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 edge of Dominica. You might want to drop by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities might enjoy stopping by L'Anse Tortue for a few hours. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it also doesn't completely lack a social 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.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North coast of Dominica. You can stay at the nearby Calibishie Cove, which is one of the most conveniently located booking options reachable from L'Anse Tortue, despite the lack of other close-by attractions.

Cities and Towns

The town of Calibishie is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Calibishie is a quick trip away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty good assortment of hotels to pick from close to L'Anse Tortue. The most accessible of which are listed below.

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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Bamboo Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu.

Nearby restaurants are shown below.

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

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Dominica besides L'Anse Tortue worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is Calibishie Beach, located within a mile or so. More active guests, though, may be interested in L'Anse Noire, which offers more action, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it a half mile to the east.

Vacationers may also want to visit Anse du Mai, which is located three and a half miles away.

Dominica has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting L'Anse Tortue or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time on Dominica even more memorable.


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