Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half-way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.
Cases of crime do occur. Sensible precautions should be taken and you should be vigilant at all times. Vehicle security, personal security, general travel, off road driving, drugs, hot weather injuries, personal hygiene, sanitation / sterilisation, clothing & equipment, emergency first aid, cultures / customs, communications, emergency shelters. Beachwear should be kept to the beaches / pools.
Use bottled water only.
Rugged mountains of volcanic origin.
Tropical; moderated by north-east trade winds; heavy rainfall.
Flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes (June to November). Periodic earth tremors, earthquakes.
Dengue fever, hepatitis A, HIV/AIDS, polio, typhoid, yellow fever.
Hospital: Princess Margaret Hospital, Goodwill, Roseau. Tel: 448 2231
No major environmental issues.
Most roads are pathed and very narrow, with many blind bends. Road surfaces lack grip and are slippery in the wet. Driving at night is hazardous and road signs poor. A map is essential. Beware pedestrians in the road because of the lack of pavements.
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