Cheap Flights to Dominica Melville Hall Airport
The approach to this Caribbean gem is a feast for the eyes. The blue of the Caribbean Sea contrasts with the lush greenery, giving you a hint as to what this island is all about. Dominica Melville Hall Airport (DOM), formally known as Douglas-Charles Airport, is your closest gateway to Portsmouth, about 33 kilometres away, roughly about an hour's drive. If you're ready to explore this lush island, let Skyscanner help you find the cheapest airfare and the best routing possible. Use the Whole Month Search screen to compare rates and check availability. Click on your preferred dates and you'll find the available flights. Be a bit flexible and you can save money. Book your hotel and a rental car and you're good to go.
Getting to Dominica Melville Hall Airport
The first step in getting to Dominica Melville Hall Airport is to fly from Canada to a connection point in the Caribbean, often into San Juan International Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico. One-stop flights are available from a number of airports, including Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec and Vancouver. Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta and United all offer service to San Juan. Codeshares are common, where you buy a ticket on one carrier but fly one or more segments with that carrier's airline partner. When you're in the flight search screen, you'll see notations on those itineraries that use codeshares.
Flights from San Juan into Dominica Airport are offered by Seaborne Airlines, Inter-Caribbean Airways and LIAT. These carriers often codeshare with each other. Direct service is available, as are connecting flights. Several flights per day are scheduled, but if you'd like to explore San Juan for a day or two, Skyscanner can help with hotel reservations here and at your final destination.
Dominica Melville Hall Airport has one terminal and a runway large enough to handle smaller jets but most flights are from neighbouring Caribbean Islands. Arriving and departing passengers share the same space, with baggage claim being on one end of the building. Passenger services include food and beverage outlets, shops, including duty-free, and those specializing in local souvenirs. ATMs are available.
Local currency is the East Caribbean Dollar, but Canadian Dollars are accepted at many places. Taxis are one of the exceptions, which take either the East Caribbean or the US Dollar. Taxi fares from the airport are set by the government and are on a per person basis. Drivers have price lists readily available. A trip into Portsmouth usually runs about $40 CAD, per person. Taxis are often waiting outside the arrival doors whenever flights are due in.
A car is one of the best ways to get around Dominica. Just remember to drive on the left, like in England. If you need an automatic transmission car, book it ahead of time. They aren't as common as the manual transmission cars and tend to sell out quickly.
Things to do in Portsmouth, Dominica
- Head for Cabrits National Park, part nature area, part historic site. Port Shirley is the star attraction, an 18th-century British fort that's been completely restored, down to the ancient cannons that once defended against pirates and rival powers. It's a five-minute walk from the entrance to the top of the fort, overlooking Prince Rupert Bay. Other hiking trails lead to the officers' quarters, the recreated soldiers' barracks and other points of interest. An onsite visitors' centre has more exhibits, as well as a snack bar. All this is less than two kilometres from downtown Portsmouth.
- Explore the rainforest or take a ride on the beach on the back of a trusty steed. Guided horseback tours take you on parts of the Waitukubuli National Trail, or along Purple Turtle Beach. At the beach, take a swim while still astride your new four-legged best friend. One tour also includes Port Shirley. The horse does the hiking!
- Mix with the locals for an evening drink and a meal at the Purple Turtle Beach Club, beachside near Cabrits National Park. It's a great place to catch the sunset while sampling spicy Creole Caribbean fare. Another place with an assortment of local foods is The Shacks, a row of food vendors selling everything from spicy chicken and ribs to local fish and fruits. Located in the district of St. John's, on the northern end of Portsmouth.