L'Anse Tortue

Photo credit: © Andrew Stehlik

L'Anse Tortue is one of Dominica's softest sand beaches. Swimming can be rough, but you can enjoy laying a towel right on the soft sand to sunbathe, or take a barefoot stroll.

Set in Woodford Hill, L'Anse Tortue is on the North coast of Dominica. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Even though you won't find a bustling urban center here, guests frequently find this a destination worthwhile as it attracts those looking for easygoing atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
You can access this beach by car from the main coastal road, but there is no signage to mark its location.

Amenities and Ambiance

On the northeast coast, this tan sand beach is also known as Turtle Bay because sea turtles often lay eggs here. It's near Woodford Hill and bigger Calibishie if you need to head into town from here. Land masses jut out on either side of this beach, but the waters can still be quite rough.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at L'Anse Tortue is the ultimate convenience. You may also have the option to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Set on Dominica's North coast. Accommodations nearby include the Calibishie Cove, which is perhaps the most conveniently located booking option reachable from L'Anse Tortue, despite the fact that there aren't many other attractions in the vicinity.

Cities and Towns

L'Anse Tortue is near Calibishie, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The city of Calibishie is close-by and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Calibishie is not far away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotel rooms within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near L'Anse Tortue
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Calibishie Cove 0.6 mi. NW Hotel
Sea Cliff Cottages 0.6 mi. WNW Cottages
Jacoway Inn 1.1 mi. W B & B
Calibishie Lodges Hotel 1.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Veranda View 1.7 mi. W Guest house
Bayview Lodges 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Wind Blow Estate 2.1 mi. W Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try a local restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is Bamboo Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near L'Anse Tortue
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bamboo Restaurant (767) 445-8537 Caribbean, International Informal 1.2 mi. WNW
Coral Reef Restaurant (767) 445-7432 Caribbean -- -- --
Veranda View Restaurant (767) 445-8900 International -- 1.7 mi. W
Warrow's Seaside Restaurant (767) 285-7100 Creole, Vegetarian -- 1.7 mi. W
Randy's Restaurant (767) 315-7474 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Atlantic View Restaurant (767) 277-0893 Creole Very Casual 1.9 mi. W
Domcan's Cafe (767) 445-7794 American, Caribbean, International Very Casual -- --
Tickles -- Caribbean -- 4.2 mi. SE
Genesis Restaurant (767) 445-7725 Grill Very Casual 4.3 mi. SE
The J's Spot (767) 245-4904 Bar and grill Very Casual 4.6 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Dominica has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another location you might enjoy is Calibishie Beach, situated just a little ways away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that L'Anse Noire is just right. It's found a half mile to the east.

Travelers may also want to consider Anse du Mai, located three and a half miles away.

Dominica has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and L'Anse Tortue is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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