Portsmouth is the former capital and the second largest town of Dominica. It lies on the Indian River in the north of the island, part of the Saint John Parish. Cabrits National Park is located on a peninsula in the the town. Portsmouth has its own sea port. In 1760, it was supposed to become the capital of Dominica, but after malaria broke out there in the same year, Roseau was chosen instead.
Things to See & Do
* Cabrits National Park
* Scuba diving
* Canoeing & hiking
* Safari tours of the hinterland
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar ($EC)
Language – English
Land Area – 754 sq km
Population – 70,000 (Dominica)
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 767
Port Location – Cruise ships dock at the jetty at Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth.
Transport Links – There are currently no direct, non-stop flights from Europe or the USA, mostly because the two airports are too small for jets. Popular routes from Europe are via Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique or Puerto Rico, then a local flight to Dominica. Woodbridge Bay, Roseau and Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, are the main Ports in Dominica. L’Express des Îles, a scheduled ferry service, connects Dominica with Guadeloupe, St Lucia and Martinique on a 300-seat catamaran. Caribbean Ferries also operate regular services between Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Bus services connect all towns and villages. Taxis are efficient and rental cars are available.