Portsmouth Dominica Portsmouth is a small peaceful seaside town on the northwest coast of Dominica

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3 Bedrooms • 4 Baths (3 full, 1 half) • Sleeps 2-6
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Monthly Budget Per Couple or Family

Monthly Expenses    Amount (USD$)
Housing   $1,050 (couple) - $1,350 (family) (includes WiFi)
Electricity   $200 - 300 - for A/C
Food & Personal Expenses   $850 - 1200
Transportation   $100 - $850* car is optional
Health Insurance   $0 if current insurance has int'l coverage
Cell phone plan   $35
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Total   $2,235 - $ 3,635/month
One-time Expenses    
Round-trip Airfare   $750 per person to Dominica (DOM)
Evacuation Insurance   $230 for a family policy
Departure Cleaning Fee   $100
Round-trip Airport Transfers   $130 - no charge with rental car
*Transportation Options
Full-time Rental Car   $830 + gas (Nissan Tida)
Contract Taxi   $500 (25 days for 1 hr/day)
Public Bus   $100 (30 round trips for 2)

Housing Recommendation

This home is the largest housing unit that AEA has available.  With 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths it is easily large enough for a family of six.  Requests for families larger than six will be entertained by the landlord.  However, we don't recommend it for children under six because the railings and walls on the balconies and rooftop deck have large openings and low heights (see the photos).  The house spans three stories and would be difficult for anyone that has problems with stairs.  The house is fenced but there is no yard that could be used for a play area.  The rooftop deck is flat and has a short wall around it.

It is great for a senior couple because there is plenty of room to have your family come for a visit while you’re serving  

Transportation Recommendation

A car is not required. The house is located very close to the center of Portsmouth but is still in a quiet residential neighborhood. It is walking distance to all the stores and restaurants in town and close to a large park and the Church. The beach is only about four blocks away. It has a garage with an automatic door opener if you opt for a car. This is a peaceful low key town where driving is easier than Roseau.

Branch of Church

Your housing is in the boundaries of the Portsmouth Group which is a dependent unit of the Roseau Branch. The Church meets in a rented house about 1/4 mile walk away. Current attendance is about ten.

Health & Safety Condition

 There is a small hospital in the town of Portsmouth which is adequate for minor injuries.  Anything serious should go to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital in Roseau which is about 1 hour away.


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Handling of Expenses

The cost information about each location includes an estimated monthly budget as well as one-time expenses like airfare. Depending on your own lifestyle choices your expenses may be more or less. You will directly pay for all of your own expenses except for lodging. AEA has contracted for long-term leases for the housing locations and you will make monthly rent payments to AEA while serving as a volunteer. The monthly lodging rates shown in the budget above are current and fixed.  When you apply and reserve an AEA location you will be charged the first month's rent in advance as a refundable deposit. Subsequent rent will be paid monthly, one month in advance. The AEA Local Coordinator will show you how to pay any other local expenses.


Portsmouth, DOMINICA

Location Type Guest House
Accommodation Entire Home
Check-In Host greets you
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Not suitable for infants
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
Setting & View
  • Water View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Town
  • Harbor View
  • Sea View
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Water
  • Private Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Portable Fans
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Dining Table
Bathrooms 4 Baths (3 full, 1 half)
  • Bathroom 2 – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom 3 – Shower, Toilet
  • Master Bath – Shower, Toilet
  • Bathroom – Toilet
Sleeping Arrangements 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 2-6
  • Bedroom 1 – 2 Twin beds
  • Bedroom 2 – 2 Twin beds
  • Master Bedroom – 1 Queen bed

Can be used as an office or study

  • Satellite/Cable
  • Smart TV
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Walkable to Park/Playground
  • Fenced Yard
  • Garage
  • Free Parking On Premises
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Marina
  • Eco Tourism
  • Whale Watching
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Requires Stairs