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.

Located 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 immediate vicinity. The beaches on Dominica aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but you'll find L'Anse Tortue to be a little calmer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as L'Anse Tortue is on Dominica's North coast. It's located near the Calibishie Cove and any nearby accommodations, which is one of the most conveniently located places to stay accessible from L'Anse Tortue, despite the lack of other close-by places of interest.

Cities and Towns

L'Anse Tortue is very close to Calibishie, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Calibishie is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Calibishie is a fairly short distance away, roughly 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 are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of lodgings within a car's reach. Some of the closest options are displayed in the list 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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest places to eat is Bamboo Restaurant. The restaurant has both Caribbean and International cuisines.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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 L'Anse Tortue is not your only option.

You might also enjoy Calibishie Beach, found within a mile or so. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, L'Anse Noire could provide more action, and is closer to other popular destinations. It's located a half mile to the east.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Anse du Mai, located reasonably close-by, so a quick cab ride will get you here pretty easily.

Perhaps L'Anse Tortue is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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