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Dominica Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Dominica has a hot and subtropical year-round climate. June to October is the principle rainy season, when it is at its hottest and most humid; December through to May is generally thought the best months to visit.

Required clothing

Lightweight cottons and linens. Keep waterproofing close at hand as showers can occur year-round.

Geography

Dominica is nestled in gleaming Caribbean waters - with Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south - and its rippling terrain is shrouded in emerald rainforest. The island features five volcanoes, and the greenery is protected by several conservation areas including Cabrits National Park and Morn trois Pitons National Park; throughout the island run mountain streams, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, and bursting geysers and bubbling volcanic pools make the scenery even more breathtaking. The rich vegetation of the island's spectacular valleys includes towering palms and orchids, and is home to several endemic animal species, while the coast boasts beaches of both black (volcanic) and golden sand.

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