet fly into Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia.|
|From the UK:||British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have scheduled services to neighbouring islands including Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia. (It’s not easy to connect in St Lucia as it involves traveling between the international and local airports – but fine if you wish to break your journey there).
|From France:||Air France and Air Caraibes have numerous flights to Martinique and Guadeloupe (Air France also to St Maarten).|
|From Spain:||Iberia have scheduled services to San Juan, Puerto Rico.|
|From Holland:||Air France / KLM fly direct to St Maarten, where on certain days LIAT and Winair connect to Dominica.
|There are also ferry services to Dominica from Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Lucia operated by L’Express des Iles – www.express-des-iles.com
Beau Rive is situated 240 feet above sea level on the East (Atlantic) coast between the villages of Castle Bruce and Sineku. The hotel is nestled into a hillside amid three acres of tropical gardens and forest, with a dramatic view of the ever-crashing waves at Anse Francais and Wakaman Point. The setting is secluded and private.
One can walk down though the forest and along the Richmond River to the beach, which is wild and rocky. The sea is too rough for bathing but there is a natural rock pool nearby where it is possible to swim when conditions allow. There is a black sand beach at the village of Castle Bruce one and a half miles to the south.
Although Dominica is only 29 miles long by 16 miles wide, due to the mountainous terrain road distances can be deceptive and it is certainly not an island which can be seen in a day. Being centrally located on Dominica’s east coast, Beau Rive is a convenient start-point for exploring the country. One can either head up through the Carib Territory to tour the north of the island, or take in the south – Roseau, Scott’s Head, the Sari Sari and Victoria waterfalls, Trafalgar etc.
Below are some approximate driving times from Beau Rive to:
|Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM)||40 minutes|
|Laudat (traihead for the Boiling Lake)||1 hour 30 minutes
|Portsmouth||1 hour 30 minutes|
|The Emerald Pool||20 minutes|